Press Releases 2017

All Press Releases are by our PR Officer James Sorbie unless otherwise stated.


Another podium finish for a Burgess Hill Runners member last weekend as Paul Sargent added to his collection of silverware with first place at the North Downs Way Marathon. Paul stormed to victory in a time of 3:26:22. Oliver Jones took on the Half Marathon and completed it in 2:06:58.

Several club members also headed out to the various events at the "Cider Frolic" at Blandford Forum. Representing the club were: Nick Dawson, Neil Dawson, Gary Foley, Allison Willcox, Karen Harvey, Helen Pratt, Linda Russell, Kirsty Armstrong, Jill Bennett, Carole Mills, Marie Carey and Jay Wadey.

The club continued its tradition of strong representation in the West Sussex Fun Run League last week with a large turnout at the Roundhill Romp. Contributing to the top ten points for the club were: Paul Prosser (40:51), Mark Nicholls (41:22), Neil Phillpot (42:53), Jo Bryce (43:02, 2nd lady), Oliver Day (43:10), Rob Shalloe (44:05), Jonathan Herbert (44:39), Kirsty Armstrong (45:39), Alice Tellett (53:16) and Annette Maynard (54:02). In the juniors Amy Mills continued her top form finishing 1st female with a time of 5:43. She was followed by Obakeng Mati in 6:46. Meanwhile Jon Lavis and Genie Lowson represented the club in the Uckfield Lions 10k finishing in 1:04:11 and 1:18:52 respectively.

The Roundhill Romp contingent (courtesy: Jay Wadey)


The Downland Dash was the big deal for Burgess Hill Runners the week before last, with several of the club members involved in organising the West Sussex Fun Run League event under the leadership of Steve Roberts. With all the roles filled, several club members were given free reign to run the event too. The top ten scoring runners were: Gary Woolven (30:03), Paul Prosser (30:23), Stuart Church (31:11), Kirsty Armstrong (33:54), Matthew Cawthra (33:57), Oliver Dewdney (35:12), Oliver Jones (36:22), Annette Maynard (40:20), Amy Mills (43:19) and Sheryl Caldecourt (43:55). Meanwhile, the juniors ran superbly in the 1 mile event: Adam Lawson (6:27), Jacob Kilkelly (6:27), Amy Mills (6:35), Sam Harvey (7:31), Obakeng Mati (8:09), Florence Kilkelly (8:11), Lois Roberts (10:24), Will Potts (10:30) and Reece Roberts (11:14). 

Last weekend also saw the popular annual run of the St Lawrence Fair Fun Run. Gary Woolven ran the winner very close, finishing narrowly behind in 2nd with a time of 35:35. Also representing the club were Oliver Day (39:29), Rob Shalloe (40:13) and Catherine Kempton (50:02).

At the Bewl 15, Neil Phillpot continued his fine form with a superb time of 1:48:00. He was followed by fellow club members: Katia Hannah (2:33:46), Marie Carey (2:43:45) and Claire Giles (2:51:04). Jan Lavis completed the Littledown Marathon in 4:31:05. 

Runners eagerly await the start of the 2017 Downlands Dash (courtesy: John Palmer)


Eileen Adlam stormed the Burgess Hill Runners' annual handicap last week to claim first place. The event from Ditchling Beacon to Blackcap and back always makes for an exciting evening out as the handicaps aim to give all runners an equal chance of winning, but it was Eileen that conquered the challenge, beating her predicted time by over 4 minutes. Laura Fowles and Paul Sargent finished 2nd and 3rd with Paul also beating the club's course record, previously set by himself in 2014.

Paul also finished 2nd at the Hampshire Hoppit Marathon the previous weekend with a time of 3:28:36. Meanwhile Jonathan Herbert and Steve Mathews completed the South Downs Marathon in 4:34:19 and 5:56:18 respectively.

Eileen beats her handicap and the cows (courtesy: Oliver Dewdney)


By Mark Craigs

It was a usual busy weekend for Burgess Hill Runners last weekend with runners taking on the might of the South Downs Way 100.  A 100 Mile race taking in the entire South Downs Way national trail. Jamie Goodhead complete the distance in an amazing 21:37:07, he was followed by Nick Dawson (27:20:36), and Neil Dawson (27:20:55).

Meanwhile at the Thames Path Potter where runners choose to complete as many laps as they can, Helen Pratt completed a 26.2 mile distance in 06:13:21. She was followed by Ann Savidge (03:15:05), Gene Lowson (03:15:05) and Theresa Chalk (03:25:04) who all completed 13.1 miles and Jane Harle who completed 9.8 miles in 03:36:45.

