Race Reports

GRAND PRIX 2014 RACE REPORTS – by Jenny Cobby (unless otherwise stated)

Crowborough 10K – 30th November 2014

Michael Dee 1.08.41
Cynthia Dee 1.38.55

An undulating 2 lap course of Green Lane, Crowborough Hill and Palesgate Lane. If there is deep water at Palesgate Lane ford, the race is diverted over the footbridge parallel to the ford. A tough 10K, but very popular.

Brighton 10K – 16th November 2014

Lotte Vasby      46.45
Simon Funnell   50.11
Joyce Blundell   57.37
Danielle Kaelin  57.41
Diana Anderson 1.03.57?????
Michael Dee      1.04.14
Cynthia Dee      1.32.15

The Brooks Brighton 10K is a flat, fast accurately measured course, starting in Madeira Drive, heading out towards the Marina, before turning back on itself, and along past the Palace Pier, and what was the West Pier, continuing past the Peace Statue to King Alfred Leisure Centre, turning and back along the promenade to a Madeira Drive finish.

Lewes Downland 10 Mile – 5th October 2014

Michael Dee               2.02.18

The start and finish are in a meadow near the Motor Road approach to the old Lewes racecourse, free parking at Race HQ, Wallands School. The course is a mixture of chalk and downland grass tracks, across scenic National Trust Land and the South Downs Way. Water stations at 2.5 and 7.5 miles, and at the finish.

Barns Green Half Marathon   –  28th September 2014

Ilidia Campbell           1.49.32

Dave English              1.59.20

Lorna Winter              2.20.12

This figure of eight half marathon, near Horsham in West Sussex, is run on closed roads through the beautiful Sussex countryside, passing through  the historic Christ’s Hospital school, where the school’s famous marching band will be playing. There is also a jazz band at the start/finish.

Hove Prom 10k  – 21st September 2014

Alison Turner        60.59

Michael Dee          66.22

Cynthia Dee          80.00

The start and finish is on the promenade at Hove Lagoon for a flat and fast two lap course, along the seafront.

Hellingly 10K  –  14th September 2014

Michael Dee              66.49

Cynthia Dee              98.42

The start is in Station Road, which is 800m walk or jog from the village hall. The course is described as undulating, along country roads, with an off road finish of 45m in the field next to the car park.

Newick Will Page 10k – 24th August 2014

Michael Dee 1.09.52
Cynthia Dee 1.35.00

Run on mainly scenic, undulating roads south of Newick. There is a long downhill section to a small bridge and stream, then a gentle incline. After 5K the course is fairly level before a long steep incline, then a flat section dropping down to , once again, a stream, followed by another long incline up to the village, finishing in the playing field outside the Sports pavilion.

Bexhill 5K   –   30th July 2014

Michael Dee       31.14.65

Cynthia Dee       44.12.85

The 5K takes place on the seafront, and is a simple 2 x out and back, 1.25K each way. Very flat and great for fast racing, also great for spectators with runners returning for the halfway 2.5K turn and the finish line gantry.

Phoenix 10K   –   16th July 2014

Michael Dee             1.13.29

The race starts next to Hove Lawn’s café, and is an out and back fast course which runs west towards Shoreham on the promenade. AfterHove  Lago on the course meets Basin Road South, following Shoreham Docks, turning at Carats Café at 5Km, and going back to the finish at Hove Lawns. This course is capable of producing fast times as it is a flat and relatively straight run.

Bewl  15 Mile    6th July 2014

Dave English             2.18.58

Michael Dee             3.12.09

An  unique event, run largely off road on pretty, gently undulating hills around Bewl Water – nestling on the border of Sussex and Kent. This race is certainly challenging, but runners of all standards welcome, I have taken part once, and it really is a great run with a time limit of 3h 30m. Start and finish is in the lane opposite the Greyhound Pub, heading across farmland down to Bewl Water. The route is clockwise around Bewl Water for about 8 miles, and is mostly flat. It is largely wooded, with some field sections. The route leads away from Bewl water at about 9 miles, to avoid a Nature Reserve. There is a 3 mile section on country roads, this is the hilly part of the course, then returning to the reservoir for a further 2 miles, before the last mile up the path to Wadhurst.

