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A Busy Weekend for Hastings Runners

Some excellent performances over a baking hot weekend, with 12 club members taking part in the Bedgebury Forest Spring 10 km led home by new member Will Willecombe who finished 3rd in a time of 40.09.
Followed in by 10th place Kevin Blowers 44.50, Claire Thomas 47.23, Susan Rae 48.39, Lewis Wadham 48.54, Neil Jeffries 49.46, Ruth Spiller 53.36, Paul Wadham 58.33, Sharon Wadham 61.01, Michelle Krombholz 62.08, Andrew Clubb 74.48, Sophie West 77.31.



There were age category wins for Claire (FV35), Ruth (FV55), Susan (FV60), and also for Neil (MV60) despite his taking a detour which added around 800m – in fact he was probably the only runner to actually run the full distance, as by general consensus the course came up 200 – 300m short!
Many congrats to Bradley Earwaker who achieved a remarkable endurance feat by completing the grueling Centurion South Downs Way 100 miler in a time of 29 hours 55 mins – just beating the cut-off time by 5 mins!
The race started at Winchester and followed the South Downs all the way into Eastbourne, with competitors finishing by doing a lap of the Sports Centre athletics track.



Well done also to new members Charles Bowley and Lauren Coleman who completed the Wealden 1/2 marathon challenge in 2.15.55 and 2.31.42 respectively.
Starting and finishing in the village of Chiddingly, the race is mainly off-road on the Weald Way and Vanguard Way long-distance footpaths.



Finally, the club’s star junior Finlay Goodman celebrated becoming a teenager in style by posting an impressive victory in his age category in the Sussex Family Triathlon event, held on the stunning grounds of Ashburnham Place.
Finlay won his age group aquathlon by nearly 30 secs in a time of 19.48 – swim 07.03; transition 0.31; run 12.14.



Please note that following the new lockdown restrictions that were recently announced, all organised club training sessions including track are suspended until further notice. These rules are due for review on 30th December. In the meantime, you can still run with one person from another household; but that is up to individuals to arrange. Stay safe, have a happy Xmas and look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
Nick Brown (club chairman)


As the number of positive cases of COVID-19 continues to rise across the country, we will continue to regularly update club members with regard to maintaining social distancing; how many members can participate within a group; what steps you should take if you receive a positive test result after attending a training session; our club track & trace system.

See this link for latest EA guidance:

Current rules allow us to train and run in groups of 6 with people from other households, but still maintaining a 2-metre gap from those you do not live with at all times – this means before, during and after a run!

Also please follow all Government hygiene advice and do not attend runs if you feel unwell. Although it is permissible to have much larger groups when being coached in a Covid – secure environment outside such as a running track, we will be limiting the track group sizes to a maximum of 8 for the time being.


RUNNERS – If you develop coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms (listed here within 48 hours of attending a club run you must inform us. Please email our coaching group admin secretary Marie Crawford with your name, date, time and coach for the run. Marie’s email address is

In the event that you test positive you will need to complete the England Athletics COVID-19 form. Please use the contact email above for information on how to do this.


Please carry a mobile phone, first aid kit, mask and hand sanitiser on all club training runs. You will need to have a running belt (reasonably priced at under £10 on Amazon) to ensure that all necessities are carried.

Remember to email Marie with details of those who have attended a group run/training session as soon as possible after the event. These records will be destroyed after 21 days.

If there are any non – HR members taking part, then she will also need their email details. It is vital that she can easily contact people asap in the event that anyone reports experiencing COVID – 19 symptoms after training with us.

Marie has access to members’ email addresses via the EA portal, but needs to keep an up-to-date list of any runners who do not appear on there so that she can forward them the relevant protocols which they wouldn’t otherwise receive.

Non member emails will be retained for as long as EA require us to keep lists.

Many thanks for your co-operation in helping us ensure that Hastings Runners continues to comply with all Government guidance.

Best wishes, Nick Brown (club chairman)

100 Not Out for Marzaioli

Sarah Marzaioli of Hastings Runners only started to run in her early 50s. In 2001 Sarah ran her first London Marathon.