Finally, it was the next instalment of races from the West Sussex Fun Run League at Hove Park last weekend and once again a strong team of Burgess Hill Runners were out in force for the 5k event. The club finished in 2nd place and leading scorers were Gary Woolven (17:39), Paul Prosser (18:31), Stuart Church (18:36), Jo Bryce (19:31), Rob Shalloe (19:16), Kirsty Armstrong (19:21), Jonathan Herbert (19:46), Leigh Smith (20:21), Matthew Cawthra (20:23) and Oliver Dewdney (20:31).

Neil & Nick Dawson completing the SDW100 (courtesy: Neil Dawson)

The Thames Path Potter contingent (courtesy: Helen Pratt)


The last two weekends have been packed with personal and team achievements for members of Burgess Hill Runners. Mark Nicholls, Simon Thompson and Dan Foord conquered the epic London to Brighton event covering the approximately 100km in 10:44:56, 13:53:11 and 14:19:32 respectively. Also tackling super long distances were Oliver Day, Alex Rickman and Steve Mathews at the Weald Challenge 50k. Their times were 5:30:21, 6:23:04 and 6:41:18 respectively. The Weald Challenge also had a Half Marathon option which Liz Hayward completed in 3:20:35. At the Casterbridge Half, Marie and John Carey represented the club finishing in 2:02:14 and 2:56:53. At the London Vitality 10k Keith Brown led the club home in 51:06 followed by Bev Navesey (1:01:06), Fiona Mitchell (1:08:15) and Clare Peake (1:17:01). The local Lindfield 10k proved very popular with the club. Neil Phillpot led the way for the club finishing in 48:16. He was followed by Jo Bryce (48:54), Annette Maynard (1:00:23), Lee Crow (1:05:03), Malcolm Johnson (1:10:19), Sheryl Caldecourt (1:11:03), Karl Richards (1:19:06), Tracy Swaffer (1:31:58) and Scarlett MacDonald (1:38:50). 

The club's A-team at the South Downs 100 Mile Relay were pleased to smash a long standing club record. The 6 runners ran 3 legs each to cover around 97 miles of the South Downs Way from Eastbourne to Winchester and completed it in a superb provisional time of 11:44:02 Captained by experienced runner Jonathan Lelliott were Neil Grigg, Jon Boxall, Paul Sargent, Jason Collett and Oliver Day. The B-team enjoyed the occasional glimpse of the A-team as they passed them by and had their hour head start quickly closed up. Following the captaincy of Simon Alexander were Andy Sayers, Neil Phillpot, Emma Buckland, Darren Chilcott and James Sorbie. Both teams easily made the cutoffs and enjoyed the fantastic experience. 

Last Sunday 49 of the club's runners completed the Worthing 10k. Oliver Day completed his first ever 10k and on tired legs from the previous day of running. It didn't stop him finishing in an impressive 42:58. Other notable achievements were: Oliver Dewdney (44:13 - PB), Oliver Jones (44:37 - PB), Emma McManus (44:38- PB), Nigel Cruttenden (47:29 - PB), Marie Carey (49:55 - PB), Gill Berglund (54:08 - PB), Natalie Banbury (55:33 - PB), Michelle Sutherland (55:54 - PB), Kim Cruttenden (58:28 - PB),  Sarah Thompson (1:09:50 - first time), Liz Hayward (1:12:35 - PB) and Eileen Adlam (1:13:58 - PB). 

The Worthing 10k contingent (courtesy: Mark Craigs)

The BHR A-Team at the South Downs Relay start (courtesy: Oliver Day)


Last weekend was another popular weekend in the Burgess Hill Runners calendar with the Green Belt Relay. The two day event split over multiple legs takes in around 220 miles around the outskirts of London with each club runner completing a leg on Saturday and a leg on Sunday. The club submitted three teams again this year and finished 40th, 42nd and 43rd with total times of 1.08:37:13, 1.09:21:24 and 1:09:42:38. 

Meanwhile, Benny Coxhill competed in the Gothenburg Half Marathon completing it in 1 hour 54. At the Bognor 10k Hugh Stevenage and Richard Copeland finished in 52:18 and 1:07:39 respectively. At the Horsham 10k were Carole Mills (57:08) and Kelly Thomsett (1:04:01).

Burgess Hill's relay runners take a post-run dip (courtesy: Oliver Jones)


Paul Sargent smashed the course record as he finished first at the Arun River Marathon in Littlehampton last weekend. Paul completed the 27 mile event in 3:06:50 and was followed by several other Burgess Hill Runners: Mark Nicholls (3:46:55), Steve Bird (4:11:18), Sharona Harrington (4:13:05, 2nd lady), James Sorbie (4:28:53), Simon Thompson (4:40:28), Andrew Murrell (4:52:02), Dan Foord (5:00:32) and Helen Pratt (6:39:24).

