Hailsham Harriers

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Sunday 18th of November 2018
16-12-2015Sue Fry at her best in the East Sussex Cross Country league

The third round of the East Sussex Cross Country league meetings was held in very muddy conditions at New Barn Farm Framfield hosted by Uckfield Runners with Hailsham Harriers fielding twenty runners. Thankfully the weather behaved with no more rain and no wind but the 250 competitors found the going very heavy in many places however the bonus was that this course also was relatively flat. This league gives all the clubs in East Sussex the opportunity to provide friendly rivalry and the season once again produced a tussle with Lewes AC who just nudged out Harriers in the final scoring but both clubs are now neck and neck with three rounds to come in the New Year. Sue Fry on her return from injury produced a stunning performance to win the ladies race and placed 20th overall. Excellent support came from Alissa Ellis (28th and 2nd lady), Liz Lumber (55th and 4th lady) Cat Bounds 71st and newcomer Michaela Furlong 94th to pile on the points and for the men Tom Clewley was placed 23rd with Martin Bell 26th and Paul Eccles 33rd. Harriers positions and times were as follows; 20th Sue Fry 34m03s, 23rd Tom Clewley 34m30s, 26th Martin Bell 34m38s, 28th Alissa Ellis 34m52s, 33rd Paul Eccles 35m03s, 45th Alex Plowman 36m00s, 49th Graham Purdye 36m08s, 55th Liz Lumber 36m31s, 71st Cat Bounds 37m30s, 73rd Dave Mercer 37m44s, 79th Peter Daws 37m58s, 83rd Giles Bowmer 38m10s, 94th Michaela Furlong 39m23s, 100th Dan Ellis 40m07s, 125th Andy Ruffell 41m45s, 129th Colin Burgess 41m52s, 154th Peter Drake 43m32s, 161st Roberto Proietti 43m52s, 203rd Norman Harris 49m12s, Brian Winn 63m10s. In the Junior race Poppy Ellis had a great win overall and in the U15s with 9m33s.

08-12-2015Fry's successful return to the County Cross Country league

The third round of the Sussex County Cross Country league meetings was held at Lancing Manor and Hailsham Harriers fielded a strong squad particularly in the ladies race to push the club up the table in Division 1. Conditions were gale force at times but this did not deter the runners over this hilly course and a welcome return to competition from Sue Fry after an injury saw her head the Harriers home in an excellent 6th place with 7th place Fiona DeMauny snapping at her heals only one second in arrears. Excellent support came from the others lead by Alissa Ellis 14th and Liz Lumber 24th to see the squad placed 2nd overall to Lewes Ac and first in the vets category. Positions ad times were as follows: 6th and 3rd vet Sue Fry 19m50s, 7th Fiona DeMauny 19m51s, 14th Alissa Ellis 20m26s, 24th Liz Lumber 21m11s, 61st Felicity Webster 23m25s, 63rd Annette Feakes 23m47s, 80th Tina Macenhil 25m06s, 84th Helen O'Sullivan 25m28s, 89th Julie Chicken 25m50s, 101st Maria Stewart 27m08s, 113th Collette Stean 30m14s.The men's team put in a stirling effort in these conditions and saw Tom Clewley placed 67th,35m45s, Simon Haddon 92nd, 36m48s, Graham Purdye 107th 38m08s and Chris DeMauny 108th 38m10s. This saw them gain 5th place in their Division 3 encounter. Two young Harriers competed in the Junior races with Harriet Bloor gaining 8th in the U13 girls race with 12m25s and Zoe Palframan 26th in the U15 girls race with 21m24s. On the Sunday eight Harriers participated in the Seaford Striders 10 mile Mince Pie event held mainly on trails on the downs again with strong blustery winds and rain. They were headed by Lee Ashworth in an excellent 5th with 1h03m09s. Other placings and times were 33rd and 3rd lady Rebecca Holdaway 1h10m44s, 38th Alex Plowman 1h12m17s, 54th Dave Mercer 1h14m24s, 58th Graham Woolley 1h15m24s, 76th Rob Crouch 1h18m04s, 143rd Lucy Wright 1h26m07s and 147th Helen O'Sullivan in 1h26m34s after her tough Saturday race.

07-12-2015Ayling and Lumber the Harriers stars at Crowborough 10k

The final round of the Sussex Road Race Grand Prix series was held with the Crowborough Runners 10k race based from the Beacon Academy. The course over a tough 2 laps included a ford over the Palehurst Lane each time followed by a punishing climb. The water was fast flowing but not too deep so many of the runners took this direct route rather than the associated footbridge and despite a blustery wind the threat of rain stayed away for the duration of the race. Over 300 runners took on the challenge with the majority finding their times some four minutes down from a flat 10k course. Hailsham Harriers had fourteen of their runners competing for points towards the seasons final tally with Giles Bowmer having competed in all of the series. Race winner was David Bradford Lewes AC with 35m08s and for Harriers another excellent performance was provided by David Ayling in 4th overall with great back up from Tom Clewley 23rd and Simmon Haddon 28th. For the ladies Liz Lumber' sterling performance saw her take the silver and first in her age category from the overall winner Joscelin Lowden Lewes AC in 41m23s. Harriers positions and times were as follows : 4th David Ayling 37m12s, 23rd Tom Clewley 40m56s, 28th Simon Haddon 41m59s, 33rd Graham Purdye 42m07s, 46th and 2nd lady Liz Lumber 43m21s, 49th Giles Bowmer 43m35s, 125th Wendy Robson 49m26s, 128th Mark Bassett 49m33s, 141st Peter Drake 50m41s, 142nd Helen O'Sullivan 50m41s, 202nd Norman Harris 55m32s, 221st Alan Hide 57m15s, 242nd John Taylor 59m19s, 270th Karen Hoskin 63m00s, 288th Lesley Underdown 68m14s. In the individual awards men, David Ayling was 4th overall, Graham Purdye 2nd in the V2 and John Taylor 1st V8 and for the ladies Liz Lumber was placed 2nd overall and first in the LV3. The wards for the Harvey Curtis 5 race elite Challenge series were also announced at this event with Liz Lumber taking 7th place and the Harriers team placed 5th.

