Please note that this weeks pub run will be from the Bolney Stage and not the 8 Bells, who are unable to accommodate us this year. The ‘Find Us’ and Event pages have been updated accordingly with the route map and directions!
This is tomorrow morning’s suggested route of about 12 miles. It’s mainly flat, apart from the short sharp hill beside the caravan park at Golding Barn. It should also be continuous, except possibly up the said hill where some walking may be in order. The pace will be democratically determined – anyone wanting to run faster will simply have to wait or run back at regular intervals.
The weather is a tad cooler, so I suggest we do a slightly longer run on Saturday morning at the usual gentle pace. This route is just over 12.5 miles, flat and includes part of the unique Spithandle Lane we all know and love! The shortcut from Buckells Farm takes off about 1.5 miles and the one through Lock Farm and Claylands Farm about 5.5 miles.
Due to the World Cup Semi Final match where England will play Croatia, kicking off at 7pm, the proposed Shepherd and Dog Pub Run is shelved for this week. The visit to the Shepherd and Dog will still take place but on 22nd August now.
There will be a usual Wednesday run from HLC led by Eb for those non-footballing runners! Meet at 7pm as usual.
Few people seem keen on particularly long runs at present – it must be the weather! This is the suggested route for Saturday morning, which is only 10 miles with a shortcut that reduces it to about 8. It’s also flat and shouldn’t be overgrown.
The annual Henfield Seven Stiles event is a West Sussex Fun Run League fixture but open to all. Organised in conjunction with Henfield Leisure Centre it features a 1 mile race at 10:15 and the main 4 mile race at 11:00.
The main race numbers are restricted to 500 so please apply early using the link to the entry form below
New for 2018
- Learning from last years toilet queues we will have additional portable toilet facilities this year
- Registration/Late Entries administration has been reviewed and will be upgraded, including a separate ‘Club Entries’ desk in order to improve efficiency and relieve congestion
- A new access road is being built in June/July with additional parking behind the Leisure Centre. This may be completed by race day, but it also may still be under construction. The Start/Finish area routing for the main race may need to be changed in line with the impact this has on the existing route out of the playing field, and in accordance with any safety concerns. For obvious reasons (meaning that the exact disruption isn’t known until they start construction!) this will be done close to the day and will be clearly marked. The rest of the route will be unaffected
- For the same reason the Junior route will also be diverted and as such will be partly a new route. Again this will be clearly signed and closely marshalled
The 4 mile route is a mostly flat off road run along trails that run via the Downslink and beside the Adur River, starting and finishing at Henfield Leisure Centre
A feature of this event is that we will issue a medal to all finishers of BOTH races – we like medals and we know that you do too!
Also – cake and refreshments will be on sale within the Leisure Centre this year – we know you like cake too!
For an application form please click here: Seven stiles entry form 2018
Seven Stiles Junior Route
Seven Stiles Main Route
I suggest this route on Saturday in our continuing quest for bluebells. It’s only about 10 miles and I think covers different ground from the previous 2 weeks. For the benefit of any PG runners, who would prefer a shorter run, we should be at the Lock Farm road junction at around 8.30am.
You can find the April Handicap results here. It has emerged that there are small errors in the January and March results, and these are now updated. Jenny Backshall had an unreal ‘best previous time’ calculated, giving her an unusually demanding target time to beat. In correction, her target time is corrected, and she earns an extra 2 points from each of those races. Unfortunately Alison, Eb, Emma and Sian each lose one point to balance this.
As a consequence of the heavy rains in March, the April run was switched to the Winter route (except that Bob Wallace chose to follow the Summer route, and reported running along the wet river bank, between a high water level in the river, and flooded meadows alongside, as the land water was unable to escape into the river.)
For the present, the overall results show the summations using the conventional split between Winter and Summer routes. Historically, there has not been a visible difference in timings between the routes.
—next Wednesday, Andy will timekeep the Handicap, as Chris shall be out, as a beginner, on the beginners’ course. Unless the predicted rain affects the course, we shall be using the SUMMER route, which you can find here as a refresher of the course.
In memory of Matt Campbell, the young man who died while taking part in the London Marathon this year, a nationwide campaign called Finish for Matt has sprung up with people paying their respects by running the 3.7 miles that Matt had left to run on Sunday, and then donating £5 (or whatever amount you feel appropriate) to the Brathay Trust charity for which he was raising money. The route (clickwise for the avoidance of doubt) is below.
Henfield Joggers are marking this on Thursday evening (26th April) at 7pm – meet at Henfield Leisure Centre and we will cover our own 3.7 miles in Matts memory.
I suggest we do the Convent run tomorrow morning, cutting across from the Bull. It’s about 12 miles and, although we are likely to get our feet wet at this point, if not before, it’s not far from home!