Slowly but surely she began to tot up the Marathons and the idea of achieving the unthinkable became a real possibility.

Since that first appearance in the capital nearly 20 years ago, Sarah has completed 15 London Marathons. 2020 was set to be a special year.

Not only would it have been her 16th time of crossing that famous finish line down The Mall, but it would have seen Sarah join the 100 Marathon Club.

Sadly the race was postponed, but Sarah already had a backup race planned. So whilst she didn’t have the experience of the fans cheering her home, she did reach the milestone of 100 Marathons in The Moyleman, a memorial race over the South Downs and around Lewes.

Why stop there? Even with races cancelled Sarah is keen to continue her passion for running. On the 4th October, she will take part in the Virtual London Marathon. Sarah has plotted a route from Eastbourne to Rye to cover the 26.2 miles.

The course passes by the RNLI Lifeboat stations at Eastbourne, Hastings and Rye Harbour. Sarah is raising money for this great charity by taking on this latest challenge.

So if you are inspired by Sarah continuing to run Marathons in her 70s, then please find it in your hearts to make a small donation and help this wonderful cause.




A tremendous club turnout for Friday’s evening 5kms in the picturesque setting of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, with 33 HRs taking part out of the field of 172.

Only the recently formed Hy Running Club, with 29 representatives, came anywhere near matching this.

First club member home was Dan Snellgrove, putting his Zoom Vaporflys through their paces in an impressive time of 18.09 (an 8secs pb); whilst there were age category wins for Darren Barzee (MV50), Neil Jeffries (MV60) and Irene Kitson (FV65).

Despite a slight headwind all the way out to the turnaround point at Winchelsea Beach, there were also pbs for all three Simons (Newstead, Linklater & Weatherley!), Ruth Spiller, Krista Barzee and a very promising 5kms debut for Elora Wadham.

Also notable runs, showing a welcome return to form, for Neil Jeffries, Marie Appleton, Sue Palmer and Marie Crawford.

The event was excellently organised by Nice Work, with race numbers sent out in advance; temperature checked on arrival in the nature reserve; social distancing observed at all times; runners sent off in 19 waves of 9 – 10 runners every 5 minutes.
Great to see some familiar club faces helping out with the organisation, including Lee & Steph Miller, Andy Bashford, Corrina Skinner and Gary Lancaster.

Chip times were: Dan Snellgrove 18.09 (pb); Darren Barzee 18.38; Simon Newstead 19.30 (pb); Andrew Watson 19.40; Danny Firth 19.46; Simon Linklater 19.49 (pb); Neil Jeffries 20.27; Kevin Blowers 21.28; Ben Sallows 21.55; Elora Wadham 23.09 (pb); Piers Brunning 23.11; Nicola Steed 23.35; Nick Brown 23.36; Simon Weatherley 24.11 (pb); Ruth Spiller 24.14 (pb); Marie Appleton 25.17; Paul Wadham 25.21; Sharon Wadham 26.24; Susan Wilkinson 26.56; Sue Palmer 26.58; Marie Crawford 27.10; Debra Van Aalst 27.33; Krista Barzee 27.43 (pb); Louise Cavill 28.28; Leigh Yates 28.57; Alison Campbell 30.31; Susan Mann 30.43; Hayley Ranson 31.04; Terry Kitson 31.11; Jo Edwards 31.32; Irene Kitson 31.47; Jenny Hudson 33.14; Alison Leonard 33.23.

Membership Update

Club members have various options available at present, and the good news is that if you are currently renewing your membership or are joining as a new member then your membership will be automatically extended until 31st March 2022 (at no extra cost) in light of the current club training restrictions owing to the Covid – 19 situation. So that’s 21 months’ membership for the price of 12!

Basic club membership costs £20.00 per annum (just £10.00 for over 70s).

England Athletics’ registration is an additional £15.00 per annum. As a club runner, you can only represent your club in an open race if you have registered with EA and been allocated a unique reference number (URN) … otherwise you will show up in race results as an “unattached” runner.

