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Christmas Pudding Dash Race Report

Cold. Wet. Caked in mud. Some even bloodied from falls. Yet bizarrely, still smiling whilst comparing tales of who trod in the deepest puddle or who had the most comical tumble.

The 55 that took on and completed the Christmas Pudding Dash on Saturday morning, did so in great festive spirits. Battling the muddy slippery slopes, the 2 foot deep puddles, the fallen branches and the water-logged fields. All whilst dressed in their finest Christmas attire and boy were some crackers on display.

First to slide his way over the finish line was Patrick Bermingham in a superb time of 36 minutes. Graeme Grass, who rocked up fresh-faced from not only Hastings parkrun but the Xmas Drinks the night before, was 2nd home in 36:41. Rumour has it he spent the afternoon napping on the sofa.

Michael Hamer (37:19) and Danny Firth (37:43) made up the top 4. They were closely followed by our first female finisher, Jane Coles in a fantastic time of 38:09. Emily Allchurch (42:35) came 2nd, whilst Berenice Consavela (49:16) and Sue Palmer were joint third, with identical chip times.

There was success in the age category prizes too. Bob Dennis took the honours in the Male Vet 70 (I still can’t believe he’s that old) in 46:42. Christine Sanderson won the Female Vet 75 in 56:34. Our resident baker, Yockie Richardson, claimed first place in the Female Vet 70 in 58:52.

Thank you to the club members who were part of the race organisation. Steph Miller, Tim Jury, Andy Bashford, Lee Miller, Gary Lancaster and Corrina Skinner were all on hand to offer their encouragement. Thank you to the supporters that came along to cheer on their loved ones and no doubt question our sanity.

The Christmas Pudding Dash wraps up an amazing 2019 Club Championship. Places are still available at the Social Awards night which is due to take place on the 24th of January 2020. This really is an amazing event and not to be missed. Especially if you’ve yet to witness the incredible dance moves of our new Secretary Andy Lee.

Click here for the full results from the Pudding Dash.

Simon Linklater – Communications Officer

Mince Pies and Sunshine

It was a quiet weekend on the racing front, with just a handful of Hastings Runners in action, whilst the rest of us put up our Christmas trees and spent even longer getting the perfect photo for our Social Media accounts.

Three wise runners made the short trip to Seaford to take on the Mince Pie 10 Miler, organised by the local Striders club. Terry Kitson was the first home, completing the challenging multi-terrain course in a time of 1 hour 45 minutes and 23 seconds.  Close behind in 1:46:56 was Sarah Marzaioli, with Katherine Hill finishing in 2:07:31.

Nick Brown and Helen Brown both competed in the Turkey & Father Xmas 5K. Nick has only just returned from a serious knee operation and managed to complete the 5.2km course in a fantastic time of 22 minutes dead. Helen came dashing across the finish line in a time of 26 minutes and 24 seconds.

The final Club Championship race is just a few weeks away. The Christmas Pudding Dash at Pett Village Hall. A great opportunity to dress up in your finest Santa or elf costumes and have a bit of fun. Places are still available via the Nice Work website.

The night before is the Xmas Jumpers drinks. We will be meeting at the Albion at 7.30 pm. Everyone in a Christmas jumper is welcome. If you’ve not already booked your place at the Social & Awards Night then make sure you are part of this unforgettable night.

Boxing Day Meet Up – Walk or Run

When: Boxing Day (26th December 2019 – 10.30 am)

Where: The Two Sawyer’s in Pett

Duration: 1 hour Run or Walk

Boxing Day meet up, for a walk or a run, so a true family event. Why not come along to The Two Sawyer’s in Pett, parking next door in the Village Hall car park. Slightly earlier than normal start time, 10.30 for roughly hours walk or run, then if you so wish enjoy a drink in the pub.

If there is sufficient interest, the Pub will supply soup, price is normally around £3.50, I will put a further post out to confirm numbers a week beforehand.