Heathfield Midsummer 10K   22nd June 2014

Michael Dee             1.08.46

The route follows scenic rural country lanes around the villages of Cross in Hand and Waldron in East Sussex. Some would describe the course as undulating for the first half and uphill for the second.

Worthing 10K   1st June 2014

Ralph Bernascone               43.17

Natasha Heasman               53.28

Debbie Lovelock                  54.48

On a hot and sunny morning over 500 runners  took on the Worthing 10K, a fast flat coastal run providing excellent PB opportunity over a certified 2 lap course, run on wide flat roads.

Rye 10M   25th May 2014

Michael Dee              2.09.07

Cynthia Dee              2.40.05

This is a challenging hilly 10 mile road race, which covers the quiet lanes through the stunning countryside outside Rye. The race begins and finishes in Peasmarsh, just outside Rye.

Horsham 10K  18th May 2014

Ralph Bernascone              46.41

Amanda Player                   54.26

Michael Dee                     1.08.53

Jenny Cobby                     1.35.05

Cynthia Dee                      1.35.05

On a hot and sunny day, this multi terrain race starting at Horsham Rugby Club, had a lot of runners. It includes 1 lap of the rugby field, followed by two laps of the local roads and lanes, including a 1Km section of bridleway and climbs back up the hill to the finish at the Rugby Club.

Hastings 5M  11th May 2014

Michael Dee         51.29

Cynthia Dee       1.16.19

A fast flat course along the seafront, starting and finishing outside the Town Hall in Hastings town centre.

Haywards Heath 10M    4th May 2014

No runners for this one.

The race uses an undulating trail and pathway course in and around Haywards Heath, using mainly traffic free routes.  There is a town centre start and finish in Victoria  Park.

Hastings Half Marathon – 23rd March 2014

Duncan Blackburn                   1.49.29

Dave English                           1.51.58

Natasha Heasman                    2.16.15

Michael Dee                             2.41.24

Jenny Cobby                            3.22.35

Cynthia Dee                             3.36.09

The course circumnavigates the Ancient Town of Hastings, starting on the seafront and following the route of William the Conqueror towards Battle, round the back of the town, along the ridge and down towards the Famous old Town and fishing village, then back along the promenade for the last two or so miles to the finish.

Although tough for the first part of the course, there are some fast times and PB’s as the last two thirds are flat and downhill. Apart from a couple of hail showers, the day was very pleasant, thankfully not windy or too cold. As usual the support from the local people was  as good as ever, and they really get behind  the runners.

Worthing 20 – 9th March 2014

Ralph Bernascone           2.56.43

Lotte Moller Vasby          2.59.59

Simon Funnell                 3.20.54

The course consists of 4 laps of a flat and fast 5 mile loop, providing great preparation for Spring Marathons. A total of 503 runners took part on a beautiful still, sunny morning.

Eastbourne Half Marathon – 2nd March 2014

Michael Dee             2.54.32

A total of 1,366 runners, joggers and walkers crossed the finish line, on a very windy but dry morning. A mainly flat course, but there is a hill between miles 2 and 3, with a mixture of town and rural scenery.

Chichester Priory 10k –  9th February 2014

On a dry day, but with a cold wind, the route took in 1 lap of the NE segment of the city, on a lovely course over a slightly undulating route on a mixture of rural and urban roads.

The start was in College Lane, going out to Westhampnett roundabout, then round Goodwood airfield, the last 2 Km on Lavant Road which is downhill, so a nice speedy finish.  The final approach to the finish was through the main car park entrance, due to renovation work at Chichester Festival Theatre.

