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Bewl, Brass Bands, Beer & Bling

A cold beer, free cake and the vibrant tunes of the Wadhurst Brass Band greeted over 30 Hastings Runners who tackled the undulating 15 mile route around Bewl Water.

It’s a beautiful location, but don’t be fooled, with the July sunshine breaking through the clouds and the course difficulty increasing with each passing mile, this was no Sunday saunter.

Yolando King was the 5th female to complete the course. What was really impressive about this achievement was Yolanda had never run 15 miles before. She entered the race believing it was 15km. But that slight oversight didn’t stop her scooping up an age category award.

Likewise, Bob Dennis (MV75), Sarah Marzaioli (FV70) and Erica Wilson (FV75) all left Wadhurst with a trophy to add to their cabinets, winning their respective age brackets.

The first Hastings Runner to complete the course was Paul Lambert in 1:52:58. A testament to his recent hard work in training that continues to bring improvement to his race times. Less than 3 minutes behind, was Martin Noakes, running a superb race to finish in 1:55:31.

Martin Snape surprised many by managing to stay on his feet for the whole 15 miles, despite his inappropriate footwear falling apart. Alongside Kieran Price they came home in 1:58:20, shortly followed by Yolanda (1:58:43) and Darren Barzee (1:58:51).

Picture: Bill Edmondson & Jan Young

Friday evening marked the start of the 17th Rye Summer Series, beginning with the 10K. 5 Hastings Runners took part with Adam Weller the first home in an excellent time of 39:24.

Kevin Blowers took on board some wise words and tucked in behind a fellow runner into the breeze. His human wind break was having none of it though and started to shuffle from side to side to fend off his new nemesis. Kevin found himself exposed to the headwind and when he next glanced behind him, a line of runners had taken refuge from the elements, close on his tail.

Many a runner would have been left dejected by this exploitation, not Kevin. He produced a superb 2nd half of the race to clock a new 10K PB of 42:00.  Nicola Steed (45:20), Adam Holland (1:00:55) and Henry Worthington (1:13:29) also sailed home to record excellent times.

In a somewhat contrasting challenge, Helen Rothermel and Nick Thompson headed West to complete the Rat Race Man v Coast over the weekend. An event which involved twice venturing into the sea to complete the route.

Bewl 15 Results

Paul Lambert 1:52:58
Martin Noakes 1:55:31
Kieran Price 1:58:20
Martin Snape 1:58:20
Yolanda King 1:57:43
Darren Barzee 1:58:51
John Simcox 2:08:53
Richard Towner-Roethe 2:11:56
Mark Storey 2:15:37
Simon Linklater 2:16:14
Kevin Blowers 2:16:15
Piers Brunning 2:17:16
Michael Norris 2:18:13
Charles Bowley 2:25:43
Amanda Link 2:26:29
Sarah Bendle 2:26:30
Simon Trevena 2:27:11
Matthew Miller 2:32:32
Trevor Briggs 2:35:44
Lucie Smitalova 2:35:25
Bob Dennis 2:42:40
Sue Wilkinson 2:47:35
Jan Young 2:48:32
Sarah Marzaioli 2:55:34
Bill Edmondson 2:56:19
Nina Lambrou 2:57:49
Sue Alabaster 3:01:32
Dave King 3:02:34
Kerry Freeman 3:05:27
Shana Burchett 3:23:18
Erica Wilson 3:47:22

I know a few of you are missing from the Nice Work results. So if you ran a race this weekend, let me know and I can add you to the report.

Simon Linklater

Black & Green Fashion show in Robertsbridge

Friday evening marked the 8th race in the 2022 Hastings Runners Club Championship. As the field gathered on the start line it was clear that Black & Green was the colour of fashion at the Robertsbridge 10K (apart from one lost sheep who rocked up in orange, but we won’t mention him).

We eagerly awaited the starting pistol. Bouncing up and down raring to go. Excited to get those legs moving and the blood pumping. No sooner had we dashed from the start line, we found ourselves once again huddled in a group, laughing and nattering as the narrow  course saw runners come to a standstill (bear that in mind when looking at times folks).

It was pretty much single file until we reached the hill of doom. Was that path created purely for this race? The length of the grass certainly suggested that was the case and a few eager & brave souls ventured into the long stuff to gain a place or two.

