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Wednesday 25th of April 2018

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Committee News  1
Harriers 30th Awards
Article posted 2014-04-22

Mens Captain  2
Harriers Xmas Run Events
Article posted 2014-11-29
South Downs Way Relay 2014
Article posted 2014-02-06

Club Races  5
Herstmonceux Relays 2015
Article posted 2015-08-07
Milland Time
Article posted 2015-04-01
Club Track Championship 2014
Article posted 2014-08-12
Herstmonceux Relays 2014 Results
Article posted 2014-08-10
Milland Road Race 2014
Article posted 2014-04-22

Results  1
First for Blackstock
Article posted 2014-03-13

General News  5
Bournemouth Update
Article posted 2015-05-13
Chairmans Report 2014
Article posted 2014-11-29
Bornemouth Marathon Weekend 2015
Article posted 2014-11-09
New Records
Article posted 2014-07-13
Bournemouth Marathon Festival
Article posted 2014-01-19

Herstmonceux Relays 2015

Team success at Herstmonceux Castle Open Relay

Hailsham Harriers held their annual event in the grounds of Hestmonceux Castle (with kind permission from the owners) and a massive entry this year of 98 teams took part. The multi terrain course was over one and a half miles using a single loop of roads and tracks and thankfully the earlier forecast of rain did not materialise. Teams each consisting of four runners one to race each leg came from regional running clubs and other sporting clubs (well done Hellingly RFC) with youngsters also well represented in the mix. Hastings AC A team showed the others the quickest turn of pace with an overall win in a time of 29m55s for the 6 miles and their star runner Max Thomas also posted the fastest leg time of the evening with 6m56s the others in their team were Gary Foster 7m40s, Joe Body 7m45s, and Dan Russell 7m34s . They were pushed hard by an Eastbourne Rovers squad aptly named "World of Payne" who were runners up in 30m34s from Hastings Runners third and Lewes AC fourth. In the ladies teams it was Lewes who came through into first and second with their A and B teams timing 34m45s and 35m53s respectively (12th and 18th overall) with Hailsham Harriers known as "Keep up with the Birds" third comprising Sue Fry 8m31s, Cat Bounds 9m12s, Liz Lumber 9m07s, and Alissa Ellis 9m155s in 36m05s. Harriers also fielded a Junior girls team with Holly Hinton, Harriett Bloor, Zoe Palframan and Poppy Ellis who all had superb runs claiming 9th ladies and 56th spot overall in 42m40s. The mens Harriers A team also put in a solid performance with 16th place in 35m35s and the club also fielded a Harriers Vets team 27th in 37m29s, B team 37th in 39m38s and C team in 46th with 41m34s. The real stars of the night must go to Paul Eccles and his small team of helpers for giving nearly 400 runners such a great evening in what was intended to be fun but also proved to be most competitive as well.