24-11-2015Ellis excellent fourth and first places for Harriers at the two Cross Country league events at Bexhill and Wadhurst

The weekend Cross Country season saw another unfortunate back to back league events with very different weather conditions. On the Saturday competitors had to confront exceedingly blustery cold winds of 40mph with the muddy conditions but all equipped themselves well in the quest for points.

Success for Hailsham Harriers was provided by the ladies team in the Sussex County Divison 1 with a combined race of U17,U20,Seniors and Vets race and a stunning performance from Alissa Ellis to head home in 10th overall and 4th in her category with 21m14s and with Liz Lumber 19th, in 22m01s, and Cat Bounds 23rd in 22m15s this saw them finish in 6th place team and 2nd in the vets. Other placings were 60th Flick Webster 25m04s, 71st Tina Macenhill 26m20s, 79th Helen O'Sullivan 26m48s, 82nd Julie Chicken 27m13s and Maria Stewart 90th 28m52s. The mens race over the longer distance saw Tom Clewley 88th in 33m57s and Graham Purdye 90th in 28m52s. An excellent run from Harriett Bloor in the U13 Girls race saw her placed 5th with 12m27s and in the U15 Girls Poppy Ellis came home in 10th in 16m21s and Zoe Palframan 21st in 20m47s. and to conclude the Saturday league Thomas Fox claimed 7th spot with 6m39s in the U11 boys race.

What a difference a day makes with twenty three Harriers competing in the 2nd round of the East Sussex Sunday league with the team finishing second overall with 805 points to the combined Crowborough/Wadhurst squad (728)and ahead of Lewes AC (1030). This event in Snape Wood Wadhurst is always very muddy but the sun came through and being protected from the wind this saw the great result. The team was lead by excellent runs near the front with 11th from Adrian Elliott 3m54s, 18th Tom Clewley 35m05s and 20th Martin Bell 35m26s. Alissa Ellis was the winner of the ladies race combined with the men and came 26th overall with 35m44s. Harriers other placings were 28th Graham Purdye 35m47s, 43rd Paul Eccles 36m25s, 46th and 3rd lady Jo Curran 36m40s, 48th Liz Lumber 36m47s, 49th Alex Plowman 36m53s, 54th Cat Bounds 37m25s, 57th Dave Perry 37m36s, 58th Dave Mercer 37m37s, 71st Michaela Furlong 38m48s, 73rd Giles Bowmer 39m03s, 84th Mark Gilbert 40m01s, 128th Wendy Robson 43m00s, 135th Mags Southam 43m42s, 151st Peter Drake 45m07s, 158th Roberto Proietti 45m31s, 173rd Brian Winn 47m26s, 221st Laura Davies 60m10s, 222nd Adam Davies 60m21s and 224th David Bratton 70m15s.

08-11-2015Harriers excel at the Bexhill Poppy Race festival

The Bexhill poppy races organised by TL events included a 5k which formed part of the Sussex Road Race Grand Prix series followed by a 10k and half marathon and a youngsters run. All starts and finishes were held at the towns iconic De la Warr Pavilion with the remembrance theme and a poppy medal to all finishers. The first of the races was the 5k Grand Prix event with a quality field of almost 200 runners participating for their points total and with only one more event to come at Crowborough at the end of this month each point earned was important towards each runners final total. This run was on the promenade and part of South Cliff Road over one lap of an out and back mainly flat course heading west toward Cooden and Hailsham Harriers had seventeen of their squad including their two main contenders Gary Judges and David Ayling competing with Gary taking the honours with a splendid 7th place and David close with 9th from the overall winner Kevin Rojas of Brighton & Hove AC in 16m11s. A number of the others also recorded some personal best times with the positions and times as follows: 7th Gary Judges 17m33s, 9th David Ayling 17m42s, 49th Giles Bowmer 20m33s, 55th Alan Thornton 21m03s, 62nd Ian Turnbull 21m34s, 72nd David Coulson 22m13s, 74th Wendy Robson 22m19s, 83rd Tina Macenhill 22m51s, 88th Mark Bassett 23m14s, 91st Colin Burgess 23m34s, 94th Tracy Erridge 23m49s, 98th Helen O'Sullivan 24m33s, 109th Norman Harris 25m18s, 119th Roberto Proietti 26m01s, 126th Frances Delves 26m32s, 139th Dan Linford-Jones 28m10s, 155th Lesley Underdown 30m13s.

The 10k which followed over 2 laps of the 5k course saw four Harriers competing in a field of over 200 runners and the first home was Graham Purdye in 7th with 41m59s, 37th Lucy Wright 50m55s, 117th Hannah Mullane 1h02m11s and 126th Helen Tickner 1h03m57s. The youngsters race over 1k saw Bailey Wright take 4th place overall. The final race and the largest field with nearly 800 runners saw seven Harriers including two Helen O'Sullivan and Tina Macenhill who had competed in the earlier 5k. This route took in two 8k loops then a lap of the 5k course. Positions and times were 10th Adrian Elliott 1h26m23s, 43rd and 2nd lady Liz Lumber 1h33m41s, 91st Graham Woolley 1h40m42s, 123rd Mark Pope 1h42m43s, 244th Helen O'Sullivan 1h52m07s, 411th Tina Macenhill 2h08m21s, 477th Richard Tickner 2h08m21s.

