Saturday, 13 June 2009

Blog News - Goodbye Cruel World!!

This Blog has now come to the end of its natural and eventful life.

Blog Ed would like to offer sincere thanks to Peter Burfoot and Albert Kemp for their regular contributions. Thanks too to the other couple of Waddies Sally, Sara and Mike Mackay for their occasional but valuable contributions.

To those who have made no contribution but still read the Blog and enjoyed the postings - that's what it was here for so glad to be of some service.

And, of course, to those who took no interest in the Blog but still whinged and moaned - I presume its time now to seek out other targets.

Waddies news will continue to be posted on the new Blog where Blog Ed Eddie will, no doubt be eager to take your news.

You'll find the new Blog at

11th June 2009 - June Round Up and News

Worthing 10k

11 Waddies ventured to Worthing for the 10k SGP race. The conditions were very conducive to fast times, being quite cool and cloudy with a very light breeze and dampness in the air and there were a number of pbs. Congratulations to all the finishers.

In a field of 553 finishers, Waddies dominated the top 10 in many categories. Helen Goddard was 1st F35, Nell Neary was 2nd F55, Lyn Hayes was 3rd F45, Albert Kemp was 5th V60, Peter Burfoot was 6th V55 and Russell Carr was 8th Senior Male and 10th overall in the race. Well done everybody!

Here are the results:-

GunPos Bib Gun Time Name Sex Cat Club Chip Pos Chip Time
10 273 00:35:34 Russell Carr M Wadhurst Runners 10 00:35:34
21 320 00:37:15 Ciaran Osborne M Wadhurst Runners 21 00:37:14
61 162 00:40:07 James McKinney M Wadhurst Runners 61 00:40:03
85 270 00:41:37 Helen Goddard F 35 Wadhurst Runners 85 00:41:36
97 20 00:42:13 Linda Hayes F 45 Wadhurst Runners 99 00:42:11
98 63 00:42:15 Peter Burfoot M 55 Wadhurst Runners 103 00:42:13
115 101 00:42:46 Nick Brooker M 45 Wadhurst Runners 115 00:42:42
239 51 00:47:22 Albert Kemp M 60 Wadhurst Runners 240 00:47:18
256 180 00:48:06 Helen Neary F 55 Wadhurst Runners 256 00:47:54
511 93 01:00:30 Fiona Seabrook F 35 Wadhurst Runners 511 01:00:05
549 246 01:07:01 Sara Wrenn F 50 Wadhurst Runners 548 01:06:36

Afterwards many repaired to the Fish Factory for a most enjoyable and well-deserved meal.

Track session

There was an excellent attendance of 14 runners and junior supporters at the track session this evening, despite the exertions at the Worthing 10k yesterday evening.

This evening we had a pyramid session with 400m, 800m, 1200m, 800m and 400m interspersed with a slow 400m lap.

After a brief respite, there was a final timed lap. The results were:-

Michael M Fastest Lap by far (but defective timer/timekeeper)
Lyn 77.99 secs
Peter 78.02 secs
Matt 79.03 secs
Hayley 81.95 secs
Ben 91.71 secs
Albert 91.72 secs
Melinda 91.79 secs
Amy 94.81 secs.

Claire, Sara, Fi, Helen Goddard, Hannah and Katrina also ran but sat out of the timed lap.

Next week Roger should be in charge once again - assuming his flight lands on time, but in case it doesn't, he has devised a programme for next week too, Claire will bring it with her to the session.

Flying Coach session

Don't forget that Dave Leach our UKA Flying Coach from Lewes will be paying us another visit next Tuesday 16th June at 7.15. The session will be geared towards 5k/10k.

All those who are interested in becoming a coach should ensure they attend the session. For everybody else attendance at the session will be an option to the normal club run.

Midsummer Hash

This race organised by Nice Work is about to have its 3rd running. To quote from their e-mail:-

" Just a reminder that our 3rd Midsummer-ish Hash-ish from Peasmarsh takes place on Thursday 18th June.

Once again the event will feature a run, a free children's run, a barbecue and live music from our own Lyn and Martin Hayes. Lyn will be showing just how easy it is to do a 5 mile run and still have enough energy to belt out some classics!!

The race starts at 7pm with sign on from 6.30.

Not strictly speaking a Hash nor strictly speaking is it on Midsummer's Day! This is a fairly easy, timed 4/5 mile route through the quiet country lanes in Peasmarsh and Iden, near Rye. As well as individual prizes there's also the little matter of the team prize with the rivalry with Hastings Runners set to be renewed - the Waddies will be hoping to grab back the trophy so cruelly denied them last year!

The event is purely a social event and we normally attract 30 or 40 local runners - a bit of fun to celebrate summer there's no fundraising or profit sought so we just ask for a suggested donation of £5 to cover food and some prizes. Afterwards, as well as the barbecue, we'll have a prize giving, with awards to individuals and teams.

The Royal Oak is in Rye Foreign, located on the A 268 Peasmarsh to Rye main road.

Non running friends and family are welcome.

To give us some idea of numbers for catering, we'd appreciate it if you could let us know if you're likely to attend.

Hope to see you there."

Please e-mail if you plan to attend. It would also help if you could let me know so that I can devise a team strategy.

Albert's Box of Tricks

Albert will be modelling special Paramo wear at our Club night on Tuesday 23rd June with a Special Offer to members.


Work on the results is progressing and we hope to be able to make an announcement in the next few weeks. There is an SGP Committee Meeting on 29th June. On behalf of the SGP Peter will also be attending on 19th June the next meeting of the Road Race Committee of Sussex Athletics followed by the Executive Committee, so if any Waddies have any comments on the outcome of the Sussex Athletic Network Workshop, please let Peter know in good time.