Tackling an even longer distance, Jamie Goodhead was the first of the club's runners to complete the North Downs Way 50, with a time of 9:19:58. He was followed by Andrew Baillie (11:17:10), Darren Chilcott (11:17:10) and Diane Delderfield (12:35:02).

In other events, Jan Lavis completed the Phoenix PJs in the Park Marathon in 4:33:26. Neil Dawson completed the Eastbourne Trackstar Marathon in 4:13:41.  Jon Boxall completed the Bewl Half Marathon in 1:32:31 and Gary Woolven completed the Henley Trail Half Marathon in 1:27:59.

Paul makes light work of the Arun River (courtesy: Jon Lavis)

Darren, Jamie and Andrew with NDW50 medals (courtesy: Stuart March)


It's not unusual these days for members of Burgess Hill Runners to casually enter 50 mile races and subsequently make light work of them. Last weekend was no different as Neil Dawson, Karen Harvey and Nicola Dawson nailed the "Ox 50", crossing the line together in an impressive 11:23:49. Oliver Jones also took part in the weekend and conquered the half marathon in 2:14:49 and William Whitehead completed the quarter marathon in 59:02. Experienced long distance runner, Jan Lavis, completed the Viking Challenge Marathon in 4:31. 

At the Portslade Hedgehoppers 5 mile event the club finished 3rd overall. Registering contributing scores were: Gary Woolven (32:33), Stuart Church (34:02), Paul Prosser (34:05), Neil Phillpot (34:47), Jo Bryce (34:54, second lady), Jonathan Herbert (35:27), Kirsty Armstrong (35:28), Oliver Day (35:53), Rob Shalloe (36:12) and Annette Maynard (41:19). 

Meanwhile, shorter distances favoured some of the other club members as they embarked on the Haywards Heath Harriers open athletics events at the K2 in Crawley. Rosie Beckett sampled multiple events completing the 100m in 16.7s, the 200m in 34.7s and cleared 3.17m in the long jump. Charlie Figden also featured in the long jump jumping 3.46m. Finally, Jon Lelliott showed what he was made of in the 1 mile event nailing the four laps of the track in a speedy time of 5:33.2

Burgess Hill's dashing lineup at Portslade (courtesy: Caz Wadey)


Another exhausting weekend for Burgess Hill Runners last week as a variety of challenges presented itself to club members. The Mid Sussex Marathon was in the spotlight, a total of 26.2 miles but spread over three days, challenging the tired legs by the final day. On the first day was the East Grinstead 10 miles. Dan Foord was the first club member to complete it with his time of 1:19:40. He was followed by Oliver Dewdney (1:24:29), Annette Maynard (1:24:38), Martin Skeats (1:27:13), Cath Beckett (1:31:18), Hugh Stevenage (1:38:42), Marie Carey (1:38:52), Claire Giles (1:44:23), Stephanie Harding (1:48:45) and Malcolm Slater (2:02:38). On the following day it was Oliver Dewdney that led the club home at the Haywards Heath 10 miles, with his time of 1:17:49. Dan Foord was next up in 1:18:25, followed by Annette Maynard (1:23:13), Martin Skeats (1:25:08), Cath Beckett (1:29:58), Katia Hannah (1:31:30), Hugh Stevenage (1:33:28), David Leen (1:35:51), Jonathan Lane (1:37:57), Claire Giles (1:41:35), Matt Wilson (1:47:36), Eileen Adlam (2:22:54) and Malcolm Slater (2:22:55). Finally, back on home soil, the Burgess Hill 10k. Neil Phillpot was first BHR home in 42:27, followed by Dan Foord (48:11), Oliver Dewdney (48:20), Ben Page (48:20), Martin Skeats (51:23), Annette Maynard (51:48), Hugh Stevenage (53:51), Cath Beckett (54:15), Rebecca Norton (56:39), Amanda Duplock (1:00:23), Chris Page (1:00:40), Angela Bower (1:02:32), Claire Giles (1:03:29), Dave Woodhouse (1:06:32), Clare Chilton (1:07:13), Richard Copeland (1:07:30), Malcolm Slater (1:07:31), Trudi Emery (1:07:36), Lily Morgans (1:08:36) and David Clark (1:09:25).