144Hastings AC "A"29.551
246World of Payne30.342
327Hastings Runners Senior Men's "A"32.283
439Lewes AC32.404
564Hastings AC "B"32.495
62Caravan Crew32.536
752Hastings AC Vets33.591
889Hastings AC "C"34.117
993Meads Runners "A"34.198
1075BRT Whippets34.279
1188Lewes AC Ladies "A"34.351
12=15Seaside Trumpets34.4910=
12=47Brave New World of Payne34.4910=
1443Hastings AC "C"35.1612
1584Run Wednesdays 135.3213
1695Hailsham Harriers "A"35.3514
1729Hastings Runners Men's Vets35.372
1890Lewes AC Ladies "B"35.532
1911Keep up with the Birds36.053
2069Run Wednesdays 636.1415
2117Hastings Runners Senior Men's "B"36.20
2297Meads Runners "B"36.433
2363Hastings AC Ladies "A"36.494
2435Hellingly Rugby Club 136.5716
2534Stonewell Stampeders37.1817
2665Run Wednesdays 537.2418
2732Hailsham Harriers Vets37.294
2880Heathfield Old Boys37.325
2948Hastings AC "D"37.4519
3083Meads Runners "F"38.036
3145No Payne No Gain38.1220
3251Run Wednesdays 338.1721
3394Meads Runners Ladies "A"38.375
346Eastbourne Rovers 338.4222
3574BRT "Middle Aged Blokes"39.177
3672Hastings AC Ladies "B"39.236
3762Hailsham Harriers "B"39.3823
3857Run Wednesdays 239.4424
3977Meads Runners "C"40.278
403The Family Flyers40.2825
4131Firle Road Flyers40.5026
4260BRT Juniors 140.5927
4376Hastings AC Ladies "C"41.127
4530Icklesham Casuals41.2828
4679Hailsham Harriers "C"41.3429
4758Run Wednesdays 741.3530
4870LRW 141.3831
4986Uckfield "B"41.4232
5038Hastings AC Ladies Vets41.471
5187Hastings AC "E"41.5033
521Winters Wonders42.009
5312Bodyshock Runners "A"42.1634
5410Eastbourne Rovers 742.1935
559Eastbourne Rovers 642.3436
5616Hailsham Harriers Junior Girls Team42.409
5733Slugs n Snails42.4137
5837Hellingly Rugby Club 342.4338
5924Hastings Runners Mixed Team 743.1339
6019Hastings Runners Mixed Team 243.1640
615Eastbourne Rovers 243.2441
6218Hastings Runners Mixed Team 143.3042
6326Hastings Runners Mixed Team 943.3543
6422Hastings Runners Mixed Team 543.3644
6521Hastings Runners Mixed Team 443.4045
6625Hastings Runners Mixed Team 844.0646
678Eastbourne Rovers 544.0847
68=23Hastings Runners Mixed Team 644.1448
68=49Heathfield Honey's44.142
7066Meads Runners44.3249
7120Hastings Runners Mixed Team 344.3450
7254Run Wednesdays 444.4651
7391Meads Runners Ladies "B"44.5110
7498Meads Runners "D"45.1610
7561BRT Juniors 245.1752
7640Hastings AC "Z"45.4753
7736Hellingly Rugby Club 245.5554
7855BRT Mixed45.5855
7959BRT Juniors 346.0056
8082Hastings AC Ladies "D"46.1311
8228Hastings Parkrunners47.2057
8314Bodyshock Runners "C"47.3158
8496Meads Runners Ladies "C"48.0713
854Eastbourne Rovers 148.3559
8667Run Wednesdays 2349.0514
8741Park Fitness49.2015
8968Run Wednesdays 849.413
907Eastbourne Rovers 450.5161
9173Female Run Wednesdays 152.0916
9285Meads Runners Ladies "D"52.514
9313Bodyshock Runners "B"52.5562
9442Female Run Wednesdays 354.3363
9550Heathfield High Flyers56.5717
9656BRT "On the Mend"59.1964
9753Female Run Wednesdays 260.3218

Team Winners Spreadsheet of results
Posted by Admin 2015-08-07 16:13:29 Posted In Club Races

Bournemouth Update

Arrangements are coming together nicely for the Harriers' Bournemouth marathon festival road trip. There are 50 confirmed revelers, of whom, 41 will be running 5k, 10k, half or full marathons.

We have practically taken over the Travelrest Hotel and a pasta party has been booked at the Bournemouth Pizzahut for 35 people at 7-30 with a further booking for 15 at 8-30 to accommodate those running or supporting the 5k runners. We used this restaurant last year and they looked after us really well.

Celebrations for those who have raced on the Saturday, may then carry on into the night, but the half and full marathoners will be wanting an early night to prepare for the mornings effort!

With this in mind, 28 people have confirmed that they will be staying over for a 2nd night at the hotel so I have arranged for more celebrations on the Sunday evening by way of drinks in the hotel bar followed by a curry just a short plod away for those with marathon legs!

If anyone has any questions, please let me know and I'll try to help.

Cheers Alan. alan.thornton1959@yahoo.co.uk

Posted by Admin 2015-05-13 18:23:19 Posted In General News

Milland Time

Paul Henderson
Paul Henderson

On Tuesday, 21st April, the annual Milland Road Race will once again be held over approximately two and a half miles. This is a regular feature on the Harriers calendar and entry is open to all members and their guests, though it should be noted that only fully paid up members can lift the trophy.

Entry costs just £1 and there will be prizes not only for the winners but also spot prizes for exceptional triers!

Please come along and support this event and enjoy some friendly competition. Meet as normal at the Summerdown Hall at 7pm prompt,

ready for a warm-up jog to the start at Milland.