So what are the advantages of EA membership? … you pay reduced entry for EA affiliated races; receive discounts from local sports retailers; see for further details.

As a club we are currently allocated several guaranteed Virgin London Marathon places per year, based on our level of membership. The more EA members we have within the club, the more places we would receive. The marathon draw which is held towards the end of each year is only open to EA members.

If you are interested in racing, then Hastings Runners stages 8 “club only” races a year including the Brenda Boyle Pier to Pier (Eastbourne to Hastings); Barry Richards 10kms; Rye to Hastings; and three 5kms races on Hastings seafront including the “celebrated” handicap race! All races are free to club members.

In addition, club members participate regularly at Hastings parkrun (the majority of run directors are in fact Hastings Runners) as well as organised trips to other parkruns during the spring/summer. The club has enjoyed considerable success in the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League (this is held over the autumn/winter period); as well as in the Herstmonceux Castle Relays (held in August).

The club has a significant number of high calibre Masters runners, and has won medals at the prestigious British Masters National Road Running and Cross Country relays in recent years

Please email our club/membership secretary Andy Lee ( if you have any queries


The change to the usual format, with everyone running 2kms legs this time round, led to some tremendous performances. Star club junior Finlay Goodman recorded the fastest time with an explosivo 6.39, one of 4 runners to break the 7mins barrier; whilst another 14 runners ran 8.00 or quicker. A special mention also for junior Nathan Jondorf, whose excellent time of 7.14 was aided by an insanely rapido opening 3.03 km, which was the quickest km recorded!  So here’s your leg by leg commentary guide as the battle for the coveted “baston del plato” (silver relay baton) unfolded!

LEG 1:  First out of the blocks was Marauders’ capitan Matt Edmonds, who posted an excellent time of 6.49 on Sandrock playing fields having warmed up by walking 85kms the previous day from Dover to Hastings! However hot on his trail was Destroyers ‘ Dan Snellgrove who gave his Vaporflys a real caning on Bexhill seafront, with another tiempo rapido in 6.51. Excellent times too from Flyers’ Mark Goodman around Bodiam Castle in 7.06, and from Dynamos’ Jon Gardner on Hastings seafront in 7.18
Marauders 6.49; Destroyers + 2secs; Flyers + 17secs; Dynamos + 29secs

LEG 2:   Jamie Webb produced a very fast time of 7.08, also on the seafront, for the Marauders; but this was soon eclipsed by Patrick Healey whose estupendo 6.52 on the cycle path heading out to Bulverhythe took the Destroyers into the narrowest of leads. Even faster was junior Finlay Goodman with a ridiculamente rapido 6.39 for the Flyers; whilst the veterano elite Kevin Blowers clocked a very fast 7.34 for the Dynamos on Bexhill seafront. Even more impressive, as my sources tell me that he hurdled most of the bollards approaching the De La Warr pavilion and also made 2 bids on Ebay without breaking stride!
Destroyers 13.43; Flyers + 2secs; Marauders + 14secs; Dynamos + 1.09

LEG 3:   Another very consistent run by Destroyers’ Andrew Watson whose time of 7.27 extended his team’s lead over the Flyers, for whom Martin Turner turned in his best relay performance to date with 7.55 – also on Hastings seafront. Nick Brown had a full team of paramedicos in attendance, and had to work hard to clock 7.47 for the Marauders along the undulating lanes of Northiam. No such worries beset Dynamos’ junior Nathan Jondorf who blazed out a fantastico 3.03 opening km on Hastings seafront, before not surprisingly slowing a little to come home in a fine time of 7.14
Destroyers 21.20; Flyers + 28secs; Marauders + 34secs; Dynamos + 56secs

LEG 4:   Neil Jeffries kept the Destroyers in front with a well paced 7.41; whilst Paddy Devlin crept inside this time with 7.26 for the Dynamos (both on Hastings seafront). Richard Coates produced yet another fine run for the Flyers with 8.00; whilst another fantastic run by velocista escoces Susan Rae (also on Bexhill seafront) in 8.34 for the Marauders earned her a massive 86% age grading
Destroyers 28.51; Flyers + 47secs; Dynamos + 51secs; Marauders + 1.27