As we entered Darvell Community the field began to spread out as the unforgiving elevation saw runners gasping for air. Support was on hand around the course and gratefully received. Although I do suggest a new club rule that states “taking photos at the top of any hill is forbidden”.

As we finally descended through the high street it was back round for lap number 2. Jacqueline Scott was our only female representative in the 5K or as she put it “The Hastings Runners Robertsbridge 5K Female Champion of 2022”, completing the course in a shade over 32 minutes.

A somewhat more modest Trevor Briggs was the first (and only) male in the 5k in a time of 24:26.

In the 10K race the on form Adam Weller produced a fine display to cross the finish line in 3rd place and a time of 41:54. Martin Snape also landed a Top 10 finish, coming home in 6th place in 42:56.

Claire Thomas swooped the 1st Female Prize in 46:51, encouraged along by good friend Kevin Blowers (1st MV60 in 46:53). Although I believe the key moment was when my good self sacrificed at least 2 seconds of my own time by kindly holding a gate open midway through the 2nd lap (you’re welcome).

There were also age category wins for Ruth Spiller (FV55), Sarah Marzaioli (FV70), Yockie Richards (FV75) and Irene Kitson (FV65).

2 days later Ben Sallows (52:26), Kerry Freeman (1:05:19), Adam Holland (1:11:16) and Andrew Clubb (1:13:04) and  all completed the Hawkhurst 10k.

James Graham and Catherine Catterway made the long trip along the coast to Torbay to tackle the half marathon. Both put in stellar performances to complete the course in 2:25 and 3:10 respectively.

Sarah Marzaioli was back in action at the 30K North Downs Run, which included some gruelling hills and stunning descents. Sarah completed the course in 3:49:36 and claimed the British Masters Gold Medal for the V70 Age Category. Go Sarah!!!

I heard rumours that Jacqueline Mannering and Darren Kilby were considering a week off. They turned out to be false as alongside Annette Fry they completed the Brighton Trail Marathon. The highlight being the 817 foot climb up to Ditchling Beacon. Ouch.

As always if I I’ve missed you out, please drop me a message or comment below and I will update the report.

Robertsbridge Results

Trevor Briggs 24:26
Jacqueline Scott: 32:18

Adam Weller 41:54
Martin Snape 42:56
Keiran Price 44:41
Patrick Bermingham 45:36
Simon Linklater 46:12
Claire Thomas 46:51
Kevin Blowers 46:53
Graeme Grass 47:49
Andy Knight 48:52
Matthew Millar 50:12
David Harding 52:11
Charles Bowley 52:18
Simon Weatherley 53:57
Roland Baines 54:07
Jamie Hitchman 54:10
Ruth Spiller 56:04
Jon Smalldon 57:07
Marie Crawford 59:12
Keith Goodsell 59:14
Susan Wilkinson 1:00:11
Jo Nevett 1:00:35
Craig Weeks 1:03:08
Joe French 1:03:30
Louise Cavill 1:04:53
Adam Holland 1:04:59
Sarah Marzaioli 1:06:37
Yockie Richardson 1:07:19
Krista Barzee 1:09:01
Tracy Ratnarajah 1:09:49
Chris White 1:11:03
Irene Kitson 1:12:39
Henry Worthington 1:32:07


ALAN CORKE race report

Another fantastic advert for the club with over 100 members taking part in this Hastings Runners event, whether as runners or marshals.

Rainfall earlier in the day meant that some sections of the 10.40 kms course were very slippery, and the 2.66 laps in the stunning setting of Hastings Country Park at Fairlight proved a real stamina sapping test with over 220 m of elevation.

However the conditions posed no problems at all for race winner Will Withecombe, whose superb time of 41.45 was nearly 4 minutes quicker than his winning time in 2021.

Runner up for the second successive year was Ashley Vora in 43.37, who was 2 minutes quicker than last year. Cross country specialist Martin Noakes was 3rd in 47.51, claiming the men’s vet trophy for a remarkable 6th time in the past 10 years.

Just 6 seconds behind in 4th place was Zoe Fairclough, who had a magnificent run to take the women’s trophy in a time of 47.57. The women’s vet trophy went to Sue Hull, who picked up her first club award in a time of 59.26.

No fewer than 16 runners who had contested the race in 2021 managed to improve their race times, with Jessica Hayward and Louise Cavill taking the plaudits with improvements of 12.16 and 11.26 respectively – a fantastic effort!