Posted by Admin 2015-04-01 10:47:15 Posted In Club Races

Chairmans Report 2014

Colin Burgess
Colin Burgess

Chairman’s Report 2014

I have been Chairman since 1997 Paul informs me, so I will have presented 17 reports and I always state at the start that this is not about our athletic prowess or progress but how the club is managed. I am more than proud of our club runner’s performances over the years and this past year is no exception.

We celebrated our 30th anniversary this year and that in its self is a great achievement. Many thanks to Lesley for arranging our celebration dinner, also to Paul Eccles for his wonderful inspiring speech.

I feel the club has again progressed this year and I must thank the outgoing committee for their hard work on behalf of the members. Too many people have contributed for me to thank them all individually but the club is so much better for the contribution of members that do not serve on the committee. I thank you all. Included in our many successes this year are the organisation of the Club Track Championships, the Hellingly 10K, the Herstmonceux Castle relays and the Sunday Social run. Although the Sunday run is not exclusive to the club it’s a great way to promote what we are all about. Camaraderie and Friendship.

At this point I must state that our secretary Lesley is standing down as of this A.G.M. In my opinion the secretary's job is the most important position on the committee and Lesley has held the post for a number of years and has done a wonderful job taking on far more than she ever needed to. For example she became our membership secretary and social secretary, posts now filled by two persons. It's not easy for members to appreciate the efforts freely given by officers of the club but sometimes it is easy to criticise. Thank you Lesley for your hard work on behalf of the club and I thank you for making my job as Chairman so much easier please accept these flowers as a token of my appreciation.

I would like to read exerts from a letter we received from England Athletics in August. They had previously done a survey of clubs offering four choices which were to increase registration fees for 2015/16 to £12 -£14-£15 or to leave it at its current £10. The result from a very small response was 32.7% for £12 5.8% for £14 pounds 32.8% for £15 and 28.8% to leave it at £10. In their wisdom England Athletics have decided as of April 2015 Individual athlete registration will be £12 and Club affiliation will be £100. The current process for administering fees will not change. Meaning we have to collect it for them. My report will go on the club web site so this information can be seen by all members. It's important because it affects club membership fees and we have no control over this.

Finally I have the honour of announcing that the committee have decided to present life membership to Geoff Depper. This is in recognition of his service to the club over many years and in many different posts. He served on the committee for a number of years in different rolls but perhaps his greatest contribution to the club was setting up our first internet web site and managing it for many years. Thanks Geoff this is a well earned honour. To my knowledge in our thirty year history we have only created 2 previous life members.

That concludes my report.

Posted by Admin 2014-11-29 13:47:15 Posted In General News

Harriers Xmas Run Events

The Turkey Trot will take place on the evening of Tuesday the 16th December. Please arrive for 6-45 so that I have time to sort out the running order I will aim to start for 7-15. The winner will of course win a turkey. After the event the London marathon ballot will take place., for those who entered but were unsuccessful in the main ballot. To qualify I would like to remind everyone that you have to have been a member for 12 months and priority will be given to those who have not had the opportunity to run this event before. I will of course require some evidence that who were unsuccessful and of course you have to be a paid up member.  We will also be holding a raffle and Eleanor has organised some fab prizes including a Christmas hamper and afternoon tea for 2 at the Hydro Hotel so please bring along some money for this. I would ask that you also bring along some food/ drink so that we can enjoy a social buffet after the run.

On Christmas morning itself I will be holding an informal run along Eastbourne seafront meeting at the pier for 9 am and a gentle 3 to 4 mile run in the usual social style will take place. Christmas hats are usually considered de riguer for this event.

Then on Boxing Day there will be a social event meeting at Summerheath Hall for a between 2 and 3 mile run where I will ask you to predict a time for a course that I set you the winner will be the person who most accurately predicts there time. It is a great opportunity to clear some of the excesses of the previous day.

These events are important to our club and are a great way to celebrate the festive season with like minded people doing what we love as well as a chance to not pile on to much. So do please come along and enjoy if you are able.