LEG 5:  Matt Smith maintained the Destroyers’ momentum with an excellent 7.59, doing a few vueltas of The Polegrove in Bexhill. He had spotted GB Paralympic wheelchair athlete David Weir whilst warming up, but quickly abandoned any notions of trying to keep up with him! Michael Norris, complete with pacing crew, also returned a fine time of 7.59 on Hastings seafront to keep the Dynamos in touch; whilst Glenn Read continued his recent improvement with 8.40 for the Marauders. Another amazing relay leg by junior Oliver Goodman, whose time of 7.57 on the trails near Bodiam Castle featured a leg cadence of around 220 por minuto!
Destroyers 36.50; Flyers + 45secs; Dynamos + 51secs; Marauders + 2.08

LEG 6:  A decisive seafront leg by Destroyers Berenice Consavela in 8.40 has really put the gato amongst las palomas, giving them a lead of nearly 2mins. A solid run by junior Romey Jondorf (also on the seafront) in 9.41 keeps the Dynamos in 2nd; whilst another improved run by Krista Barzee (complete with pacing crew along the seafront) in 10.36 keeps the Flyers in 3rd, just ahead of the Marauders for whom Jane Hughes ran an excellent time of 9.18 on Bexhill seafront
Destroyers 45.30: Dynamos + 1.52; Flyers + 2.41; Marauders + 2.46

LEG 7:  An improved time too along the seafront from Margaret Balch in 10.41 for the Flyers; whilst Leonora King was also on the upgrade for the Marauders with 10.17. Dynamos’ Ruth Spiller and Destroyers’ Ashley Ballard both clocked 9.56; so the Destroyers still hold a very healthy lead going into the ultimo leg
Destroyers 55.26; Dynamos + 1.52; Marauders + 3.07; Flyers + 3.26
LEG 8:  A much improved performance from recent Flyers’ debutant Krissy Ivanova with 12.08; whilst that evergreen Masters relay campeon Christine Sanderson ran an amazing 11.08 for the Marauders (both on Hastings seafront). Another runner to continue improving is Dynamos’ Susan Mann who produced her quickest 2kms time to date in 11.55. That just left Amanda Moore who coasted home, also in an improved time, with 11.15 to give the Destroyers a comfortable win. 

Many congrats to Dan’s Destroyers whose winning time was 1.06.41; followed in by Darren’s Dynamos 1.09.13; Matt’s Marauders 1.09.41; Finlay’s Flyers 1.11.00. So the Destroyers, Flyers & Marauders all have 2 wins apiece now.

Relay no.7 will run Wednesday to Sunday evening. We have several new runners who would like to join in, but we need another couple of runners to balance up the numbers. Please email   Best wishes, Nick Brown

Latest Update – Training/Covid-19

Dear Club Members

With the Government recently relaxing some of the rules around lockdown, the Committee want to update you on the current status of group training  and whether the Club is in a position to re-introduce any officially organised club runs or training sessions.

As of 1st June, you can exercise or play sport in groups of up to six people from other households, but should only do so where it is possible to maintain a two-metre gap from those you do not live with. However this is not a sufficient easing of restrictions to allow us to reinstate any official training sessions, and current guidance from UK Athletics is that any club-sanctioned group activity should not take place.

A group larger than 6 people broken into a number of smaller groups of 6 people, training together in the same place at the same time, would, for example, be against the new rules as the gathering exceeds 6 people.

However there is no reason why individuals shouldn’t make  their own arrangements to meet in groups of 6 to train together provided that they maintain the current two-metre distancing rule. We would just respectfully request that you don’t wear club vests or mention Hastings Runners when arranging training, to minimise the chances of any adverse publicity for our club in the current situation.

We will continue to keep the situation under review, taking into account any new rules and guidance from Government and England Athletics, with a view to re-instating Club sessions of some kind as soon as it is permitted and safe to do so.

In the meantime, keep safe and well.

Best wishes, Nick Brown (club chairman)