There were also junior events taking place. Amy Mills was delighted to finish 1st girl at both Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill and Rosie Beckett second girl at Burgess Hill. Adam Lawson was 3rd overall at both events too as many of the club's junior runners did the club proud. 

Jamie Goodhead showed his team mates the way at the Three Forts Marathon which he completed in a superb 4:09:54. He was tailed by Sharona Harrington (4:23:51), Susan Lyle (4:25:16), Steve Mathews (4:28:49), Matt Cawthrea (4:59:13), Andrew Baillie (4:59:20) and Darren Chilcott (5:01:58).

Keith Brown travelled to Shinfield for their 10k event, completing it in 52:19. In Milton Keynes, Oliver Jones ran well to complete the half marathon in 1:43:08 whilst William Whitehead and Rich Neale completed the full marathon in 4:22:25 and 5:20:38 respectively. Neil Grigg travelled even further afield to complete the Dubrovnik Half Marathon in 1:27:44.  

Finally, and by no means least, Philippe Ecaille once again demonstrated his mettle at a huge ultra marathon challenge, this time completing the Thames Path 100 mile event in 27:17:18!


Amy Mills with her Mid Sussex Marathon trophies (courtesy: Carole Mills)

Neil Grigg with his medal at Dubrovnik


The London Marathon is the holy grail of events for runners and last weekend several Burgess Hill Runners were lucky enough to have been able to partake. As many club members watched on television, or waited alongside the course, Paul Sargent made light work of the 26.2 miles, finishing in 2:43:38. Hot on his heels were: Jason Collett (2:58:53), Jon Boxall (3:08:30), Mark Nicholls (3:15:20), Oliver Day (3:33:12), Andrew Murrell (3:56:33), Steve Roberts (3:59:10), Claire Tucknott (4:35:56), Anita Harris (5:44:32), Dave Woodhouse (5:26:17) and Jay Wadey (5:54:56). 

The club also did extremely well at the Bluebell 10 mile event in Angmering, with 5 of the top 10 runners provided by the club. Paul Prosser was first overall with his time of 1:04:42. Also on the podium was Gary Woolven, finishing third overall with 1:07:00. Jo Bryce was first female, completing it in 1:08:04. Also completing it were: James Sorbie (1:07:04, 4th overall), Neil Phillpot (1:08:51, 10th overall), Robert Shalloe (1:10:34), Simon Alexander (1:13:08), Matt Cawthra (1:15:00), Oliver Jones (1:16:24), Gayle Tyler (1:16:31), Trevor Symes (1:17:58), Geoff Barbe (1:18:03), Nigel Cruttenden (1:18:36), Stuart Condie (1:19:56), Benny Coxhill (1:20:12), Fred Sykes (1:23:34), Lee Crow (1:24:41), Sally Symes (1:25:25), Alice Tellett (1:26:12), Emma Buckland (1:27:08), Hugh Stevenage (1:27:29), Cath Beckett (1:28:06), Rhian Woods (1:29:37), Keith Delderfield (1:32:05), Sheryl Caldecourt (1:32:14), George Wotton (1:33:45), Phil Latham (1:36:34), Marie Carey (1:37:00), Carole Mills (1:40:06), Steph Harding (1:41:06), Wayne Caldecourt (1:41:26), Martin Skeats (1:42:39), Jane Owen (1:42:40) and Diane Delderfield (1:45:48).

There were also members of the 'blue army' in the 10k variant. Jonathan Herbert led the way with his time of 43:51. He was followed by Jean Leake (57:48), Jonathan Leake (57:49), Janet Sanders (1:03:16) and Gordon Skeats (1:08:53).

The previous bank holiday, the club also competed in the Lewes 10k. A huge turnout of 94 club members competed and finished 3rd overall on the day. Gary Woolven was the first club member to finish with his time of 39:02. Also contributing to the club top 10 were: Paul Prosser (39:23), Jo Bryce (40:22, 2nd female), James Sorbie (41:06), Steve Matthews (41:12), Stuart Church (41:16), Rob Shalloe (41:46), Neil Phillpot (41:47), Jonathan Lelliott (41:49) and Miranda Skinner (45:07). Finally, Helen Pratt completed the Wonderland Caucus Marathon in 5:34:33. 

Celebrating with their medals after the London Marathon (courtesy: Karen Harvey)


The Brighton Marathon was the high profile race for Burgess Hill Runners last weekend and in-form Neil Phillpot made light work of it to lead the club to the finish. His impressive new PB of 3:16:41 wasn't the only new PB achieved with Rob Shalloe (3:22:59), Emma Leeson (3:55:42), Oliver Jones (4:14:44) and Claire Giles (4:58:20) also getting new personal bests. Running the distance for the first time were: Nigel Cruttenden (4:15:11), Stephen Payne (4:47:30), Kim Cruttenden (5:02:41), Chania Hemsley-Smith (5:02:42), Vivien Smith (5:43:03) and Gillian Welch (6:02:02).

