April 2017 – Newsletter

Welcome to the April newsletter.  Nothing more to say that it’s brilliant.  Loads of race reports, advice from Sue, Track and Field Corner from John and parkrun update from Theresa.

Enjoy.

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Coaches Corner by Sue Baillie

Running Drills

Running drills are exercises that help you improve your running performance,

there are many benefits from doing drills, elite athletes will be doing them on a regular basis, so maybe they’ll help us too.

Why Do Running Drills?

Drills have many benefits:

1       Improve running technique

2       Enhanced awareness of body movement

3       Postural & muscular control through range of movement

4       Co-ordination during run-related movement patterns

5       Improve the fatigue resistance of the muscles that maintain good posture – in particular hip and pelvis stability.

6       Improve strength and impact tolerance of the foot and lower leg.

These need to be done regularly but they can be included into your warm up before a training session or as part of a conditioning-specific session.

Perform the drills on a good surface – either a running track, gym-type floor or grass that is firm and smooth.

Concentrate on maintaining good, relaxed posture throughout all the drills. Keep your chest up, your back straight and engage your abdominal muscles to keep your hips stable. You want your hips to stay facing forwards and not move up and down on each side as your legs move.

Drills improve your ability to maintain proprioceptive control of the foot and lower limb as well developing achilles tendon strength. They also help reduce injury risk by building up your tolerance of impact in preparation for faster running or increased mileage. They also help maximise the utilisation of elastic energy during running.

Also build up the number of foot contacts gradually so that your lower legs and feet have time to adapt and strengthen. You can also gradually build up how ‘explosively’ you do these drills.

Start off doing two repeats of each drill per session over about 20 metres and work your way up to doing four repeats of each drill over a slightly longer distance (up to about 40 metres).

Over the coming months the coaches will be introducing and fine-tuning a selection of drills, have fun, enjoy and reap the rewards.

Happy running,  Sue x
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Surrey Half Marathon – 12th March 2017 (By Marie Carey)

In my quest to take part in some new (for me) events during 2017, 12th March saw me heading over to Woking for the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon.

There were no parking facilities at the venue, so we parked in the town centre and then had a 10/15 min walk to the start which was at the leisure centre. There was a small race village with various stalls, a baggage drop facility and plenty of portaloos.

The starting pen was clearly marked by flags indicating predicted finish times and there were Xempo pacers covering sub 1:30 to 2:30.

We got underway at 9am which coincided with the heavens opening (it then continued to drizzle for the remainder of the race), and set off along the route which was described as “fast and flat” (the course record is 62mins) and incorporated a big loop along country roads around Woking and Guildford, with the exception of a 3ish mile out-and-back section which commenced at the 4 mile point. The entire route was fully closed to vehicles. Whilst I can’t agree with the “flat” description – I would say that it was undulating, and there were definitely no big hills.

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There was plenty of support along the way. The marshals were very encouraging and the water stations were well manned. All in all, a very organised, friendly event with excellent potential to chase a PB should you so wish. The race bling was quite impressive too. It was also nice to be part of an event where a world record was set – Tony Morrison finished in a time of 2:23 which was very impressive given that he carried a Smeg fridge on his back for the entire 13.1 miles.

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Mel’s Milers 10k – 26th March 2017 (By Marie Carey)

The fifteenth staging of this annual event took place on 26th March.

This is a very small, friendly event (approx. 350 participants) and caters for all abilities. Starting and finishing in the avenue next to the quadrangle of Christ’s Hospital school, nr Horsham, the race is on mixed terrain which is mostly off-road, taking in a lap of the school grounds before heading off to Southwater along the Downslink, through the Country Park (where the flat course becomes a bit undulating), and back along the Downslink.

A lovely local event to support which is only £12 (affiliated) to enter and includes a finisher’s medal. Each year, a donation is made to a charity from the proceeds of the race. The 2017 charity was Ovarian Cancer Action.