Thanks to Tim Jury for speaking to pub, and seeking permission to use car park.

Terry Kitsom

Hastings Runners Head for Winter Sunshine

With the winter chill setting in, a select group of Hastings Runners reached for their passports and headed to sunnier climates for their latest race fix.

It’s been a remarkable year for Matt Edmonds, setting new club records and travelling the globe to run in some amazing countries. Last week was, without doubt, his toughest challenge yet. An Ultra Marathon in the blistering desert heat of Oman.

It’s hard to imagine how difficult this race must have been. Not only having to cope with the searing temperatures, but also some dramatic changes in elevation.

To give you some perspective the route was 10 times hillier than the Hastings Half Marathon. All this with a heavy backpack, carrying a long list of supplies, to ensure a safe return to the finish line. Matt, you are amazing.

The Hughes family headed to Valencia for the weekend and Ken, alongside his three children, completed the Marathon. Despite a recent injury, which threatened his participation in the event, Ken completed the race in 3 hours and 54 minutes.

With her first Marathon completed just a few months ago, Jane opted for the Valencia 10K and came in with a superb time of 49:39, 3rd place in her age category. Also competing in that race was the ever-improving Susan Rae.

For the 5th time this year, Susan smashed her 10K PB, but on this occasion, she knocked off 2 minutes from her previous best, recording an incredible time of 47:56. It was good enough to win her age category ahead of 65 other runners. Bien Hecho Susan!

If anyone else took part in races this weekend then please let me know and I will add you to the report.

Thank you for reading.

Simon Linklater

Hills, Mud, Sunshine, Marathons & Ultras

The 2019 Sussex Grand Prix came to a conclusion on Sunday at the Crowborough 10K.  17 Hastings Runners took on the undulating 2 lap course around the surrounding country lanes.

Colin White was the first past the post in a time of 40:49, good enough for 22nd place overall. Andy Lee capped a fine SGP season with 2nd place in his age category in 44:40, 2nd among the Hastings Runners, with Graeme Grass in 3rd in 46:39.

Jane Coles was the clubs first female runner home in 49:16, 2nd in her age category. Susan Rae continued her remarkable progress with another age category win in a time of 51:30. The in-form Manami Cheves made up the top 3 in 53:43.

4 Hastings Runners headed for warmer climates and were greeted with sunshine and blue skies for the VIII Carrera 10K en Benidorm.  Louise Coates running her 1st Race of the year produced a fine performance to break the hour mark and finish 3rd in her Age Category (59:56).  Ken Hughes (46:23), Jane Hughes (51:20) and Richard Coates (49.09) all completed the race.

Those tackling the Gatliff 50K on Sunday could only dream of such conditions as the mud and soft ground made running parts of the route impossible. 7 runners bravely took on the challenge: Lisa Peterson, Piers Brunning, Jacqueline Mannering, Pete Heasman, Elly Swaine, Nina Lambrou and Anthony Gardner. Results to follow.

Mud was also an issue in the Owler Half Marathon with much of the course off road. In didn’t stop Nathan Godden getting rounds in 2 hours and 5 minutes. An excellent time given the conditions.

On Saturday Sarah Marzaioli and Allison Tanner took part in the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Winter Chase. A 4.4-mile course, with runners given 6 hours to complete as many laps as possible. Allison completed a total of 17.6 miles in 3 hours and 47 minutes. Sarah completed 6 laps (26.4 miles) in 5 hours and 26 minutes.

Crowborough 10K Results

Winter Club 5K & Bedgebury Half Report

Sunday marked the final Hastings Runners club race of 2019.

89 runners gathered on the seafront to tackle 5km in near perfect conditions.

11-year-old Finlay Goodman produced a scintillating performance to blow the field apart, winning the race in a new PB of 16 minutes and 50 seconds. Darren Barzee was the nearest challenge in a time of 18:42 with Jacob Wilkinson edging third place in 19:05.