The next SGP race is on Sunday 28th June at Heathfield for the 10k which is also part of the Sussex 10k Challenge series this year.

8th June 2009 Bewl 15 Update

Wadhurst Runners are holding their 10th Bewl 15 running race on 5th July 2009, being one circuit of the pretty undulating paths, tracks and roads around the beautiful Bewl Water with the start and finish at the same site in Wadhurst. The race has come of age.

The Waddies report that they are fast outstripping the race limit. Currently they have 342 registered runners; of which the online entrants have reached 149 which is 216% greater than this time last year.

The race commences at 10.30 at the entrance to the Little Pell Farm, Blacksmith’s Lane, Wadhurst and the leaders are expected to return back commencing 12 noon. Last year the race was won by Philip Sanger of Epsom & Ewell Harriers in a record time of 1:20:25. The first lady was Katy Moore of Brighton & Hove City AC, also in a record time of 1:29:53. 11 other race records were broken by the various age categories; a record in itself. The oldest record yet to be broken is from 2003 when Ros Tabor of Dulwich Runners broke the lady Vet 4 (50-54)age category.

22 runners are returning as VIP’s to defend their titles and we are expecting a guest appearance of “Spiderman” who is celebrating running 39 consecutive races with us. Paramo are donating a water proof running jacket to the first male and lady seniors and vets.

Albert Kemp, chairman said “We are expecting a record attendance this year. We have a race permit for 700 runners and we are expected to have a full attendance for the first time, beating last year’s entry of 659 runners. The race has the support of the farmers at Little Pell Farm as well as sponsors including Ben Greig Motors, Nikwax, Paramo, Wadhurst and Crowborough Physio and Sports Injury Clinic, The Greyhound Public House, Green Penguin Entertainment (all of Wadhurst), Nice Work of Peasmarsh, Capers Swallows Oast, Ticehurst and Cotswold Outdoor of Tunbridge Wells. The race could not be a success without them” Kemp also said “The runners will be greeted by the Wadhurst Brass Band and well over 1,100 cakes lovingly made by the Waddies partners”.

For those thinking of entering Bewl 15 they are urged to apply soon before the race is full. The entry form is available from the Waddies website or from or by telephoning Albert Kemp on 01580 200024.

7th June - Summer's here

Track Session

The track session took place in cooler conditions last Thursday. There was a preponderance of ladies - the men clearly had other things on their minds. Well done to the ladies, Helen Goddard, Hannah, Katrina, Claire, Miriam and Sara for turning up. As for the men, it was just Albert and Peter last week.

Roger was away but had planned the session before he went. We had to do 3 sets of 400m and 800m, interspersed with a 400m recovery lap. Afterwards a few of us did the usual timed 400m. The results were:-

Peter 75.40 secs
Albert 89.77 secs
Miriam 110.16 secs.

Next Thursday's will be a little bit of a tester for those who have done the Worthing 10k the day before!

Race Results

It seems to have been a quiet weekend for the Waddies, though there have been some races quite close by, notably the Harvel 5 yesterday and the Seaford Half Marathon and Beckenham 10k road race, today.

A quick skim through the results shows that Wadhurst was not well represented.

Harvel 5

The Burkes went off to the Harvel 5. Here is Martin's result:-

527 0:49:56 BURKE, Martin Wadhurst Runners Male Veteran 50+ 09:59.0 370 527

Peter reports from the Seaford Half Marathon

As the race started at 9.00am I had to get up early when it was pouring with rain. I took road and trail shoes but was wearing my trail shoes in the car. By the time I arrived at Seaford there was glorious sunshine and the sea was deep blue with a fresh breeze. Most runners (including the eventual winner) were wearing road shoes. I didn't like the thought of one of the long inclines being slippery (which it was one year) or the 4 mile stretch along the Cuckmere being muddy, but I needn't have worried as the ground was hard and mainly dry. This is not the quickest half marathon around with 1000ft of ascents and descents and numerous stiles and kissing gates, but seems to be growing in popularity with 514 finishers this year. Mats Gedin won the race in 1:26:26. I was the sole Waddie (as far as I can see) and my result was:-

Position: 86 01:52:33 54 PETER BURFOOT

Future Races

Not raced before? Well, now is your chance! We've got the Heathfield 10k c SGP race on 28th June and there are plenty others. Have a look on Runners World or the Sussex Races Website for whatever takes your fancy. Wednesday evening sees the next SGP race, the Worthing 10k. This is a fast race and good times can be achieved.

31st May 2009 Waddies all over the world

Stockholm Marathon

Congratulations to Mark Waring for achieving his best result yet in the Stockholm Marathon. In sunny weather Mark came 625th out of 13,718 runners with a time of 3:17:39.

The start of the race is near the Stockholm Olympic Stadium, the site of the 1912 Summer Games. The surroundings vary from the woods of the Royal Park Djurgården to the streets of a downtown area. The course passes buildings such as the Royal Palace, City Hall, the Royal Opera and the Houses of Parliament. Runners pass along waterways on much of the first half of the two-loops that comprise the course.

While passing the Västerbron bridge at about the nine and 31 kilometre marks, the runners view a city that provides a mix of present day buildings and those built in medieval times.

