This is always a popular race for team orange and this year was no exception with to my count 29 striders taking part. The race starts on the green by the sea front in Littlehampton does a lap of the green before heading onto the beach. Runners head east for 2.5 miles along the sands negotiating rock pools groins and water channels on the way before turning and heading back in the direction they came from back to the finish . This is a lovely friendly little event with the beach element adding a different twist to it and helped by what was a beautiful late spring evening . Well done to all the competed with a particular mention in dispatches to Paul Hurley and Mike Osman both of which are moving like trains at the moment.
By Mike Osman
Laura Thom and I decided to challenge ourselves to complete the Seaford Half Marathon consisting of around 250 participants. A day perfect for running, mostly sunny with a light breeze to keep us nicely cool going round. It treated us to a beautiful mix of coastal views, countryside footpaths, and multiple but varied hills to ascend and descend to test our endurance to the maximum.
We set out from the start line at 9:00 a.m. beginning on a flat coastal length before embarking inland through a delightful countryside course which was well marked and well marshalled. There were water and juice stations set up at 4 ideally spaced locations to provide all the necessary hydration throughout the run. A thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere and great support as we crossed more public foot pathed areas and a few animals for company as well, including this mean looking cow that seemed intent on guarding this gate that I had to get through! As the run drew to its climax we pushed over our final hill climbing to the peak of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters to take in a view worth capturing, before a steep descend down the other side to the bottom, feeding you with adrenaline for the rest of the route along the coast and to the finish line to receive our finishers medals. More very gratefully received drinks, biscuits and bananas awaited us at the finish, and even the possibility to buy a nice warmly made crepe with a selection of fillings to choose…. Hmmm yum!
Both I and Laura finished with very respectable times. I had a time of 1:48 and Laura hit a PB of 2:21. Confirmation of exact timings and finishing places shall be confirmed and available to view on the events website by 12 noon this Wednesday.
An awesome event! Stunning views, a great challenge, and at £17 entry an absolute steal for a half marathon, I would highly recommend
From Natasha Sparkes
On the 12th May a group of striders met at Portslade Community College and Sports Centre for an 11am start of the Portslade Hedgehoppers 5 miler.
There are changing facilities, showers and toilets available at the Sports Centre.
The weather was beautiful, around 16 degrees and gorgeous sunshine.
We had a short walk to the start. The first gradual incline was long and felt like it would never end!
This course is very hilly and quite tough but has fantastic scenery all around.
There were a couple of water stations along the way and marshals were encouraging.
The 3 mile mark was the most enjoyable part of the run for me with a nice, long flat stretch with stunning views to take in before the last few inclines.
At the end there was a nice selection of biscuits and soft drinks
Ali Van E Sent us this regarding the clubs beginners course and the club in general and i felt it was worth sharing.
It's now been a year since I started the Couch to 5k course with Striders. Benita was brilliant and made the sessions fun and achievable. I used to like running when at school (nearly 40 years ago!) so joined up hoping to find an exercise that I could enjoy again and which would improve my fitness. I know I'm not the best runner and doubt I'll ever run a marathon, but I love what I am doing and feel so much fitter and healthier than I've felt for years.
I enjoy the camaraderie of the club, the support for everyone whatever their ability and the way even small achievements are celebrated.
I managed to do a sub 30 minutes park run recently and I know compared to others isn't that fast but it was for me, especially as the first 5k l did was 47 minutes!
I am so happy that I joined up and would like to thank everyone for being so supportive and lovely.
This race was part of Mid Sussex Marathon weekend three races that made a totally distance of 26.2 miles you could do all three or just just one each race had a separate medal for each that joined together to make one large one ..
Tim, Neil and Jo where just doing the Saturday
Carla was doing Saturday and Monday and brave Becky did all three (kudos to her )
We arrived to find plenty of car parking and greeted with a very chilling and windy morning for May. We took shelter in the club house and proceeded to complain a lot about the cold and why are we doing this etc . Eventually and only after a small wardrobe malfunction ( shorts on inside out ) we braved the elements and headed to the start cue more moaning . We needn’t of worried the race began and after a lap of the field we set of on a lovely route down tree lined trails to a lake going around part of it and down some lovely country’s lanes we headed along what appeared to be an old railway line and back the race had a little surprise for us a particularly savage hill at the end , but we all finished with a smile on are faces Kudos to Neil 5th in cat next was Tim hot in his coat tails hanging on for dear life , then Jo , Becky and Carla.
Lots of laugh a lovely course what a great morning out .
Paul Durrant did the 3 forts and did this write up.
Kitt, Tom and myself entered this hilly half marathon, which was the first time for all three of us.
The race started from Hill barn at 10:30 and the conditions were perfect, not too hot, broken cloud and a bit of a breeze – just right to keep us cool at all times. There was a great atmosphere throughout the race. Ample water & food stops with plenty of jelly babies, water, energy drinks, cakes, bananas etc. At one point, I was eating so much – the day started to become more of a picnic than a half marathon.
On the hills there were plenty of walkers and mountain bikers who stopped in their tracks and spurred us on, which was great. The course is so picturesque with stunning views over the downs. Oh, and also plenty of hills to climb and descend.
