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RYE 10 miles, Sunday 23rd May

17 Hastings Runners took part in the first club championship race of the calendar over a very hilly course along the leafy lanes of Beckley and Peasmarsh.

They were led home in fine style by star veteran runner Darren Barzee, who clocked a very impressive 65.16 to finish 7th out of a field of 164 runners. Starting out from Jempsons in Peasmarsh, the runners were sent off in wave intervals every few minutes in line with current Covid precautions and the race was excellently organised by Nice Work.

There were age category wins for Darren (MV50), Neil Jeffries (MV60) and the evergreen Yockie Richardson (FV75).

Meanwhile in the 5 mile event which attracted a field of 65 runners, many congrats to new club member Will Withecombe who scored a comfortable race win by 45 secs in a time of 33.46. Well done also to Claire Thomas, 2nd lady finisher in 37.53, and to Sharon Wadham who won the FV50 category.

10 mile results: Darren Barzee 65.16; Kieran Price 69.11; Kevin Blowers 72.43; Ben Park 73.08; Neil Jeffries 75.22; Simon Linklater 75.31; Simon Weatherley 87.10; Jon Smalldon 1.30.05; Stephen Slater 1.30.09; Marie Appleton 1.40.02; Sarah Marzaioli 1.45.18; Louise Cavill 1.46.06; Michelle Krombholz 1.46.07; Krista Barzee 1.46.08; Tracey Ratnarajah 1.48.27; Terry Kitson 1.48.34; Yockie Richardson 1.50.33

5 mile results: Will Withecombe 33.46; Claire Thomas 37.52; Paul Wadham 46.45; Sharon Wadham 47.58



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.

Rye 10 Race Report

12 Hastings Runners took part in the rearranged Rye 10 miler on Sunday. The route is regarded as one of the toughest in the local racing calendar with over 1000 feet of elevation. The race had a slightly different feel with new regulations in place. Something about a virus or other.

Runners headed off in groups of 12, spread across a 2-hour starting window to ensure social distancing was maintained. The organisers Nice Work received glowing reviews from those that took part.

Warm summer temperatures, in excess of 20 degrees, made the challenge even tougher, but there were some excellent performances.

Martin Snape produced the best time among the Hastings Runners entries, finishing in 1:11:50. Simon Linklater improved his time from last year by over 10 minutes, crossing the line in 1:17:45. Paul Gallop continued his recovery from a nasty injury with a fantastic time of 1:20:40.

Susan Rae failed in her attempt to keep up with Simon, but received the consolation of an age category award (again) and beat her previous best 10-mile effort by 8 minutes, finishing in 1:23:14.

Sue Wilkinson landed her first-ever age category win, taking the top spot in the FV45 bracket in a time of 1:46:17.

Spurred on by her running buddy, Elly Swaine produced an 8 minute PB in 1:42:48. Emma Stubbs was just a second behind as they ran the whole route together, a meter apart of course. Both were on hand to pose for the cameras at every opportunity.

Ben Sallows was the 3rd Hastings Runner home in 1:23:20. Stuart Woolford (1:32:46),  Jenny Hudson (1:47:26), Susan Mann (1:48:14) and Terry Kitson (1:51:02) all ran strong races to make up the Hastings Runners contingent.

Thanks to Darren Barzee for riding all the way out to Rye on his bike to support us, after the race had finished 🙈

The next Nice Work race is the 15th Rye Summer Classic Series 5K Race Three. It takes part at Rye Harbour on Friday the 4th of September. Runners can select their desired start time ranging from 5.30pm – 7.00pm.

Sarah Marzaioli joins the 100 Marathon Club

Ask anyone that has completed one and they’ll tell you the same thing. Running a Marathon is tough. 26.2 miles. It will test you both physically and mentally.

So running 100 is just mind-boggling. That’s a feat our very own Sarah Marzaioli achieved at the weekend. Sarah had hoped to complete the century in London next month. Rather than mope around for the weekend she laced up her trainers and completed the Moyleman Marathon on Sunday.

It just so happens to be one of her favourites. A memorial race for a local runner which is staged over the beautiful South Downs around Lewes.

If achieving 100 Marathons wasn’t special enough, it’s even more an achievement for Sarah who didn’t even take up running until her early 50s.

Among the century there have been 15 London Marathons. At the age of 66 she broke 4 hours for the 6th time around the capital. Amazing!

Last year she finished 5th in her age category at London. The same place Mo Farah finish in his bracket #JustSaying.

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 Ultra Marathons including the 65 miles from London to Brighton. 82 miles in 3 days to complete the Druid Ridgeway Challenge.

Sarah has been raising money for the RNLI, so please, if you have not done so already, consider making a small donation for this incredible woman.

I should give a mention for Kim Callow as well. Just 7 days after completing the Lydd 20, he also ran the Moyleman Marathon this weekend. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t his 100th though. Come on Kim, keep up.

If anyone took part in any races over the weekend that I missed then please drop me an email and I will add you to this report.

Simon Linklater



Jethro produces Top 5 finish in Eastbourne Half Marathon

Try as it might, the weather failed to put pay to another Club Championship race and the 2020 season got underway, 19 miles along the coast in nearby Eastbourne.