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Crawley Athletic Club Track & Field Pre-Season Open Meeting– 25th March 2017

(By John Palmer)

Back in August James Sorbie and I caught the end of the Track & Field season for our first attempt and our looking forward to another go led us to jump in for this pre-season. As a result of my extensive marketing campaign within the club, this time we were joined by, um, no-one else. But we did have a supporter this time, with Hannah Sorbie enduring our performances having been lured by a Toby Carvery and all you can watch Cinema with James afterwards.

The Open Meetings have a full track and field program for all ages from U11 upwards and anyone can turn up on the day or save a bit of time & money by registering in advance.

I arrived at K2 in plenty of time for James’ 1500m and luckily find possibly the last available car-park space. I think Hannah had similar problems so this has to be kept in mind, K2’s a busy leisure centre with other events going on as well. You do get the advantage of a fully equipped sports centre though, with changing facilities and refreshments available.

It’s a short walk through to the track area, up to the registration office at the end of the stand opposite the start line and a quick check for changes to the timetable. As I’ve pre-registered I get my number for the day in return for giving my name. If you haven’t registered then bring your EA Number and some cash.

It’s a nice sunny day in the grandstand so we all sit there a while before James goes to warm-up for his 1500m by disappearing into Tilgate Forest leaving me & Hannah to watch a few hurdle races. It’s difficult to judge the warm up as the timetable only gives you the start of the window for your race. The actual number of races depends on who turns up, so having reported to the start line at the prescribed time James has to keep himself active while three other age / gender categories go before him. He’s placed in a mixed category race, men & women from U17 upwards. And another good race is run, with a Senior Men category victory in a time of 04:59.39, a bit slower than last year due to a very strong gusty headwind in places.

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A victorious James Sorbie crosses the finish line with no other Senior Males in sight.

So onto my 80m, an unusual distance but it’s only pre-season so I suppose a full 100m is too much to cope with! My warm-up plan has gone awry, I started as planned just after James had finished but hadn’t taken into account the ‘windows’ and that just because he was later than we expected it doesn’t mean the whole event is running late. So I have a bit of a warm-up and gather at the start line to warm-up some more and play with the starting blocks that I’ve forgotten to revise what to do with! After a few different category races the senior men are called forward (no Vets breakdown in this one), and my number gets a special call as I didn’t hear! Seven of us line up having drawn lanes and an uneventful 12.16 seconds later I cross the finish line in 7th place.

A bit more spectating and it’s getting cold in the stand so we head off to the sunny grassy bank opposite, handily placed by the start lines (they’re staggered by lane) for my 300m, another odd pre-season distance. A bit more warming up, gather at the start and we’re split into races with me third off in a 4 man race with 2 other vets and an U20 disabled category runner who is offered the choice of lanes with the rest of us drawing lots. So a bit more warming up while watching the other races and then we’re off with me drawn in lane 2. Hitting the first bend I’m buffeted by the same wind that affected James and by the home straight the thighs are burning and I’ve been left behind by two of the runners with just the V55 behind me. I get the feeling he’s closing but hold him off for 3rd place in 49.22 seconds.

And so we’re done and my goal is to lose some weight and gain some fitness before the end of the season! I would recommend these meetings if you fancy a go at Track (or Field). You need to keep your wits about you with all the events going on and the variable timetable, but I would think that’s the nature of an open event with the individual race composition not known till the day. I wish they’d show me as a V50M though, they have my date of birth and do for some runners.

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Track & Field Corner by John Palmer

Well I’ve got to do something now the Cross Country season’s over!

Welcome to the first Track & Field Corner, a feature likely to be even less popular than the Cross Country Corner it replaces.