59 runners completed the course, with 41 marshals – expertly co-ordinated by Alan Croucher – giving up their time to ensure that everything went smoothly. Many thanks to Wisdens Sports for presenting the runners with race medals. Times were:

Will Withecombe 41:45;
Ashley Vora 43:37;
Martin Noakes 47.51;
Zoe Fairclough 47.57;
Kieran Price 48.50;
Patrick Bermingham 49.45;
Jamie Wilkinson 50.35;
Simon Newstead 50.59;
Neil Jeffries 51.31;
Trevor Saunders 52.01;
Jordan Sims 52.14;
Graeme Grass 52.29;
Claire Thomas 52.55;
Jamie Kennedy 53.09;
Simon Linklater 53.27;
Amanda Link 53.36;
Charles Bowley 53.56;
Mark Storey 54.06;
Joe Moore 54.54;
Ben Kempner 57.00;
Simon Trevena 57.40;
Nina Lambrou 58.25;
Sue Hull 59.26;
Roland Baines 59.45;
Danny Ratnarajah 61.32;
Ruth Spiller 62.02;
Lucie Smitalova 62.22;
Robert Dennis 62.39;
Sean Dwyer 63.11;
Bill Edmondson 63.27;
Jessica Cull 63.57;
Annette Fry 64.05;
Keith Goodsell 64.25;
Marie Crawford 64.34;
Vicky Sims 64.54;
Sue Quincey 65.31;
Cassie Colvin 67.13;
Jessica Hayward 67.13;
Tony Skinner 69.35;
Steven Slater 70.47;
Jo French 70.55;
Deanne Smith 70.55;
Samantha Welfare 71.07;
Shana Burchett 71.13;
Tracy Ratnarajah 71.30;
Louise Cavill 71.34;
Simon Weatherley 71.34;
David Bratby 72.13;
Yockie Richardson 72.36;
Sue Palmer 72.43;
Mike Ellis 76.51;
Irene Kitson 77.00;
Jo Edwards 78.12;
Corrina Skinner 78.38;
Sylvia Huggett 78.38;
Sarah Marzaioli 89.00;
Helen Munday 89.01;
Erica Wilson 89.01;
Luc Bellerose (sweep) 89.05.

HRs star at Rye Sussex Grand Prix event and at Hastings parkrun!

Some great performances at the weekend with Yolanda King, following up her 19.03 5 kms pb and ladies win at Hastings parkrun on Saturday by finishing first lady in Sunday’s Rye 10 miler in an excellent chip time of 69.23 over what is a punishingly hilly course.

Club mate Zoe Fairclough finished a very close 3rd in 69.50, coming in just 3 seconds behind the runner-up. Martin Snape was the leading club member in 10th place in a time of 66.55, just ahead of Kieran Price in 66.57, Paul Lambert 69.16, Paul Burchett 73.00, Ben Park 73.34, Kevin Blowers 73.44, Neil Jeffries 74.54, Richard Towner – Roethe 76.50, Andy Knight 79.48, Sarah Bendle 82.38, Andy Alabaster 83.28, Ben Sallows 85.24, Simon Weatherley 87.55, Robert Dennis 88.39, Annette Fry 91.24, Lucie Smitalova 92.41, Keith Goodsell 93.27, Marie Crawford 93.59, Danny Ratnarajah 94.57, Sue Wilkinson 101.22, Stephen Slater 101.25, Klare Beecroft 101.39, Sue Alabaster 101.42, Yockie Richardson 105.54, Tracy Ratnarajah 107.14, Samantha Welfare 107.51, Louise Cavill 107.52, Krista Barzee 109.35, Shana Burchett 109.58, Hayley Ranson 115.42, Erica Wilson 135.08 – all chip times.

There were age category wins for Paul Burchett (MV45), Kevin Blowers (MV60), Robert Dennis (MV75), Sarah Bendle (FV45), Annette Fry (FV50) and the evergreen Yockie Richardson (FV75), as the club fielded 33 out of the 146 runners.

After a comfortable Hastings parkrun success in 16.34, Will Withecombe also pulled off a double by winning the Rye 5 mile event in a time of 29.36 which was an amazing 4 minutes faster than his victory in the race last year. Other HRs in the field of 32 were David Fairclough 43.06, Hannah Towner – Roethe 44.52, Adam Holland 48.06 and Joanne Fellows 60.19.