Here are the details of Mark's result:-

Bib no 1580
Name Mark Waring
Born 72
Group Män
Team/Country Storbritannien
Nb of previous races 2 Click for previous results >

Position 625
Time 3.17.39
Gross time 3.18.07
Average pace 4.41/km

Distance Total time Lap time Pace Pos
5 km 0.22.33 22.33 4.30/km 946
10 km 0.46.04 23.31 4.42/km 1133
15 km 1.09.28 23.23 4.40/km 1106
20 km 1.32.33 23.04 4.36/km 1029
Half marathon 1.37.30 4.56 4.29/km 1011
25 km 1.55.20 17.50 4.34/km 930
30 km 2.18.55 23.35 4.43/km 867
35 km 2.42.40 23.45 4.45/km 731
40 km 3.06.54 24.13 4.50/km 633
Finish 3.17.39 10.44 4.53/km 625

Well done Mark - a fantastic result.

Tillingham Valley Races

Meanwhile on Saturday afternoon, 4 Waddies ventured to the tranquillity of the Tillingham Valley at Udimore for the first running of the Tillingham Valley Rockabilly Classic 5. This was very much a village affair to raise money for a local cause and it had a village fete atmosphere with marquee, BBQ and barrels of beer.

The tranquillity was duly shattered when the band, Lucky Strike, started to play, but the serenity of the picturesque valley remained undisturbed.

Impeccably organised by Martin and Cathy of Nice Work event organisers who are themselves members of Wadhurst Runners, there was a fun run and walk, a Grand National for dogs and owners, 2 children's races and the 5 mile Rockabilly Classic. This was a cross country course which negotiated fields, went up a steep hill, skirted hop and strawberry fields wound its way along a river bank then through some woods and some rather boggy terrain before finishing where it started. The Garmin measurement was 4.79 miles. It was a small entry of 48 runners many from Kent and Sussex Clubs and some locals. The Waddies scooped a number of the prizes. Lyn was 1st lady and 1st Female Vet 3, Peter was 1st Male Vet 4, was 4th overall (and also beat the 1st male Vet 3) and Albert was 1st Male Vet 5. The results:

Rockabilly Races 2009

5 Mile Race Results
Place Time Name Club
4 36.18 Peter Burfoot Wadhurst Runners MV4 118
9 38.44 Linda Hayes Wadhurst Runners FV3 133
11 39.30 Albert Kemp Wadhurst Runners MV5 120
29 47.12 Rebecca Gask Wadhurst Runners SF 121

Martin Hayes also ran in the Fun Run. Well done Martin:

Fun Run Results

Place Time Name Club Cat Number

4 20.14 Martin Hayes Wadhurst Runners MV4 314

Brussels 20km

On Sunday, Fergus Randolph competed in 30th running of the Brussels 20k with 24,999 other runners registered to run in this circumnavigation of the city.

Fergus' result:-

Number Lastname Firstname Time M/F Rank Rwa (*) Category Club Zip City
13283 RANDOLPH FERGUS 01:45:39 M 6513 25 - 60 1040 BRUSSEL (ETTERBEEK)

29th May - Bexhill 5K

The first race in the Battle of Bexhill race series took place at Bexhill Seafront last Wednesday evening. The opening race of the series was the 5k and another 5k will take place on 25th July 2009 as part of the SGP series. These are followed in the autumn by a 10k and a half marathon.

The Battle of Bexhill is being waged so far as the 5ks are concerned on a different course to previous years. The race HQ is at Polegrove Park were there seemed to be more parking and generally fewer members of the general public around. The race start and finish were nearby on the seafront. The start and finish off West Parade are quite narrow and whilst this did not seem to cause a problem on Wednesday, it could be more congested at the SGP race.

The course runs in a westward direction and after about 500m veers inland away from the sea along South Cliff (the road which runners of the Hastings Marathon in December may recall brought them running to the sea in Bexhill). The course then drops left down a ramp to the Lower Promenade and runs by the sea in a south westerly direction - absolutely fine as long as the south westerly isn't blowing, but no such luck on Wednesday! after some distance the runners then turn back round a cone and run towards the runners behind them back along the lower promenade in the opposite direction. The course then turns left up a short uphill gradient back to South Cliff which rises uphill in the direction of the sea (as per the Hastings Marathon route). After the crest of the hill the runners turn right back to the Lower Promenade and do the loop again. After the second loop, the course continues along South Cliff to West Parade and sprint finish with a following wind.

On Wednesday, it was cold, cloudy, damp (but no longer raining) and windy, with an uninviting brown surf breaking in rows off the beach. The conditions were far from ideal but the Waddies put in a spirited performance. The results:

Adult 5K
Wed 27 May 2009
18 #37 Michael Pain Wadhurst Runners 19:16.00 MV44/2
33 #34 Peter Burfoot Wadhurst Runners 20:52.00 MSV56/2
43 #26 Linda Hayes Wadhurst Runners 21:42.00 FSV49/1
70 #41 Albert Kemp Wadhurst Runners 23:56.00 MSV62/3
131 #94 Martin Burke Wadhurst Runners 31:39.00 MSV53/8

Special congratulations go to Mike Pain and Lyn Hayes for winning their categories.

Thursday's Track Session

The session this week was well attended and after our warm-up, we did 8 x 400m interspersed with 200m recoveries. There was then a timed 400m lap session and the results were:-

Russell 59.64 secs
Ciaran 65.13 secs
Nick 73.32 secs
Hannah 74.87 secs
Peter 79.52 secs
Helen G 79.86 secs
Fergus 79.86 secs
Matt 83.10 secs
Albert 87.74 secs
Becky 87.97 secs
Fi 91.67 secs
Roger 99.41 secs
Miriam 111.17secs
Sara 129.47 secs

Well done to everybody and thanks to the junior Seabrooks and to Simon for their support. The benefits of the speedwork sessions are already being felt by the regular attenders.

26th May 2009 - Ton up for Wadhurst!!