With Track & Field now becoming ‘official’ with a Stuart Condie e-mail inviting us all to Crawley K2 for Haywards Heath Harriers’ Open Meeting, I thought I’d share what myself & James Sorbie have worked out on our two visits to the Crawley Athletic Club meetings (the latest of which is reported on elsewhere in this issue):

  • Events: Each meeting will vary so look at the details. Usually a full track & field program is available for Juniors to Vets, from 60m to 3,000m and possible longer
  • Entry: It generally seems to be the case that you can enter on the day or in advance with a small cost saving. It is possible to enter more than one event, if you think you can recover quickly enough!
  • Shoes: Your road shoes will be fine. However, if you’re planning on winning your race proper track spikes could make all the difference. If you have cross country spikes they are a good compromise, just don’t wear the 15mm spikes on the track but buy yourself something up to 6mm
  • Rules: There are some to learn. For example at 100m, 200m (and ideally 400m) you will be using starting blocks and you’ll need to position yourself appropriately on each part of the on your marks – set – bang sequence. YouTube is your friend here, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e2Gxq0t3ic
  • Race Times: The timetable on an open meeting is flexible as no-one knows who’s going to show up for each race. So you have to turn up at the start line at the scheduled time for your event and listen out as race orders are worked out
  • Warm-up: The shorter the event the longer the warm-up, particularly on the sprints if you don’t want to damage something. A slight complication is the point above, you need to keep warmed-up while until your race comes round
  • Medals: Check the event. If there are any you’ll probably have to finish in the top three to get one!

We are all encouraged to enter the following, particularly the feature event of 1 mile at 7.55pm, although there are other track & field events from 6pm.  See Stuart’s e-mail of 2nd April or ask him or me for details:

  • HAYWARDS HEATH HARRIERS

EVENING OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETING

THURSDAY 4TH MAY 2017

AT THE CRAWLEY ‘K2’ STADIUM, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, RH11 9BQ

And you might like to join James Sorbie & I in considering these Crawley AC meetings (www.crawleyac.org.uk):

  • Jun Wed 21st – Open Meeting (clashes with our Blackcap Handicap)
  • Jul Wed 26th – Open Meeting (possibly graded by ability which could be interesting, or embarrassing if I’m lined up with a field of U13s)
  • Aug Mon 28th – Tom Lintern Medal (Bank Holiday Monday meeting, 2016 report can be found at https://bhrnewsletter.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/october-2016-newsletter/)

STOP PRESS!

Sneaking into this issue, Kim Gow shares the joy that can be had at the back of the 1500m field while James Sorbie is smashing his PB down to 4:52.37 in a ‘cannot believe it!!!!! I have never been so pleased with a run!’ sort of way!

Don’t miss out on an ideal opportunity to give the mile a go at the HHH event on 4th May 2017!

Crawley AC 60th Anniversary Open Meeting – 8th Apr 2017 (By Kim Gow)

So, I had been thinking about one of these races for a few weeks now and buoyed up by my 5K run at the Olympic park last week I decided to go for this.

I had emailed both John Palmer and James Sorbie beforehand so I would know another friendly face there. I had entered the same race several times before, although that was probably about 10 years ago.

The race was due to start at 12.45 and I arrived at 12pm. Having driven round the car park twice I thought about going home when a space became free and I nipped in –it must be fate!!

James and Hannah were very encouraging as were the people signing you on. So we all, 10 of us lined up along the start. 10 that is, both male and female from 17 years up to me!

The start is at the top of the back straight and when the gun went everyone else was immediately at the other end of the track leaving my thinking ‘What have I done?’. I thought just concentrate on your own time, don’t try to keep up with anyone, so even when others streaked past me lapping me I concentrated on my watch. I made it to a round of applause from the supporters in the stand in 7.19. I was pretty chuffed with that time.

There was such a lot of genuine support. A lady from Arena stayed to congratulate me as did a lovely young girl who told me she wanted to be like me when she was older. That nearly made me cry!

So if you fancy it I would say give it a try!

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Moyleman Marathon – 12th March 2017 (By Oliver Day)

This was to be my second trail marathon in a week, having completed the Steyning Stinger on the previous Sunday. I was quite anxious in the build up to both of these as the weather forecast in the lead in was predicting wet and windy conditions. The main issue was would I be warm enough and this lead to a panic thermal base layer purchase which arrived too late for Stinger. Even the night before the forecast was still showing rain. The big day arrived and the rain did not materialise. In fact it was warm for the time of year and the thermal was swapped for normal base layer and a BHR top.