Yours in Sport as always


Posted by Admin 2014-11-29 13:34:19 Posted In Mens Captain

Bornemouth Marathon Weekend 2015

Following a very successful outing this year, I'm planning another Harriers road trip to Bournemouth on the weekend of 3rd and 4th October, 2015 http://www.run-bmf.com
In 2014, no fewer than 28 Harrriers competed in 5k, 10k, half and full marathon races and next year, this number seems set to be even greater!
The Travelrest Hotel http://www.travelrest.co.uk has once again done us a fantastic deal for our stay. Twin and double rooms cost £75 for the Saturday and £53 for the Sunday, based on 2 people sharing on a B&B basis and there are family rooms at the same price with a supplement for additional breakfasts. There is nothing to pay until arrival at the hotel and there is no cancellation charge provided you give them at least 7 days notice so there is nothing to lose by booking now if you think you might want to come along. The Hotel will sell out fast so please book now to avoid disappointment!
Telephone no. 01202 555889.
There'll be a pasta party on the Saturday night and this year, about half of the group stayed for both nights and enjoyed a fantastic Sunday night curry and a few leisurely drinks to celebrate our achievements and travelled home on the Monday.... Highly recommended if time allows!

Cheers, Alan.
Posted by Admin 2014-11-09 17:36:25 Posted In General News

Club Track Championship 2014

Paul Henderson
Paul Henderson

Hailsham Harriers Club Track Championship 2014 Final Results.

The Track Championship is a series of 7 events (6 to score) held at the Battle Road Track in Hailsham each summer. Members compete against each other in the series and the competition is decided on points.

This year in the mens event there was a thrilling finish with just 1 point between first and second with Paul Henderson in first place (114 points) and Huw Jones (113 points)in second.

In the ladies event it was sisters Jo Curran(118 points) first and Kelly Tatum (108 points) second.

The track championship would not be possible without the many volunteers and helpers that come and take times and count laps etc so we owe them all a great many thanks.

Mens Final Positions
1stPaul Henderson 114
2ndHuw Jones113
3rd Dave Perry107
4thAndy May94
5thMartin Bell85
6thGraham Purdye78
7thBill Fraser65
8thAlex Plowman64
9thAlan Hide60
10thShaun Webster52
11th Norman Harris51
12thMark Bassett47
12thGiles Bowmer47
14thMatt Southam40
15thNeal Robinson39
16thConner Stratford35
17thAlan Thornton32
18thAllen Grant29
19thSimon Haddon16
20thGraham Woolley13
20thNick Clennett13
22ndIvor Rumsey11
23rdIan Davis8
Ladies Final Positions
1stJo Curran118
2ndKelly Tattam110
3rdJulie Chicken107
4thSandra Fowlie96
5thJacqui Lane73
6thAudrey Haddon67
7thHelen Tickner47
8thOlivia Webb20
9thNina Rumsey17
10thEsther Dunn15
11thKaren Brook14
11thJenni Wainwright14
13thJane Jeater13
13thFran Doe13
Posted by Admin 2014-08-12 17:55:16 Posted In Club Races

Herstmonceux Relays 2014 Results

Results for the Herstmonceux Castle Relays now available

Next Harriers event is the Hellingly 10k in September enter now at http://www.hellingly10k.co.uk
Posted by Admin 2014-08-10 17:17:11 Posted In Club Races

New Records

New Records have been claimed by both Alan Thornton and Frances Delves.

Frances ran in the Seaford South Coast Run 5k and Was first lady home in 23:06 lowering her own 5k record in the process.

Alan Thornton has also been busy and has claimed the following club records in the MV55 Category.

1 Mile in a time of 5:47 at the Club Championships

3000M in a time of 10:43.4 at the Vets League meet Lewes

10 Mile in a time of 67:04 at the Rye 10

15 MIle in a time of 1:45:20 at the Bewl 15

Well Done to both Alan and Frances
Posted by Admin 2014-07-13 16:39:18 Posted In General News

Milland Road Race 2014

The club held its own Milland Road Race over three laps providing a two and a quarter mile course and including the climb at the end of each lap. This event now in its 30th year attracted a quality field for the organiser Alan Thornton and his team and a brilliant race saw Matt Southam, Mark Fox,Olivia Webb and Paul Henderson pace out in the chase for the outright win. It was Matt Southam who held off his challengers with a great win with Mark Fox holding off ladies winner Olivia Webb by only two seconds for his second place. There were great battles within the field of twenty five runners  including a number who were taking part for the first time. The positions and times were as follows:

