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  • Mental Heath Ambassadors


    Brighton & Hove Womens Running Club are very pleased and proud to have Mental Health Ambassadors appointed by England Athletics at our Club.

    These Ambassadors are committed to improving mental well being through running, our Ambassadors can be contacted through the club or directly: (Lisa)


    B&HWRC recognise that running has so many health benefits both mentally and physically including:

    • Reduced anxiety and happier moods through the release of endorphins
    • Reduced feelings of stress as your body is better able to control cortisol levels
    • Clearer thinking by breaking up racing thoughts
    • Greater sense of calm with space to think things over
    • Increased self-esteem and sense of achievement
    • Reduced risk of depression as evidenced by research studies

    The objectives of Mental Health Ambassadors are to:

    • Support – Proactively support the mental wellbeing of club members and provide information about local services and organisations that can offer further dedicated support
    • Promote & Advocate – Share information about England Athletics #runandtalk and other related campaigns
    • Talk – Be available for conversations about mental health with other club members

    The B&HWRC  Mental Health Ambassadors are there to provide positive, open and non-judgmental support.


    World Mental Health Day, hosted by the World Federation of Mental Health, is on 10 October each year.

    10 October is World Mental Health Day and England Athletics and Mind are asking as many clubs as possible to support their runandtalk initiative during that week. The aim is to organise a short run to promote how running supports good mental health and to break down the stigma about mental health by encouraging people to talk about it. These runs will be happening right across the country.
    So the club is organising a 30 minute out and back run at 6.30pm on Wednesday 12 October, starting at the King Alfred Leisure Centre car park entrance (seafront side). It’s open to men and women, and runners and non runners. We will accommodate walking, jogging and running. Everyone is welcome. Afterwards we’ll have a drink and a chat at the nearby Better Half pub in Hove.

  • Take Part at The Level – Saturday 18th June 2016


  • News Update


    2016 – has so far been very busy for our runners. Since January many of our ladies have run a great variety of road and trail races, ranging in length from 5k to 100 miles! We congratulate all of our members for their fantastic achievements, in Races, in Park Run, and when out and about running each week.

    Not only have our ladies been busy racing, but they have also marshalled at events including the Brighton Half Marathon in February and the Brighton Marathon in April. The club also volunteered at the mile 24 Water Station for the Brighton Marathon, successfully organised by Lucy Dagg.

    Here are the races and runners we have been told about from January to June 2016. Congratulations to the following ladies:


    SVN Chocathon 6 hours challenge – Lisa and Carol

    Marrakech Marathon – Leonie

    Winter Wonderland – Andrea

    23rd Trailscape ‘Rail to Trail’ Half Marathon in Kent – Imogen, Rachel, Lorraine, Katherine. A special well done to these ladies for running their first half marathon this day. Imogen said that she would recommend these races (options for full, half marathon and 10k), and added that it was a “small event with lovely people, really friendly and brilliant organisation”.

    Trailscape Marathon – Lisa and Jane

    Canterbury 10 miles – Camille and Sandra

    31st WSFRL Lido 4 – Ann

    31st Dark Star River Marathon – Jay


    7th Henfield 9 Miles – Camille, Naomi

    7th Chichester 10K – Cheryl, Jenny

    14th Worthing Half Marathon – Ann, Carol

    28th Brighton Half Marathon – Ann, Wendy, Lucille, Cheryl, Gemma, Lucy, Joy, Jay, Trisha, Bex, Nicky, Sarah

    SVN Relativity run – Carol


    13th Moyleman Marathon – Lisa Smith-Wallace, Anne Hagan

    Moyleman Relay Half – Ann Eke and Griz, Jo Etheridge and Carol Grant, Maggie Wares and Susie Bartlett, Monica, Debbie, Imogen Wallace, Rachel, Katherine Perrin, Sandra

