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2017 Events, Races & Runs


September 2017

This was a busy month for races and park runs! Well done ladies!

10th The New Forest Half Marathon

  • Samantha E – well done for running your first half marathon!
  • Lorraine

10th The Great North Run, Newcastle

  • Sandra J
  • Cathy C
  • Sharon

10th Titanic Quarter 10k, Belfast

  • Cheryl C

10th The Bacchus half marathon, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

  • Jenny HB
  • Imogen W
  • Wendy M

17th 5 mile trail run, Tilgate, Crawley

  • Clair W

17th Ranscombe Autumn Challenge, Cuxton, Kent

  • Carol K

17th Madrid 10k

  • Sonsoles S

23rd Colour Run 5K, Brighton

  • Sarah L
  • Yovinda S
  • Anne KH
  • Alison K

24th Barns Green 10k

  • Nicola G

24th Barns Green Half Marathon

  • Lucy D

24th The Loch Ness Marathon

  • Naomi S


Website update for July and August

Our ladies have made the most of the lovely summer, taking part in club runs on the Downs and in the beautiful countryside of East and West Sussex. Some members have run further afield at Park runs around the country and at various locations around the world! Many of our club members have taken part in some wonderful races and club running events in July and August, including the Pub and Pizza off road run from the Bull Inn, Henfield, and running games at our Summer social, both organised by our social secretaries Imogen and Justina. The Monopoly Run around Brighton and Hove organised by Carol K and Jane W, on the 16th July was also thoroughly enjoyed by several teams of club members. Jo E reports that this run was again very well organised and great fun, and that she would definitely do it again! July 17th saw a great turn out of club members and members from other local running groups for our 3rd #runandtalk event, organised by our Mental Health Ambassadors.



 6th York (Asda Foundation) 10k

Jenny P who reports that this was a lovely route along the river and through the historic centre of York. A pretty big event – about 6,000 runners – well organised and with lots of friendly spectators on the route.

7th 5 Mile Charity Run, Goodwood


18th Two Tunnels 10k Bath

Cheryl C who reports that it is an experience on the senses and you can build on the medals too.

26th South Coast Challenge, Arundel

Lucy R, Nikki K, Helen

27th Arundel 10k

Carol S who reports that this was a really nice run that she would recommend.



1st Serpent Trail 10k, Hants,

Wendy M, Imogen W, Naomi S who reports that The final six miles of the Serpent Trail, a long distance route snaking through Surrey and Hampshire.  Peaceful route including running through fields of wheat and a scarecrow festival in Nyewood!  Unique wooden medal.

Rachel’s Ranscombe Ramble

Jane W impressively managed one loop.

7th Highdown Romp 10k

Carol S  who reports that it was quite hilly but enjoyable!

11th Beat the Tide 10k, Worthing

Vanessa O’S who reports that It was good to run on sand, and have a cafe/bar to come to afterwards to get changed and have a drink in. But it was very wet, and we were drenched to the skin from early in the race!

Cheryl C, Jenny P,

12pm 22nd July – 12pm 23rd July, Cotswolds 24 Hour Race

Lisa SW as a solo runner for this race reports that The route was a 5.5 mile lap around the Bathurst Estate in Cirencester and the challenge was to run as much as you wanted to (or could) in 24 hours. I had my ups and downs but was proud to get to 72 miles in total. The weather was challenging and made a few of the laps quite interesting with muddy hills and sloppy woodland paths.

I was honoured to have the best support team ever from our BHWRC relay team. It was such a treat to come to the end of each loop and know that there was going to be a friendly face and a few snacks and a cup of tea if I needed it. I can’t thank the relay team enough for their support before, during and after the event.

I would definitely do this event again….perhaps as part of another team next year?


The club team for this event included Jo E, Caroline M, Imogen W, Maggie W, Pauline Y, Carol G and Lucy R.

Caroline M reports that I was part of the relay team of 8, so you will probably get a few more emails about this one! Also Lisa ran as a solo runner so you will also get her views of this event.