It was not the balmiest of days for the Chichester 10k today, but we can’t grumble.  Mick Dee was the only other jogger there, he said he hadn’t run for a while, so would be happy just to get round.  The back two miles into a wind from the West gusting to 40mph+ wasn’t as bad as I had feered it might be & rain held off.

I also said hello to Mark Greet running for Horsham Joggers & during the race chatted with Terry Bourne, running in other colours.

Dave English

GRAND PRIX 2013 RACE REPORTS – Jenny Cobby (scroll down for most recent reports)

Chichester Priory 10k –  3rd February 2013

Ralph Bernascone        42.34

Ben Haddrell               52.27

The Chichester 10Km is one of the major road races in the English running calendar, and had nearly 1700 runners. It was a cool, overcast and breezy day but many enjoyed the course and scenery, which is one lap of the NE segment of the city.

The start is now in College Lane, going North before turning into Graylingwell Park, going out to Westhampnett roundabout, following round the Goodwood airfield to Pook Lane, then back down the Lavant Road to the finish in Northgate Car Park.

Eastbourne Half Marathon  – 3rd March 2013

Unfortunately no runners here from Henfield Joggers. Normally over 2000 entrants, there are stunning views of Beachy Head on this out and back race, with a mixture of rural and town scenery. Other than a tough hill at mile 2, this is a flat course and ideal for a PB, starting and finishing in Princes Park.

Worthing 20 – 10th March 2013

Ralph Bernascone       2.48.02

Ilidia Campbell            2.53.32

Jackie Parsons           3.02.47

This course consists of 4 laps of a fast and flat 5 mile loop, providing perfect pace setting preparation for runners entered in the Brighton and London marathons.

Hastings Half Marathon  – 24th March 2013

Ralph Bernascone                  1.43.30

Lotte Katz                           1.48.49

Duncan Blackburn                  1.53.23

Amanda Player                      2.07.23

Jenny Cobby                         3.32.04 (Walked)

On a freezing cold day, runners start on the seafront, and follow the route that William the Conqueror took towards the village of Battle. Up and around the back of Hastings, then towards the ‘Old Town’ and fishing village of Hastings,before running back along two miles of seafront to where it all started, and the finish.The first few miles are tough, but the last two thirds are fairly flat with just a few undulations (Are you ABSOLUTELY sure? Ed!)

Haywards Heath 10 Mile – 5th May 2013

Gary Wilkinson           1.12.22

Ralph Bernascone       1.16.09

The race uses an undulating trail and pathway course in and around Haywards Heath, using mainly traffic free routes. The course has been improved for 2013, to include a town centre start and finish in Victoria Park.

 

Hastings 5 Mile – 12th May 2013

Michael Dee               52.33

Cynthia Dee            1.16.10

A flat ,fast course along the seafront, starting and finishing outside the Town Hall in Hastings town centre.

Horsham 10K – 19th May 2013.

Keith Ayres              44.52

Only one Henfield runner for this popular multi-terrain race starting at Horsham Rugby Club. It includes one lap of the rugby field, followed by two laps of the local roads and lanes, including a 1Km section of bridleway and climbs back up the hill to finish at the Rugby Club.

Rye 10 Mile – 26th May 2013

No HJ runners in this challenging 10 mile road race, the only one in Sussex, taking in  the quiet lanes through the stunning countryside outside Rye.
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The race begins and finishes in Peasmarsh, just outside Rye on the A268, with on site parking and refreshments.

Worthing 10K – 5th June 2013

Natasha Heasman       53.27

A fast flat coastal run providing an excellent PB opportunity. The course consists of 2 laps run on wide flat roads.

Heathfield Midsummer 10K – 23rd June 2013.

Michael Dee        1.14.45

Starting in the lane beside the Rugby Club, the route follows country lanes around the villages of Cross In Hand and Waldron. Some would describe the course as undulating for the first half and uphill for the second, finishing  around the rugby field.

Bewl 15M – 7th July 2013.