There was a real battle in the Ladies Race. Debbie Humbles and Jane Coles were neck and neck for much of the contest, but Debbie finished strongly to fend off the challenge and win by just 8 seconds in a time of 21:43. Susan Rae finished in 3rd place, recording a new PB of 23:14.

There were also PBs for Kieran Price (19:08), Kevin Blowers (21:12), Manami Cheves (23:16), Simon Linklater (23:22), Annette Fry (25:11) and Amanda Moore (28:02).

There were club first-timer medals for juniors Amy & Sophie Ashby, and Daniel Crawford; as well as Bérénice Ahmad Consavela, Krissy Ivanova, Michael Hayler, Paul Lambert, Paul Wadham and Sarah Loring.

Also taking place on Sunday was the Bedgebury Half Marathon. Recent rainfall made the course a mud fest and a real slog for those taking part. That didn’t deter 12 Hastings Runners from completing the 13.1 miles, with some impressive times to boot.

Results: Club Winter 5K – F.Goodman 16:50, D.Barzee 18:42, J.Wilkinson 19:05, K.Price 19:08, A.Watson 19:13, P.Burchett 19:44, P.Bermingham 19:56, M.Hayler 20:01, P.Lambert 20:02, M.Turner 20:16, A.Knight 20:39, M.Hamer 20:56, N.Jeffries 21:03, K.Blowers 21:12, D.Olivier 21:19, H.Hood 21:22, M.Norris 21:39, D.Humbles 21:43, J.Coles 21:51, T.Fitz-Hugh 22:07, S.Trevana 22:26, O.Goodman 22:31, M.Goodman 22:32. D.Crawford 22:46, P.Baxter 23:03, R.Coates 23:08, P.Brunning 23:10, S.Rae 23:14, M.Cheves 23:16, R.Thomas 23:19, S.Linklater 23:22, B.Consavela 23:54
P.Noakes 24:13, J.Funnell 24:16, J.Hughes 24:20, J.Smalldon 24:32, K.Goodsell 24:38, J.Young 24:39, A.Ballard 24:42, B.Goring 24:44, D.Bratby 24:50, M.Grass 24:51, P.Hope 24:58, A.Fry 25:11, G.Read 25:14, N.Peters 25:23, B.Edmondson 25:31, P.Wadham 25:31, E.Stubbs 26:18, S.Huggett 26:25, A.Ashby 26:26, D.Kilby 27:03, C.Thomas 27:04, P.Gallop 27:05, J.French 27:07, E.Williams 27:09, I.Lee 27:14, R.Baines 27:33, D.Ratnarajah 27:39, S.Wilkinson 27:42, T.Kitson 27:44, J.James 27:49, L.Coleman 27:50, S.Andrews 27:57, A.Moore 28:02, A.Tanner 28:17, C.Sanderson 28:35, S.Palmer 28:48, A.Campbell 29:26, K.Callow 29:27, J.Edwards 29:37, D.Hill 29:40, H.Ranson 30:03, H.Munday 30:12, S.Goodsell 30:30, SJ.Loring 30:33, I.Kitson 30:56, K.Ivanova 31:16, A.Croucher 31:38, E.Wareham 31:54, C.White 32:29, S.Ashby 32:42, L.Ashby 32:52, A.Leonard 34:09, T.Ratnarajah 34:20, M.Appleton 35:10, E.Wilson 35:10, H.Worthington 39:45, M.Crawford 39:46.

Bedgebury Half Marathon: R.Cross 2:05:31, S.Bendle 2:09:36, N.Thonrley 2:09:36, S.Slater 2:24:04, P.Moir 2:24:45, V.Sims 2:26:16, M.Fox 2:32:53, E.Swane 2:51:28, K.Carlton-Blake 2:51:28, R.Eames 2:51:31, S.Quincey 2:58:36, L.Fox 2:58:38.