Jottings from Albert:

“Well we made it. 101 members and we are not even 10 years old until 25th August.

Wadhurst Runners have achieved the inconceivable with their membership reaching 100 runners. This has been achieved within less than 10 years where the membership base had dropped as low as 14. The membership has more than doubled from December 2007 when the club had 47 members. This is split between 95 first claim and 7 second claim members so their target of 100 first claim members is achievable.

The 100th member joined last week, being Mandy Bussey who lives in Staplehurst. Soon after she was joined by Katrina Newman, a resident of Wadhurst, to make the current membership 101. The recent influx flies against current trends especially as their female membership is almost 50%, whereas elsewhere the percentage is nearer 35% to 40%.

Albert Kemp, the chairman, said “this is a magnificent achievement for such a small club with only a large village as a catchment area and to have grown so significantly. When we were voted “Team of the Year 2008” by the readers of the Kent and Sussex Courier it increased our local profile which then aided recruitment, particularly as we are known as a friendly club”.

The club is affectionately known as the “Waddies” who have been active with road and cross country races.

25th May - reults from a very small country

Captain Peter writes:

"I was so wrapped up in 2:09 Events and their Director Mike Gratton that I clean forgot what the equally famous Ron Hill and his alter ego with our friendly local Event Management Company, Nice Work was up to this weekend ( excuses, I had been told on Wednesday last week). Anyway, the Burkes were living it up in Luxembourg (after the evening Half Marathon)....just 1 more Leffe Blond, I can hear Martin saying afterwards). Here are the results of the Luxembourg Half Marathon Night Run:

Results ING europe-marathon luxembourg 2009
2 Results | inofficial results
place Pl.AC number name club ac brutto netto
940 149 13009 » BURKE, Cathy (GBR)
Nice Work W45 02:30:34 02:24:12
2975 208 13008 » BURKE, Martin (GBR)
Nice Work M50 02:43:55 02:37:31

If anyone else has some results, please let Peter know. Quite apart from all his other duties, he keeps the Official Club Record of Performances for the year. This is used to record the all-important Standards Cup points for the race for the Standards Cup (awarded in 2008 to yours truly) and the information used to assess handicaps for the Summer and Winter Handicap races.

If anyone would like to know how they are doing in with Standards Cup points so far, along with details of their competitors, please ask Peter

Our thoughts during this week are with Mark Waring as he prepares to compete in the Stockholm Marathon next Saturday. Good luck Mark!

25th May 2009 - Bank Holiday News

Flying Coach's Visit on 16th June
Dave Leach, our Flying Coach will pay us another visit on Tuesday 16th June 2009 at 7.15 pm at Uplands. He will do a session geared towards 5 -10k. We are hoping that this time the grass on the track will be shorter and the weather warmer.

Please turn up if you are interested in becoming a coach and also if you want to benefit from the coaching given. There will of course be a Club Run as usual for those who prefer.

Thursday Track Sessions

These are becoming really quite popular! Roger Smith is putting in a sterling effort to make these successful. Thank you Roger. Last Thursday he was assisted by Claire D'Aubney who has been running on the previous sessions but not competing in the timed laps. Thank you Claire.

Last Thursday we did a pyramid session with fast laps of 400m, 800m, 1200m, 800m and 400m interspersed with a slow 400m recovery lap. When everybody had had a chance to get their breath back we ran a timed 400m. The results were:-

Russell 62.09 secs
Mark 73.27 secs
Peter 75.83 secs
Shane 80.90 secs
Hannah 83.08 secs
Helen G 84.00 secs
Matt 85.83 secs
Albert 91.09 secs
Katrina 96.90 secs
Nell N 103.00 secs
Sara Faulty timekeeper/watch

Many are already finding their times are coming down.

The Sussex Grand Prix

There have been some problems with the SGP results.

Graham Chapman the SGP Chairman has written to all Club Reps in these terms:-

"Club Reps,

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that we've had one or two problems with results so far this year.

Without going into details, the outcome is that we need to assemble a small team to assist with the compilation of a reliable, efficient results service.

I'd be very grateful if you could circulate amongst your members the need for the following volunteers.

1. A person to keep the members database up-to-date. In theory, this should be simply be a case of obtaining updated member lists from clubs at the beginning of the year and ensuring they are kept up-to-date throughout the year as reps advise of changes.

In reality, there will be a bit of chasing up involved. A familiarity with MS Excel, a computer, and email will be needed.

2. Someone to request and obtain results from races as soon as they are run, and to process them so they are ready to be entered into the results system. Requirements, as above.

3. A person or persons, to devise and operate the results system (probably Excel based, although open to suggestions). Again, requirements, as above.

4. Someone to receive and deal with the enquiries after the publication of results (this could be included in the above).

Of course, some of these roles can be combined, but I stress this is not really the job for one person and a small group is preferable.

Although these positions are voluntary, there may be scope for incentives, possibly website sponsorship if appropriate, although this is yet to be discussed.

Anyone who thinks they can help out should contact me directly.

work: 01435 860868
home: 01435 812829
mobile: 07967 658523

Thanks very much,

Graham Chapman
Chairman SGP"

Please think whether you have the time and skills to lend a hand.

Race Results

On Tuesday 19th May Barry Gilbert and Siobhan Burke competed in the 1st race of the Queen Mother Reservoir 5km/10km Race Series. They both ran the 5k and their results are:-

20 BURKE, Siobhan 0:25:47 Wadhurst Runners Senior Women 740
21 GILBERT, Barry 0:25:49 Wadhurst Runners MV60 741

Closer to home on a sunny and quite warm day, Peter Burfoot went over to Canterbury on Bank Holiday Sunday for his 1st running of the Canterbury Half Marathon. The race started at the Canterbury Rugby Club in Nackington Lane on the south side of the city.