The Moyleman, like the Stinger, is a tough marathon. It feature 5 climbs in what seems like increasing toughness, totalling about 850 meters of climbing, which compares neatly with the Stinger’s 830 meters. The race starts at Wallands School in Lewes and heads west along the South Downs until it joins the South Downs Way (SDW) just after Black Cap. There the route turns south and heads back down hill to Housedean Farm and across the A27 at the 5 mile mark. The second climb is a doable slog up Newmarket Hill, a quick admiring of the view and then down to Falmer Bottom as the course traces around Castle Hill. The route takes a turn to run along Balsdean Bottom before a steep climb and then re-joining the SDW. Its then mainly downhill to the 13 mile half way point at Southease. Many supporters gather here as it’s the changeover for the relay runners. This is a good option if you like the route but would be put off by a whole marathon.

I found the second half tough. As you pull out of Southease it is a long slog up to Firle Beacon, following the SDW, and on to Bo-Peep car park. It’s a great place to be up on the top, the weather was staying good and the view good. At Bo-Peep, it’s a left turn and downhill off the downs. We now turn and head back to Lewes via Glynde. It’s a 6 mile push now with the legs getting tired and the thought of only one more climb until the finish. I knew that at the finish, in the Harvey’s Brewery yard, was a nice pint of Sussex waiting for me – nicely sponsored by the Brewery. I could fail now – just one more hill, just one more and then Mount Caburn comes into view. I struggled up this one, slowing to walking pace, but trying not to stop completely. Near the top Philippe Ecaille was there cheering runners on. This gave me a much needed boost enabling me to run with a second wind to the top, then down the gulley and back up to the Golf course before the final descent into Lewes High Street. The crowds were out and this provided for a welcome finish into Harvey’s Brewery Yard.

The ‘medal’ is an inscribed Moyleman beer glass, filled briefly with water and then with the pint of Sussex which I had been thinking about to keep me going until the end. Finishers also get a token for a much needed and very well made pizza. It’s a small race, less than 150 marathon runners and similar doing the half-marathon relay.

This was the third official running of the Moyleman, held each year in memory of local runner Chris Moyle, who sadly passed away at the age of only 42. I was joined by 4 other BHRs, Paul Sargent, Mark Nicholls, Jamie Goodhead and Di Delderfield. It’s a great route and a lovely run, which I’m sure more BHRs will join me competing in next year.

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Lydd 20– 12th March 2017 (By Alice Tellett)

I quite like to do a 20 mile race as part of training for a marathon and with the death of the Spitfire 20 this year I had to look a little further afield this time. I stumbled upon the Lydd 20 miler, just 4 weeks before my spring marathon, perfect timing.

Lydd is a small seaside village located just beyond Camber Sands in Kent. I moved to the south of England from Norwich about 3 years ago and I have slowly come to accept that this part of the country is a tad hilly and if I’m going to run here I’d best leave the flat terrain of Norfolk behind and get used to running up and down hills. Well fear not! Because about 1hr30 drive to the east there is countryside that is flatter than Suffolk with lovely views on a sunny day. And here you will find the quaint village of Lydd.

While it rained in Burgess Hill on the 12th March 2017, glorious cool sunshine arrived in Kent. I arrived at the race HQ at about 9:30 for a 10 am start. The parking is on the village green, which was well signposted, and marshalled, then there is about a 5 minute walk to the start, also well signposted. The race itself consists of a half marathon and a 20 miler and both races set off together for the same start line. The race was started by Ben Smith (of 401 marathons).

The start is on quite a tight bent and with well over a 1,000 people trying to get round it quite quickly it did result in a slight bottleneck at the start. Right after we started I spotted another BHR runner, then I realised it was the speedy Jon Boxall and realised I would not be seeing him again! The race quickly goes onto flat windy village roads, which are not closed but extremely quiet and separated by fields. The bends in the road also mean you can see ahead of you in the race, which I liked.