Many congrats to club secretary Andy Lee who recorded a superb time of 19.35 at parkrun to knock a full 25 seconds off the Hastings MV65 category record! There were also pbs for Andrew Shipilov 19.42 and Adam Holland 25.44.

Helen Rothermel achieved a new half marathon PB of 2 hours and 1 second at the Edinburgh Half Marathon. Also making the long trip north of the border were Nick Thompson (2:26) and Rick Burne (2:07).

Jacqueline Mannering and Darren Kilby were spotted outside Arundel Caste at 5am on Sunday morning. There was another sighting later that evening in Eastbourne. The first assumption was the traffic must have been bad, but the two of them actually ran the 102km as part of the UK Ultra South Downs 100k. In the process Jacqueline scooped up first place in her age category.

Husband and wife duo Sharon and Paul Wadham, flew the green and black flag at Arundel on Saturday morning, completed the scenic undulating 10K route in just over an hour.

Hastings Runners 5 Miler a Big Success!

An excellent turnout yesterday as Hastings Runners flagship event, the Keith Chandler Memorial Road Race, returned for its 15th anniversary with no fewer than 98 HRs in the field of 408 runners whilst close to 40 current and former club members formed the majority of the volunteers.

The return to Sussex Grand Prix status ensured that runners came from all over Sussex to take part, whilst there were also clubs represented from Kent, Surrey and London. The feedback for the new course, which included a 550m loop of the town’s historic pier, has been very positive and hopefully the weather gods will be kinder for the 2023 event!

There were some superb performances across the board with Will Withecombe first club member home in 10th place in 28.29; Yolanda King 3rd lady finisher in 32.19; Yolanda, Zoe Fairclough and Claire Thomas finished as 2nd ladies team; Will, Ashley Vora and Kieran Price were 4th men’s team.

There were age category wins for Lewis Betts (male junior), Kieran Price (MV50), Neil Jeffries (MV60 and Christine Sanderson (FV75).

Many thanks to chief marshal Alan Croucher for co-ordinating the large team of volunteers, and hopefully the event will add a few more thousand pounds to the £56,000 raised so far in its history for St. Michael’s Hospice. Well done to everyone who took part, and making this a great advertisement for our club!

On Saturday 15 Hastings Runners travelled to Horsham to take part in the Run to the Sea 50K Ultra.

It was a superb performance with the club claiming 3rd place in the team prize. Kevin Blowers took 1st place in the MV60 category, competing in his first ever Ultra in a time of 5:13:05.

Richard Roethe, Sarah Bendle, Rob Thomas, Nina Lambrou and Emily Allchurch all came in under the 6 hour mark!


London’s Calling

With Saturday’s hangovers a distance memory some of our club’s finest were in race action at the weekend.

Multi award winning Kevin Blowers achieved his goal and smashed the “Good for Age” time for London Marathon, by running a massive Marathon PB of 3:30:08 in Milton Keynes.

Darren Barzee ran an amazing time too, clocking a personal best of 3:23. An hour in the First Aid tent post race showed just how much he pushed himself to cross the finish line. Lucky for him, Kev was able to walk (just) and limped off to McDonalds to fetch our man a Big Mac and fries.

I (Simon Linklater) managed to knock 64 minutes off my personal best Marathon time to join the Three PBigo’s, running a time of 3:40:00.

Whilst Kevin plans his trip to the capital in 2023, several of our members were heading back from the capital having competed in the Vitality 10K.

There were PB’s for Nicola Steed (43:59), Lucia Smitalova (51:05) and Rachel Inns (52:12). Sharon Wadham (57:07) narrowly beat hubby Paul (57:29) and Linda Beddis crossed the line in 1:10:55.

Presentation host Andy Knight continued his good form with a time of 1:19:55 in the Haywards Heath 10 Miler.

If I’ve missed you out, then get in touch. Apologies for the delayed report as well, turns out a Marathon is actually quite hard.

Hastings Runners 2022 Awards Night

Best Awards Night Ever? I’m sure everyone in attendance can agree on that.  A few thank yous. Mr.Norris & Nick Webb, thank you for organising the event and choosing such an amazing band (so good).

