Saturday, 26 July 2008

Weald Ridge Run

While the Summer Handicap route is still fresh in everybody's memory, Peter has offered everybody the opportunity to re-live the final 1.7 miles of the route on the Annual Weald Ridge Run 2008!

This year's Weald Ridge Run will take place at 10am on Sunday 31st August 2008 in place of the usual Sunday Club Run. The run starts from Peter's house a6t Weald Ridge, High Street, Ticehurst, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 7HT.

Note this is a run - not a race!

It is a circular route of just over 10k which proceeds down Ticehurst High Street, along Lower Platts, past the Cherry Tree and Dale Hill to Rosemary Lane, down to Bewl and then follows the South Shore along the Round Bewl and Bewl 15 route, past Tinkers Marsh, the Fisherman's Car Park and the Nature Reserve and up Burnt Lodge Lane, past Albert's house and then left along Vineyard Lane back to Weald Ridge.

Peter says "For the last 2 years, Lisa has been known to get out her baking tins and quantities of cake have been consumed on the terrace at Weald Ridge, to help replace the burnt calories!

Everybody is welcome and I look forward to seeing you then."

Chairman spotted on new Waddie recruiting drive

Hastings Relays

The Hastings Relays will be taking place on Wednesday 6th August at 6.45pm. This is a multi-terrain 1 mile course at William Parker Sports College, Parkstone Road, Hastings. Registration is from 5.45 at the Club House alongside the track.

Each team consists of 4 Runners.

There will be 5 legs with all the Teams running in the last leg together. The cost of entry is £6 per team.

There are prizes for:

1st Overall Team
1st Ladies Team
1st Mens and Ladies Veteran Teams (mixed teams allowed and no age limit)
Under 17 Junior Boys
Under 17 Junior Girls

The Team Captains will arrange the Teams in due course, but if you plan to attend and want to be included in the Teams, please let Peter Burfoot know and he will pass on any names to the Team Captains.

Last night saw the 18th running of the Wedding Day 7K. Two Waddies made the journey, with Barry Gilbert clocking up 36.35 and Martin Burke a pedestrian 44.51, which included a five minute stop for a natter with an old friend!

New photos have just emerged from the Club's Box Brownie showing some of the leading lights at this year's Bewl 15.

Below - race winner Phillip Sanger from Epsom & Ewell Harriers

Below: The Ladies winner Katie Moore from Brighton & Hove AC.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

More summer racing results

Waddies continue to potter around the south east rrpresenting the club at events.

A couple of Waddies made the journey into Kent to take part in the Cliffe Woods 10k on 13th July. This is a Gold graded event and with a field of around 500 was a model of good organisation. The only problem was the almost unbearable heat which slowed the field down dramatically.

344 59:45 Siobhan Burke
375 1:03:07 Martin Burke

A decent sized delegation also made the relatively short distance to Rye last Friday to take part in first race in the Rye Summer Classic Series, The 10K event took place in cool conditions and with a strong headwind.

47 43:46 Peter Burfoot
49 43:53 Shane Last
72 48:16 Albert Kemp
80 49:10 Andy Pain
140 1:02:17 Janet Drake
155 1:21:21 Sally Toll

Finally WebEd took to the lanes of Essex last Sunday for the TTG Brentwood 10K. Billed as a dreadfully hilly 10K, advice from regulars was to take it really easy to prepare for two enormous hills at 6K and 8K. So, pottering off at a pace that would allow a chance to get up these two hills (one of which was described on the RW Forum as Everest-like), the 6K mountain was reached and conquered without me even knowing I'd got there! It was all an urban myth perpetuated by runners who are used to the flatlands of Essex. I'd realised this too late and by the time I'd reached the mild hill at 8K I was 10 minutes of my 10K pace!!So, it was just a training run really - finished in 1.04.37!!