Combine the wind speed of over 20 mph and one of the toughest hills you’ll find and the Eastbourne Half Marathon provided a stern challenge for the 35 Hastings Runners that competed on Sunday. It didn’t stop as many as 6 Half Marathon PB’s.

The first of those was recorded by Jethro Atherall who smashed his previous best time by 7 minutes. He came home in 1 hour 21 minutes and 37 seconds, good enough for 5th place in a remarkable effort.

Above: Paul Lambert enjoying a day out at Fort Fun.

Dale Saxby also produced a PB of 1:25:53 and came 11th place overall. Dan Snellgrove (1:26:23) and Colin White (1:27:56) both finished inside the Top 20.

The first female Hastings Runner across the line was Debbie Humbles in 1:49:20. Sarah Bendle was less than a minute behind in 1:50:08, whilst Marie Crawford produced her Half Marathon PB and was the third female home in 2:04:49.

There were also PBs for Paul Lambert (1:34:13), Simon Weatherley (2:15:35) and Louise Cavill (2:19:09).

Also worthy of a mention is Darren Owen who completed the course dressed as Mr.Potato Head in a time of 2:08:41. An easy choice for “Photo of the Week”.

We had two representatives taking part in the London Vitality Big Half.  Jamie Webb produced a PB of 1:37:12 and Nathan Gooden finished in 1:42:32.

Above: Jamie Webb celebrating his PB in the Vitality Half and looking a tad scary in the process.

Jane Hughes, Ken Hughes, Julia James and Rick Burne all ran in the Cartagena 11km in Southern Spain. Jane and Julia finished 1st and 3rd in their age categories.

It was just another normal week for Marathon Queen Sarah Marzaioli who notched up marathon number 98 and 99 in the space of 4 days.  London next month will be her 100th, despite only taking up running in her 50s. Please, if you haven’t already done so, celebrate this amazing achievement by making a small donation to Sarah’s worthy charity, the RNLI. CLICK HERE TO DONATE. Thanks and well done Sarah!!


If I’ve missed you off the race report or you had a PB and would like a special mention, then drop me an email at

Simon Linklater

Hastings Runners brave tough weekend conditions

If there is one thing we love at Hastings Runners it’s a weekend storm!! This week it was the turn of Storm Ellen with gusts up to 50 mph in exposed parts of the region.

But once again our members put on a brave face, donned their green and black vests and did the club proud.

On Saturday morning Finlay made the long trip up to Nottingham (not on his own I should add) to run in the National Cross Country Championship at Wollaton Park. If you’ve not seen the videos on the HR Facebook group then I suggest checking them out. To suggest conditions were tough and the standard was high would be the biggest understatements of the year.


Despite competing against boys a year older, Finlay finished an excellent 11th place in a race with several hundred runners. He made up 10 places on the 2nd lap.

On Sunday, in equally challenging muddy conditions, we had 8 runners competing in the 8K Gunpowder Run in Battle. The results were as follows.

Ben Sallows 43:41, Jo Nevett 45:38, Andy Knight 49:39, Emma Stubbs 58:58, Linda Beddis 64:20, Jess Tanner 72:06, Allison Tanner 72:06, Mary Le Pla 73:24.

The wind played a big role in the Brighton Half Marathon, but remarkably 3 of our 6 runners came home with PB’s. Manami Cheves finished the race in 1:48:58. Susan Rae was close behind in 1:52:04, good enough for 3rd in her age category. I just about managed to keep my feet on the ground and get round in a PB of 1:57:25.

Also braving the testing conditions in Brighton were Stuart Woolford 1:57:00, Matthew Beaver 1:59:07 and Sarah Holmes 2:12:22.

Dan Snellgrove ran in the Wokingham Half Marathon, producing a stunning PB of 1 hour and 25 minutes.

For some of our runners, 13.1 miles isn’t nearly enough as Jacqueline Mannering, Pete Heasman and Elly Swaine were back out conquering the world by completing the Lenham Cross Winter Marathon. Wind, mud, hills. They can’t get enough. Their efforts making them a worthy winner of the photo of the week.

Danny Firth ran an excellent time of 41:06 in the Lostock 6 miler. That was good enough for 76th place in a field of 453 runners.

There was more success in Spain for Helen & Nick Brown. Helen scooped first place in the FV50 category in the El Campelio 5k, whilst Nick stood proudly at the summit of the podium by finishing 1st in the MV60 category. Just ahead of his new nemesis Andy Key.

As always, if I’ve missed a race or not given you a mention, drop me an email at and I’ll get you added.

Well done everyone. A fantastic effort this weekend in such challenge conditions (in the UK at least).

Simon Linklater – Communications Officer

Shaz grabs the honours in Tenterden 5 miler

No sooner had Ciara skipped her way out of town, had her slightly less aggressive cousin Dennis popped in for a weekend visit of his own.

But we Hastings Runners are made of strong stuff and not even howling winds and persistent downpours can prevent us from taking to the streets and putting in the miles.

It was a quiet weekend on the race front with several events falling foul to “The Menace”, including the eagerly awaited Bodiam X-Country.