Both races are out-and-backs and the 20 mile course is the same as the half marathon until about 6 miles when they went straight and we took a sharp turn right. This did mean also that the half marathon leaders started to run towards you from 5 miles onwards, which kept you occupied as the countryside began to feel a little samey.

The turn at 6 miles, away from the half marathoners did provide a bit of relieve from this though. The 6-10 mile section goes into a more wooded area, with a few sharp bends and through a tiny village which means you can’t see ahead of you as much. At about 8 miles in the leaders started to zoom towards us again, but this did allow me to give Jon a wave. Just before the 10 mile mark the road leaves a village and is boarded by two high banks, then after a few sharp turns you reach the 180 degree turn around point marked with a marshal and a cone. And you are off back the way you came. I clocked a half marathon time of 1hr 51 mins and still felt really strong so knew I was heading for a good time.

At 14 miles we re-joined the half marathon route, which did mean we caught up a few of the people at the back of this race, but as the road was so wide it did not cause any problems. The miles are well marked with sign posts and from 15 miles onwards they started to count down from 5 miles to go. I do like an out-and-back as it nice to be able to visualise what you have left to go, which I think helps in keeping up the morale and momentum of a longer race such as a 20 miler.

I did falter a little in the last few miles and the miles started to really drag but the determination of achieving a PB plus the flat terrain and the odd cheer kept me going and I arrived home in 2hr 46 mins, a PB of 8 mins for this distance, very pleased with that and a great confidence boost for the marathon ahead.

At the end you are greeted with a great medal, water, and a table offering a selection of chocolate bars and a nice village green to collapse on before the long drive home.

I would highly recommend this race to those training for a spring marathon next year who are prepared to drive a little further afield.

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The water stations were well located, amply stocked and nicely spread out. There was only water on offer and in cups but it was a pretty low key event. The route itself was well marked and had cheering marshals and spectators dotted throughout the race. And of course it is a flat and fast course which is PB hungry.

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Vitality Reading Half Marathon – 19th March 2017 (By Keith Brown)

Having family in Reading made my second visit to this race very easy and as a town I know well it definitely appealed to me. This is a big race with over 17,000 runners participating in The Green Park Challenge (a 3k race before the main event) and the Half Marathon itself.

The race village is based at the Madjeski Stadium, the home of Reading FC, and the start is at Green Park which is a new complex of office buildings and houses immediately behind the stadium. Whilst lining up in the Blue start pen I was very surprised to see another Burgess Hill Runner donning full kit. Neil Grigg wished me luck but was making his way much further up the starting area.

The race itself is pretty much flat but there are a few sneaky hills around mile three and eight but on the whole a very flat course that runs through residential streets, the town centre, under the Oracle shopping centre and even down the A33 the main road from the M4.

What makes this race so special and the best I have done is the support out on the course.  The town really embrace this race and come out in their thousands to cheer from all vantage points. At the university and through the town centre and the Oracle the crowds were incredible. The last mile and half down the wide A33 is an adrenaline busting experience with the stadium getting nearer and nearer.

With 1/3 of mile to go you leave the A33, run up the approach road, around the stadium and then enter in one corner finishing with a sprint around half of the ground finishing in front of the tunnel with thousands of spectators watching on. An amazing experience and very exciting.

I completed the race in 2:00:22 which was just under a minute faster than last year but had a real pain in my left foot for the days before and during the race which may have affected my time.

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All in all a fantastic race and one I recommend to anyone.

The link to all of the stats is below:

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1629671950

Thanks for reading.

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Fleet Half Marathon – 19th March 2017 
(By Oli Jones)

The main reason I chose to do the Fleet half marathon is because I have family there and could combine it with a family trip to see my aunt and cousin’s. I drove down on the Saturday afternoon / evening, thankfully the traffic was not too bad despite some speed restrictions on the M3. I spent a nice time on Saturday with my family and got an early night ready for the morning. The Course is centred around Calthorpe Park in the centre of Fleet town. You start just outside the park and finish inside the park.