In an earlier event at Beckley near Rye three Harriers took park in this 10k race with Steve Delea first home in 14th 43m44s, 39th Dave Coulson 48m32s and 129th Lesley Underdown 1h04m40s.

02-11-2015Ellis tops the Beachy Head Marathon for Harriers

This years Beachy Head Marathon saw nineteen Hailsham Harriers taking in this superb endurance event over the South Downs and through the villages of Jevington, Alfriston Littlington with the return over the Seven Sisters and Birling Gap to Holywell.The weather conditions were ideal and the organisation brilliant as ever with many volunteers looking after the runners at the various checkpoints. First home for the Harriers with an excellent run was Alissa Ellis with 68th overall and 9th lady in a chip time of 3h47m24s and for the men Graham Purdye came 78th in 3h48m53s. The other competitors positions and times were as follows; 821st Liz Lumber 3h47m45s, 105th Cat Bounds 3h55m05s, 212th Simon Haddon 4h14m55s, 250th Mags Southam 4h19m12s, 255th Sue Fry 4h20m35s, 413th Mark Pope 4h38m15s, 420th Mark Bassett 4h39m07s, 446th Tracy Erridge 4h42m07s, 557th Helen O'Sullivan 4h55m06s, 558th Ian Davis 4h55m06s, 582nd Lucy Wright 4h57m23s, 633rd Becky Holland 5h05m21s, 647th Roberto Proietti 5h08m08s, 698th Tina Macenhill 5h13m42s, 1223rd Gary Fowlie 6h50m35s, 1233rd Peter Plowman 6h52m33s and 1234th Alex Plowman 6h52m34s.

In the recently introduced 10k race over the early and latter parts of the marathon course David Ayling had an excellent race to come home in 37m52s to collect the runners up position from the winner Ben Short and Martin Kennett 301st in 1h18m48s.

24-10-2015Demauny heads Harriers ladies at Goodwood

The Cross Country season has arrived and Hailsham Harriers are contesting both the Sussex County League events on a Saturday and the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country league. Unfortunately the first of both the seasons races fell on the same weekend but a number of Harriers competed in both with good weather conditions. The Sussex County league race at Goodwood saw the ladies competing in Division One and the team did the club proud with a fine 8th place in the combined U17,U20,Seniors and Vets event. First home in an excellent 5th overall was Fiona Demauny in 18m14s with great back up from 15th Alissa Ellis 19m08s, 61st Flick Webster 21m59s, 75th Tina Macenhill 23m01s, 89th Helen O'Sullivan 24m09s, 92nd Julie Chicken 24m28s, giving a total of 156 points. The mens race saw Harriers competing in Division 3 and they came home 6th with 419 points with Chris DeMauny 49th in 29m48s, Graham Purdye 93rd in 32m30s and Giles Bowmer 98th in 32m55s. Harriers also had youngsters competing and in the U13 Girls Harriet Bloor had an excellent run to finish in 4th with 12m02s and in the U15 Girls Poppy Ellis scored 10th in 16m34s with Zoe Palframan 32nd in 20m35s.

The Sunday Cross Country was held on the Downs above Eastbourne starting and finishing at Warren Hill. The 5 mile course provided some early downhill sections but at halfway near Cornish Farm the steep climb tested competitors endurance for 2 miles before the finish. Harriers had 26 runners taking part and the best performance came from David Ayling in 5th with 28m33s and Chris Demauny (two races in two days) 9th in 30m16s. Harriers other positions and times were as follows; 13th Adi Elliott 30m37s, 21st Fiona Demauny and ladies winner with two races in two days 31m31s, 31st Tom Clewley 32m01s, 36th Paul Eccles 32m19s, 39th Martin Bell 32m28s, 47th Dave Perry 32m56s, 48th Graham Purdye 33m00s, 51st Jo Curran 33m03s, 53rd Alex Plowman 33m05s, 61st Alissa Ellis 33m24s, 69th Steve Delea 34m11s, 71st Giles Bowmer 34m13s, 76th David Mercer 34m27s, 125th Mark Gilbert 37m07s, 128th Wendy Robson 37m12s, 136th Steve Durie 37m35s, 158th Mags Southam 38m49s, 159th Colin Burgess 38m54s, 177th Roberto Proietti 40m34s, 201st Maria Stewart 42m07s, 202nd Norman Harris 42m11s, 212th Brian Winn 43m15s, 263rd Laura Davies 54m27s, 264th Adam Davies 54m30s.

Meanwhile Harriers were also competing in the inaugural 10 mile road race held in Brighton. This distance used to be the classic before the half marathons came on the scene and this welcome return produced a fast race with 1800 finishers. Harriers first home saw Liz Lumber 95th in 1h06m49s, Ian Davis 217th in 1h12m18s and Mark Bassett 444th with 1h18m36s and all preparing for the Beachy Head Marathon. Two Harriers also took part in the Croydon 10k Road Race with over 400 runners and Neal Robinson was 114th in 46m47s and Don Currie 146th with 48m42s.