The Marathon weekend also has a 10k event. Steve Bird, Jon Herbert and Allison Willcox all achieved PBs at the distance with times of 39:21, 42:24 and 1:13:06 respectively. Completing the distance for the first time were Suzanne Cooper (1:11:23) and Anne-Marie Coles (1:27:25).

Sharona Harrington ran a superb first 50 miler at the South Downs Way 50, clocking 8:49:25. She was followed by Jamie Goodhead (9:24:14), Neil Dawson (10:43:29) and Nick Dawson (10:50:40). At the opposite end of the spectrum, John Palmer ran a 200m PB at the Crawley Open Athletics event with a time of 30.44. In the 1500m were James Sorbie (4:52.37, PB) and Kim Gow (7:19.19). 

Neil Phillpot and Emma Leeson storm to new personal bests at Brighton (courtesy: Jon Lavis)


Burgess Hill Runners were proud to enter five teams at the Sussex Road Relays event at Christ's Hospital last weekend. First up were the U13 boys, entering this event for the first time and running just over 1 mile each. Adam Lawson, Sam Pope and Sam Fearnley ran 6:36, 7:49 and 6:45 respectively to bring the lads home in a very respectable 22nd out of 26. Next up were the over 40 women. Finishing 11th out of 15 was the team comprising Sally Symes (15:15), Annette Maynard (14:53) and Kirsty Armstrong (13:05) each running just over 2 miles. The over 50 men finished 10th out of 15: Simon Alexander (13:17), John Palmer (15:09) and Andy Sayers (13:18). The over 60 men finished 6th out of 11: Martin Skeats (14:13), Nigel Cruttenden (14:51) and Stuart Condie (14:24). Finally the senior men were 21st out of 22: Neil Grigg (11:07), James Sorbie (12:04), Trevor Symes (13:28), Jon Lelliott (12:42), Neil Philpott (12:36) and Joe Beasley (13:15).

At the Paddock Wood Half it was Michelle Sutherland that led the way for Burgess Hill Runners. She clocked in at 2:06:53, followed by Allie Wood (2:08:47), Ann Savidge (2:17:33), Malcolm Slater (2:41:57) and Theresa Chalk (2:46:39). Oliver Jones completed the Wimbledon Common Half in 1:47:36. Finally, Helen Carr complete the Black Dog Half in 2:40:50.

The boys share a laugh at the road relays (courtesy: John Palmer)

The boys share a laugh at the road relays

The Paddock Wood crew at the finish (courtesy: Theresa Chalk)

The Paddock Wood crew at the finish


Marie Carey led the blue army at the Mel's Milers 10k last weekend with her time of 53:21. Following her was Bev Navesey (59:48) and Clare Peake (1:15:54). Matthew Cawthra opted for the 21 mile event at Cranleigh last weekend and completed it in a cracking time of 3:01:57. Meanwhile Oliver Dewdney went for the 15 mile option, completing that in 2:14:13. Meanwhile Jonathan Herbert completed the Jogshop 20 in 3:00:27. 

The club also held their annual awards night on Thursday. Receiving awards for the club were: Adam Lawson (Junior Academy Performance), Charlie/Amelia Fogden (Junior Academy Most Improved), Lola Geere (Junior Academy Coaches Award), Stuart Anderson (Blackcap),Ridley Family (Back Caalf Trophy), Karen Harvey (Social Award), Dave Oldfield (Committee Award), Andrew Baillie (Chairman's Award), Gary Woolven (Fun Run Champion Male), Kirsty Armstrong (Fun Run Champion Female), Eileen Adlam (Spirit of the WSFRL), Ralph Sims (Daytime Group Most Improved), David Clark (Daytime Group Coaches Award), Allison Willcox (Hazel Holmes), Lynette Brown (Beginners/Improved Coaches Award), Emma Leeson (Most Improved), Oliver Jones (Coaches Award), Gary Woolven (Club Champion Male), Jo Bryce (Club Champion Female), Gary Woolven (Male Vet 1), Neil Phillpot (Male Vet 2), Oliver Jones (Male Vet 3), Simon Alexander (Male Vet 4), Benny Coxhill (Male Vet 5), Stuart Condie (Male Vet 6), Richard Light (Male Vet 7), David Clark (Male Vet 9), Alice Tellett (Senior Female), Jill Craigs (Female Vet 1), Kirsty Armstrong (Female Vet 2), Miranda Skinner (Female Vet 3), Jo Bryce (Female Vet 4), Sue Lyle (Female Vet 5), Diane Delderfield (Female Vet 6).