Peter had brought a wad of Bewl 15 flyers to place on a table, but this was an opportunity not to be missed, a whole field full of hundreds of cars just inviting Bewl 15 flyers to be put under their wipers. Peter ran out of Flyers after just 1.5 rows, barely 1/4 of the field of just runners' cars. Some runners gulped down flyers determined to take them "back to the Club" (Plumsted) as there were "other members" who wanted them. Another group couldn't praise the Bewl 15 enough but thought we imported rain to wet the steep hill!

1983 London Marathon winner Mike Gratton's company 2:09 events organised the race for the Pilgrim's Hospices. Organisation was tip-top and Mike was there to run the show. He described the race thus:-
"The route is hilly, there is no doubting that, but runs through beautiful Garden of England scenery and typical Kent downland villages. 2:09 Events director won this race 3 times in the 80's and early 90's running 66mins around the route so it is not that slow and there are some long sweeping down hills to go with the climbs."
Well, 66 minutes was never on the cards and the winner finished in 76 minutes this year. By all accounts slow times were had by many and this was blamed on the "heat" - it wasn’t that hot!

The race is very rural and takes small country roads out of Canterbury to the Chartham Downs. There were some useful Kent runners to use as markers. The 1st 3 miles were uphill all the way and then the course dropped steeply to Petham before climbing again to Waltham. I had noticed a 1:7 gradient on the map shortly afterwards but needn't have worried as it was a downhill! At the 7 mile point on the flat I found some speed and started to overtake a few people then we looped back to Petham ready to take on the Big (Up)Hill. It was tough. Once at the top some more speed came and the runners pounded down the gentle gradients to Stuppington, then over the A2 and we were back at the start but with a long uphill track for the final 1/2 mile before finishing at the Rugby Club.

The organisers did us proud, chip timing (though there were computer problems on the day), bottled water, numerous drink stations, and at the finish, a medal, oranges and a real old-fashioned "Goodie Bag" complete with a For Goodness Shake, gel, muesli bar, and energy drink powder. A thoroughly enjoyable, if rather warm race. There were 777 finishers.

The results:-

133 133 362 PETER BURFOOT
Mvet50 WADHURST RUNNERS 01:43:41

Forthcoming Races

Don't forget the Bexhill 5k and Children's races on Wednesday 27th May. There is a new course this year see the Bexhill Runners' website for details; . The July race is part of the SGP series so those who can are encouraged to race on Wednesday to get used to the new course

The Tillingham Valley Rockabilly Races.

These races near Rye are new for this year and take place on Saturday 30th May from 4.00pm. There are races for fun runners, dogs, and children, as well as a 5 mile Cross Country race. Entry is on-line at Runners world or on the day as the postal closing date has passed. Details are to be found at:

Don't forget the Worthing 10k SGP race on Wednesday 10th June. Entry forms can be found at: . Please note the Closing date for postal entries is 3rd June 2009.

Also in June is the Heathfield 10k SGP race on 28th June. The entry form is at:- .

19th May 2009 - The Burkes on tour - again!

More news from Peasmarsh and after their Shinfield 10k adventure the Burkes have been tasting the green pastures of Knole Park, Sevenoaks and getting among the stags. While Waddies raced in Horsham, the Burkes were at the Sevenoaks Seven. It is easy to see why Martin was attracted as it is advertised as a surefire pb, simply because there are other 7 mile races around! Cathy was the sole representative of Hastings AC and finished in 72:20. Here is Martin's result:-


Needing an antidote for the green pastures of Knole Park, the Burkes then upped sticks to France for the ramparts of Montreuil.

This 10k race, which includes running on pave, has been increasing in poularity every year.

Liam Burke was 3rd in the junior race and Martin ran the 10k in 1:04:51.

This weekend the Burkes are off to Luxembourg for the Night Run.

Worthing 10k Reminder

Those intending to enter the next SGP race on Wednesday evening 10th June 2009 at Worthing are advised to apply now. Entry forms are to be found on the Worthing Harriers Website.

Waddies are encouraged to apply for entry now of this popular race in which fast times and pbs are possible. Runners are chip-timed. There is normally a good turnout from Wadhurst. Traditionally members meet afterwards for a fish and chip supper at The Fish Factory, nearby.

Dave Leach Flying Coach Session

Prospective coaches and members enjoyed an interesting coaching session from Flying Coach Dave Leach. Dave explained that the coach is looking to maximise an individual's potential and demonstrated how a typical coaching session is structured. Dave suggested a typical training week for distance runners and demonstrated dynamic exercises and running specific drills which are designed to prepare the body for running and improve speed enhance performance and minimise the risk of injury. We all learnt things we didn't know before and practiced the exercises and drills.

Dave plans to return in a few weeks on a date to be announced to conduct an actual track session which will involve more running as much of this session concentrated on the theory rather the practical.

17th May 2009 - having a lark

Larkfield 10k

On a rather cool, blustery and showery day, 3 Waddies ventured today to Larkfield near Maidstone for the annual Larkfield 10k.

There was another course change this year, for the better - the very steep narrow path just before the finish which various members will recall was the hallmark of last year's race wasn't included. Instead the finish, though still shortly after quite a long medium-gradient hill, was immediately preceded by a fast downhill sprint on grass at the back of the Leisure Centre.