The Race:

The claxon went and of we go, quite a small race of only 3,000 ish runners all set off. The first 2 miles took you round the outside of the park and through the main high street, the support was good and people cheering everyone on. You then went off through Fleet’s residential area for a mile or two then came back through the high street where more people had gathered to cheer you on as well as some music playing.

Mile 5 took you out past the station and onward over the M3, I remember quite a stiff breeze as we went across the bridge. Onwards to mile 6 which took you through some nice country lanes through to mile 9 ish where more crowds were gathered near a local pub called ‘The Barley Mow’. A nice gathering and some people handing out jelly babies (which is always good). Then onto the last four miles which wound its way back to town past the leisure centre and to the finish in the park.

Overall thoughts:

I liked the race and the course. Lots of support and I would definitely do it again if I got the chance.

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Sussex Road Relay, Christ’s Hospital (By Joe Beesley)

A beautiful spring day greeted a bumper entry for Burgess Hill Runners at the Sussex road relays event held in the grounds of Christ’s Hospital.

The relay was of a 2 mile and 93 yard course with every (bar one) team completing three laps, with the senior men’s team the outlier, completing 6 laps. The course is a lightly undulating, path and road course, predominantly in the grounds of Christ’s Hospital and utilising a bit of the estate that Barns Green veterans will be familiar with (about mile 3 if memory serves).

A small section of the course uses a nearby piece of road, which was quiet and only had one or two cars passing. The event is a nice afternoon out and there are also some rather serious and seriously fast athletes competing, I’m unsure if the rumour of Charlie Grice racing for Brighton Phoenix was an April fool or not. So, if you like your races really short, sharp and with a great team atmosphere, then this is surely an event you should try next year, I mean, you get to run with a time chipped baton and everything (ours was pink).

The race at a glance:

Distance: 2 miles 93 yards

Terrain: Road/path

Shoe type: Road

Scenery: Stunning (there’s a bit of waiting, so ‘ave a look about)

Format: Relay

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Jog Shop Jog 20 – 25th March 2017 
(By Jonathan Herbert)

These days some races feel the need to boast of their toughness, but 25 years ago, when gravel voiced Jog Shop owner, Sam Lambourne, and friends, decided to turn their training route into an official event, there were no such thinking. The Jog Shop Jog has long been on my to-do list, but despite my liking for trail races I had never entered, partly due to the intimidating profile, and the mythology around the event – the North Face, The Big W, Death Valley, and the Snake.

The race is extremely low-key, the start being a pop-up gazebo and a fold out table set up in the Asda car park at the marina. Worryingly my fellow runners all looked quite serious, with windproof tops and hydration packs, making me a little self-conscious in my club t-shirt. The sun was shining though and the wind wasn’t too strong as about 70 of us made our way to the starting line. It wasn’t immediately clear where the starting line was, but Sam soon directed us to a seemingly random point in the car park and we were off.

We followed a zig zag path to the cliff top and then followed this to Rottingdean, where we dropped down to the Undercliff path for a while. At Saltdean Lido we turned inland, and after some confusion we reached the base of the Downs near the Saltdean United ground. Here we hit the first hill, a long steady climb. Still full of energy and enthusiasm, I latched on to a trio of runners and followed them to the top, before setting off at pace across the Downs. After a short descent we reached the first named section – the North Face. This wasn’t as bad as expected – steep but short, and whilst I resorted to some tactical walking I could have run it if I wanted. Two of the trio loitered at the drinks station whilst two of us set off again at pace. Thankfully I had to stop to do my laces as it was becoming apparent that I couldn’t do the whole race at that pace. Soon we reached the Yellow Brick Road – a concrete path, more uphill than I was expected, and I was glad to be taking it a bit more slowly.

Once that was done we hit the Big W, which was where it got serious. There was a long steep descent on a concrete path which levelled out briefly before a long climb back to the top. The people ahead of me were walking so I followed suit, starting running again once the gradient eased. Soon we descended again, less steeply this time and on a more normal path. At the bottom was a sharp turn by a drinks station before a steep rocky climb back up. I like to think that I stopped to chat with the stewards, but in reality I just stood there a bit stunned whilst they fed me jelly babies. There was no pretence about “tactical” walking now – this was a hard slog and my calves were starting to protest. Once it eased off I was running again, this time down to Death Valley.