17-10-2015Judges heads Harriers at the Tempo 10k

Seventeen Hailsham Harriers participated in Eastbourne's Tempo 10k race which took over two laps of the promenade towards Hollywell. Over 160 runners took part in the second year of this event in good weather conditions which was organised by the Tempo running store in Susans Road. There were some excellent performances in the race won by Chris Dodd from Eastbourne Rovers in 34m08s with Hailsham's Gary Judges coming home second overall and first vet in 36m18s from team mate David Ayling in 37m01s. Other Harriers places and times were as follows; 11th Tom Clewley 39m20s, 15th Graham Purdye 40,28s, 22nd Giles Bowmer 42m05s, 42nd Ian Turnbull 45m02s, 49th Vicky Burford (7th lady) 46m17s, 50th Rob Crouch 46m27s, 60th Neal Robinson 47m20s, 64th Tina Macenhill 48m10s, 76th Ian Davis 50m19s, 86th Tracy Erridge 52m02s, 90th Catherine Brewer 52m44s, 118th Helen Tickner 60m16s, 130th Wendy Quinn 61m25s, 133rd Hannah Mullane 61m45s, 157th Michelle Thomas 73m45s.

In the Sussex Half Marathon at Heathfield Graham Woolley had a great run to finish 11th in 1h41m05s and at the Jog Shop 20 mile in Brighton Fiona Bugler came home in 22nd with 2h55m22s

and Alissa Ellis competed in the Tonbridge Half Marathon with affine run in 52nd (5th lady) with 1h29m42s.

11-10-2015Judges and Ayling take to the Hills at Lewes

The latest round of the Sussex Road Race Grand Prix series took place in unseasonably hot weather with the 10 miler hosted by Lewes AC and eight Hailsham Harriers participated in a field of almost 200 runners. This race is in fact a challenging off road event on tracks and fields to the north of Lewes out towards Blackcap and above Plumpton. A short climb is encountered at four miles to a switchback then the course returned south through the valley and woodland at Ashcombe Bottom before a testing and tricky underfoot climb at seven miles but with a return arrival at Blackcap at eight miles the last two miles are generally flat and downhill to the finish. An international flavour saw a number of competitors from the Marolles club in France taking part who are also linked to the host club and a group of them also welcomed all runners at the nine and a half mile mark with encouraging cheers. A light cooling breeze was a welcome to the competitors in the later stages of the race. The race winner Paul Nevesey from Crawley AC came home in a very quick 1h00m08s with Emma Rollings Lewes AC taking the ladies race in 1h11m49s but the two leading Harriers both had great performances with Gary Judges just edging it in 6th with 1h04m17s from David Ayling 8th in 1h05m17s, Gary was also placed first in his vet age category with David in 6th. Positions and times for the other Harriers were 56th Giles Bowmer 1h17m17s, 91st (8th lady)Wendy Robson 1h25m06s, 92nd Mark Bassett 1h25m13s, 106th Victoria Burford 1h27m17s, 108th Dave Coulson 1h27m55s and 156th Norman Harris 1h39m32s.

05-10-2015Fry's fine form at Barns Green Half Marathon

Hailsham Harriers participated in the Barns Green Half Marathon held in the picturesque village in West Sussex near Horsham. The event in its 33rd year saw over a thousand runners taking on a figure of eight undulating course including closed to traffic country roads near Southwater and through the grounds of Christs Hospital and weather conditions proved to be hot for the time of year. This race included the latest round of the Sussex Road Race Grand Prix series and provided a race win by Chichester ACs James Baker but for the Harriers it was in form Sue Fry who lead the club home in a fine run of 1h26m27s chip time with 3rd lady (2nd in her age group) and 41st overall. Liz Lumber also produced another great run in 1h30m43s with 6th lady and 5th in her age group to gain 70th and Alan Thornton preparing for the Bournemouth Marathon was 94th in 1h32m43s. Other Harriers times and positions were 158th Giles Bowmer 1h37m36s, 274th Wendy Robson 1h44m24s, 342nd Victoria Burford 1h47m55s, 455th Germaine Larkin 1h53m31s, 465th Nathan Royds-Jones 1h52m56s, 570th John Taylor 1h57m23s. Meanwhile Adrian Thomas took on the High Weald Ultra Trail Challenge over 50k in Groombridge Place and finished in a good 71st with 6h28m32s.

27-09-2015Fry adds to her points tally at Hove 10k

Hailsham Harriers participated in the current round of the Sussex Grand Prix race series held at the Hove Lagoon with a flat 2 lap course on the promenade hosted by the Brighton's Arena 80s club. Both the mens and ladies course records were broken in this quality event held in quite hot sunny conditions by Christopher Zablocki in 30m53s and Emily Proto 36m32s and Harriers Sue Fry continued her success in the series with a fine fifth place (32nd overall) in 38m52s and Liz Lumber sixth (54th overall) with 41m33s. With the Sussex GP standings produced with only four more rounds to come (best 8nscores to count) Sue Fry is leading with 3996pts and with Liz Lumber 3rd (3973), Frances Delves 5th (3826) and Tracy Erridge (3790) and Harriers are holding the top spot. First male Harrier at Hove saw Giles Bowmer take 67th with 43m29s and other Harriers were 97th Wendy Robson 45m59s, 129th Frances Delves 49m26s, 139th Norman Harris 51m00s and Fran Doe 1h02m36s.

In the recent Firle 1/2 marathon held off road Cat Bounds had a great run to finish second lady (21st overall) with 1h31m40s and Graham Woolley 22nd in 1h32m03s.