1st Matt Southam 12m59s
2nd Mark Fox 13m21s
3rd (1st lady) Olivia Webb 13m23s
4th Paul Henderson 13m26s
5th Steve Gillett 14m00s
6th (guest) Giles Bowmer 14m17s
7th Bill Fraser 14m33s
8th Graham Wooley 14m55s
9th Matt Reardon (guest) 15m12s
10th Allen Grant 15m44s
11th Colin Burgess 15m49s
12th Neal Robinson 16m03s
13th (2nd lady)Jacqui Lane 16m06s
14th Rob Stone (guest) 16m21s
15th Frances Delves (3rd lady) 16m24s
16th Stefan Lane (guest) 16m33s
17th Mark Bassett 16m39s
18th Julie Chicken 16m58s
19th Alan Hide 17m25s
20th Norman Harris 17m49s
21st Alan Roberts 17m59s
22nd Sandra Fowlie 18m15s
23rd Nina Rumsey 19m32s
24th Gill Rae (guest) 20m15s

Awards were presented to first man Matt Southam,first lady Olivia Webb, first vet man Mark Fox, first vet lady Jacqui Lane, visitor performance Rob Stone, Lady Harrier performance Nina Rumsey, Man Harrier performance Norman Harris and a special merit spot prize to Bill Fraser.

Posted by Admin 2014-04-22 23:02:29 Posted In Club Races

Harriers 30th Awards

Our club had its beginnings in 1983 when a group of social workers from the Lansdowne Children’s Centre, eager to get fit for the local fun run, formed the Lansdowne Striders. The following year in September 1984 a public meeting brought about a merger of the Lansdowne Striders and Hailsham AC to form Hailsham Harriers. Subscriptions at the time were £5 for seniors and £1 for juniors and the first annual dinner was held at the Horshoe Inn on Saturday 9th February 1985. Karen Bowler was the first club secretary and one of her first jobs was to acquire club vests. She was in luck when a club from the north, Wigan Harriers had just returned a batch of vests to the suppliers. Their constitution stated that their black vest had a red diagonal stripe from left to right but the suppliers had printed the stripe the wrong way so the newly formed Hailsham Harriers acquired the vests at a knock down price.

I think it’s fair to say that the driving force in those early days and right into the millennium was Derek Wells. He was appointed club coach in 1984 but quickly became president and remained so up until quite recently. His words and influence were both humorous and prophetic and each year he would present the annual awards and it was from him I got my inspiration.

Each year we host the John Faulds Hellingly 10k and I would like to say a quick word about John. John Faulds joined the club in 1989 and was club secretary for nine years from 1989 to 1998. John was a Scotsman who had an innate charm and a ready smile and his knowledge of athletics was second to none. He was also a dedicated coach and with Julie Chicken would coach the juniors and seniors twice weekly for many a year. John’s passion was for the Hellingly 10k and so it was only fitting that when John was taken from us on 5 May 2002 that we should rename our club event 'The John Faulds Hellingly 10k' for as the author Adam Montgomery said 'Nothing is really lost to us as long as we remember it'.

Within the last 25 years our main honours are with the Sussex Road Running Grand Prix. We have won the overall title more times than any other club in Sussex, a record seven times, in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000 & 2006. We have had five different lady champions in this competition, Libby Jones, Karen Bowler, Samantha Baines, Gill Wheeler and Samantha Alvarez. We have also won the local East Sussex X-C League seven times and the individual honours in this competition are too numerous to mention.

We have also had great success in what must be the club's favourite event, the South Downs Relay. We have dominated this event at different levels right throughout its history. The veteran team won the event seven times and won it six years in a row from 1992 to 1997. The B team event has been won by the club five times. It was only in 2007 when we first put in a ladies team but since then the ladies have won it four times most recently last year in 2013. In 2009 all three teams entered came back with medals, both the Ladies and B team came back with gold in their categories and the A team won silver, narrowly missing out on overall victory. But its not all about winning medals, I have personally took part in the SDR for 15 years and enjoyed every one, but I think 2009 was the most joyous occasion I have witnessed at the club.

If I may again quote the great man Ruffell, when writing the soap opera Twelfth Night “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them”. I would like to give a mention to some of the Harriers greats in the last 30 years. Ben Warren became the club’s first men’s senior county cross country champion in 2006 and again in 2010. He was only prevented from winning a triple crown in 2011 when he was pipped by fellow Harrier Todd Leckie. Todd has become a fine triathlete and in 2012 was on the verge of being picked for the GB Olympic triathlon team and he holds the men’s 10k record when in 2012 he ran the Chichester 10k in 30.06. Craig Ivemy became the first Harrier to represent his country in both cross country and track events and in 2004 was top of the national junior rankings for both 3,000m and 5,000m. We have a long distance legend with us tonight, Peter Daws who holds the fastest club marathon time of 2 hours 37 minutes and his veteran record was only 2 minutes slower at 2 hours 39 minutes. Gill Wheeler has to be mentioned for her marvellous achievements. On the cross country circuit in 2007 she won a unique treble. She became the champion of the East Sussex League, the Sussex County Cross Country League and became the club’s first ladies senior county cross country champion.