The starter was obligingly announcing various forthcoming fixtures over his megaphone so we asked him to do a plug for the Bewl 15, which he did ,and then we were off. After a short tour of an industrial estate the course entered Leybourne Lakes Country Park just as the rain started and followed the eastern shore through to Snodland, where there was a slight incline over a road bridge before returning to the country park, but not before a spiral road footbridge had been negotiated. By this time the shower had passed and the runners faced the force of the headwind as they wound their way along the stony path on the western southern and eastern shores of the lake before exiting the park. By this time, it had started raining again, more heavily this time. The police manned the roundabouts giving priority to the runners and causing traffic mayhem and at the 9km marker the runners started the climb towards the finish. Cakes and fruit were sheltered from the heavy rain by a small gazebo and most runners got drenched. There were 412 finishers.

The general opinion was that it was enjoyable race but somewhere the time slipped away.

The results:

33 40:08 PAIN, Michael Wadhurst Runners Male Vet 40 95
91 43:59 BURFOOT, Peter Wadhurst Runners Male Vet 50 461
209 49:07 PAIN, Andy Wadhurst Runners Male Vet 40 96

Well done!

Oxford Town and Gown 10k

Meanwhile, Oxford saw the 28th running of the Oxford Town and Gown 10k. This is actually a large fund-raising event for Muscular Dystrophy and attracts serious runners and fun runners alike. As in Larkfield there was rain, but in Oxford it was at the start. With his local knowledge, Waddie David Burfoot went straight to the start line, avoiding a long queue of most of the 2649 other runners stretching back to the Parks.

David's best-laid training plan had been thwarted by an infection in his leg and he was on his second week of antibiotics - but at least he was well rested. He decided on a 42 minute target...but had left his watch in Ticehurst (he thinks) so how do you do the timing? Easy, says David, you just programme 10 x 4 min 12 sec tracks into your i-River and all you have to do then is listen and watch out for the km markers! The result appears below!

Pos Bib Time Name Club Gender Gender Class Class Chip Chip
Pos Pos Time Pos
185 2638 00:42:02 DAVID BURFOOT WADHURST RUNNERS Male 175 M 117 00:42:00 193

Well done David!

14th May 2009 - Horsham 10K

Congratulations to the 16 Waddies who competed at Horsham last Sunday. Many thanks to the supporters too. The conditions were just about ideal. It was quite cool in the shade and not too hot in the sun.

There were some excellent performances and achievements. The results have been now been published and are:-

Children's Race

33 0:08:10 SEABROOK, Edward Wadhurst Runners 635 33
64 0:11:58 SEABROOK, Pippa Wadhurst Runners 636 64
65 0:12:10 SEABROOK, Lucy Wadhurst Runners 634 65

Horsham 10k

72 0:43:45 BURFOOT, Peter Wadhurst Runners MV55 202 72
73 0:43:48 GODDARD, Helen Wadhurst Runners FV35 177 73
90 0:44:45 LAST, Shane Wadhurst Runners MV40 244 90
98 0:45:22 CASSE, Mark Wadhurst Runners 169 98
112 0:46:07 JONES, David Wadhurst Runners MV55 276 112
120 0:46:32 RANDOLPH, Fergus Wadhurst Runners MV45 235 120
167 0:48:54 KEMP, Albert Wadhurst Runners MV60 155 167
181 0:49:59 NEARY, Helen Wadhurst Runners FV55 40 181
204 0:50:59 GATES, Anthony Wadhurst Runners MV50 200 204
291 0:58:08 BACKHOUSE, Bonita Wadhurst Runners FV40 365 291
296 0:58:30 GATES, Kathie Wadhurst Runners 201 296
308 0:59:35 PETKOVIC, Charlotte Wadhurst Runners 316 308
375 1:10:36 WRENN, Sara Wadhurst Runners FV50 274 375

Thursday Track Session

Roger made it harder for us tonight! The session consisted of:-

Warm up

8 x 400m fast laps with 200m recoveries.

At the end there was a timed fast lap for those who wished to compete. The results were:

Neil Thomas 69.57 secs
Peter Burfoot 74.87 secs
Shane Last 80.58 secs
Hannah Bates 83.09 secs
Albert Kemp 98.41 secs
Helen Neary 106.09 secs
Sara Wrenn 130.72 secs

Flying Coach Session

David Leach a flying coach from Lewes will conduct a flying coach session at 7.15 on Tuesday 19th May at Uplands Grass Track. Roger, Albert, Lynn Cathy, Shane and Matt have all expressed an interest in considering becoming coaches and the object of the session will be to encourage them. In the process they will be directed to conduct a session of coaching for the Club Members who wish to be coached.

David Leach is Sussex's endurance coach and himself a good road and marathon runner.

All members willing to be coached are invited to attend the session. For others there will be a Club Run as usual.

7th May 2009 - Around the country with Waddies

Derek Harrison, running on this occasion for Tunbridge Wells Harriers, reports from the 3 Forts Marathon (a week after completing the London Marathon:

"Just to let you know that the 3 Forts Marathon was fantastic. South Downs, 3500ft ascent and descent, all off road, sunny, warm. I covered the 27 and a bit miles in 4.18 – and with about 34750 fewer runners than the FLM!"

Another report from members of the Burke family on the Reading Roadrunners Shinfield 10k. Cathy Burke (running on this occasion for Hastings AC) writes:

"Just to let you know that we travelled to Reading on Monday to take part in a race close to where Siobhan is at University. The Shinfield 10k. A pleasant run, weather was ideal with just a few spots of rain but there was little wind and not hot. In fact it was positively chilly at the end. The results are not yet out but when they do appear they will be inaccurate. The finish went into a very long funnel and consequently people were moving up the field after their time had been recorded. Numbers were being taken at the end of the funnel by which time several runners were no longer in their finishing positions. I did around 56 minutes and the person immediately behind me had crossed the line in an hour and 1 minute.