Thank you to Nick Brown, Susan Mann and Andy Lee for awarding the trophies.  Thank you to Andy Knight for presenting the evening in such a professional manner (wasted talent).

Congratulations to everyone who won an award. You are all amazing and truly inspiring.


Sarah Marzaioli
Henry Worthington
Sarah Bendle
Nigel Thornely
Shana Burchett
Simon Linklater
Irene Kitson
Simon Weatherley
Jan Young
Paul Burchett
Jacqueline Scott
Louise Weatherley
Terry Kitson
Bill Edmondson
Susan Rae
Keiran Price
Nikki Steed
Neil Jeffries
Marie Crawford
David Harding
Krista Barzee
Robert Gagyi
Manami Cheves
Kevin Blowers
Claire Thomas
Darren Barzee
David Bratby
Will Withecombe
Charles Bowley
Marie Appleton
Patrick Bermingham
Ellie Swaine
John Simcox
Catherine Southgate
Martin Noakes
Ruth Spiller
Mike Ellis
Sue Palmer
Ben Sallows
Michelle Krombolz
Keith Goodsell
Michael Norris
Andy Knight


Senior Female:   Nikki Steed
Female Vet 1/35: Claire Thomas
Female Vet 2/40: Sarah Bendle
Female Vet 3/45: Marie Crawford
Female Vet 4/50: Sue Wilkinson
Female Vet 5/55: Manami Cheves
Female Vet 6/60: Susan Rae
Female Vet 7/65: Irene Kitson
Female Vet 8/70: Sarah Marzaioli
Female Vet 9/75: Christine Sanderson

Senior Male:  Will Withecombe
Male Vet 1/40: Simon Linklater
Male Vet 2/45: Kieran Price
Male Vet 3/50: Darren Barzee
Male Vet 4/55: Kevin Blowers
Male Vet 5/60:  Neil Jeffries
Male Vet 6/65:  Terry Kitson
Male Vet 7/70:  Mike Ellis


1st Claire Thomas
2nd Susan Rae
3rd Nikki Steed

1st Will Withecombe
2nd Darren Barzee
3rd Kieran Price


Pete Heasman and Jacqui Mannering

These two people are amongst the club’s leading ultra runners. At the beginning of 2021 they signed up for the Centurion 50 Mile Grand Slam which is a series of four 50 mile trail ultra marathons. The first in the series was the South Downs Way 50 in April and they ran from Worthing over the downs into Eastbourne only to find that the course was slightly short, so having received their medals they then ran 3 laps of the track in Hampden Park to make up the full distance. Not content with 4 Grand Slams in a year they also, between them, completed the 100k Serpent Trail on the South Downs, the Thames Path 100 miler from Richmond to Oxford and the Gatliff 50k.

Claire Thomas

A lady who enjoyed a steller year in the ladies club championship finishing unbeaten in the 8 races that she contested, including wins in the Woodchurch 5 mile and the Barry Richards 10k. Across the year she achieved PB’s at Parkrun, 5k, 5 miles and 10k but her greatest qualities are her relentless cheerfulness and her support for all club colleagues and activities.

Nikki Steed

It’s been a real breakthough year for this lady who’s achieved PB’s at 5k, 10k, and half marathon race distances including fine runs in the Rye 5k, the club Winter 5k and the Hastings Seafront 10k but her best result was being first lady in the Alan Corke race. She’s recently done the London Landmarks Half Marathon raising £700 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of her Dad.

Kieran Price

This very modest man had a breakthrough year in 2021 producing PB’s at parkrun, 5k, 10k, 10 miles and half marathon distances. He finished a close 3rd in the club championship and he was the first club runner home in the Romney Marsh 10k.

Kevin Blowers

This man has clocked up PB’s at all distances and made an excellent marathon debut of 3 hours 43 minutes. He recently turned 60 and the older he gets the quicker he gets, recently he got a parkrun PB of 19 mins 3 secs. He’s probably more notable however for his ready wisecracks and also his baking skills as demonstrated with the cakes he brought along to the Sunday Cross Country events.

Charles Bowley

This man is a relatively new club member who’s quickly made his mark with his enthusiasm for racing almost weekly and his friendly engaging character. He flew the flag for Hastings Runners last year at the Canterbury and Tonbridge Half Marathons, the Bewl 15, North Downs Way 30k and the Lydd 20 mile. He’s even recently shown off his photographic skills by being the official photographer at parkrun.