    20th Hastings Half – Cheryl Costello

    28th WSFRL Lewes 10k – Ann Eke


    3rd Northumberland Half Marathon – Naomi

    9th SDW 50 Miles – Jane, Lisa, Anne

    10th Manchester Marathon – Bex

    17th Brighton Marathon 10k – Ann, Wendy , Laura, Wendy, Rachel, Justina, Kate, Imogen, Carol

    17th Brighton Marathon – Lorraine, Emily, Griz, Sarah, Deborah, Trisha

    23rd London Marathon – Maggie and Sandra. Maggie added her sincere thanks to the club for her place in the marathon. She said “I was tremendously proud to represent the club at London, it was an experience I’ll never forget! The crowds, the noise, the excitement, and the pressure not to let the club down drove me to a PB”!

    23rd Maverick Trail races – Camille, Katherine , Alexandra. This race in the Cowdray estate in Midhurst comes highly recommended by Camille. “The scenery and route is great, and different from the south downs (forest, sandy soil, fields, hills are not too steep)
Well organised (fresh fruits at the aid station) and 3 choices of distances (5/10/15 miles)
plus you get a medal and a shirt!”

    24th Heidelberg Half – “A lovely race to do and a beautiful place for a short break” – Jo along with five other club members (Anne, Janet, Barbara, Fiona) and one guest.

    24th Bluebell 10 miles and 10k races in Angmering – Imogen, Katherine, Sandra, Caroline, Cheryl


    1st Three Forts Half Marathon – Jo, Deb, Sarah

    1st Three Forts Marathon Challenge – Lisa, Tania

    8th May Seaford Half Marathon – Camille, Alexandra, Lorraine, Debbie, Sandra, Katherine.

    WSFRL Hedgehoppers 5 – Wendy, Naomi

    14th Arun River Marathon – Michelle, Leonie, Jay

    14th NDW 50 Miles – Anne

    15th Big Berlin Lauft 10k – Laura. Laura recommends this well organised and friendly race that starts and finishes at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

    15th The Heroes Run, Brighton – Wendy, Jenny

    15th Bexhill Starfish Marathon – Anne

    18th WSFRL Trundle Hill – Ann

    21st RatRace Bedgebury Half Marathon – Katherine. “A beautiful route in the pinetum and the best race village I’ve experienced”.

    22nd Southdown 10 (Hedgehopper Club Event) – Ann

    29th Weald 50k Challenge – Carol and Jane

    Weald Half Marathon – Naomi, Alex, Deb, Sarah

    June – so far!

    5th Worthing 10k, Wendy, Rachel, Sarah

    8th WSFRL Littlehampton Beach Run – Ann

    10th-12th Endure 24 (near Reading) – Ann, Griz, Sim

    11th SDW 100 Miles – Lisa  – An incredible achievement by our wonderful Captain.

    Carol, our previous Chair, has run several Saxon Shore events. She informs us that they are always friendly and supportive. These events offer the opportunity to try new distances as you can do as many laps as you like in a set time or as a full marathon. Carol also tried and enjoyed The South Downs Way Marathon, which was actually 28 miles in May. Organised by the Long Distance Walking Association, it was a very challenging event for both runners and walkers.

    Park Run

    Park run continues to be very popular on Saturday mornings with ladies running in Preston Park, Hove Park, Bevendean and along Hove seafront.  This year we have seen several of our runners complete great milestones.

    Congratulations to…

    Ann ran her 300th Park run on 23rd January.

    Lucy ran her 100th Park run on 11th June.

    Kay ran her 200th Park run on 18th June

    Michelle ran her 50th Park run on 18th June

    More news…

    Congratulations to Lisa and Jane who passed their Coaching assessment on 19th June. They join Carol Grant as our club coaches.

    July 2016  Update

    July was yet another busy, fun packed and exciting month for our Club! BHWRC has achieved a Clubmark, thanks to all of our members, the hard work of the committee, coaches and lirfs, and in particular Carol G for putting together all of the paperwork for the application. We are now accredited by England Athletics for our high standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management. Well done everyone!