This Friday night sees a cracking event that will have a couple or more waddies in attendance. Its the Wedding Day 10K - and well worth the journey to Bushey Park for those interested.
Good luck to all those runners competing in the Club Summer Handicap at Barnfield tomorrow.


Friday, 11 July 2008

Bewl 15 - more news

Congratulations to those Waddies both male and female who ran in the Bewl 15 last Sunday. The weather and ground conditions combined to bring about a fast race - this despite the ground being rutted and hard. The threatened rain had held off before the race but affected all but the fastest runners towards the end.

Our commiserations go to Lady Captain Lynn Hayes who had pain in her knee at an early stage which came on again and worsened when another runner caught Lynn's foot. Lynn desperately tried to hold on in the race knowing that if she retired, there would be too few Waddettes to form a Team. Eventually Lynn reluctantly retired from the race.

The Results:-

11 1:28:05 Ciaran Osborn
63 1:38:04 Michael Mackay
69 1:38:45 Mark Waring
110 1:43:59 Helen Goddard
115 1:44:10 Derek Harrison
132 1:46:58 Myles White
178 1:50:47 Cathy Hall
369 2:07:22 Tony Gates

Well done to all!

Its all quiet this weekend in Sussex, although a trio of Waddies and waddettes will be making the trip to Rochester for the Cliffe Wood 10K.

Two Friday night events in the offing. next Friday sees the first race in the annual Rye Summer Series which takes place on a fast and flat course through Rye Harbour. Entry details here.

And Waddies will be making an annual trip to Bushy Park in London on Friday 25th for a cracking event. The Wedding Day 7K is a fun event that attracts a mix of club, fun and eleite athletes to run over a 7K distance through the Park. A delightful event that focuses on the social side as much as the running side, with a bar and barbecue both well used.

And that distance of 7K usually means a pb for many entrants!

Monday, 7 July 2008

Bewl 15 results

Well done to everybody yesterday for helping to make the 2008 Bewl 15 such a success.

Once again, we enjoyed a record entry, record number of finishers and a new course record. The weather doesn't seem to have taken the edge off the day - and comments we have received so far seem to indicate that everybody enjoyed themselves.

Photographs of the event are now available to order online from Digimoments.

We're also keen to see comments on the Runners World Bewl Forum and for those who took part to add their rating of the event at the Runners World site - go to

A full set of results have been emailed to those entrants who gave us a legible email address. If you know of anybody else who would like a copy - email We'll also get them on to the Waddie website asap.

Thank you once again to all Waddies who helped out for their support and help in making the day such a success.

Friday, 4 July 2008

Bewl 15 report and results

Albert's race report on the Bewl 15 follows:

The 9th running of the Bewl 15 on Sunday was an unprecedented success with two runners beating the old course record, the Ladies race course record plus 11 other category records broken and 6 administrative records broken. 18 records in all.

The race started in perfect conditions with a record entry of 660 bolstered by Bewl 15 being promoted to part of the Sussex Grand Prix Running Race Series of 18 races; hence the tremendous upsurge of entries this year. The Runners World ratings shows that bthe race is now an established event and it may well appear in the top 50 races in the UK.

In all a record 571 runners completed the run, comprising 38 teams from throughout the South. The rain held off until 12:15 but did not dampen the spirits of the runners nor the dozens of marshals who patrolled the 14.2 mile race course of a single lap around the spectacular beauty of Bewl Water.

The race winner, setting a new course record of 1 hour 20 minutes and 25 seconds was Philip Sanger of Epsom & Ewell Harriers. Andrew Green from Dartford Road Runners was second in 1:21:25, also within the old record. Third was Geoffrey Gray of Seaford Striders in 1:21:54.

The ladies race was won by Katie Moore from Brighton & Hove AC in a new ladies record time of 1:29:53. Second was Tina Oldenshaw of Paddock Wood AC 1:31:48 and third was Sam Alvarez of Hailsham harriers 1:31:54.