Siobhan finished in 53 minutes 10 seconds knocking 6 and a half minutes off her previous best time and Martin finished in just over the hour.

We had also planned to run a 5 mile race in the evening with Barry Gilbert - he had been unable to run Shinfield because he was working. However the chilly weather and drive home put us off but I know Barry ran so will let you know his result when I hear from him."

Meanwhile Martin Burke (alias Ron Hill's Alter Ego) reports:

"Waddies went on missionary duty yesterday.

To Barry-country for the Shinfield 10K near Reading. I wobbled round - my first 10K in almost a year so I took it very easy (1.03). Siobhan got a pb by some 6 minutes and turned in a 53 minute time. Time at this stage are vague and could well remain so. There were 500-600 runners but a 400 yard queue at the finish for the timekeepers to record numbers. The weather by then was cold and I have no confidence that the results or finishing positions will be accurate.

Cathy did around 56 minutes but had people in front of her in the funnel who had done 1 hour plus!"

Many Congratulations to Siobhan for beating her pb by some 6 minutes! I am pleased to report that Cathy's time was in fact correctly recorded in the results.

The Shinfield 10k Wadhurst Runners results:


Please do find the time to read Ron Hills Alter Ego Blog (as it is very funny) at .

Thursday evening Track Sessions

These sessions which take place on Thursdays at 7.30 pm at the Uplands grass track under the direction of Roger Smith are proving increasingly popular. Speedwork is acknowledged to be a key ingredient in improving runners' performances. This week the 3rd session took place and 10 members took part. Of those, 8 competed in a timed 400m lap, having warmed up, run 2 x 400m, 1 x 800m and 2 x 400m fast laps interspersed in each case with a 400m recovery lap.

The results of the timed final 400m lap in a windy session were as follows:

1. Russell Carr 62.98 secs
2. Neil Walbridge 73.77 secs
3. Mark Casse 75.96 secs
4. Peter Burfoot 79.28 secs
5. Shane Last 81.87 secs
6. Albert Kemp 94.85 secs
7. Nichola Carr 97.37 secs
8. Sara Wrenn 128.06 secs

Well done to Russell, and David Burfoot is not expected to return to Ticehurst in time before the close of track sessions in July to challenge Russell at this distance.

Members are encouraged to turn up at these track sessions, which are great fun whatever your ability as there are only limited weeks in the year when they can take place. The track is not marked out until April and by the end of July the markings start to fade and the grass is allowed to grow longer.

Summer Handicap Race

The summer handicap race this year will take place on Sunday 12th July. Please put 12th July in your diary for this all-member Club Event. The male and female winners of the Summer and Winter Handicap races win the Handicap Cups.

4th May 2009 - More news than you can shake a stick at

SGP Results

The provisional SGP Results for the 1st 4 races (Sussex Beacon, Eastbourne Half, Hastings Half and Worthing 20, are now up on the new Sussex Grand Prix website

Graham Chapman, the SGP Chairman is at pains to point out;

"You'll see that they are provisional results only and need a bit more work before they are finalised.

In particular, the vet cats are not shown, and there's also a small number of duplicated runners on the list.

Thanks for your patience, it's taken a while and quite a lot of work to assemble a new database of competing runners (thanks to Nick Apps for this).

As the season progresses, the results will be smartened up.

Feel free to circulate to your members.

Any comments, then please let me know, but please don't raise any individual queries yet unless there are any runners actually missing from the results.

I'll keep you posted with developments, and remember that once the results have been rehashed there will be a 3 week period to raise queries."

We are aware that the results are not quite right yet, and have noted some of our runners' omissions from some races, eg Tony Gates and Michael Macay/Mackay. I will raise these individual queries when the results have been rehashed, but if you could please let me know any errors affecting you as individuals, please let me know and I will note them all.

Bluebell Run

10 Waddies had a very enjoyable time on Sunday at the annual Bluebell Run over to Hawkden Wood, Mayfield. The bluebells were magnificent this year. It was a sight to behold. Nobody opted for the longer version of the run. The annual awards dinner the previous night may have been a factor. Ably led by Roger Smith there were no excuses for getting lost this year, though Albert did try to ignore the 1st crucial right turn. Unusually for a club run (but no doubt as a result of the getting lost experiences in previous years) the mixed ability group kept together and completed the run in about 90 minutes. It was not nearly as muddy as last year. Thank you Roger and Shane for transporting the group to Tidebrook and back.

Race Results

Peter Burfoot took part in the Nissan Bailey's Whitstable 10K. A regular May Day Bank Holiday fixture, the race this year was oversubscribed by 100 runners whose entries could not be accepted due to the race limit of 650. The race starts on the low cliffs to the east of Whitstable and the course wends its way eastwards for 5k, slightly away from the seafront through a caravan park and residential area and along a grassy stretch of cliff. At the halfway point the route joins the promenade and runners were greeted by a noticeable wind ahead but slightly side on. Performances generally seemed down on last year when the runners had a tail wind in 2nd half but were roasting. There were no heat problems this year. 570 finished the race. The results:-

Pos No. Name Age Club Time Age Grading %
70 466 Peter Burfoot 56 Wadhurst Runners 43:11 73.14

Flying Coaches

2 male members and 1 female have expressed an interest in learning to become coaches. I have notified Elspeth Turner of UK Athletics for some suggested dates for a Tuesday Flying Coach session. The priority will be to fix a date convenient to the Flying and Prospective Coaches, but members who wish to be coached on the day will be notified.