Finally, John Palmer and James Sorbie represented the club at the K2 in Crawley where there was an open athletics event. Blustery conditions made running interesting for the pair. James completed the 1500m event in 4:59.39. John took on the 80m and 300m completing them in 12.16 and 49.22 respectively. 

Marie Manages Mel's Milers Medal

Marie Manages Mel's Milers Medal


Running was a game of three halves for Burgess Hill Runners last weekend. Well, three half marathons. Tackling the hilly Hastings Half were Jason Collett and Hugh Stevenage. They completed it in very impressive times of 1:26:50 and 1:57:13 respectively. At the Fleet Half, Robert Shalloe beat his PB with a superb time of 1:30:59, followed by Oliver Jones in 1:41:52. Finally at the Reading Half, Neil Grigg's time of 1:24:36 paved the way for the travelling 'blue army'. He was followed by Susan Lyle (1:50:26) and Keith Brown (2:00:22).

Oliver Jones showboats at the Fleet Half.

Oliver Jones showboats at the Fleet Half


Several of the Burgess Hill Runners members made the trip to Dorset last weekend for the Larmer Tree running events. On the Saturday Neil Dawson led the club home in the Larmer 10 with a time of 1:43:51. He was followed by Nicola Dawson (1:52:09), Stephanie Harding (1:57:04), Karen Harvey (1:58:11) and Helen Pratt (2:12:07). Stephanie Harding went on to run the 20 mile event on the Sunday, finishing in 4:22:09, whilst in the Marathon Oliver Jones recorded a new PB of 5:09:53 as the first of the club's finishers. He was followed by Neil Dawson (5:18:05), Nicola Dawson (5:50:21), Karen Harvey (5:50:21) and Helen Pratt (6:25:18).

Meanwhile, several other club members took part in events far and wide. Paul Sargent was third overall at the Moyleman Marathon, completing it in 3:10:37 along with Mark Nicholls (3:43:18), Jamie Goodhead (4:02:01) and Diane Delderfield (6:14:38). Completing the Lydd 20 were Jon Boxall (2:20:15), Alice Tellett (2:46:52) and Gillian Welch (3:56:47). Marie Carey and Phil Latham completed the Surrey Half Marathon in 1:55:16 and 1:58:11 respectively. Richard Neale and Carole Mills completed the North London Half in 1:39:32 and 2:13:17 respectively. Meanwhile David Leen completed the West Worthing 10k in 54:15.

Phil Latham with his medal at the Surrey Half. 

Phil Latham with his medal at the Surrey Half


Mud, hills and fried breakfast were on the menu for hardy members of Burgess Hill Runners last weekend as many took on the Steyning Stinger half and full marathons. Gary Woolven was the first club member to conquer the difficult half marathon course this year, completing it in 1:48:06. He was followed by Neil Phillpot (1:58:42), Simon Alexander (1:59:06), Simon Thompson (2:05:05), Benny Coxhill (2:19:19), Matt Cawthra (2:19:48), Oliver Jone (2:20:20), Alice Tellett (2:20:26), Sally Symes (2:21:43), Trevor Symes (2:21:45), Debbie Saint (2:22:07), Chris Page (2:24:10), Richard Light (2:25:04), Laura Fowles (2:27:11), Nigel Cruttenden (2:34:06), Dave Oldfield (2:35:43), Keith Delderfield (2:37:13), Stephanie Harding (2:38:10), Mark Craigs (2:39:27), Jill Craigs (2:39:44), Chania Hamsley-Smith (2:42:13), John Palmer (2:44:06), Dave Woodhouse (2:50:31), Andy Carr (2:51:55), Angela Bower (2:52:31),Kim Cruttenden (2:53:00), Jay Wadey (2:58:01), Katia Hannah (2:58:59), ClaireGiles (2:59:01), Jon Lavis (2:59:12), Philippe Ecaille (3:04:21), Liz Hayward (3:43:38), Eileen Adlam (3:45:09), Theresa Chalk (3:59:25), Caz Wadey (3:59:29) and Malcolm Slater (3:59:29). In the full marathon, Oliver Day led the club to the finish in a superb time of 4:06:25. Not far behind were: Steve Bird (4:10:09), Sharona Harrington (4:15:14, second female), Steve Matthews (4:18:12), Dan Foord (5:02:25), Neil Dawson (5:07:06), Susan Lyle (5:09:38), Nick Dawson (5:39:46) and Diane Delderfield (6:22:21). 

