Press Releases 2021

All Press Releases are by our PR Officer Mark Craigs unless otherwise stated.


Burgess Hill Runners were out on their travels again this week to race for the club. Mark Nicholls and Dawn Fahy ventured all the way to the Lake District to take on the Lakeland 50 mile event. Mark completed the event in a time of (11:12:43) and Dawn (22:44:03). .

Closer to home, the South Downs was the location for the Dawn on the Downs. A 10mile trail run with some of the best views around stretching far out to sea and the Norths Downs and Surrey Hills to the north. Christelle Maugiron was first home for the club in (1:39:04). She was closely followed by Oliver Jones (1:39:35).

Also David Leen travelled to London for the Asics 10k event. He finished in (1:03:18).

Picture: (Mark Nicholls at Lakeland 50)

Courtesy: (Helen Pratt)


A trip to Dorney Lake this week for Burgess Hill Runners. Andrew Biggs took on the Half Marathon distance on a flat course covering loops around the lake which was home to GB's Olympic Rowing success. Andrew completed the distance in (1:52:13).

Picture: (Andrew Biggs at Dorney Lake)

Courtesy: (Andrew Biggs)


This week Burgess Hill Runners once again were out on force as events continue to return. First up was Sophie Abbott who took on the Maverick Trail event and completed the 12k distance in (1:28:48).

Fred Sykes travelled to Bristol to take on the Tough Runner - Bristol Epic 10k finishing in (51:10).

Jamie Goodhead continued his good form as he took on the Saxons, Vikings and Normans - Smileathon Challenge where runners complete as many loops as possible in a set time limit. Jamie completed the Marathon distance in (3:44:18). Emma Goodhead completed the Half marathon distance in (2:18:30).

Next up was the Brighton Phoenix 10k event where Kirsty Armstrong was first home for Burgess Hill Runners in (39:57). She was closely followed by Emma McManus PB (40:46) and Gayle Tyler (43:13).

Picture: (Fred Sykes at the Tough Runner - Bristol Epic 10k)

Courtesy: (Fred Sykes)


Quite a few races this weekend with Burgess Hill Runners out in force. In Chichester a number of our runners took part in the Goodwood Running Grand Prix. Jon Boxall entered the 5k distance and finished in (17:15). Sam Mayes complete the 10k event in a PB of (36:18). In the Half Marathon, Paul Prosser led the team home in (1:25:49), he was followed by Richard Jerome (1:36:35), Gayle Tyler (136:36) PB and Darren Parsons (1:40:07).

Over at Bewl Water, a couple of Burgess Hill Runners completed the 15 mile event

largely off road on pretty, gently undulating hills. Kath Wallek completed the distance on (2:15:38) and was followed by Chris Page (2:58:19).

Next up was the Focus 10k at Borde Hill Gardens. The event run by Chailey Heritage Foundation who provide education and care services and is one of the UK’s leading centres for children and young people with complex neurodisabilities. First home for the club was Yasmine Allfrey (59:22), closely followed by Antonia Boxall (59:48), Matt Wilson (1:09:19) & Lucie Ager (1:13:56).

On Saturday Jonathan Herbert took on The Serpent trail Event and completed the 50k Ultra race in (5:20:24). The Serpent Trail is a long distance trail through some of the most breathtaking countryside in the South East.

Elsewhere, Mark Craigs travelled to Wisborough Green to complete the 10k event in a time of (51:36).

Picture: (Sam Mayes and Jon Boxall at Goodwood Festival)

Courtesy: (Sam Mayes, Mark Craigs, Gayle Tyler)


It has been a busy few weeks for one particular Burgess Hill Runner, Jamie Goodhead. First up was the Pilgrim Challenge 2021, A two-day, 66-mile ultra marathon over the legendary North Downs Way. Following in the footsteps of pilgrims travelling to Canterbury as they pass through stunning landscapes steeped in history. The race soaks up ancient countryside, picturesque villages and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Jamie complete the distance in a total time of (12:18:20).

If this achievement wasn't enough, it also saw Jamie join the exclusive 100 Marathon Club at this event.

Next up for Jamie was the Sussex Trail Events Marathon Madness where runners complete distances over 5 consecutive days. Jamie chosen the Half Marathon distance and achieved these fantastic times.

Day 1 - (1:35:57) - 1st Place overall

Day 2 - (1:36:21) - 2nd Place

Day 3 - (1:51:08) - 2nd Place

Day 4 - (1:37:12) - 2nd Place

Day 5 - (1:35:13) - 2nd Place

Elsewhere, Chris Maule travelled to Milton Keynes to compete in the Marathon Weekend and completed the 26.2 mile distance in a PB time of (3:23:47).

Picture: (Jamie Goodhead joining to 100 Marathon Club)

Courtesy: (Jamie Goodhead)


The Race To The King was the chosen event for few Burgess Hill Runners this week. This 2 day event covering over 53 miles of trails from the well known Goodwood Racecourse, the route winds along the spectacular South Downs Way, ending on the steps of Winchester Cathedral. Marianne Kilkelly completed the event in (19:20:03) and was followed by Allison Willcox in (19:49:29).

Kirsty Armstrong continued her fine form at the Eastbourne 10k event where she repeated last years third placed female and finished in a time of (40:06). She was followed by Mark Craigs (51:07).

Picture: (Mark Craigs at Eastbourne 10k)

Courtesy: (Mark Craigs)


A big race this week for a couple of Burgess Hill Runners. The South Downs Way 100 is a tough and gruelling 100 mile event that only the strong enter. Phil Wallek managed to finish this epic race in an amazing 8th place overall in a time of (18:00:05). He was followed by Sharona Harrington in a time of (21:33:22) shaving almost 3hrs from her previous attempt at this event. A truly fantastic achievement by both!

Next was the Crystal Palace Half Marathon where Andrew Biggs completed the distance in (01:39:39) ahead of David Anscombe who completed his first attempt at this distance in (02:04:09).

Elsewhere, some of our runners travelled to Dorney Lake to complete in the 10k event. Emma McManus was the first home for the club setting a new PB of (00:40:58). She was followed by Ian Jones (00:41:35) and Flo Wolfe (00:45:36)

Pictures: (Andrew Biggs & David Anscombe at the Crystal Palace Half Marathon & Phil Wallek from the SDW 100 challenge)

Courtesy: (David Anscombe and Oliver Day)

25.04.2021 ( by Oliver Jones)

The races are gradually starting to come back and this weekend a few of our Burgess Hill Runners decided to tackle the ‘ South Downs Way ‘ 50 mile. It starts in Worthing and follows the South Downs Way to Eastbourne and then diverts to finish at the running track. Jamie Goodhead was the first home for the club in (08:13:25), he was followed by Jonathan Herbert (08:55:31, Fred Sykes (09:12:17), Jane Owen (11:40:10) and Jayne Leaney (12:09:10). Well done everyone!. Also this week John Palmer and Annette Maynard travelled up to London to take part in the Alexandra Palace 10k. Annette finished in (48:25) and John came home in (57:04). A couple of weeks ago a few of our runners took part in the Ardingly PB 5k event. Times in order of fastest. Phil McManus (17:28), Sam Mayes (17:47), Kirsty Armstrong (18:54), Ian Jones (19:04), Emma McManus (19:52), Darren Parsons (20:11), Mark Santer (20:41), Flo Wolfe (21:04), Gayle Tyler (21:16) and Katherine Wallek (22:07).

Photo: (Jayne Leaney and Jane Owen after the SDW50)

Courtesy: ( Chania Hemsley - Smith)