The race was from noon on Saturday 22nd through to noon on Sunday 23rd. It was very well organised by the company running it. They provided nice loos as well as portaloos, hot showers, concessions selling hot food, entertainment (including entertainment for the children) and a bar. The camping was good with lots of space for groups to set up their own areas. The weather, unfortunately, was very wet at times, but we coped.

The race was all within Cirencester Park, so no roads and traffic to deal with and it was a beautiful place to run. It was fantastic to do a lap at night with a head torch…never run on my own at night before and I loved it.

We did brilliantly well, coming 4 out of 7 for our category ( all female team of 6-8 members) and 88 out of 308 overall. This was due to great teamwork ensuring that we had a runner on the course all the time and supporting each other. We also supported Lisa’s solo run.

I had a fantastic time and I would definitely do it again.

Jo E reports that It was a very well organised, friendly event. I can highly recommend it but I think to get the most out of the experience you need to camp. I did B & B and felt as if I wasn’t around to support the team when it was needed. My team mates didn’t make me feel that, it was just me. If I liked camping I would definitely do it again.






Update for March, April, May and June 2017


We have seen amazing running from our wonderful members over the last 4 months! A great variety of races have been run in a wide range of places. Here are the details of just some of the races entered and highlights of many of these, as well as significant Park Run achievements. Thank you ladies, we look forward to hearing about your races over the summer. Happy running everyone!

Park Run achievements.

Congratulations to…Wendy M for completing her 50th Hove Park parkrun on 6th May!

June 2017

4th – Worthing 10k – a fast flat course to help achieve 10k pb’s (Yippee!)

Lisa SW

4th London 10 Mile, Richmond Park

Liz M

16th The Go Girl 5k, Hove seafront

Kay K, who reported that it was “Such a lovely way to spend a summers evening. Great fun, well organised and would recommend”.

25th – Bates Green Gallop – 6 hour challenge – do as many loops (3.8 miles) as you want in the 6 hour time limit.

Lisa SW who reports that it had really friendly race directors and aid station marshals. A very well stocked aid station, serving hot and cold drinks and loads of homemade sweet and savoury food. Proper toilets! A huge medal at the end and the best cup of tea ever, as well as a recovery muffin to take home.

25th Bates Green Gallop at Arlington.

Naomi S, Jo reports that this race was laps of 3.6 miles (it was advertised as 3.84 but route had to be changed) and you could do as many laps as you liked in 6 hours. Very small, friendly event, lots of nice cakes and savoury bits, which could be eaten between laps, water and coffee/ tea. I would definitely recommend this one and you only need to complete 1 lap to qualify for a very lovely medal.

Dark Peak Trail Run (long route)
Naomi S – A tough challenging trail route of 15.6 miles in the Peak District.  Climbing up Lantern Pike and Chinley Churn, over Matley Moor, following the Pennine Bridleway and Sett Valley trail from the village of Hayfield in the Dark Peaks. Amazing scenery, running in rugged and remote wilderness. Organised by dark and white trail events. 

May 2017

1st Burgess Hill 10K (part of Mid Sussex Marathon weekend)

Laura F, Maggie W, Naomi S, Katherine L who reports that most of this was off road and quite hilly in parts, but well organised and supported.

Maggie explains that If you did the three days you receive a medal for each event and at the third event you received a 4thmedal which joined all the previous three together making a very handsome commemoration of the weekend and a technical top.  You can do just 1 of the days or two you don’t have to do all three but it’s well worth trying to do all three, great fun especially as there were quite a few of us over the three days. Would definitively recommend this event.

7th – Portslade Hedgehoppers 5 – highly recommended WSFRL run. 

Lisa SW, Wendy M, Naomi S who reports that this is a hilly run from Foredown Tower to Devils Dyke and back, well marshalled, fab atmosphere. I won a spot prize of a cantaloupe melon and another member won kiwis!

7th Wisborough Green 10km

Katherine L who reports that this is a lovely 10km run around the beautiful village of Wisborough. Very well supported and run. The locals where amazing with their support even down to making fresh homemade lemonade as opposed to water stops which were plentiful! Starts and stops at the village green, a definite for next year! My favourite so far!

