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by Maggie Wares on June 20th, 2016

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!



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