We did have a few runners in action. The Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon went ahead after a one hour delay. The conditions were far from ideal. On a normal day, the brutal climb up Spring Hill is a tough enough challenge. Add in the gusty winds and ankle-deep waterlogged sections of the route and it was a real slog.

Emma Stubbs gave her ever-growing Instagram following something to smile about as she completed the course in 2 hours and 18 minutes. Jessica Cull was the only other Hastings Runners to brave the conditions and crossed the line in 2:08.

The Wadham’s were back in action on Sunday, this time taking on the Tenterden 5 miler, which also survived the weather. Likewise, Paul and Sharon both completed the course unscathed. Paul in 43 minutes and 11 seconds, Sharon in 44:55, good enough to scoop first prize in her age category. GO SHAZ!!!

If you took part in a race this weekend or any date in fact, get in touch and I’ll add the details to the website. Fingers crossed Ellen doesn’t come out to play just yet.

Ciari puts pay to season opener

An ill tempered Ciara put pay to the season opening Brenda Boyle Pier to Pier on Sunday. It meant it was a very quiet weekend on the racing front.

On Saturday morning the Goodman brothers proudly wore their black and white Hastings Runners tops in the Sussex Cross County Finals in Bexhill.

Oliver, racing well above his age in the Under 11s put in a fine performance to finish in the middle of the pack. Finlay continued his excellent recent form by winning the U13s race and will shortly be making an appearance in the National Finals.

Nick and Helen Brown competed in the Torre Pacheco 7km. Over 200 runners took part in temperatures of 18 degrees.

Helen finished 2nd in the FV45 category in a fantastic time of 36:54. Nick also made the podium, finishing 2nd in the MV55 in a very quick time of 30:01.

636 female runners took part in the North Beach parkrun in Durban at the weekend. Why is he telling us this?

Well in 3rd place out of those 636 runners was our very own Susan Rae.

If anyone takes part in a race that I miss, feel free to drop me an email and I will add you to the weekly reports.

Simon Linklater – Communications Officer

Edmonds continues his X-Country dominace

The weekend before last saw the latest instalment of the ESSXCL at Heathfield Park. Matt Edmonds continued his excellent form by adding win number 3 of the X-Country season in a fantastic time of 32 minutes and 10 seconds.

Darren Barzee came home in 11th place in 35:19, whilst Martin Noakes finished 22nd in 36:50.  Jane Coles was the first female Hastings Runner across the line in a time of 45:46. Jo Nevett 48:43 and Emily Allchurch 49:18 were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the junior race, there was yet more success for Finlay Goodman, who took 1st place.

It was certainly an eventful day with runners halted en route by a herd of deer crossing their path. Poor Bérénice was stranded as she plotted her safe route across the stream. In the end, she was left with no choice but to jump in and pull herself out the other side. That’s dedication folks.

This weekend we had 9 runners in action at Bedgebury. Simon Newstead was the first home in the 10 miler, completing the course in a fantastic time of 1 hour and 16 minutes.  Emily Allchurch (1:30), Adrian Barratt (1:34), Victoria Sims (1:36), Elly Swaine (1:38), Steven Slater (1:39) and Jennifer Milnes (1:43) also took part.

Victoria Harding (51:31) and Mary Le Pla (1:04:56) both completed the Bedgebury 5 Miler.

The Wadham’s were in action at the Nonsuch 10k with Paul recording an excellent time of 51:37 in his first race wearing club colours. Somewhat unimpressed by her husband leaving her behind, Sharon came home in 53:38.

Sarah Marzaioli clocked up Marathon number 97 at Ranscombe Farm Reserve as she closes in on the magical 100 club.

Pete Heasman, tired from his recent exploits, decided to take it easy this weekend and only ran the Southcoast 50. It actually turned out to be 52km, which Pete ambled round in a comfortable 6 hours 36 minutes.  Come on Pete, make an effort!

Meanwhile in South Africa Susan Rae ran the Hout Bay parkrun, a sandy trail run, in a time of 26:57, setting a new age category record and finishing as the 1st lady.

Finlay braves injury to land Kent Championship

11-year-old Finlay Goodman continued his excellent progress by winning the Year 7 Kent Schools Championship. The 3km race was held at the Royal Military School in Dover.

Finlay’s win was made even more remarkable by a nasty accident on the start line where his foot was spiked. He went on to win the race and then attend the hospital afterwards to get the injured treated.

In warmer climates our Chairman Nick Brown won the MV60 category in the El Palmar 5km, completing the hilly course in an excellent time of 20:35. Helen Brown was 2nd in the FV50 category in 24:56.

Sarah Marzaioli completed her 96th Marathon at  the Doughnut Dash at Walton on Thames. Sarah has targeted London as her 100th Marathon and is currently raising money for the RNLI. If you can spare a few pounds towards this great cause and amazing achievement that would be very kind.

On Sunday 5 members completed their England Athletics Run Leadership courses. Darren Barzee, Nadia Winborn, Neil Jeffries, Anthony Gardner and Simon Linklater will all be on the coaching rota in the following months.