Other Harriers competed in the Bexhill to Hastings new link road 10k organised on behalf of Bexhill and Hastings Lions and over one thousand runners took part in this one off event before the road is open to traffic. The race was won by Daniel Anderson from Hastings AC in 33m40s with first Harrier Graham Purdye 68th in 43m27s. Other Harriers positions and time times were as follows 104th Martin Bell 45m08s, 130th Ian Turnbull 46m33s, 133rd Tina Macenhill 46m45s, 152nd Dave Mercer 47m40s, 167th Ivor Rumsey 48m05s, 168th Dave Coulson 48m09s, 302nd Brian Winn 52m19s, 385th Catherine Brewer 54m45s, 393rd Richard Tickner 54m56s, 428th Esther Dunn 55m55s, 548th Roberto Proietti 59m28s,651st Helen Tickner 1h02m15s, 721st Nina Rumsey 1h05m15s, 761st Lesley Underdown 1h07m39s, 873rd Jane Castle Mercer 1h13m23s, 877th Martin Kennett 1h13m28s.

20-09-2015Feakes joint first in Rye Summer Classis Series

The third and final race in the Rye Summer Classic Series organised by Nice Work Events saw a flat 5k course through the nature reserve. Following achievements by Hailsham Harriers Annette Feakes in the earlier rounds this race provided her with another great result with 2nd lady and 14th overall in a time of 21m34s and in the final points tally this saw her placed joint series winner with Linda Hays from Wadhurst Runners an excellent series. Billl Fraser came home 19th with 23m03s and Lucy Wright 23rd in 23m35s.

Hailsham Harrriers also held its own Grove Hill Mile club race a time trial with a measured uphill mile course from Station Road in Hellingly up to Blackstock Farm and thirteen runners scorched up the hill with David Ayling taking the fastest time of the day in 5m43s, the other placings were 2nd Paul Eccles 6m12s, 3rd Graham Purdye 6m20s, 4th Graham West (guest)6m49s, 5th Andy Ruffell 6m51s, Joint 6th Colin Burgess and Ian Davis 7m34s, 8th Norman Harris 8m31s, 9th Paul Henderson 11m27s. In the combined run the ladies were as follows; 1st Frances Delves 7m48s, 2nd Danni Henderson (guest) 8m32s, 3rd Lisa Phillips 9m10s, 4th Jacqui Lane 11m41s.

Harriers also had six of their runners competing with 450 other competitors in the Battle 10K Road Race with first home in 18th place Simon Hadden in 39m36s, 86th Pater Drake 46m05s, 102nd Tina Macenhill 47m17s, 135th Kelly Tattam 49m23s, 152nd Helon O'Sullivan 50m02s, and Mark Bassett 58m07s.

The Kings Head Canter 5k was held in very wet conditions on country lanes from Chiddingly to East Hoathly but despite the weather Sue Fry came home 5th lady and 34th overall in 19m00s, Other Harriers were 39th Huw Jones 19m44s, 43rd (6th Lady) Liz Lumber 20m10s, 55th Graham Purdye 21m04s and 118th Roberto Proietti 25m44s.

14-09-2015Harriers Hellingly Success

Hailsham Harriers held their 31st John Faulds Hellingly 10k Road Race with a magnificent entry of over 300 runners taking to the circular undulating course through the village and taking in Magham Down, the outskirts of Cowbeach and into Cinderford Lane and Grove Hill. This event which forms part of the Sussex Road Race Grand Prix series saw 37 Harriers in the mix with many other club members involved in the organisation on the day. The threat of early morning dark clouds saw some light patchy rain but with no wind this was quite refreshing to the competitors on the course. The quality field saw the current course record broken by the overall winner Paul Naveney Crawley AC in 33m47s after an early challenge from Hastings AC's Danielle Anderson a previous winner in this event. Harriers David Ayling is still getting quicker and his fine run saw him first home for the club in 7th with 35m44s and Tom Clewley also produced a blistering pace to come home 23rd one ahead of Sue Fry who claimed second lady overall from the winner Fiona De Mauny Walton AC whose time was 38m55s. In the overall team placings for the men Haywards Heath Harriers were 1st with 43pts, Brighton Arena 80 2nd 58pts and Wadhurst Runners 3rd 117pts and for the ladies Lewes AC 1st 236pts, Hailsham Harriers 2nd 285pts with Wadhurst Runners 3rd 361pts. Harriers would like to thank Hellingly Parish Council for the use of their Hall as HQ, farmer Richard Lee for the Broad Farm field and especially to the residents of Hellingly for having the event in their village and to sponsors Tempo Running Shop Eastbourne, Hailshams Waitrose , "A brush with Fate" Decorators and Rael graphics,signage,design and print. Harriers times and positions were as follows: 7th David Ayling 35m44s, 23rd Tom Clewley 39m20s, 24th Sue Fry (2nd lady) 39m29s, 39th Liz Lumber (5th lady)41m34s,52nd Steve Delea 42m46s, 56th Giles Bowmer 43m08s, 77th Rob Crouch 45m05s, 80th Mark Pope 45m14s, 89th Ian Turnbull 46m13s, 92nd Darren Munn 46m25s, 99th Shaun Webster 46m46s, 106th Mark Bassett 46m56s, 110th Tina Macenhill 47m24s, 112th Wendy Robson 47m32s, 118th Don Currie 47m59s, 120th Victoria Burford 48m07s, 127th Neal Robinson 48m47s, 129th Alan Clarke 49m04s, 137th Mags Southam 49m27s, 139th Kelly Tattam 49m35s, 141st Lucy Wright 49m40s, 143rd Helen O'Sullivan 49m47s, 144th Frances Delves 49m51s, 150th Louise Taylor 50m48s, 154th Becky Holland 51m09s, 155th Tracey Erridge 52m01s, 175th Alan Hide 52m53s, 179th Roberto Proietti 53m03s, 180th Richard Tickner 53m04s, 190th Samantha Massingham 53m39s, 206th John Taylor 55m11s, 210th Ian Davis 55m52s, Collette Stean 58m27s, 248th Nina Rumsey 61m34s, 288th Eleanor Ruffell 75m30s, 290th Rikki Wheaton 80m10s, 291st Linda Rozentals 80m37s.

