Press Releases 2018

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

by Oliver Jones

Burgess Hill Runners had a busy Easter period and it all started off on Easter Monday at the Lewes 10k. This year it was a bit wetter and muddier than last year but still a great event to start the WSFRL season.
First home for the club was Oliver Day (41:33), he was followed by Jonathon Herbert (43:55), Rob Shalloe (44:06), Leigh Smith (45:40), Kirsty Armstrong (46.29), Sharona Harrington (48:16), Flic Archer (49:51), Gayle Tyler (53:03), Annette Maynard (54:30) and Chania Hemsley-Smith (55:47). The club finished third overall with 118 points.
The Juniors did really well with Jacob Kilkelly first home in (6:16), he was followed by Freddie Shalloe (6:56), Jake Armstrong (7:08), Aaron Smart (7:09), Josh Buckland (7:24) and Amy Mills (7:32). The club finished in second place with 62 points overall.

On the Saturday after Easter it was the South Downs Way 50. A group of six Burgess Hill Runners entered this tough event. First home for the club was Jamie Goodhead in an awesome time of (08:21:16), he was followed by Simon Thompson (10:02:42), Dan Ford (10:06:07), Steve Roberts (11:01:11), Karen Harvey (11:24:43), and Stephanie Harding (11:36:08). All heroes!

While the South Downs Way 50 was going on the club had entered a V50 team for the Sussex road relays. On the first leg for the club was Oliver Day (12:32), He handed over to Rainer Hirt (16:52), and the final leg to Trevor Symes (13:45).  A great effort by the team as they managed to finish in 16th place. Also at this event Mr Stuart Condie picked up his award for finishing 3rd in the O60 Men’s category in the Sussex Cross Country league 2017/2018. Congratulations!
A few more club runners travelled further afield to compete. The lure of the Greater Manchester Marathon saw three of our club members travel north for this race. First Home was Kevin Cross in a great time of (03:46:24), he was followed by Jacqueline Sims (04:48:35), Ralph Sims (04:48:41).

Bev Navesey travelled all the way to Germany to compete in the Berlin Half Marathon. She completed the distance in (02:31:29).

Pictured: (Stuart Condie picking up his award and BHR at Lewes 10k)
Courtesy: (John Palmer and Richard Copeland)


The landmarks of London were treated to some special guests last weekend, in the form of a visit from Burgess Hill Runners. The inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon attracted several of the club's runners. Meanwhile in Lancing, Alan Fry led the club's runners in the Lancing College 10k with his time of 49:06. He was followed by Hugh Stevenage (54:00), John Palmer (59:35), Sally Symes (1:00:24), David Leen (1:04:09), Dave Woodhouse (1:05:21) and Tracey Golbey (1:13:44).

Elsewhere, Oliver Jones completed 13.1 miles of the SVN Hedgehog Challenge in 1:48:15 and Carole Mills completed the Cranleigh 21 in 3:29:39. The previous weekend, Kirsty Armstrong once again put her name in lights finishing first female at the Balcombe Bull Run with her time of 35:11.

The Blue Army at the London Landmarks Half (courtesy: Helen Pratt)


Burgess Hill Runners seem to consistently represent the club at the annual Moyleman Marathon and this year six more plucky club members did again last weekend. Mark Nicholls continued his fine form, leading the club home in 3:40:54. He was followed by Oliver Day (4:11:03), Jamie Goodhead (4:40:37), Nick Dawson (5:53:42), Stephanie Harding (5:53:43) and Karen Harvey (5:53:43). 

At the Hastings Half, Hugh Stevenage represented the club with his time of 1:55:25 and Sally Bliss completed the Surrey Half in 2:02:53

A quick pre-race selfie from Mark, Nick, Jamie and Oliver (courtesy: Oliver Day).


It was a weekend of 'firsts' for Burgess Hill Runners last week. In the first ever Southend Pier Marathon, which Sussex Trail Events believe to be the first ever marathon held on a pier, it was club runner Paul Sargent that pulled out all the stops for another 1st place. He finished in 2:48:35 and was followed by: Jamie Goodhead (3:28:08), Jonathan Herbert (3:35:02), Andrew Baillie (4:05:43), Darren Chilcott (4:12:17), Steve Roberts (4:33:55), Jill Bennett (4:54:28) and Gary Foley (5:21:46).

At the West Worthing 10k, Oliver Jones was 1st in his age category with his time of 43:46.