Louise and Simon Weatherley

Our final merit award goes to two members who’s infectious enthusiasm for a range of club activities marks them out. HE managed PB’s right across all distances in 2021 and SHE, despite a number of injury setbacks during the year still managed to take part in 9 club championship races finishing as 2nd senior lady.


Male – Will Withecombe

He’s achieved so much during the past 15 months and is a relative newcomer to the club. He announced himself with a fine win in the Alan Corke race, finished a close second to Jack Madden in the Barry Richards 10k and won the Club Winter 5k. He also celebrated first place in many other races including the Woodchurch 5 mile and the Hastings 10k, plus he had a successful Cross Country season finishing 2nd male in the East Sussex Cross Country League. He’s a regular parkrunner and has clocked up wins at 5 different venues including Hastings where he has a PB of 16’05”.

Female – Sarah Marzaioli

This is someone who’s a club legend. She’s completed over 100 marathons despite not taking up running until her early 50’s. Her remarkable journey has taken her all around the world running marathons in Vancouver, Rome, Paris, Istanbul and New York. She’s even done some ultras including the 65 miles from London to Brighton. After numerous age category wins in events such as the Hampton Court and Tonbridge half marathon’s, and the Lydd 20 miler she was invited to take part in the London Marathon as part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors series. Just two weeks later she posted a time of 4 hours 37 minutes in the Yorkshire Marathon winning her age group in what was the British Masters marathon championship event. This put her 10th in her age group for the UK Athletics rankings in 2021. She’s just started a new 2 year challenge to raise more money for the RNLI, a charity which is close to her heart. It started with the Guernsey Marathon on 3rd April and will end with the London Marathon in 2024.

Grijsloke Trophy – Jill Green

This trophy was donated to us by the running club in Belgium which has had a special connection with Hastings Runners for many years. Although unfortunately the Grijsloke races have not been held for a couple of years it was never-the-less thought appropriate to recognise a lady who’s been a staunch supporter and facilitator of the exchange since the early days. She doesn’t run now but she’s a fantastic supporter of the club and marshall’s at many events.

Cross Country Award – Trish Audis

The Cross Country Award is chosen by our cross country captain David Bratby. We had another excellent Cross Country season and the recipient of this award finished 2nd in her age category for the season.

Coach Of The Year – Nick Brown

This award is voted for by club members. This year’s winner is someone who’s put in a lot of hard work to help colleagues develop their running skills. He’s the mastermind behind the weekly track sessions which have developed into a strong facet of the club’s activities.

Marshall’s Trophy – Alan Croucher

This new trophy goes to a man who’s careful and detailed planning is essential to the successful and safe running of our club races. (In future years it will be Alan who decides the winner, someone who’s made a valued contribution to the club races)

Special Award – Marie Crawford

A lovely bouquet of flowers was presented as a special thank you for someone who provided thoughtful advice on the management of Covid and patiently and diligently maintained records of club sessions to provide for our track and trace obligations. She’s also a leading light at track on a Monday and has just taken over the organisation of the Club Championship points.

Special Recognition Award–Eric Hardwick MBE

Hastings Runners wanted to recognise him for all his hard work and the amazing achievement of being Race Director of the Hastings Half Marathon for the past 38 years and the race in March this year was his last one in the role. He’s a great golf lover, so we have arranged an overnight stay for two people at the Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club in Ticehurst.

Special Award – Matt Edmonds

Eric Hardwick purchased this trophy himself to present to Matt in recognition of a great achievement at the half marathon this year. He was the first local runner and was the highest placed member of Hastings Runners for many years finishing in 4th place.

The next 2 awards have been nominated by our members, and ultimately chosen by the Committee.

Wilf Gaye Memorial Trophy – Jessica Cull

This year’s deserving winner lost her husband and was left on her own to bring up two young children Oliver and Ellie, she took on the London Marathon last October running in memory of Richard and she raised £5000 for St Michael’s Hospice who took care of him. .

Endeavour Trophy – Simon Linklater and Kevin Blowers

This trophy was provided by Peter Cocker and this year we have joint winners. Both of these guys are very active in the club. Simon has put in some fine running performances in the last year but he’s also made a major contribution to the club’s profile through his excellent and numerous contributions to the Hastings Observer plus looking after our website. Meanwhile Kevin Blowers just goes from strength to strength, his achievements were acknowledged when he won his merit award earlier and this is another award to add to his tally.