They call this run the Tough One, which for the marathon I would imagine it is; however, for the ½ it is slightly challenging but more than anything it just a beautiful scenic run and if you haven’t run it before, I would definitely encourage you to enter next year.
When we finished we were presented medals by the Mayor of Worthing and also given t-shirts and more food!!
You may remember Tom and Kitt from our fantastic trip to Verona. They both thoroughly enjoyed the run and like myself would definitely recommend it.
Striders had two ladies running this year. Gemma Wells and Sarah Richards both ladies where running for charity's and raised lots of cash . Well done Gemma and Sarah fantastic . The write up below is from Sarah.
After months of training the weekend of the London marathon was finally here. Extremely excited to be part of such an amazing race, I decided to make a weekend of it. First stop was the running expo the day before at the Exel arena. There was huge buzz there, with thousands of people there to pick up their race number and grab photo opportunities along with any running freebies they could get their hands on. Hundreds of stands awaited with plenty of London marathon merchandise to add to the excitement of race day! I left the expo with plenty of marathon souvenirs. Next stop was to check in at my hotel and then to meet Gemma our other Strider who was also running for some extremely important carb loading.
The next morning I woke early leaving plenty of time to get to the blue start. Tube travel on the day of the marathon is free to all marathon runners, all you have to do is show your number and they let you through. We crammed on a train at London Bridge to get to the start at Blackheath. Thousands of people were making their way to the start adding to excitement and anticipation of starting. First stop was a toilet trip and then to drop your baggage on your assigned baggage lorry. It was then time to enter your pen for your start wave.
At about 10:25 I was off, with a slow walk to the start line and then a break into a jog to make a start at one of the biggest races in the world. The atmosphere was unbelievable and the cheers from the spectators completely out of this world. Throughout the whole race there isn’t one boring part, with the amazing scenery of London and all the significant landmarks you pass along the way, the time goes really quickly. Once you hit mile 3 the different start colours merge and the course begins to get a bit busier but not enough to slow you down too much. Probably the most crowded parts of the race in terms of spectators is Tower bridge. The crowds are at least 10 deep and the cheering is out of this world.
This is definitely a race where you are well looked after! There are water, Lucozade or even gel stops almost every mile, as well as portaloos.
The last 6 miles of the race takes you along Embankment and Blackfriars bridge towards Big Ben and the Mall. As any marathoner knows, this is where the race really begins and is the place where you are most likely to want to stop. The crowd won’t let you, calling your name and shouting encouragement. It is the spectators that get you through, along with the anticipation of the Mall and the fact you are going to get one of the best medals of your life. The epic moment of when you cross the finish line is something to be treasured forever. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to take part in this race.
Once over the finish line you’re given your medal and an extremely substantial goody bag with plenty of food and drinks to make you feel human again along with a pretty cool London marathon t-shirt. The stiffness quickly kicks in and first thoughts are never again but we shall see.....the ballot entry is already open for next year I might just have to enter! All the blood, sweat and tears are worth it!
Jo Turner , Sam Morfee , Liz Crockford and Kevin Valentine did this popular local event , Write up by Jo.
On the last Sunday of April, several Striders congregated in the garden of the Fox pub in Patching. Not for the usual beer/crisp combo (that comes later) but instead for the Bluebell trail run offering two distances of either 10k or 10 mile. The race starts on the road and quickly takes an uphill climb on trails through Angmering woods and up on to the South downs. The weather was cool but clear with sunny spells and the views were spectacular. Water stops were available enroute plus cheery marshalls offering at times, much needed motivation. This is one of my favourite races due to the undulating terrain that prevents boredom which can sometimes occur on longer runs and due to the time of year, the young lambs, calves, other wildlife and not forgetting the bluebells offer runners a real sense that spring has sprung. I am swiftly going to mention the ridiculously steep hill back up to the pub garden at the end of the course (save some in the tank) but don't let this deter you from entering this race next year — it is a real treat! There are no medals for finishers but instead, free professional photographs available for download. An off road race not to be missed! Special mention to Liz Crockford who excelled in the 10k and a speedy effort from Sam Morfee in the 10 mile. Great effort by all Striders - well done!
Rob Holmes completed seven marathons in seven days and sent in this write up
well done Rob the man is a machine.... Rob is 3rd from the right in the pic with white cap on.
Seven Marathons in Seven Days.
Phoenix Running held their inaugural 10 runs 10 days between Saturday 13th April till Monday 22nd.
My intention was to try and run ten marathons, popping to Brighton on day two for the Brighton Marathon.
Apart from Brighton the runs were along the beautiful Thames towpaths around Walton upon Thames. Under bright sunny conditions.
However, my right leg had other ideas.
I had to step down and run less miles on the last three events. Completing seven marathons in seven days and ten running events in ten days. Becoming an official "TIT".
About 70 friendly runner became TIT's at the end of this event.
I fully recommend this any all other event by Phoenix Running.
This seven will help me achieve my desire to run 100 marathons.
Phoenix Running are known for their friendly, inclusive, low key events and awesome bling putting on running events from 5km to 50km mainly in the Walton upon Thames area.
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