01-09-2015"Judges and Ayling head to head at Newick 10k"

The Sussex Road Race series moved to the Newick Will Page 10k and saw sixteen Hailsham Harriers in the mix of almost 200 runners in their quest for points towards the overall series.
This race is held over a circular course on mainly country lanes with the finish at the village's sports field and provided competitors with two testing climbs towards the latter stages but overall quick times can be obtained.
Harriers saw Gary Judges and David Ayling continue their encounters with both able to match each other over this distance and at the finish it was Judges who crossed the line in 6th in 36m32s with Ayling 8th one minute in arrears both from the overall winner David Bradford Lewes AC in 43m44s.
Simon Haddon also had a great run to take 23rd in 40m23s and in the ladies race Sue Fry once again headed Harriers with a tremendous second place and first lady vet in 40m35s from the overall winner Izzy Coomber Haywards Heath Harriers who won in 39m28s. 3rd lady saw Liz Lumber who was also awarded second vet.
The team provided some great scores and as follows: 6th Gary Judges 36m32s (2nd vet), 8th David Ayling 37m32s, (5th senior), 23rd Simon Haddon 40m23s, 24th Sue Fry 40m35s,(2nd lady), 30th Liz Lumber 42m20s,(3rd lady), 32nd Alan Thornton 42m24s, 50th Graham Purdye 43m54s, 57th Giles Bowmer 44m57s, 70th Ian Turnbull 46m38s, 79th Mark Bassett 47m28s, 105th Louise Taylor 50m16s, 124th Tracy Erridge 52m33s,132nd Alan Hide 53m54s, 150th John Taylor 58m47s, 165th Fran Doe 64m33s, 166th Lesley Underdown 64m36s.

Harriers is preparing for its own Sussex Grand Prix race with the Hellingly 10k on Sunday 13th September.

24-08-2015" Feakes heads Harriers at Rye Classic 10K race"

The second round of the 10th anniversary Rye Summer Classic series races organised by Nice Work was held at the nature reserve with over 120 runners taking part on a traffic free flat course over the 10k distance.
Following on from her recent excellent placing in race one Annette Feakes raced to fourth in the ladies event and 30th overall to head Hailsham Harriers in 44m36s.
Three other Harriers Lucy Wright 53rd in 49m56s, Helen O'Sullivan 54th in 50m10s and Samantha Massingham 56th in 50m37s competed the scoring with one more round to come over 5k in early September and points scored in each to count to the overall series prizes.

With the clubs track season coming to a close it was great to see a number of youngsters taking part in events from 1500m,800m,400m,200m and the 100m. Their races were split into age groupings starting from under 9 through to under 11,under 13 and under 15 and there were many sparkling performances and medals awarded in each category. The regular coach supervised training sessions held on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm at Hailsham Community College track have paid dividends with a junior girls team competing well at the recent Herstmoneux Castle relay.
Harriers is also preparing for its 31st John Faulds Hellingly 10k Road Race which will be held on Sunday 13th September starting at 10.30am. This event is open to all runners and further details and entry is available on the website www.hailsham-harriers.org.uk

16-08-2015"Track and Field Success in final veterans league meeting at Lewes"

The combined Hailsham Harriers and Eastbourne Rovers squad competed at the final league meeting held at the Lewes track and after four rounds the team were successful with an overall win for the men and second place for the ladies.
In this match Harriers produced excellent performances with their men scoring well in the middle distance and endurance events.
The 400m 50+ saw Alan Thornton 2nd with 71s, and in the series of 1500m races David Ayling was a whisker from a race win in the A race from Andrew Masters Haywards Heath/Lewes both given the same time of 4m34.9s. In the B race Neal Robinson came home 4th with 6m08.1s and Graham Purdye 3rd in the 50+ in 5m30.5s with Roberto Proietti 2nd in the 60+ in 7m11.5s. The 5000m saw Dave Mercer in 4th with 20m45.7s and Graham Purdye 2nd in the B race with 20m13.3s.
The final event the Medley Relay saw David Ayling with other Rovers providing a race win in 4m12.3s.
The final scoring saw the Eastbourne/Hailsham team take the match win with 139points from Haywards Heath /Lewes with 131points.
In the Ladies meeting the combined squad saw some great performances from Harriers starting with the field events with Flick Webster 1st in the Javelin A with 17.51m and Julie Chicken 2nd in the Hammer A with 10.36m. In the track races Alissa Ellis came home 2nd in the 100 B in 16.1s with Julie Chicken in the 50+ with 22.7s. In three 400m races Flick Webster was 2nd in the A with 73.9s and Alissa Ellis 2nd in the B with 71.6s with Julie Chicken 4th in the 50+ in 14.6s. The three 1500m races saw Alissa Ellis home 3rd in the A with 5m27s, The B race saw Flick Webster home 2hd in 5m48.6s and in the 50+ Julie Chicken 4th in 8m07.1s.
The match scoring saw the combined team finish in second spot with 62 points from the winners Brighton & Hove with 98 points.
The overall scoring in the final table saw Eastbourne Rovers/Hailsham Harrier men first with 444 points from Haywards Heath/Lewes with 411 and in the ladies Rovers /Harriers second with 291 points to the winners Brighton & Hove with 413.
A rewarding effort for both the men and ladies to finish their season.