    Many of our members attended two enjoyable taster sessions for Pilates for Runners with Sarah Sawyer at the start of the month.

    Our Beginners Course completed on 7th July with the ladies being presented with medals by Jane W and Lisa SW. Congratulations to all the ladies who completed this course. They ran their first 5k at Hove Park run on July 2nd or July 9th.  Please have a look at the Beginner’s Page for more on this, including inspirational testimonials!

    Thursday 14th July saw our inaugural summer picnic organised by our great social secretaries. There were fun races competed in by 4 teams, a Bake off competition (the lemon meringue pie made by Alex W’s daughter won) and a tombola. Together these raised £112 for our charity RISE.

    Throughout July our members have enjoyed running off-road in many different locations. We have certainly made the most of the longer evenings and fine weather. There have of course been some rainy runs too, but still great fun!

    Well done to the following ladies for running these races:

    1st July The Somme Centenary Challenge Run

    Sandra C and Carol K

    3rd July Bewl Water 15

    Camille M and Katherine P

    3rd July Pretty Muddy Run

    Mary-Anne S and Kirsten K

    6th July WSFRL Roundhill Romp hosted by Steyning Athletics

    Joy D, Lucy R, Imogen W, Lisa SW, Naomi S, Alex W, Ann E

    10th July North Downs Way Marathon

    Jane W – during this very tough marathon Jane learnt a new phrase “pain is just a weakness leaving the body”! The marathon was very hilly and steep with a run down Box Hill at mile 9 and back up it at mile 18, with apparently 120 steps. Jane completed the course in “a respectable 5:39” and got a fab medal at the end.

    13th July Phoenix Brighton 10k

    Sarah S who said that she finished in “a hot, tired and sweaty 54.10”! That was a hot week, well done Sarah!

    17th July St Jean de Luz

    Deb W

    17th July Falmer Brighton Triathlon

    Cathy Coppard


    20th July Beat The Tide, Worthing saw 20 of our members racing! Impressively, flippers were not required by anyone!

    Carol S, Louise GE, Joy D, Lucy R, Maggie W, Imogen W, Naomi S, Susie B, Wendy M, Lisa SW, Rachel F, Laura T, Leonie M, Lucille W, Pauline Y, Lorraine C, Justine WS

    23rd July Lunar-tic Marathon, Shoreham

    Leonie M, Jaye T, Tania P – a challenging marathon of three loops along the riverbanks of the Adur between Shoreham and Bramber, starting at 8pm. A beautiful sunset and changing colours of the river and surroundings, great support and two good aid stations made it very enjoyable.

    24th July Henfield Seven Stiles 6K

    Lucy R, Wendy M, Lisa SW, Carol F

    Park Run

    BHWRC baked, bought and sold cakes at the Hove Park Run on 2nd July, raising £258.60 for RISE. Many of our members were there to marshal, help with the cake stall and run with the amazing ladies from our Beginners Course.

    Cheryl C ran her 50th on 16th

    Laura T was a tourist at Abingdon and Carol C was a tourist at Stretford in Manchester.

    Natalie M ran the London Marathon in April. Natalie has been working in London since and unable to join us on Thursday nights. We look forward to welcoming her back later in the year.

    There have been many races entered during August, September, October and the beginning of November by our wonderful club members. It is great to see such a variation of locations, terrain, and mileage. Keep up the great work ladies!


    3rd WSFRL High Down Hike (3.7 miles)

    Lisa SW, Naomi S,

    A friendly, well-organised and marshalled race. Views from Highdown Hill are far reaching down to the sea and along the coast. A hilly challenge on grassy tracks.

    14th Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 Marathon (27 miles)

    Anne S ran this hilly race on a very hot day!

    27th/28th Action Challenge 100k

    Tina A – “I had a fantastic time. It is a well-organised, well-supported event. I would recommend any Action Challenge event”.


    11 September.  Bacchus Half Marathon, Denbies wine estate, Surrey.

    The run of the ‘legendary nuns’!