Initial impressions were that this was a real misnomer. After an initial descent it became more of a gentle slope, ideal for fast running. As we went past the remains of Balsdean (bombed for target practice in the war), I was really hammering it. With hindsight this was unwise as at the end of the valley I reached the Snake, and found that my legs had died.

In normal circumstances the Snake would be fine – a 2-mile long, winding gradual hill – but at that stage it was a real effort. As I turned the corner into the rising wind it actually stopped me in my tracks briefly. I managed to persevere though and slogged my way up to the top, to be rewarded with more jelly babies. The wind was either much stronger on top, or I was much weaker as it was an effort to not get blown sideways.

Shortly after though, we reached a long, straight downhill road leading to Rottingdean. The big question was whether I would be stupid enough to make the same mistake twice. Of course I was – I hammered down the road as fast as my battered legs would carry me. At the bottom of the road was the only actual road crossing on the route. A steward was helpfully present to stop people throwing themselves in front of traffic, and ensure that they crossed on the zebra crossing. Across the road though was the last steep hill, leading sharply up to the Rottingdean windmill. I made my way up, hands on knees, and very nearly hands and knees. After that the route dropped back down to the clifftop path, but my legs were gone. All I could do was put my head down and grind out the last couple of miles. Inevitably the two people I had left behind at the North Face jogged past me but I couldn’t keep up with them this time.

I finally descended the zig zag path to the car park, finishing in 3 hours. It had been a fantastic event. Challenging but with some of the best scenery I have experienced and I would certainly recommend it.

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parkrun corner by Theresa Chalk

This last month has seen so many of you taking part in marathons and ultras that I decided (exception of Malcolm S) I would leave you alone and not ask for your parkrun memories this month. I considered asking Dave Oldfield to do a regular contribution as most weekends he is popping up around the country at different venues. He has amassed 28 to date of writing this. But given his duties at Junior parkrun week in week out I will leave him alone too. Unless Dave you have been to a spectacular one you would love us all to know about.

So read a bit about our local junior parkrun.

Dave O heads up the core team at Haywards Heath Junior parkrun at Victoria park, Sunday mornings at 9am. For those who are unaware this is a 2k route for 4-14 year olds. They can be accompanied by an adult. Remembering this is a run not a race so you can walk if you want to. And while your having fun the juniors can earn wristbands as they participate. (who doesn’t love a wristband)

11 junior parkruns = Blue band (half marathon distance)
21 junior parkruns = Green band  (marathon distance)
50 junior parkruns = Orange band (ultra distance)

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100 junior park runs is a certificate award only.  Certificates can be printed off once you have completed your distance.

The wristbands are awarded during the announcements . The kids are so smiley and proud when their name is called out.

This is a lovely park with wide open areas. Plenty of adults around to encourage the children. Approx 90 a week participate. Its very friendly and include a nice fun warm up and hand clapping spelling out of parkrun to get you into the spirit.

At present we have 15 BHR juniors who do the Junior parkruns. Well done to you all : Adam Beckett, Jonathan Beckett, Niamh Bennett, Seb Bennett, David Burke, Lily Grace Craigs, Alfie Geere, Lola Geere, Adam Lawson, Thomas Lawson, Henry Monnery, Lola Monnery, Emily Paulsen, Henry Potts, and Will Potts.

And although this has been all about the juniors this month I can’t help but mention Ann Savage who did her first sub 9 min mile while we were at Hove Prom parkrun. She was truly incredulous and beaming.

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As Keith says, thank you for reading.  It’s great to see so many people putting pen to paper (fingers to keyboard) this month to make this an excellent bumper edition.

As always, don’t be shy.  We’d love to read your experiences, so that we can enjoy them with you and learn from your stories.

Take care, The Newsletter Team.

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