The Adder 10 Mile Run in Friston Forest

Laura F who was 3rd lady, congratulations Laura!

14th – LDWA South Downs Marathon

Lisa SW who reports that this is great value at just £10 and includes a much needed hot meal on your return. This is an unmarked walk that runners are invited to join but with a start time an hour later. You get route instructions to follow and aid stations to help fuel you around the course. No medal but a printed certificate and an option to buy a cotton badge.

28th Weald Challenge Half Marathon

Caroline M

29th Vitality London 10,000

Wendy M

Superheros 10km Hove Prom

Katherine L – Sadly not very supported or published, but a nice run on a very warm day.

April 2017 

1st – Fowlmead 50/ 12 hour challenge 

Lisa SW who reports that this challenge was 25 x 2 mile loops around a cyclo-park in Kent. A well stocked aid station after each lap and a very weighty medal at the end. But, too flat and too hot!

9th Brighton Marathon 10k

Laura F, Jane P, Wendy M, Pauline Y, Katherine L, Jo C, who reports that it was a hot day so we were grateful for the early start and some shade at the level. Brilliant organisation and support as always, but you just can’t beat the huge support from BHWRC members to see you through the last mile! And I must mention Pauline, who stayed with me throughout and we crossed the finish line together.

Particular congratulations to Jane W who completed this 10k whilst in the middle of her chemotherapy treatment.

9th Brighton Marathon

Laura G

9th Paris Marathon

Maggie W, who reports that this race had something in the region of 35,000 runners from all over the World. It was such an amazing experience and I would do it again but I’d be hoping for temperatures to be lower than the 26 degrees were had for 2017 So hot, no wind. Beautiful route, with firemen showering the runners with water. The aid stations had salt tablets and raisins, which seemed odd but there were oranges and bananas too. Well supported but nothing like the support that turns out for Brighton and London, bands and music on the route and some odd dancers. The volunteers could’ve done with a Lucy Dagg Water Station training session …. not as well organised at the BHWRC water station for Brighton Marathon!

Bluebell 10 miles run, Angmering – a very friendly race that is recommended by many of our ladies.

Laura F, Carol S

29 April East Grinstead 10 miles (part of the Mid-Sussex marathon weekend)

Naomi S, Maggie W, who reports that it had a cracking route, really pretty, super organised beaut of a medal, handed out by the local mayor.  This started and finished at East Grinstead Rugby Club so the facilities were great, bacon butties and burgers burgers were available alongside tea and coffer and there bar was also open.  Plenty of Jaffa cakes and water at the finish.

30th Haywards Heath 10 miles (part of the Mid-Sussex marathon weekend)

Laura F, Naomi S, Wendy M, Maggie W who reports that the start was in Hayward Heath main street and was two laps including parkland, housing estate and an interesting stretch down an dual carriageway, not quite as pretty as East Grinstead but was very enjoyable nevertheless. Again well organised and again the mayor was handing out the medals. Plenty of Jaffa cakes and drinks at the finish

30th – 3 Forts Challenge – 27.2 miles.  

Caroline, M, Lisa SW who reports “I keep returning to this one after my London rejections. It is a challenging course on our local hills, well marshalled by Rotary club volunteers and with plenty of aid stations”.

March 2017

12th Bath Marathon

Liz M

12th The Moyleman

Jo ran this with Carol G, Jo ran the first half marathon from Lewes to Southease and Carol ran the second half. Jo reports that It is the second time I have done this race and have thoroughly enjoyed it both times. Very well organised, beautiful scenery (rather hilly!) no medal but a glass engraved by Harvey’s Brewery, where the race finishes. Last year we got a burger at the end, this year it was a pizza.

Janet E reports that this is a stunning route on a circular from Lewes, lovely gathering of people . . .dogs, cattle, hills (over 3500 feet of ascent and descent) and a pint of Harveys and slice of pizza at the finish. The weather managed to be perfect on the day having been continuously abysmal over the months leading up to it! I was most appreciative of the stupendous support from club- members presence on the day and Lisa’s Monday -night training sessions

18th – New Forest Running Festival 1/2 marathon

LSW – Beautiful New Forest landscape with visits from friendly ponies. Medal and goody bag.