    Jo E -“Such a fun event with stunning scenery, wine and lots of lovely contestants”

    Jo E, Leonie M, Rachel F, Maggie W, Lucy R, Wendy M (the first race of her 50 miles challenge at 50!), Trisha R

    11th The New Forest Half Marathon

    Louise E

    18th Two Tunnels Half Marathon, Bath – the Captain’s Choice.

    A group of our ladies joined Lisa our Captain for an enjoyable weekend of being city tourists and runners! Lisa reports that “This was the 2nd year of our the club doing this run and it didn’t disappoint. The races consist of a choice of colour burst kids races, 5k, 10k, half and full marathon distances. The route takes in the old railway tunnels that have been opened up as a cycle path, lovely Bath countryside and then follows the tow path along the canal. Stunning!”

    Rachel F, Lisa SW, Maggie W, Sarah RM, Naomi S, Laura T, Wendy M

    18th Two Tunnels Marathon in Bath

    Leonie M – who stopped mid race to help rescue a boy who had fallen in the canal.

    18th Hove Prom 10k

    Joy D – I would recommend this as a small event (good for those who don’t like the bigger events) and flat & fast.

    22nd Tolkein Run (SVN)

    Jane W

    25th High Weald Half Marathon

    Alexandra W

    “It was a great trail route, well organised with plenty of tasty supplies along the way”.

    Endurance Life Coastal Trail Series, North York Moors, 14.8 miles.

    Naomi S who reports that this race in a national par has options for 10k, marathon and ultra. The race was well marked along the way. Tough terrain on a route that seemed to be mostly uphill! The route included running along a sandy beach where smugglers used to land, and splashing through rockpools, steep hills, woodland, sections along cliffs and cinder path, rolling farmland, the moors with sandy tracks, bracken, boggy paths and prickly bushes!  Beautiful scenery.

    Chestnut Tree 10k

    Cheryl C


    2nd Lewes Downland 5 miles

    Laura F

    5th 401 Marathon in Bristol

    Jane W joined Ben on his last marathon of his 401!

    Debbie S

    6th Eton Dorney Marathon

    Tania P, Carol K

    This was a successful trial for future races at Eton Dorney lake. A very well organized event. A flat course, perfect for PBs, and good if you enjoy laps.

    9th Rise 8k, Seaford

    Alex P, Tania P, Pauline Y, Justina WS, Caroline M, Lisa D, Jane P, Anne R, Vanessa O

    A lovely race and great atmosphere!

    9th Chichester Half Marathon.

    A lovely race, very friendly, with great spectator support. A good mixture of trail and road, mostly flat with a big hill (The Trundle) in the middle!

    Jo E was First in her age category!  Well done Jo!

    Jane W, Rachel F, Maggie W, Naomi S, Wendy M

    15th Winnie the Pooh Wander (SVN)

    Jane W

    16th Bright 10

    Joy D – a really enjoyable race with great volunteering and support from our club!

    Laura F, Rachel F, Cheryl C, Debbie S, Sarah D, Wendy M, Trisha R

    Many of our club members volunteered at this race, marshaling along the route. Maggie said that she felt “very honoured to be able to hand out medals to finishers on a wild and windy seafront”!

    23rd Run Forest Run Stanmer Park 10k

    Sarah D

    29th Beachy Head 10k.

    “A great alternative to the marathon. Still some significant hills though”.

    “Enjoyable but tough, horrible downhill to finish line, well organized and well supported”.

    Jo E, Laura F, Rachel F, Laura T, Jaye T, Alexandra W, Cheryl C, Wendy M

    29th  Beachy Head Marathon

    Tina “A well organised, friendly event. Even though it is a very hilly event almost everyone finishes with a huge smile on their face!”

    Naomi “An epic race! Excellent organisation and supportive marshalls. A very challenging 26.2 miles up and down and over through the hills and villages surrounding the Cuckmere valley, with the seven sisters and beachy head making the final brutal six miles to the finish.”