This next award is awarded by the Executive Committee to a member who they feel has made a most significant contribution to the club.

Founders Trophy – Mary Chantler and Vic Froehlke

This couple no longer run but are still strong supporters of the club and they’re still part of the walking group. Importantly however, these colleagues worked for several years behind the scenes to help put on our flagship event, the Hastings 5 Mile Race which has raised over £56,000 for St Michael’s Hospice since it started 15 years ago.


A magnificent turnout for the club’s 5 kms event on Wednesday 27th April, with 76 taking part in the evening seafront race despite the chilly conditions.

The out and back course from Grosvenor Gardens was diverted via Bottle Alley after a last minute switch, owing to a road traffic accident which caused the top prom to be blocked.

Another tremendous run from star junior Finlay Goodman (aged 13) who coasted home in 16.58, nearly a minute clear of runner up Ashley Vora, followed in by Adam Weller in 3rd and Finlay’s dad Mark in 4th.

An excellent run by 8th placed Zoe Fairclough in 20.11, who was the first lady home. 5th placed Kieran Price took the male vet’s prize, whilst the evergreen Sally Grainger claimed the ladies vet’s award.

Club chairman Nick Brown said:”It was very encouraging to see no fewer than 18 runners taking part in their first club race. Many thanks to race director Nick Webb, and to chief marshal Alan Croucher and the rest of the volunteers.”

The debut runners were juniors Amy & Sophie Ashby, Lewis Betts, Romey Jondorf; and adults Klare Beecroft, Sean Dwyer, David Fairclough, Joanne Fellows, Nathan Godden, Sue Hull, Stephen Ingram, Nathan Jondorf, Ben Kempner, Matthew Miller, Phil Morris, Mark Storey, Adam Weller and Tamsin West.

Full results were:
Finlay Goodman 16.58;
Ashley Vora 17.56;
Adam Weller 18.03;
Mark Goodman 18.45;
Kieran Price 19.02;
Paul Lambert 19.08;
Martin Noakes 19.36;
Zoe Fairclough 20.11;
Michael Norris 20.28 pb;
Lewis Betts 20.34;
Nicki Steed 20.55 pb;
Neil Jeffries 20.56;
Nathan Jondorf 21.02;
Mark Storey 21.11 pb;
Andy Knight 21.12;
Stephen Ingram 21.31 pb;
Joe Cruttenden 21.39;
Graeme Grass 22.01;
Matthew Miller 22.17;
Ben Sallows 22.19;
Nathan Godden 22.20;
Jamie Kennedy 22.22;
Dean Betts 22.23;
Ben Kempner 22.57;
Andy Alabaster 23.04;
Matt Beaver 23.07;
Romey Jondorf 23.10;
David Fairclough 23.13;
Ben Brett 23.28;
Darren Owen 23.29;
Sally Grainger 23.33;
Jamie Hitchman 23.39;
Lewis Wadham 23.47;
Jo Nevett 24.12;
Ruth Spiller 24.15;
Sue Hull 24.23 pb;
Sean Dwyer 24.41;
Amy Ashby 24.47 (fastest time for 6 years!);
Berenice Consavela 24.59;
Glenn Read 25.24;
Rachael Inns 25.28;
Danny Ratnarajah 25.32;
Bill Edmondson 25.34;
Marie Crawford 25.38 pb;
Jessica Cull 25.45;
Klare Beecroft 25.49 pb;
Paul Wadham 26.20;
Marie Appleton 26.33;
Sue Quincey 26.34;
David Bratby 26.49;
Robert Gagyi 26.54;
Rick Burne 26.57;
Catherine Mitchell 27.01;
Phil Morris 27.07;
Sue Alabaster 27.15;
Sharon Wadham 27.19;
Jan Young 27.45;
Sophie Ashby 28.18;
Louise Cavill 28.29;
Sue Palmer 28.41;
Krista Barzee 28.51;
Julia James 29.02;
Allison Tanner 29.05;
Yockie Richardson 29.16;
Simon Woroniecki 29.21;
Christine Sanderson 29.52;
Tracy Ratnarajah 29.54;
Irene Kitson 30.12;
Alan Croucher 30.32;
Sophie West 31.01;
Christopher White 31.33;
Sylvia Huggett 32.25;
Joanne Fellows 33.41pb;
Erica Wilson 35.48;
Henry Worthington 40.10;
Hayley Ranson (sweep) 40.15.