The team ready to take on the pier (courtesy: Jon Lavis)


The Steyning Stinger is always an attractive prospect for members of Burgess Hill Runners and the 2018 staging was no exception. Jamie Goodhead led the club's runners this year in the full marathon, with his time of 3:58:19. He was followed by Oliver Day (4:02:49), Rob Shalloe (4:09:39), Steve Bird (4:27:13), Simon Thompson (5:15:46), Jill Craigs (5:15:47), Lee Crow (5:32:20) and Chania Hamsley-Smith (6:00:15). In the half marathon were: Paul Prosser (1:52:41), Oliver Jones (2:10:03), Benny Coxhill (2:15:58), Flic Archer (2:18:05), Fred Sykes (2:18:57), Nigel Cruttenden (2:21:05), Emma Buckland (2:39:29), Liz Carter (2:31:21), Mark Craigs (2:32:20), Catherine Laybourn (2:36:04), Daniel Belton (2:41:19), Phil Latham (2:48:06), Vicky Connolly (2:49:32), Clare Payne (2:49:32), Chris Page (2:50:52), Jane Owen (2:51:20), Bev Navesey (2:51:47), Karen Harvey (2:53:35), Trevor Symes (2:53:35), Katia Hannah (3:15:44), Claire Giles (3:15:51) and Clare Peake (4:06:21).


Burgess Hill Runners were out in force again at the Brighton Half Marathon last Sunday despite the cold weather and strong winds. Phil McManus was the first of the club's finishers, with a scorching time of 1:18:41. He was followed by: Gary Woolven (1:24:58), Jonathan Cocker (1:26:17), James Sorbie (1:31:49), Emma McManus (1:35:55), Richard Jerome (1:36:25), Ross Wiggins (1:36:49), Andrew Bishop (1:40:05), Gayle Tyler (1:44:40), Alice Tellett (1:48:09), Jean Leak (1:49:37), Mark Davies (1:51:07), Phil Latham (1:51:51), Jonathan Lane (1:51:56), Matt Cawthra (1:52:11), Emma Buckland (1:52:55), Liz Carter (1:53:42), Mark Craigs (1:58:02), Rebecca Norton (1:56:22), Hugh Stevenage (1:56:27), Keith Brown (2:00:15), Simon Thompson (2:03:05), Annette Maynard (2:03:05), David Leen (2:05:01), Christel Mooney (2:07:00), Jacqueline Sims (2:08:14), Helen Pratt (2:09:18), Ralph Sims (2:11:19),Kim Gow (2:12:03), Lilly Morgans (2:12:22), Claire Giles (2:14:25), Gemma Tavener (2:15:49), Sally Bliss (2:16:17), Nina Ecroyd (2:16:47), Owain Powell (2:18:08), Jackie Osborne (2:21:11), Steve Osborne (2:21:11), Kelly Tomsett (2:21:28), Allison Willcox (2:29:05), Karl Richards (2:31:07), Richard Copeland (2:39:43) and Alan Fry (2:41:25).

Meanwhile, Richard Neale and Oliver Jones completed the Mods vs Rockers Marathon with Richard coming in at 3:53:12 and Oliver at 4:05:59. Jon Boxall and Carole Mills completed the Thorpe Park Half in 1:21:11 and 1:57:10 respectively. The previous weekend Angie Bower and Jeff Grey completed the Wokingham Half in 1:59:47 and 2:33:00 respectively.


The Cross Country season came to an end last weekend for Burgess Hill Runners. The club were pleased to retain Division 2 status in the mens with another battling performance in the 5 mile event. Neil Grigg led the way once more for the club, finishing in 36:30. He was followed by: Kevin Cross (39:52), Richard Neale (40:38), Andy Sayers (42:23), Stuart Condie (43:12) and Phil Latham (52:00). In the ladies, Suse Potts completed her 100% record in the season, completing the women's event (official time not yet published). Sam Fearnley represented the under 13 boys, completing the event in 13:38.

Last week the Worthing Half Marathon was also as popular as ever, with many club members logging fantastic times. Neil Phillpot was first club member over the line with his time of 1:26:15. He was followed by: Robert Shalloe (1:27:00), Alistair Carter (1:27:53), Jonathan Herbert (1:31:50), Leigh Smith (1:34:19), Kirsty Armstrong (1:35:09), Oliver Jones (1:36:37), Emma McManus (1:37:56), Oliver Dewdney (1:41:12), Lee Crow (1:47:42), Annette Maynard (1:51:34), Hugh Stevenage (1:52:27), Katia Hannah (1:55:59), Jane Owen (2:00:45), Chris Page (2:03:19), Gill Berglund (2:03:57), Christel Mooney (2:04:11), David Leen (2:04:22), Megan Maughan (2:08:21) and Alex Pomorski (2:08:23).

Hugh Stevenage and David Clark represented the club in the Chichester 10k. They completed the course in 48:12 and 1:07:09 respectively. 

Finally, looking back to the weekend before, Jean Leak led the club home in the Winter 10k with her time of 52:39. She was followed by Malcolm Slater (1:00:07), Vivien Smith (1:06:50), Ann Savidge (1:06:51), Anita Harris (1:10:00), Theresa Chalk (1:30:30), Sarah Harman (1:14:47) and Elizabeth Parker (1:19:44).