    Naomi S (who ran this as her first ever marathon), Carol G, Lisa SW, Anne H, Tina A, Carol K, Tania P (who ran this as her 4th marathon of the year to celebrate turning 40 – one marathon for each decade),

    K2 Crawley 10k

    Lisa D, Jane P, Anne R

    Birmingham Half Marathon

    Sally D ran this race and said “It’s a slightly hilly course with great crowd turn-out and community support. Lots of fun and great views of Birmingham”.

    Bournemouth Half Marathon

    Debbie S

    Reigate Half Marathon

    Cheryl C

    Royal Parks Half Marathon

    Trisha R


    6th Poppy 5k Run, Preston Park

    Nikki K, Imogen W, Lucy R, Sarah D

    6th Friston 5 miles

    Alex P – Limited to 100 people only so minimal environmental impact. A great trail course through the forest with great views.

    12th Poppy Half Marathon, Bexhill.

    Leonie M,

    Leonie informs us that there are three great races, half, 10k and 5k, as well as children’s races. The money goes to a great cause, the medal is fab and the course is really good with laps along the seafront.

    12th Poppy 10k, Bexhill

    Cheryl C, – with another pb!



  • Just Giving


    RISE is the club’s nominated Charity and our Just Giving page has been set up for donations, our aim is to raise £2,000 this year.

    This year Brighton and Hove Women’s Running Club have chosen to raise money for RISE domestic abuse services in Sussex. As a women’s running club we support each other with our running and celebrate all achievements equally. All of our members personally challenge themselves and will continue to do so this year with the additional aim of raising money for this important charity. As well as fundraising events, our members will be running our regular club and social runs, and in a wide range of races from 5k fun and park runs to ultra marathons. Please support us with our fundraising and make a donation here. Thank you!

    JustGiving sends your donation straight to Rise so it’s a quick and safe way to donate.

    RISE is a Sussex domestic abuse charity providing vital support, refuge accommodation; helpline and counselling, financial and legal advice, children’s services and training and preventative education. Every penny raised goes to help the most vulnerable families in our community to live in safety.

    Rise Registered charity number 1065846

  • New Years Resolutions… “New Year New Me”


    Ladies, roll on 2016 the year of smashing those new years resolutions!

    If yours new years resolution was to get a little fitter, run a 10k, a half marathon or even a marathon then Brighton & Hove Women’s Running Club is for you!

    We have over 130 members from all walks of life; some of our ladies run a 5k social once a week and others participate in 50-100 mile events, our team is made up of women between the ages of 20 – 70… all are welcome!




    So how can you achieve your new years resolutions…?

    Brighton & Hove Women’s Running Club offers regular weekly runs consisting of shorter and longer runs to cater for all of our ladies. We also offer mid-week training sessions which are supported by qualified running and fitness coaches.

    We meet every Thursday 1900 at Hove Rugby Club (Old Shoreham Road, Hove), to find out more about our next run session or upcoming social events then please click on the email icon on our home page.


    You could be part of our beginners group in January 2016… what are you waiting for?!



  • Well done Carol


    After a lot of hard work and commitment, Carol G is now a qualified Coach in Running Fitness for BHWRC. Congratulations Carol from all of us.

  • Congratulations Lucy.


    Lucy D has been working hard at Parkrun this year. Not only has she gone beyond her 50th Parkrun but today she was presented with third place in the 2015 Hove Park parkrun league table. To celebrate in style she went and got a new pb too. Well done Lucy.

  • Runner of the Year 2015


    Many congratulations to Jo Simpson, voted as our Runner of the Year by club members for her inspiring return to running and for leading  inclusive and supportive runs over the year. Much deserved Jo.

  • Many Congratulations from all at BHWRC to Tania and Joe on their wedding day.



  • Congratulations to the Class of 2015


    Class of 2015 part 2Class of 2015 (2)

    Amazing efforts from our beginner’s course graduates this morning at Parkrun and Pretty Muddy R4L. Congratulations ladies. You should all be very proud. We certainly are. X