Hastings Runners Raising the Bar

Hastings Runners took achievements to a new level this week. A level of epic proportions.

11 hours is a long time. 10 hours 53 minutes and 21 seconds to be precise. That is how long Ben Brett was running across the beautiful South Downs Way on Saturday to complete the SDW50.

It was his first 50 miler and just reward for his hard work and diligent training over the past few years. Ben my friend, you are a legend!

Brighton was the destination for over 8,000 marathon runners on Sunday, 4 from our wonderful club. Paul Burchett was unfortunate to pick up a hamstring injury after 19 miles but battled bravely to the finish in a time of 3:49:18.

New member Tamsin West broke the sub 4 hour mark in a time of 3:54:04. Emma Stubbs spent the 26.2 miles singing and dancing with the pacers, enjoying her experience to the full, to finish in 4:42:19 (I wish I was that happy). James Graham left the crowd gasping as he wore his customary footwear along the Brighton promenade to come home in 6:03:28.

Rachel Inns took part in the Brighton 10K race, crossing the line in 52:31.

49.4 miles west in Ashford (that’s less than the distance Ben ran remember) Jacqueline Mannering (4:45:42), Annette Fry (4:45:42) and Alison Tanner (5:07:11) all completed the Pod Plus Kent Spring Marathon. Jacqueline was 3rd in her age category and Alison 2nd.

Kevin Blowers went one better by scooping the MV60 top prize and 14th overall in the half marathon (same race) in a jaw dropping time of 1:36:42.

Todd Fitz-Hugh (1:46:29) and Richard Cross (1:56:16, 2nd in his age category) also completed the race.

Whilst most of us have spend the past 10 days donning our beanies and mittens, a group of Hastings Runners headed off to sunny Rhodes to compete in the Roads to Rhodes Race (that’s a lot of roads).

Corrina Skinner (2:35:09), Sylvia Huggett (2:35:09), Ron Huggett (2:50:44) and Davinia Hill (2:50:50) all tackled the half marathon course. Whilst Debra Van Aalst (1:00:51), Irene Kiston (1:11:00) Debbie Clark (1:12:56) and Terry Kitson (1:20:51) completed the 10K.

Lucia Smitalova finished 12th female in a half marathon in Czech Republic in a 1 hour and 54 minutes. We get around us Hastings Runners.

Sarah Miles completed the Guernsey Marathon on a very scenic route. It’s the start of a 2 year fund-raiser for RNLI, celebrating their bi-centenary in 2024.

If you ran this weekend and I’ve missed you out, drop me an email or DM and I will add you to the report.

HR Off Road 2022 – Dates & Locations

12th April – Pickham Farm, Watermill Lane, Pett, TN35 4HX

19th April – Footlands Wood, Whatlington TN33 0NT

26th April – Sedlescombe Public Car Park, TN33 0NT

3rd May – Fairlight Country Park (1st car park) TN35 4AB

10th May – Mount Street Car Park (far end) TN33 0DR

17th May – Pett Level (just east of the last house) TN35 4EN

24th May – Sunset’, Cottage Lane, Westfield, TN35 4RB (by Fernlea Close)

31st May – Icklesham (Recreation Ground) TN36 4BJ

6th June – Catsfield (Village Hall) TN33 9DS

The Hastings Runners Off Road Tuesday runs re-start at 18.30 on Tuesday 12th April at Tim Jury’s farm in Pett. All the locations with post codes and What3Words reference are in the list below. Each week there will usually be three groups, 5.5 mile, 6.5 mile and up to 8 miles, plus a walking group, each group taking approximately one and a half hours. We are still looking for more leaders, and will be pleased if more members will volunteer and add their names to the on-line spreadsheet at HR Off road 2022.xlsx   If anyone would like to discuss leading a group, route planning, or navigation for runners, please email Paul Cooper or speak to any of the leaders on a Tuesday evening. This is a great way to start off road/ trail running, avoiding traffic fumes and watching the countryside transition from Spring to Summer and eventually to Autumn. The runs are very social, and we NEVER leave anyone behind!