The club were also represented at the Milton Keynes 20 Miles. Neil Grigg completed it in 2:17:31 and Richard Neale in 3:00:19. Hugh Stevenage was the sole member of the club at the Eastbourne Half. He finished in an impressive 1:58:35.

Steve and Oliver out-race the mud at Steyning

Steve and Oliver out-race the mud at Steyning


The Brighton Half Marathon and the Thorpe Park Half Marathon were the popular choices for Burgess Hill Runners last weekend and there were great performances all round including many club members completing their first events of this distance.

Jon Boxall was first BHR to complete the Brighton Half. His time of 1:22:21 was a PB and he was followed by: Mark Nicholls (1:26:16), Neil Phillpot (1:32:35, PB), Emma Leeson (1:36:45, PB), Ben Page (1:38:34), Oliver Jones (1:40:34), Dan Foord (1:41:19), Annette Maynard (1:45:49), Susan Lyle (1:46:11), Steve Roberts (1:47:16), Benny Coxhill (1:49:20), Katia Hannah (1:49:51), Keith Brown (1:54:16), Alice Tellett (1:51:36), Mark Craigs (1:57:26), Jackie Osborne (2:00:41), Steve Osborne (2:00:41), Gill Berglund (2:02:59), Alex Pomorski (2:02:29), Megan Maughan (2:02:29), Hugh Stevenage (2:03:40), Angela Bower (2:06:19), Claire Giles (2:09:35), David Leen (2:11:53), Caz Wadey (2:07:30), Jay Wadey (2:07:28), Jonathan Lane (2:08:00, PB), Michelle Sutherland (2:09:08), Hayley Sherrell (2:13:47), Bev Navesey (2:13:56, first time), Louise Sweeney (2:14:18, first time), Carole Mills (2:16:24), Vivien Smith (2:18:50), Nina Ecroyd (2:20:57), Leanne Cleaveley (2:26:06), Anita Harris (2:28:37), Allison Willcox (2:29:58), Gemma Tavener (2:35:02, first time), Anna Wooller (2:36:03), Lizzie Ungless (2:43:13) and Jane Harle (3:48:36).

Meanwhile Neil Grigg rushed around the Thorpe Park Half in 1:25:26, perhaps eager to get on the teacup ride. Not far behind were: Matt Cawthra (1:41:42), Oliver Dewdney (1:42:17), John Connolly (1:54:13), Marie Carey (2:02:25), Vicky Connolly (2:02:18), John Carey (2:18:05), Matt Wilson (2:23:24), Lynette Brown (2:24:41, first time), Helen Pratt (2:27:40), Ann Savidge (2:28:22) and Vivien Smith (2:28:23, PB).

Meanwhile, Paul Sargent took on the 71 lap multi-storey carpark marathon organised by Sussex Trail Events and came 1st with a time of 3 hours 4 minutes, an impressive time for any 26.1 mile event. In a more scenic environment was Neil Dawson who completed the Heartbreaker Marathon in the New Forest in a time of 4:39:27. 

The previous week four club members completed the Hampton Court Half. Leading the club home was Annette Maynard (1:44:59) followed by Nigel Cruttenden (1:49:05, first timer), Kim Cruttenden (2:08:32, PB) and Karl Richards (2:11:50, first timer).

Paul parks himself in 1st place (courtesy: Jon Lavis)

Paul parks himself in 1st place

The Blue Army take on a different kind of park (courtesy: Helen Pratt)

The Blue Army take on a different kind of park


Last weekend was a quiet one for Burgess Hill Runners, but it didn't stop Darren Chilcott flying out to Spain to complete his 50th Marathon in Seville. Darren was pleased to complete it in an impressive 3 hours 57 minutes. 

Darren lies partially unwrapped in Seville

Darren lies partially unwrapped in Seville


The Worthing Half Marathon is always a popular event for Burgess Hill Runners as it is a flat course, perfect for beating personal bests. Sure enough, 27 club members completed the event this year, led home by Gary Woolven in 1:25:33. Following him were Mark Nicholls (1:27:10), Matt Cawthra (1:36:31, PB), Kirsty Armstrong (1:36:34), Simon Thompson (1:36:53), Sharona Harrington (1:37:05), Richard Neale (1:37:17), Emma Leeson (1:40:14, PB), Oliver Jones (1:40:14, PB), Annette Maynard (1:43:59), Alice Tellett (1:43:32), Chris Page (1:48:18), Lee Crow (1:48:45), Jay Wadey (1:55:50), Caz Wadey (1:55:11), Malcolm Slater (1:58:49), Hugh Stevenage (1:59:53), Claire Giles (2:04:49), Andrew Carr (2:05:25), Matt Wilson (2:05:30),  Patrick Maher (2:08:04), Jacqui Sims (2:15:04), Ralph Sims (2:15:05), Jane Owen (2:15:24), Gillian Welch (2:20:02), Liz Haywards (2:41:54) and  Helen Carr (2:42:14).