Paul Sargent from Burgess Hill Runners added another 1st place to his list of victories last weekend, this time leading the line at the Darkstar Marathon. Crossing the line in an impressive 3:40:48, he was followed up by team mates Simon Thompson (5:47:01), Liz Carter (6:11:48) and Emma Buckland (6:11:49).

The weekend before saw several club members turn out for the Sussex Cross Country Championships at Lancing Manor. Kevin Cross led the club over the line in the over 50s with his time of 40:32. He was followed by Phil Latham (48:08), John Palmer (50:54) and Hugh Stevenage (51:17). Stuart Condie represented the club in the over 60s, finishing in 42:51. In the over 40s, Oliver Jones completed the event in 51:41.

Emma and Liz tackle the mud at Darkstar (courtesy: Jon Lavis)


A trio of Burgess Hill Runners made their way to the Farnborough Winter Half Marathon last weekend. Neil Grigg led the team to the finish with his time of 1:30:44. Andrew Biggs was not far behind, racing in club colours for the first time and completing it in 1:36:39. Rich Neale followed them up with his time of 1:53:15.

Several club members also took part in the Winter Tanners event. Completing 20 miles was Sarah Thompson in 7:40. Completing 30 miles were: Stephanie Harding (8:39), Karen Harvey (8:39), Nick Dawson (8:40) and Steve Roberts (8:40). Completing 40 miles were Simon Thompson (9:14) and Diane Delderfield (12:54).

Simon Thompson completing 40 miles with a smile on his face (courtesy: Sarah Thompson)


Burgess Hill Runners traveled around a bit this week to compete in races.

Jamie Goodhead traveled to Wendover in Buckinghamshire to compete in the 'Country to Capital ' Ultra marathon. He completed the 45 miles in a time of 06:19:32. Finishing 19th overall and 1st category.

Next up was Claire Giles, who went to Dorset to compete in the 'Dark Moors 10' event. She was the club's only competitor and completed the 10 mile event in a time of 01:52:00.

A big group from the club made the journey to Kent to compete in the 'Chocathon Challenge'. Completing 13.1 miles distance were Marie Carey in a time of 02:21:50. She was followed by Helen Pratt (02:27:45), Ann Savidge (02:42:28) and Malcolm Slater (02:42:28). Theresa Chalk and Anita Harris completed 3.25 miles in 0:55:28. 

Attached: Claire Giles at the finish of Dark Moors 10 (courtesy: Claire Giles)


Another strong performance from the Burgess Hill Runners Junior Academy on New Year's Day sealed a final position of 1st place in the West Sussex Fun Run League. Competing for the academy were Jacob Kilkelly (5:36), Amy Mills (6:29), Obakeng Mati (6:52), Florence Kilkelly (7:45) and Finley Kilkelly (11:15). The adults also finished in a respectable league position of 3rd place for the season in their league. The top points contributors at the aptly named "Hangover 5" were: Oliver Day (36:27), Jamie Goodhead (37:59), Jo Bryce (40:21), Stuart Condie (41:38), Oliver Jones (42:15), Fred Sykes (43:55), Benny Coxhill (45:52), Annette Maynard (46:38), Emma Goodhead (50:15) and Chania Hemsley-Smith (52:47).

Oliver Jones was the sole club representative at the Tadworth 10 last week, completing it in 1:18:16.


The final weekend of 2017 marked the end of a 'century' for Burgess Hill Runners marathon extraordinaire, Jan Lavis. She took on the Frozen Phoenix Marathon last weekend to complete her 100th marathon. Several of her club mates joined her to marvel at her achievement whilst also fitting in a run of their own. Completing the marathon distance were: Andrew Baillie (4:37:50), Steve Roberts (5:02:40) and Jan Lavis (5:21:29). Karen Harvey completed 19.7 miles in 3:52:09 whilst Jon Lavis completed it in 4:19:42 . Completing 13.1 miles were Neil Dawson (2:29:50), Sue Baillie (2:30:08) and Nick Dawson (2:35:41). Finally Claire Tucknott completed 6.6 miles in 1:30:40.

Darren Chilcott and Lee Crow entered the year with a stiff test as they tackled the Brown Willy Run in Cornwall. The boggy seven mile run climaxed at the famous Jamaica Inn.

Just before Christmas several club members took part in the tricky Mince Pie 10 in Seaford. Oliver Day continued his fine form to top the Veteran 50 category with a superb time of 1:12:31. Not far behind were Liz Carter (1:33:02) and Ian Jones (1:35:07). 

Lee Crow tackles the puddles on the Brown Willy Run (courtesy: Bridget Funnell)