Dave English 2.25.53
Michael Dee 3.19.26

An unique event, run largely off road on pretty,gently undulating hills around Bewl Water – nestling on the border of Sussex and Kent. This race is certainly challenging, but runners of all standards welcome. I have taken part once, and it was really worth it, a great run.

Start and finish is in the lane opposite the Greyhound Pub, heading across farmland down to Bewl Water. The route leads clockwise around Bewl Water for about 8 miles, and is relatively flat. It is largely wooded, with some field sections. The route heads away from Bewl Water at about 9 miles, to avoid the Nature Reserve. There is a 3 mile section on country roads, this is the hilly part of the course, then returning to the reservoir for a further 2 miles, before the last mile up the path to Wadhurst.

Phoenix 10K – 17th July 2013

Unfortunately, no runners listed for Henfield Joggers.

The course is an out and back, fast route, the race runs west towards Shoreham on the promenade. After Hove Lagoon, the course meets Basin Road South. Following Shoreham Docks the race turns at Carats Café at 5km, returnin to the finish at Hove Lawns. Fast times are capable on this course, as it is flat and relatively straight.

Bexhill 5k  –  31st July 2013

Michael Dee  31.52.90

Cynthia Dee  44.29.60

The 5k takes place on Bexhill seafront, and is a simple  2 x out and back, 1.25k each way. Very flat and great for fast racing, also great for spectators with runners returning for the halfway 2.5k turn and the finish line gantry.

Newick 10K – 25th August 2013

Michael Dee 1.08.06

Run mainly on scenic, undulating roads south of Newick. There is a
long downhill section to a small bridge and stream, then a gentle
Incline. After 5km the course is fairly level before a long steep incline, then a flat section, dropping down to a stream, then a long incline up to the village, finishing in the playing field outside the Sports Pavilion.

Hellingly 10K – 8th September 2013

Michael Dee 65.13

The start is in Station Road, which is 800m walk or jog from the village hall.The course is described as undulating, along country roads, with an off road finish of 45m in the field next to the car park.

Hove Prom 10K – 15th September 2013

The start and finish are at Hove Lagoon. The route is a flat and fast two
lap course along the seafront. However no Henfield Joggers took part, no doubt coming the day after both the Seven Stiles and the Summer Event it was just too much!

Barns Green Half Marathon – 29th September 2013

Andrew Massingale   1.19.17 (and 7th place overall!)
Gary Wilkinson          1.39.54
Ilidia Campbell          1.52.50
Marcus Dwyer           1.53.00
Natasha Heasman    2.05.09

The course starts at the village hall and is double looped along quiet country lanes. A very popular race with approximately 1800 runners. The route has a few undulations and runners go through Christ’s Hospital and Itchingfield.

Lewes Downland 10 Mile – 6th October 2013

Lotte Vasby             1.27.52

Debbie Slade           1.45.28

Michael  Dee            2.01.56

The start and finish are in a meadow near the motor road approach to the old Lewes Racecourse just off the A275. The course is very undulating and is partly on the South Downs Way.

Brighton 10k 17th November 2013

Michael Dee 1.05.06
Cynthia Dee 1.31.48

The Brooks Brighton 10k is a flat, fast course starting in Madeira Drive
heading out towards the Marina, before turning back on itself, going back past the start, and going on past the Palace and West piers. The race continues past the Peace Statue to the King Alfred Leisure Centre, before turning round and coming back along the seafront to the finish in Madeira Drive.

Crowborough 10K      –    1st December 2013

Dave English         54.18

Starting at East Beeches Road, a 2 lap undulating course of Green lane, Crowborough Hill and Palesgate Lane. If there is deep water at Palesgate Lane ford, the race is diverted over the footbridge parallel to the ford.

Comment from Dave English: “It was a rather cold run, I think the ford was unusually popular for once, as there wasn’t too much water flowing and the muddy track to the bridge at the side looked pretty uninviting! I’m not too quick at the moment, but I was happy with my time in the circumstances.”

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