The progress and enjoyment of our club would not be possible without a strong administration. I have already mentioned a few names from the early years but would also like to give huge credit to the following:-Colin Burgess has been Chairman since 1997 and there is no doubt in my mind that the club is where it is today because of his superb leadership. We hope he will continue to lead us for many more years. Lesley Underdown, organised this event for us tonight and we are forever in her debt as she goes about her business so efficiently as club Secretary. Lesley is standing down in September and I would like to publically to say a big thank you to her for all her monumental hard work and the committee will undoubtedly miss her. An athletic club can’t run without coaches and we have one of the best. For years now Julie Chicken has been turning up to Tuesday and Thursday training nights to take the juniors and seniors through our paces. She has been doing this ever since I joined the club in the mid nineties and presumably long before that. She is one of the most dedicated individuals I have ever come across and on behalf of us all Julie I would like to present you with just a small token of our heartfelt thanks. And last but certainly not least, Norman Harris is also a valued coach, but he also our president and there is no one better equipped than he to guide us through the next 30 years.

And now for our annual awards. Let us take a gentle jog to the first award tonight which is for the most improved Harrier of the last 12 months. Those considered were the jocular, the joyous Jacqui Lane. The arresting, the arousing Alan Thornton and the ardent, the admirable Alan Hide. The winner is someone who has to be applauded for turning out in what seems to be every event in this last year whether it be road, cross country or the track. She has excelled in cross country turning out for every race in both the Sussex x-c league and the East Sussex league and she was part of the marvellous O35 team that won gold medals at the veteran cross country championships. I’ll give you an example of how she’s improved, at the Hastings half marathon last year she ran 1.43.29 and only a few weeks ago she ran the same event in 1.32.59 over ten minutes faster. Ladies and gentlemen let your jaws plummet for our most improved harrier the auspicious, the awe-inspiring, Allissa Ellis.

Let us twerk our way to the next award for the trier of the year aptly named in memory of our friend John Faulds. Some consider, myself included, this to be the most important award of the night and those considered were the still jocular, the still joyous Jacqui Lane. The nimble, the noble Nina Rumsey and the profound, the proliferate Peter Drake. I am delighted with the winner as she is the epitome of what this award is all about. She is strong and determined and apparently asks for extra training at Maria’s classes, such is her commitment. She was unsure about taking part in the Harrier’s Sunday training runs on the downs but her fortitude saw her through and now she is a regular on the runs. Throw off the shackles of conformity and unrestrain your restraints as you welcome this year’s trier of the year. Ladies and gents I give you the perfect, the praiseworthy, Pat Hide.

I am delighted that our club has attracted so many new members in the last year. Three of them have been put forward for the award for the most promising newcomer. We have for third time tonight she’s still jocular, she’s still joyous Jaqui Lane and the perceptive, the pioneering Paul Henderson. But the winner is someone who didn’t think he would take to running but has been impressed by the support he has been given by his fellow Harriers. He has been a regular in the team this year at the East Sussex cross-country league meetings and he is the ample, the audacious Adam Davies.