09-08-2015"Team success at Herstmonceux Castle Open Relay"

Hailsham Harriers held their annual event in the grounds of Hestmonceux Castle (with kind permission from the owners) and a massive entry this year of 98 teams took part.
The multi terrain course was over one and a half miles using a single loop of roads and tracks and thankfully the earlier forecast of rain did not materialise.
Teams each consisting of four runners one to race each leg came from regional running clubs and other sporting clubs (well done Hellingly RFC) with youngsters also well represented in the mix.
Hastings AC A team showed the others the quickest turn of pace with an overall win in a time of 29m55s for the 6 miles and their star runner Max Thomas also posted the fastest leg time of the evening with 6m56s the others in their team were Gary Foster 7m40s, Joe Body 7m45s, and Dan Russell 7m34s . They were pushed hard by an Eastbourne Rovers squad aptly named "World of Payne" who were runners up in 30m34s from Hastings Runners third and Lewes AC fourth. In the ladies teams it was Lewes who came through into first and second with their A and B teams timing 34m45s and 35m53s respectively (12th and 18th overall) with Hailsham Harriers known as "Keep up with the Birds" third comprising Sue Fry 8m31s, Cat Bounds 9m12s, Liz Lumber 9m07s, and Alissa Ellis 9m155s in 36m05s.
Harriers also fielded a Junior girls team with Holly Hinton, Harriett Bloor, Zoe Palframan and Poppy Ellis who all had superb runs claiming 9th ladies and 56th spot overall in 42m40s. The mens Harriers A team also put in a solid performance with 16th place in 35m35s and the club also fielded a Harriers Vets team 27th in 37m29s, B team 37th in 39m38s and C team in 46th with 41m34s.
The real stars of the night must go to Paul Eccles and his small team of helpers for giving nearly 400 runners such a great evening in what was intended to be fun but also proved to be most competitive as well.

12-07-2015Ayling heads Harriers at Bewl Water 15miler

Hailsham Harriers had a team of twenty seven of their runners participating in the 16th Bewl 15 mile race incorporating the British Masters Multi Terrain Championship around the tracks and paths at Bewl Water near Wadhurst.
A bumper entry of almost 700 runners included many from throughout the UK but after all the recent dry weather they had to contend with early morning rain which soon created much of the course to become slippery causing a number to fall however the air temperature was comfortable for distance running.
This event was also part of the Sussex Grand Prix series and on form Harrier David Ayling showed that he is also quick over the range of longer distances by storming home in 16th place from the overall winner Ben Cole (1h29m54s)Tonbridge AC.
Sue Fry's season gets even better with a superb second place in the ladies race and 1st vet only 2 seconds down from the overall winner Tina Oldershaw Paddock Wood AC in 1h46m18s.
Also into the overall top 100 places were Alan Thornton 57th (3rd O55)and Liz Lumber 87th (1st O45) with many other Harriers running personal best times despite the tricky conditions.

Harriers positions and times were as follows: 16th David Ayling 1h38m52s. 40th Sue Fry (2nd Lady) 1h46m20s, 57th Alan Thornton 1h48m51s, 87th Liz Lumber 1h53m03s, 117th Dave Coulson 1h56m02s, 128th Tom Clewley 1h57m22s, 155th Peter Daws 2h00m42s, 171st Graham Woolley 2h01m57s, 173rd Ian Turnbull 2h02m09s, 182nd Graham Purdye 2h02m55s, 190th Giles Bowmer 2h04m02s, 217th Martin Bell 2h06m26s, 237th Ivor Rumsey 2h07m47s, 253rd Mark Bassett 2h08m26s, 281st Peter Drake 2h11m10s, 314th Neal Robinson 2h14m19s, 339th Tracy Erridge 2h17m50s, 346th Frances Delves (2nd O60) 2h18m50s, 421st Norman Harris 2h26m25s, 438th Roberto Proietti 2h28m35s, 441st Louise Taylor 2h28m54s, 464th Rebecca Holland 2h32m05s, 478th Catherine Brewer 2h33m40s, 479th Richard Tickner 2h33m33s, 490th Lisa Phillips 2h35m34s, 539th John Taylor 2h41m21s, 608th Alan Roberts 2h52m19s.

In the South Coast series Dan Linford-Jones had a superb run in the 5k race with 25m15s to finish in 6th place.

27-06-2015"Hot competition from Ayling and Judges at Heathfield 10k"
The next round of the Sussex Road Race Grand Prix series was well organanised by Heathfield Runners on their very undulating looped course through country lanes from Cross-in-Hand and through the village of Waldron. Although weather conditions were cool at the start the sun soon burnt through with temperatures rising which added to the challenge of the hills around the course and particularly the final hill over the last kilometre to the finish in the rugby field. Hailsham Harriers saw twenty seven of their runners competing and at the front it was the pairing of David Ayling and Gary Judges who produced a sintilating battle which finally saw them only 2 seconds apart to take 3rd and 4th places respectively with Ayling only 43secs from the overall winner Paul Tomlinson Haywards Heath Harriers in 36m13s. A blistering run from Sue Fry saw her 3rd Harrier home and second lady overall to Sarah Roff Hastings AC who won in 39m15s. Fry also won her age category and together with Becci Holdaway and Victoria Burford claimed the gold in the team awards. Many other Harriers excelled particularly Simon Haddon, Giles Bowmer and Graham Purdye by finishing in the top 40 in a field of 212 runners.