The team award had some controversy as Hastings AC’s team was disqualified from second place for not wearing club vests. The winners of the men’s team was Istead & Ifield with 51 points, second Blackheath & Bromley with 74 points and third Seaford Striders 81 points. The ladies winners were Paddock Wood with a record of 45 points, second were Hailsham Harriers with 77 points and third Horsham Joggers with 83 points.

The male veteran classes were led home by Mats Gedin Arena 80 in 1:24:38 and the ladies by Tina Oldenshaw. The male and lady senior and vet class winners were each presented with their prize, a Paramo running jacket by Paramo’s marketing Director Catherine Whitehead.

Despite the gruelling conditions the standard of runners was much improved over 200. Michael Mackay, one of the runners, said “the standard is high this year as I was 63rd but on equivalent time I would have been 24th”.

Andy Southern commented “you are mad to run the Bewl 15 but you would be mad not to”. Mackay also commented “Bewl 15 is second only to the Flora London Marathon for its superb organisation”.

The results highlights are based on 1 trophy per winner of the All Senior Men and All Senior ladies:

All Men:

1st Philip Sanger - Epsom & Ewell 1:21:25 - course record
2nd Andrew Green - Dartford RR 1:21:25
3rd Geoffrey Gray - Seaford Striders 1:21:54

All Senior Men:

1st James Tomlinson - unattached 1:22:34
2nd Mick Barrable - Tonbridge AC 1:23:59
3rd Louis Taub - Brighton & Hove 1:26:32

All Vet Men:

1st Mats Gedin - Arena 80 1:24:37
2nd Raymond Pearce - Istead & Isfield 1:27:00
3rd Andy Tucker - Blackheath & Bromley 1:29:41

Male Vet 1

1st Andy Tucker - Blackheath & Bromley 1:29:41

Male Vet 2
1st Mats Gedin - Arena 80 1:24:37 – course record

Male Vet 3

1st Des White - Paddock Wood 1:34:28

Male Vet 4

1st Walter Hill - Crawley AC 1:34:49 – course record

Male Vet 5

1st Clive Beavais - Ranelagh Harriers 1:38:05 – course record

Male Vet 6

1st Mike Foord - Hastings Runners 1:54:24

Male Vet 7

1st John Holdstock - Fittleworth Flyers 1:58:20 – course record

Men’s team

1st Istead & Ifield 51 points

All Ladies

1st Katie Moore – Brighton & Hove 1:29:53 – course record
2nd Tina Oldenshaw – Paddock Wood 1:31:48
3rd Sam Alvarez – Hailsham Harriers 1:31:54

All Senior Ladies

1st Tracy Ranson – Springfield Striders 1:37:21
2nd Sarah-Jane Gaffney – Tunbridge Wells Harriers 1:47:49
3rd Angela Hames – Istead & Ifield 1:48:59

All Vet Ladies

1st Tina Oldenshaw – Paddock Wood 1:31:48 –course record
2nd Sam Alvarez – Hailsham Harriers 1:31:54
3rd Sally Musson – Tonbridge AC 1:40:44

Lady Vet 1

1st Sally Musson – Tonbridge AC 1:40:44

Lady Vet 2

1st Tina Oldenshaw – Paddock Wood 1:31:48

Lady Vet 3

1st Ann Sinnett - Haywards Heath Harriers 1:40:52

Lady Vet 4

1st Jenny Castle – Fittleworth Flyers 1:59:59

Lady Vet 5

1st Sally Musson - Tonbridge AC 1:40:44 – course record

Lady Vet 6

1st Brenda Styles – Crowborough Runners 2:26:18 – course record

Lady Vet 7

1st Greta Goodall – Road Runners Club 3:06:05

Lady Vet 8

1st Judy Burston – Phoenix Striders 2:34:02 – course record

Ladies Team

1st Paddock Wood 45 points – course record

I would like to thank the enthusiasm of the Wadhurst Runners and their friends and family for their tremendous support particularly as the weather tuned wet and chilly. The support from the runners was fantastic and ensured a sell out as well as a quality field.