We now turn to the best athletic performance. The committee, in their wisdom, have decided to now present two awards for this category, the first will be the traditional award for an individual performance, the Derek Wells trophy, and their will now be a second award for the best team performance to be called the Paul Eccles legends award. In the individual category those considered were Gary Judges for winning the Hastings 5 mile race last May in 28 minutes and 11 seconds. Alan Thornton for his performance in the Brighton marathon last year in a time of 3 hours and 5 minutes, Alan is running in the same event tomorrow let’s hope he can break the magical three hour barrier. The winner of this year’s Best Athletic Performance award is someone who has been on an incredible upward trajectory ever since she joined the Club and arguably is still to hit her peak. A quiet person by nature, we have seen her grow in confidence and stature and she is now a formidable competitor who lets her performances 'do the talking'. Despite suffering a few niggling injuries, her continuous improvement throughout the year has delivered a significant haul of medals including team gold's for the Sussex Road Relays and the South Downs Relay, as well as individual victories for the Haywards Heath 10 (in a PB of just over 1hr7mins) the Milland race and the Club Track Grand Prix. There were also some impressive individual wins during the Vets Track league across a range of distances from 100m through to 1mile! Most notably she ran the 800m in 2mins 28secs breaking the Club record along the way. However, the outstanding performance worthy of this award came at the Masters Cross Country championships at Lancing in January where she was crowned Sussex O45 champion and finished an impressive second place overall, only 20secs behind the leader in 27mins55secs. I am sure that you will all agree that she is a very worthy winner of this year’s award! It is of course the outstanding, the overpowering Olivia Webb.

The new award for the best athletic performance by a team was dominated by our outstanding ladies team. Considered were the victorious 2013 South Downs Relay team of Allissa Ellis, Jacqui Lane, Emma Richards, Juliette Sukoco, Annette Feakes and Olivia Webb. Also mentioned were the Ladies Vets league winning team, too numerous to mention! But the winners of the award were the over 35 team ladies team at the Sussex Masters cross country championships. They finished 2nd 3rd and 6th in the race thus ensuring themselves gold medals and they were Sam Alvarez, Sue Fry and Allissa Ellis.

There are two awards for our junior members. The award for the most improved junior went to Jenny Wainwright. Jenny has really improved since she came to the club last summer. Back then she could barely jog 400m but Jenny persevered and improved so much is now trying the senior sessions. I am delighted to say she is with us tonight. The senior coach’s junior award has gone to Reece Hinton. Reece is a very sporty little boy who lends his hand to most sports but mainly running and rugby. Reece always gives 100% at whatever he’s doing. He ran the mile at Brighton in 7.59 last year and he is hoping to beat that this year. In fact, hot off the press, I believe he ran 7.30 today!

The Carol Russell Trophy is presented each year to the lady who runs the fastest 10k of the preceding year. At the Horsham 10k back in May 2013 in a time of 38.59 Sue Fry won the ladies race by a clear margin as the 2nd placed female came home nearly 3 minutes behind.

Each year we hold our summer track grand prix series. The best six scores from seven races involved distances ranging from 5,000m to 100m. The series was a great success with more and more people participating each year. The final results were as follows:- Ladies: 3rd Kelly Tattam 109 2nd Allisa Ellis 113 1st Olivia Webb 120 points. Men: Joint 2nd place Martin Bell and Colin Burgess 83 1st Huw Jones 116.

The next two awards are connected with our annual event the John Faulds Hellingly 10k. The first award is for the most improved time and this year saw an improved time of 7 minutes 26 seconds. This person completed the 2012 race in 73.31 and in 2013 her time was 66.05. Hollow and shout as loud as you like for the winner is the ludicrously luscious, the lustfully lustrous and the lovingly luxurious Lesley Underdown.

The John Faulds Hellingly 10k is also the club’s 10k championship. In 3rd place in a time of 40.09 was Sue Fry. In 2nd place was Alan Thornton in a time of 39.47. This year we hosted the Sussex championships and so for our champion Gary Judges to come 8th in a time of 36.04 was a fine achievement.

An award we introduced last year is probably the most interesting of all. It is the award for the best age graded result. Age grading is a way of putting all race participants on a level playing field and lets you compare your race times to those of different runners, as well as to the standard for your age and gender. Some of the top performances included Liz Lumber, Steve Gillett, Fiona Bugler and me! But the top three performances were in third place, Frances Delves 83% for running the Bexhill 10k in 47m35s. Olivia Webb 84% for running the 400m in 65.9 seconds on the track at the Vets league. Top of the age grading was Gary Judges 85% for running the Parkrun, which is 5k in 16 minutes and 53 seconds.

