Items: WSFRL, Trail Run, Training, Sussex Road Relays, Results.
West Sussex Fun Run League
What a great turn out for both the club and the race (649 finishers) for the WSFRL fixture on Bank Holiday Monday at Lewes. This is a 10k+ relatively flat multi-terrain course starting and finishing on the Lewes Stadium Running Track. The club finished in eighth place with 78 points (only 7 short from a maximum) and we also generated the winner of the race. Our contingent was (race place is WSFRL and not overall): James Baker (1st - 34.22), Keith Akerman (41st - 42.16), Justin Eggins (55th - 43.31), Mikey Neville (58th - 43.35), Nick Palmer (70th - 45.13), Tom Blaylock (76th- 45.36), Toby Reid (84th - 46.07), Phil Gaunt (86th - 46.14), Mike Moorcroft (87th - 46.21), Mark Jennings (90th - 46.30), Kevin Lockyear (116th - 47.59), Tony Cooley (127th - 49.02), Steve Searle (128th - 49.10), Amanda Godfrey (138th - 49.38), Kelly Reid (146th - 50.57), Jane Leonard (150th - 51.12), Tracy Lockyear (156th - 51.55), Sue Baker (259th - 57.20), Jill Renson (279th - 58.47), Emma Searle (313th - 61.01), Eva Mikuska (323rd - 61.56) and Nigel McNestrie (357th - 64.14).
On Wednesday 29th April it is the turn of Tom Blaylock to lay a run. The venue is the Graffham Recreational Ground (SU 931177 - no Post Code identified for satnavs) for start any time between 4:30 and 6:30 pm. At Northgate roundabout exit on A286 (Midhurst). After Cocking take first right signed Heyshott. Proceed for 3.75 miles avoiding the left turn to Selham. On reaching Graffham turn left and first right down a lane to the Recreational Ground. The main circuit will be six and half miles but Tom will have a divert that will reduce this distance by two miles.
Monday 27th April - Session led by Tom. Meet at 6:30 pm at Oaklands Park at the pavilion for cricket pitch on the top part of the park.
Monday 27th April - Cake Run Group led by Vicky with meet at Oaklands Park (top car park adjacent to the Rugby Club) at 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start.
Tuesday 28th April - Session led by Keith. Meet at 6:30 pm at Oaklands Park at the pavilion for cricket pitch on the top part of the park.
Thursday 30th April - Cake Run Group led by Vicky.
Friday 1st May - Hill session led by Kevin. Meet at car park on right on the "Madehurst" side road just before the Whiteways Lodge roundabout (Bury Hill) at 6:30 pm.
Sussex Road Relays
On a cold day runners from every corner of Sussex descended on Christ's Hospital School on Easter Saturday for the Road Relay Championships. The club performed well in a series of competitive, high quality and enjoyable events spurred on as usual by an enthusiastic and supportive crowd.
It was 6th and 14th place for our U13 boys, whilst it was a brilliant bronze medal position for the U15 boys including a fastest lap from Ben Collins. The U13 girls’ team finished in 11th place. It was a 5th and 12th placements for our U15 girls.
Only a few seconds separated the teams for the lower medal places in the senior men's race with our first string of Joe Corbett, James Baker, Harry Leleu, Chris Byrd, Conrad Meagher and Harry Pink just being beaten into fourth place. Also running in the senior event were Adam Croad, Will Kallaway, Harry Lyne who achieved the second fastest lap for an U17 and Sam Reading. A solid 6th place was the prize for our V40 men of Gary Williams, Keith Akerman, Steve Davy and John Bullard with our V50 men consisting of Jim Garland (fastest V50 lap of the day), Colin Harley and Dave Reading also performing well finishing in 5th spot. Rob Wiggins' third fastest lap could not just haul the V60 men into first place with Rob, David Worcester and Dave Dorning having to settle for a second place behind an equally strong Worthing trio. It was good 5th place for the "B" team of Andrew Harrop, Tom Blaylock and Tony Cooley.
Amber Westron, Holly Beaton, Saskia Gardham, Linda Roberts, Rebecca Brown and Sue Baker (our only competitor doing two laps) made up our two senior women teams finishing in 13th and 19th places. Our two V50 teams did not disappoint with a silver medal position for Jane Harrop (plus fastest lap), Helen Dean and Amanda Godfrey. Our second string of Sue Baker, Jill Renson and Sandra Nemorin-Noel gained a very creditable 6th place.
Two Reports from Lee Sydenham "I took part in Day One of the VOTWO events Jurassic Coastal Challenge on Friday 20th March - a trail marathon from Charmouth to Weymouth with some good climbs and a mile or two along the gravel of Chesil Beach. Although I have done much longer races before, this was my first marathon distance event. After a steady start over the hills of the first mile or two and a small navigational issue costing a few minutes and requiring the map and compass, I progressed through and was pleased with 6th overall in a time 4:20:11. Some good lessons learned in terms of the impact of running steep downhills on my quads and learning the route ahead of a larger event three weeks later.
After covering the first 42k as detailed above I then ran Brutal Events' "The ONER" event over 11/12 April. The event is a self-navigation 81.7 miles with over 10,000ft ascent along the Jurassic Coastal Path from Charmouth to Studland Bay on the entrance to Poole Harbour, with a loop around Portland on the way. The race started at 12:00 Saturday in sunshine but with a cold wind developing late afternoon and overnight. After getting lost on a few occasions and covering 2-3 extra miles and following a spectacular sunrise over the Isle of Wight I finished just before 08:00 Sunday morning in a time of 19:50:33 to place 15th from a total of 48 finishers - the first time that over 50% of starters have actually finished the event. A very challenging event with a lot of very steep climbs but great camaraderie between all competitors and the aid station crews and I would recommend it to any interested in longer distance ultra-running".
Running the Brighton marathon were Gareth Glass, Andrew Wingham and Tony Cooley who clocked times of 3.29.10, 3.45.27 and 3.46.48 respectively.
Charlie Roe attended the Crawley AC Easter Sunday Open Meeting and threw the shot 11.19m and jumped 6.58m.
On Sunday 29th March Mels Milers held their traditional multi terrain 10k race from Christ's Hospital School attracting 307 runners. James Baker won the race in a time of 34.25 followed home by Keith Akerman (27th - 42.15) and Sue Baker (167th - 55.14).
Also on the 29th March Mark Jennings and Michael Moorcroft joined 187 others in the bus out to the start in Berkshire for a scenic 16 mile return to Hampshire. Mark finished in 64th place (2.11.47) with Mike only two places down clocking 2.11.58.
Lucy Hilton made a welcome return to competitive running by winning a 10 mile XC race at Midhurst recently.
On Saturday 18th April a group of Cake Runners travelled to the Olympic Rowing venue at Eton Dorney to tackle the Hot Chocolate 10k. This was the latest stage in their plan to complete at least one 10k race a month in 2015. The venue was stunning and bathed in sunshine throughout, offering glimpses of Windsor Castle as well as some spectacular bird life. The 10K involved two laps of the course (5, 15 and 20K options are offered in the series, 1, 3 or 4 laps respectively) and there was a strong head wind on the first half of the course converting to a cross wind on the home stretch, so possibly good training for their next challenge of Bognor. However the promise of hot chocolate at the end was a particular incentive for Hayley in her PB achievement and the medal (a huge factor in their choice of future races) was certainly the largest they have seen so far! The contingent was (gun times): Ben Wood 53.19, Margaret Enstone 1.02.48, Bridget Hicks 1.02.48, Lis Peskett 1.04.11 and Hayley Motton 1.08.16.