Many thanks too for the support of the sponsors Ben Greig Motors, Nikwax, Paramo, Wadhurst Physiotherapy, all of Wadhurst and Nice Work of Peasmarsh plus local farmers and residents who all helped made the race possible.

Calling all relay runners

The Hastings Relays will be taking place on Wednesday 6th August at 6.45pm. It is a multi-terrain 1 mile course at William Parker Sports College, Parkstone Road, Hastings. Registration is from 5.45 at the Club House alongside the track. Each team consists of 4 Runners.

There will be 5 legs with all the Teams running in the last leg together. The cost of entry is £6 per team.

There are prizes for:

1st Overall Team
1st Ladies Team
1st Mens and Ladies Veteran Teams (mixed teams allowed and no age limit)
Under 17 Junior Boys
Under 17 Junior Girls

The Team Captains will arrange the Teams in due course, but if you plan to attend and want to be included in the Teams, please let Peter Burfoot know and he will pass on any names to the Team Captains.

All set for Sunday?

The 2008 Bewl 15 2 is almost upon us and the entries are coming in fast and furious.

The current number of confirmed entries is approaching 500 and the race capacity and cut off point is 600 runners.

The race will also have a full compliment of 20 VIP’s garnered from last year’s category winners, record holders and other deserving runners. The course marshalling has been enhanced and there will be water, sponges and energy sweets in 4 places and sports drink at 3 water stations. All finishers will receive a goody bag and a medal. The medal’s are gold for the first 100, silver for the next 250 and the balance bronze.

Paramo of Wadhurst have joined the growing list of sponsors of this popular event and have offered to provide four prizes of a Paramo running jacket or smock to the colour and size requested by the winners of the male Senior race (that is age 18 to 39); lady senior race (18 to 34) and each of the male and lady veteran races. Catherine Whitehead of Paramo will be the honoured starter and will present the prizes at the Award ceremony which follows the race finish.

All Waddies should have their duties by now - so see you on Sunday.

With your cakes!

Heathfield 10K

Congratulations to all the Waddies who took part in the Heathfield 10k yesterday. The course is noted for its hills, second only to Crowborough in this respect, so pbs are always going to be unlikely.

Michael Mackay led the team home on a fine breezy day. The results are:

37 Michael Mackay 42:12
64 Eddie Wattenbach 44:51
66 Peter Burfoot 45:06
89 Shane Last 47:12
95 Cathy Hall 47:54
144 David Jones 52:30
162 Melinda Mackay 53:36
166 Anthony Gates 54:01
192 Bonita Backhouse 57:40
252 Siobhan Burke 1:09:08
253 Charlotte Petkovic 1:09:22

Beyons the Arctic Circle

Albert sends in his report of running in the Midnight Sun Marathon - some 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle

"My internal alarm clock woke me at 3:46 on Saturday morning and I
immediately realised my troublesome hamstrings were painful. After a hearty
brekkie I then rushed around looking after my sheep before the journey to
Tromso which is the largest town in the Arctic Circle. The locals call
Tromso phonetically "Trumsa".

My first dilemma was should I run at all? The group organisers Martin and Cathy Burke of Nice Work advised me to drop to the 1/2 marathon. As ever I
ignored the sensible approach. The Nice Work party was 21 persons of which eight
elected for the marathon, with the others in the half and 10K. Naturally we all sized each other up to see who the fast buck (and buckesses were). I had worried whether or not I would make it within 4 hours, if at all.