Meanwhile, the BHR Men's Cross Country team were facing potential relegation on the last day of the season. Whilst results are still to be confirmed, the club are hopeful that they did enough to survive at the Hickstead event, this year reduced to 5k. James Collins stormed it again, this time finishing in 11th place with a time of 17:04. Also competing were: Jon Boxall (19:05), Neil Grigg (19:19), Jason Collett (19:24), Andy Sayers (22:12) and Oliver Jones (22:47). In the U13 girls, Rosie Beckett competed once again and completed the 3k event in 13:48. 

Around other events, Jamie Goodhead completed the Pilgrim Challenge which totalled 66 miles over two days. He completed the two days in 5:33:00 and 5:45:11 respectively. Richard Neale and Hugh Stevenage completed the Chichester 10k in 55:05 and 55:13 respectively. Helen Pratt completed the Punchbowl 20 event. 

The Blue Army celebrating their success (courtesy: Jay Wadey)

BHR Worthing Half Marathon 2017


Burgess Hill Runners were once again well represented at the Sussex Train Events organised "Darkstar Marathon" last week. Leading the club home in 5th overall was Paul Sargent who tackled the 28.5 miles of mud and trail along the Adur and Downslink paths in a superb time of 3:30:26. Sharona Harrington was the club's first female, with an impressive time of 4:36:01. James Sorbie, Simon Thompson and Steve Bird crossed the line together in 4:54:51 followed by Steph Harding (5:54:37) and Helen Pratt (6:30:37).

Meanwhile Gary Woolven was pleased to finish 5th in the Vale Gallop 10k with a time of 41:23. 

Smiles all around before the Darkstar 28 (courtesy: Jon Lavis)

Darkstar Marathon Picture


Several of Burgess Hill Runners' more mature gentlemen travelled to Lancing last week to take part in the Sussex Masters Cross Country event. Stuart Condie led the way in the over 60s category, completing the 5 mile course in 39:53, 11th place. Not far behind were Martin Skeats (41:50, 17th), Nigel Cruttenden (41:54, 18th) and Richard Light (45:56, 28th). Andy Sayers was the lone over 50 finishing 31st in his age category with a time of 38:38. 

BHR showing the youngsters how it's done (courtesy: Martin Skeats)


Jamie Goodhead was the first Burgess Hill Runner to complete the Country to Capital 45 mile race last weekend with a superb time of 6:29:33. The scenic ultra-marathon begins in Wendover before picking up the Grand Union Canal for the final stretch. Following in Jamie's footsteps were three more of the cub's experienced long distance runners: Neil Dawson (8:16:47), Nicola Dawson (9:30:51) and Philippe Ecaille 9:30:51.

The weekend before, Oliver "The Beast" Jones continued his tour of running events, completing the Tadworth 10 miler in 1:21:40.

BHR preparing for Country to Capital in a pub (courtesy: Neil Dawson)


Whilst many people choose to rest over the festive period, several resolute Burgess Hill Runners continued to take part in the handful of races that were on offer.

On New Year's Day, Goring Road Runners hosted the first race of the West Sussex Fun Run League calendar and the club were out in force once more continuing their momentum of the 2016 season. Under the new points system the first ten runners from each club contribute their score to the club's overall score on top of the attendance points. James Collins and Jo Bryce were right in the mix again, finishing 2nd overall and 2nd female respectively. James' time of 32:03 for the hilly 5-miler and Jo's time of 37:05 were joined by Gary Woolven (35:37), Steve Matthews (36:00), Simon Alexander (38:46), Jonathan Lelliott (39:29), Robert Shalloe (40:05), Sharona Harrington (41:05), Annette Maynard (42:50) and Miranda Skinner (45:09) as the top 10 point scorers.

Before Christmas Oliver Jones took part in the Olympic Park 10k coming in at an impressive time of 44:54, a new PB for him.

Several club members also enjoyed the festivities of the local parkrun events in Haywards Heath, Hove, Crawley, Horsham and some even further afield, as many of them offering additional events on Christmas day and New Year's Day.

Burgess Hill Runners looking beautiful even with a hangover (courtesy: Richard Copeland)