The Harriers positions and times were as follows: 3rd David Ayling, 36m56s, 4th Gary Judges 36m58s, 20th (1st lady) Sue Fry 40m25s, 33rd Simon Haddon 42m57s, 36th Giles Bowmer 43m05s, 40th Graham Purdye 43m24s, 50th David Coulson 44m59s, 59th Becci Holdaway 45m40s, 60th Lee Ashworth 45m41s, 69th Ian Turnbull 46m21s, 80th Rob Crouch 47m38s, 84th Mark Bassett 47m54s, 88th Victoria Burford 48m17s, 95th Bill Fraser 48m52s, 101st Steven Durie 49m16s, 112th (first O60 lady) Frances Delves 50m29s, 113th Helen O'Sullivan 50m39s, 126th Adrian Thomas 52m06s, 130th Tracy Erridge 52m26s, 131st Norman Harris 52m29s, 143rd Catherine Brewer 54m13s, 148th Alan Hide 55m09s, 155th John Taylor 56m23s, 184th Collette Stean 1h02m00s, 188th Lesley Underdown 1h04m56s, 198th Fran Doe 1h08m13s and 209th Pat Hide 1h15m50s.

In the recent Vets Track and Field league event held at Worthing, Hailsham Harriers combined with Eastbourne Rovers with the men finishing 2nd overall from Haywards Heath/Lewes AC with 88 points and in the ladies again 2nd from Brighton & Hove with 66 points. Harriers men provided some great competition with Andy Ruffell 2nd Discuss A 12.57m and 3rd Shot A 5m.41. and Neal Robinson 2nd Long Jump A 4m19. In the track events superb performances from David Ayling in the 200m A with 1st in 27.3s and 3000m A 2nd in 10m17.8s and Andy May 200m B in 31.5s and 3000m B 4th with 11m32.1s. Graham Purdye took on the 3000m 50+ with a fine 3rd in 11m24.6s and Dave Mercer 4th in the 800m A with 2m37.5s and in the 800m 50+ Alan Thornton took 2nd in 2m42.5s. The mens event concluded with the 4 x 400m relay and saw David Ayling, Dave Mercer, Andy May and Neal Robinson get the batten round with a fine 3rd place in 4m36.7s. In the ladies events four Harriers took on multi distances to cover the track discplines with Flick Webster the star with four including the Javelin A 2nd with 12.28m, 200m A 3rd in 43.7s,3000m B 32nd in 13m20.4s, and the 800 B 2nd in 3m01.1s. Alissa Ellis had a superb win in the 3000m A with 11m53.3s 800m A 2nd in 2m39.1s. Julie Chicken competed in the 200m 50+ with a 3rd in 42.3s,3000m 50+ 3rd in 14m54.1s, and 800m 50+ 4th in 3m37.9s and Frances Delves won the 800m 60+ with 3m27.4s. A very successful evening from both squads.

20-06-2015"Outstanding Ayling takes 4th round of Hailsham Harriers track champs"
Hailsham Harriers held the fourth round of their track championship with a series of four 800m races with each runner seeded into their categories and both mens and ladies race times compiled into their respective final results. Twenty Eight competed and the races provided exciting competition with some close times from each race. The final event of the evening saw the expected head to head between David Ayling and Gary Judges and with Matt Southam absent following his recent Ultra event these two as expected led the field but in close company with Simon Haddon, Giles Bowmer and Tom Clewley all capable and have been improving over the shorter distances. Ayling worked to hold the lead and into the final lap managed to create a gap with Judges still maintaining a serious challenge, however into the final 200m a burst saw Ayling take to the line in the fastest time of the evening with 2m19s with Judges 5secs in arrears. Of the chasing group it was Bowmer with a surging finish to pass Haddon with Clewley one second down in 5th and with the best six scores from seven races there is still all to play for. In the ladies competition Alissa Ellis increased her lead in the series with another fine win in 2m51s but Flick Webster is challenging over this shorter distance and was only 2sec down at the line and with three rounds to go with the 400,200 and 100m there could be a reversal in the offing. There were great runs from many with a number gaining personal bests in a wonderful series managed by Maria Stewart and her team.

Results and positions were as follows; Men 1st David Ayling 2m19s, 2nd Gary Judges 2m24s, 3rd Giles Bowmer 2m29s,4th Simon Haddon 2m32s, 5th Tom Clewley 2m33s, 6th Adam Davies 2m44s, 7th Shaun Webster 2m45s, 8th Dan Ellis 2m50s, 9th Neil Robinson 2m58s, 10th Ian Turnbull 2m59s, 11th Alan Clarke 2m59s, 12th Dan Linford-Jones 3m06s, 13th Peter Daws 3m13s, 14th Alan Hide 3m32s, 15th Norman Harris 3m34s, 16th Ray Verrall 3m45s, Ladies 1st Alissa Ellis 2m51s, 2nd Flick Webster 2m53s, 3rd Elaine Everall (guest) 3m02s, 4th Kelly Tattam 3m04s, 5th Audrey Haddon 3m07s, 6th Tina Macenhill 3m16s, 7th Tracy Erridge 3m18s, 8th Julie Chicken 3m24s, 9th Lisa Phillips 3m31s, 10th Becky Holland 3m38s, 11th Sandra Fowlie 3m46s, 12th Fran Doe 4m22s.

After four rounds the top six points in this competition are as follows. Men 1st David Ayling 75, 2nd Tom Clewley 66, 3rd Giles Bowmer 63, 4th Matt Southam 60, 5th Gary Judges 57, 6th Simon Haddon, Ladies 1st Alissa Ellis 80, 2nd Flick Webster 73, 3rd Kelly Tattam 70. 4th Tracy Erridge 58, 5th Juie Chicken 52, 6th Audrey Haddon 51.

In the recent Worthing 10k road race the Sussex Championship awards have been confirmed and three Harrier ladies triumphed. Sue Fry claimed silver overall and both Liz Lumber and Frances Delves won gold in their age categories wonderful achievements. The next round of the Sussex Road Race Grand Prix series is to he held at Heathfield with a 10k.


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