On arrival I tried to rest but all too soon I was standing on the start line
for an 8.30pm start. I had another dilemma. That is what to wear. It was
raining lightly and the sun was hidden by cloud. The temperature was just
bearable for a vest but what would it be like in 3+ hours? I chose vest only
(don't worry, I wore shorts too but had forgotten running socks so had to
break rule no.1 by wearing day socks). My hamstrings were painful at the

The start is friendly and has a circuit of the town before a grinding rise
all of 44 metres to run over the Tromso bridge. I was overtaken by a couple
of the team and could not afford to match their pace. The route was
undulating following the coast road for 10K and returns via the bridge via a
long uphill route. It was 12 miles at this point.

I was surprised to see by my Garmin that I ran 07:59 minute miles for 9
straight miles (I thought the watch had failed). Then 8:0 dead for 3 miles
but then I lost 1 second per mile after the undulating bits. Interestingly
the race was measured in kilometres on a count down basis marked 42.195, 42,
41 kilometres and so on. Very useful to know where you are.

Over the bridge, back through the town to the airport for another 10K out
and back. Rather boring especially as the route was undulating but fairly
straight. At least one could see ahead as it was still daylight. The
hamstrings were playing up and very painful. The last turn seemed to be
distant but suddenly I was on the road home.

It was good to see another Waddie - Barry Gilbert and the Nice Work team on the
outward track as the 1/2 marathon runners started at 10.30. It was
disconcerting to have the fast 1/2 marathon runners storming past at a near

Then my calves at 31K started to threaten to cramp so I developed the well
known Kemp shuffle to try to stop them pulling. At 37K I was beginning to
think the unthinkable - dropping out for the first time in 33 years of
running. Hang on a minute? Is that Justin from the Nice Work team ahead? Bloody hell,
try to keep going lad, I thought. I whizzed past with a shout to him of
encouragement; except I had got his name wrong - I heard someone shout
Justin as the locals had a running list.

The course spectators were thin in numbers but all were enthusiastic in
encouragement shouting hoy ya, hoy ya, hoy ya. Nowegian for 'urry up Harry -
wer're goin to the pub.

38K, Dig in boy I thought. Justin may be close. 38K pain, cold, no sun. 39K
more pain. 40K but my Garmin says 41K but sign says 2K to go. 41K pain but I
will beat 4 hours even if I walk - but I carried on the Kemp shuffle. 42K
and the finish was somewhere ahead but Martin Burke of Nice Work was there
to encourage to finish. The pain was excruciating made worse by the uphill
finish. Made it in 3:38:49, well within my estimate (the Garmin said 26.36
miles). A blanket was wrapped round me as, boy oh boy it was chilly and
then it was off to the pub.

It felt so strange being 00:08:49 in the morning and it was daylight. It was
even lighter at 3am when we retired, exhausted but jubilant.

Would I do it again. Yes of course - once my hamstrings forgive me.

Do it one day and enjoy!

Midsummer Madness

The midsummer evening light heralded the 34 runners as they waited to be started on Thursday in small groups for the Royal Oak Peasmarsh Midsummer Hash.

After a short stretch on the main road, the 4.3 mile course wound its way on lanes northwards (and uphill) to Iden before winding its way back down again. The runners raced largely blind - they had no idea of their position relative to the others apart from those in their starting group.

Martin clocked in their times as they returned. It was a pleasant evening, neither warm nor chilly, with a brisk breeze.

The Waddies were trying to to retain their title as winning team of 2007, but lost it due the speed of the Hastings Runners who turned out in force. The Waddie Team was decimated by injuries and absentees. However we were not disgraced as Lynn Hayes was First Lady.

5 BURFOOT, Peter 29.37
7 HAYES, Lynn 30.31
8 LAST, Shane 30.31
13 GATES, Anthony 33.15
15 KEMP, Albert 33.52
18 PAIN, Andrew 35.12
21 BURKE, Liam 36.00
33 WRENN, Sara 43.54
34 TOLL, Sally 58.28

Afterwards, there was a barbecue, free to the Runners, and the Lynn and Martin Hayes Musical Combo entertained Runners and Supporters alike in the Pub, rounding off a very pleasant evening.