Before I disrobe and plunge myself into my bath of asses milk there is just one last award I must give out and this is for the award for the Harrier’s Runner’s Runner. Many delights have we tasted tonight but the final award is the most succulent of all. It is the award that you vote for to choose who has done most for the club. The winner has polled a massive 45% of the vote which includes my own vote. I voted for him for two things, firstly his running performance. Like Allissa he seems to have turned out for the club in every race whether it is road or cross-country and his performances improve all the time for I have mentioned him constantly throughout my speech. Secondly I voted for his enthusiasm, he organises training runs and can be seen at all social events with his charm and ready wit. No I didn’t vote for myself, the winner of the Clifford Lowen Trophy is Alan Thornton.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are almost at an end. Before we gallop off it would be remiss of me not to receive into my heaving bosom for what looks like the last time my friend and cohort Lesley Underdown. May I say on behalf of us all a monstrously big thank you for organising not only tonight but also all the award nights in the past, everyone has been a gem.

And that, my friends was our annual awards. If you haven’t won anything just remember that by wearing the red and black you are all winners. That doesn't mean you have to be number one or be the best, you just have to do your best. Andy Ruffell tells us very wisely 'It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves'. Adieu my friends and may your enjoyment continue long into the night and if I can leave you with one last quote from the great literary genius that is Andy Ruffell when he wrote his sitcom Romeo & Juliet  'Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I may say good night till it be morrow'. Here’s to the next 30 years, the best is yet to come!

Posted by Admin 2014-04-22 22:31:09 Posted In Committee News

First for Blackstock

Nina Enjoying the XC
Nina Enjoying the XC


Blackstock Farm, Hellingly was the brand new location for the Final held on 23rd February in cloudy/windy conditions but otherwise not too bad considering the winter so far! Of course, the ground under foot was the worst it could be but thankfully St John Ambulance (who were in attendance) were not needed. The main car park was full to capacity and the overflow car park was used by some brave souls who risked being stuck in the mud.

The Junior race of just under a mile started at 10.30 a.m. (as usual) and was well supported by a local school, other youngsters and their parents. From the same start (a half an hour later) the main event consisted of one lap of fields and three laps of very undulating terrain through wooded areas, past lakes and the River Cuckmere with farm animals and wildfowl all looking on. The distance was over 5 miles but incredibly nobody complained but everyone said "that was really tough" or words to that effect!

Hailsham Harriers (the runners) put up a brave fight but came home second in the team event to Lewes A.C. However, with so many of our club helping on the day this was hardly surprising. Very grateful thanks to those who marshalled (to name each of you would take up too much of this article but you know who you are). However, worthy of special mention are Sam Alvarez and Kevin (Dave) Tyler for their extra assistance as are the Salvidge family and their farm manager Steve for allowing us to churn up their land for free!

Look on our and the ESSCCL website for brilliant photos taken on the day and decide between now and the AGM whether we (as the organisers) want to do it all again. Amazingly, Blackstock Farm have agreed to have us back in a year`s time - if we wish?

Brian Winn

ESSXCL Blackstock Farm 23-02-2014

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Posted by Admin 2014-03-13 21:38:50 Posted In Results

South Downs Way Relay 2014

Harriers at the 2013 event
Harriers at the 2013 event
Hailsham Harriers have again been invited to take part in the 2014 running of the South Downs Way Relay.
This popular event is usually run during the first weekend of June and this year the date falls to Saturday the 7th.
Harriers have a long association with the event and teams have won medals on many occasions, including the victorious ladies team who won the event last year.
Ladies and Mens team captains invite all members who would like to put themselves forward for inclusion on the teams for 2014 to register with them before 21st of February 2014.
A call is also made for volunteers on the day, we shall need people willing to undertake marshalling tasks and also people will be required to drive team vehicles.

More information about the south downs way relay can be found here http://www.southdownsrelay.co.uk

Andy 07753 393550

Posted by Admin 2014-02-06 20:46:49 Posted In Mens Captain

Bournemouth Marathon Festival

Hi all,
we're planning a Harriers weekend away for the Bournemouth Marathon weekend festival on 4th and 5th October http://www.run-bmf.com
Several of us ran the marathon, half, 10 and 5k Last year and there are already 17 confirmed for this year.
We're all booked in to the Travelrest Hotel, which is ideally positioned close to the beach and town centre.
Most have booked for the Saturday and Sunday nights so that we can celebrate in style without having to drive home after the race.
If you book through http://www.bookings.com there's no deposit and you pay nothing until you checkout of the hotel.
Rooms cost £80 for 2 nights but are filling quickly so if you fancy a great weekend away, you'll need to act fast!
Any questions, give Me a call 07595461618
Cheers, Alan
Alan Thornton
Posted by Admin 2014-01-19 21:08:18 Posted In General News

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