19th Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon

Caroline M

Mel’s Milers 10k

Laura F

Surrey Badger Half Marathon at Denbies
Naomi S – Beautiful hilly route in the North Downs starting and finishing at the Denbies vineyard

February 2017 Update

Wow! February saw our club members entering some great races and out in force at the Brighton Half Marathon. There was a superb club turnout with many of our ladies kindly volunteering and over 30 of us racing! As a runner it was wonderful seeing so many of our club members along the course, either running or marshalling, and to feel so supported.  Thank you to the following ladies for volunteering; Lucy R, Vanessa O, Carolyn M, Carole T, Nikki K, Katherine L, Jenny P, Keeley B, Sarah D, Alex P, Alex W, Caroline M, Naomi S, Angela S, Trisha R, Sarah L, and Carol S.

We also saw some inspirational running achievements at park run in February. Jane W, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment, ran her first Prom Parkrun and managed a brilliant sub-30.

Imogen W ran her second Hove park run since having her baby (just before Christmas) and got a PB!

5th Chichester 10k

Cheryl C, Laura T, Carol G

12th Worthing Half Marathon

Caroline M

12th Barcelona Half Marathon

Sarah S

12th Music Legends Challenge Runs

Carol K

Maverick Races Amberley 13km trail race

Naomi S, Michelle B, Alex W, Linda H

26th Brighton Half Marathon

Cheryl C, Louise E, Barbara B, Kay K, Sarah A, Jo S, Lisa S-W, Tania P, Maggie W, Susie B, Juliet E, Mary-Anne S, Wendy M, Cathy C, Sarah S, Deborah A, Boniswa, Lucy D, Debbie B, Justina, Pauline Y, Leonie M, Sarah K, Ellie H, Laura F, Anne H, Amanda H,

Plus, Jane W and Lisa D joined a relay team, which came 5th for their superb fundraising!


January 2017 Update

 Despite the very cold weather, our ladies have continued to run together, run at Park Run and run races. A super start to the New Year, well done everyone!

Jane W achieved 3rd in her age group at Hove Park Run on Saturday 28th.


Sunday 22nd Denbies 10 miles

Naomi S and Linda H.

Naomi reported that it was a beautiful hilly route from the vineyard up to the North Downs Way and Ranmore Common. It was well organised by Events to Live, with a great medal.


Virtual Runner UK – New Year, New Unicorn Challenge, 10k +

Nikki K, Lucy R, Alice W, Lisa D

Sam E was just on of our ladies who took part in the Girls Run the World Runuary 2017 challenge, running everyday throughout the month of January.




November and December continued to be busy months for our ladies. Cold weather and Christmas festivities did not get in the way of races, park runs and getting out there to enjoy running. Well done everyone!  

Justina W-S, Cheryl C and Laura T are just a few of our ladies who have been achieving great pb’s at Hove Park Run. Anne S got hers whilst running Park Run to celebrate her 70th birthday! Laura F and Nicola P both ran their 100th park run in December, and Laura T ran her 50th on New Years Eve!


Details of races are shown from the most recent.


31st Berliner Pfannkuchenlauf

Sandra J


18th Portsmouth Coastal Marathon

Lisa SW and Rachel F – Rachel’s first ever marathon, congratulations!


10th Brighton 5km Santa Dash

Silvia S, Sarah D


4th Mince Pie 10

Sharon A, Caroline M,


4th Downland Devil 9

Laura F, Cheryl C, Naomi S, Leonie M, Jo E


3rd Sussex Trail Events ‘Mouth to Mouth’ Marathon, Shoreham to Littlehampton.

Jaye – congratulations for completing this 4th marathon of the Trail Events series.



27th  Benidorm Half Marathon

Sarah S


13th Mo-Run 5k, Battersea

Tina A, Nik B