Hopefully we can attract more Waddies next year to try and get the team title back from those pesky Hastings Runners.

The South Downs - or should that be the North ... Oh which way has Albert gone now???

Albert reports on his experiences at this years South Downs Relay.

"I had an enjoyable South Down’s Relay running with five Crowborough Vet lads – Kevin,John, Peter, James and Roger.. The race started at 7am so it meant a 4am rise to look after my animals before departing at 5.15.

I ran leg 2 from Jevington Church to Bo-Peep car park, which is 6 miles in a time of 55:06. This meant a climb up to the top of the South Downs to the ridge of the Long Man of Wilmington, a drop to Alfriston and a further climb to the top before a swift downhill section to the finish. I was 50 seconds faster than 2004.

My next stage was leg 8 from the north of Shoreham on Sea to Washington. This is another 6 mile leg in a time of 57:25. This is another very hilly section with the pretty but hard climb up to the top of the Downs overlooking Steyning Bowl and continues past Chantenbury Ring. A lovely but tiring run. I was 13 seconds slower than 2004, so at this stage I was 40 seconds better off.

The wheels fell off on the 3rd and last leg, no. 14, which is Harting Down NT Park to the Queen Elizabeth 2nd Country Park. This is by far the easiest leg of just 4 miles but took all of 59:25. It was not wheels that fell off really just tiredness and very painful hamstrings. Due to stupidity brought on by tiredness and pain I took a wrong turn just before the finish and ended up in the valley to the South of the finish which meant a 2.8 mile climb up the steep trails and road. I was 26 minutes slower than 2004.

Still the team did not come last and we were within the cut off time and the team finished before 8pm. After a drink or two and a BBQ we wearily returned and fell into bed at 1am. A thoroughly enjoyable day which I would like to repeat without getting lost!

The Waddies should put their names down for a team for 2009, although as this is a very popular relay, they have a waiting list."

Thanks for the report Albert.

I notice that the race finished at 8 00 pm and you got home at 1.00 am. Did you get lost going home too?

Marathon success - and more

Waddies continue to travel the globe in search of running success.

Kathie and Tony Gates took their lives into theior own hands by venturing north of the border to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon.

Tony came away with a pb time of 4.34.18 and Kathie recorded her second fastest marathon with a time of 4.46.02 - well done to both.

And congratulations to to Derek Harrison who travelled even further. Derek took part in the world famous 86.8 km Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

Derek finished the event in 8 hours 53.26.

Meanwhile closer to home it was a quiet Sunday and as far as we know, the only Waddie racing in this country was Peter. Peter once again took on the challenge of the 25th North Downs Run which is a 30km mainly cross country course with ascents and descents of about 1972 feet each! Thankfully he managed to stay on both feet this year!!

The race was voted the 3rd best by Runners World last year and Peter says "I have to report that, delightful as it was to run through poppy fields and woods in good conditions, I have yet properly to master the event, which is a magnificent race."

Peter finished 146th in a time of 2hrs 50.23

4th June Worthing 10K

Congratulations to all the Waddies who made the long journey to Worthing last Wednesday evening! In cool and dry conditions a number of the participating Waddies got pbs - some by a significant margin. So, well done to all.

The outward leg was particularly fast but a westerly breeze greeted the runners as they turned round the cone near the pier to return along the seafront, making the final leg a bit harder.

The results were:-

114 Eddie Wattenbach 41.57
130 Peter Burfoot 42.29
138 Linda Hayes 42.44
169 Shane Last 43.51
213 Cathy Hall 45.25
230 Albert Kemp 46.07
232 Anthony Gates 46.01
464 Bonita Backhouse 53:11
541 Helen Smith 56.59
579 Maya Bishop 59.23
614 Janet Drake 1.05.32
618 Sara Wrenn 1.06.24
629 Sally Toll 1.18.25

After the race many of the Waddies celebrated in traditional style with a fish and chip supper.