Race details

Please note that the date for the Wednesday evening Worthing "Fish and Chips" 10k SGP race this year is Wednesday 10th June (not 3rd June as previously notified). You don't get fish and chips in your Goodie Bag, but traditionally members have gone for a fish and chip supper afterwards (there is other food on the menu). Early entry is advised to this race as it fills up quickly. There is no on-line entry, but forms are downloadable at Worthing Harriers' website:

Other weekday evening summer races include the Bexhill "Battle of Bexhill" series which starts on 27th May and the Rye Classic Summer series which starts on Friday 24th July.

Nice Work are organising the inaugural Tillingham Valley Rockabilly 5 mile Cross Country race on Saturday evening 30th May. Details of all these events can be found on the Sussex Races website:

The Horsham 10k

This Sunday is the Horsham 10k SGP race. Those wishing to car share should meet at Uplands Car Park at 8.30 am.

27th April 2009 - Grim up North

Congratulations to new member Jessica Howitt for her performance in the Sheffield Half Marathon at the weekend.

Jessica's result was:-

2204 Jessica Howitt F/171 Unat. 1:54.58

27th April 2009 - London results now in!

Our hearty congratulations to the squad of 10 Wadhurst Runners who completed the Flora London Marathon earlier today.

Each will have his or her own tale to tell but the results include some magnificent personal achievements and many good for age times guaranteeing entry in future years. You will see the overall position for each gender in the table below, followed by the each runner's position in their age group per gender.

If you want to study the splits go to the London Marathon results page

You can also compare the results of one runner against another on a pace graph.

Flora London Marathon 2009 Results

position pl.age no. name age club time
1941 433 31586 » PAIN, MICHAEL W (GBR) M40 WADHURST RUNNERS 3:14:16
2075 321 44205 » WHITE, MYLES (GBR) M45 Wadhurst Runners 3:15:38
2626 411 3290 » WATTENBACH, EDDIE J (GBR) M45 Wadhurst Runners 3:21:26
531 329 31985 » HALL, CATHY A (GBR) W18 WADHURST RUNNERS 3:30:38
5492 1131 26413 » LAST, SHANE W (GBR) M40 WADHURST RUNNERS 3:43:17
8213 4511 21738 » BOWYER, SIMON W (GBR) M18 3:58:10

1987 47 30101 » NEARY, HELEN P GBR) W55 WADHURST RUNNERS 4:02:09
5996 1040 21296 » WHITE, JO-ANNE (GBR) W40 WADHURST RUNNERS 4:53:06
7616 417 36047 » DRAKE, JANET F (GBR) W50 5:13:59
8574 5424 49989 » PETKOVIC, CHARLOTTE J (GBR) W18 Wadhurst Runners 5:30:29

26th April 2009 - It must be spring!!

Roger has confirmed that this year's Club Bluebell Run will take place on Sunday 3rd May 2009.

Runners should meet at Uplands Sports Centre at 9.00 am.

The run takes us through the heavily-scented bluebell woods between Wadhurst and Mayfield. One run of 10 to 12 miles starts from Uplands. The other of about 6 miles starts from the lay-by on the east side of the road down the hill from Tidebrook Church after driving to the lay-by.

It is often muddy and off-road shoes are advised. Some runners may wish to carry water, particularly those suffering from dehydration following the previous night's Awards Dinner.

On previous occasions Albert's navigational skills have suffered from a whirlpool effect.

See you on 3rd May.

25th April 2009 Heathfield news

If you had intended entering the Heathfield 10k SGP race on 28th June 2009, you need to get your skates on!

It was reported at the Sussex Athletics Executive Committee Meeting last night that there are only a very few places left. This is because the race is part of the 10k Challenge being staged by Sussex Athletics, which has made the race very popular and there is quite a low race entry limit.

An entry form can be downloaded from:

Obviously we would hope that Wadhurst Runners will field as large and strong a team as possible, so please send off your entries now.

22nd April 2009 - Record growth for Waddies!!

The Waddies announce that they have achieved stunning growth in membership and have reached the dizzy heights of 94 members, which has exactly doubled the membership since December 2007. They are looking for the magic 100 so they invite runners in the Wadhurst District, of any ability, to join the thriving club. Training is given for those new into the sport.

Contact Albert Kemp, Chairman, by telephone 01580 200024 or email if you are interested”.

21st April - Mais Oui Monsieur. Albert goes to Paris

Albert Kemp, chairman of Wadhurst Runners, completed his 25th marathon at the recent 33rd marathon de Paris, France.

The race was run with ideal conditions with a light breeze and a friendly 15 deg C. The race was as popular as ever with 35,000 entrants. Kemp finished in a respectable time of 3:38:09 in 83rd placed Vet (age 60+) and overall 6,591st place.

Kemp said “why did I choose Paris for my momentous quarter century of marathons. The answer is simple. I would have preferred to run the Flora London Marathon but am unable to win a place on the ballot. I failed to qualify for the “Good for Age” entry as at my age it is difficult to break 3:30. The Paris marathon is a tough race as it is very competitive with much jostling, bumping and grinding by the runners. Coupled with poor organisation, such as bringing the race to a halt at the ½ way stage because of too many runners and the drinks station being placed in inconvenient places which causes congestion contributed to greater finishing times”. ”.

Elsewhere the Waddies had many runners at various races. Peter Burfoot ran the Rotterdam marathon despite running only 8 weeks after abdominal surgery and troubled on the day by a streaming head cold. He still achieved a respectable result, in a time of 3:40:30 and finished in 1,905 place out of 6,443 finishers under a clear blue sky and conditions similar to the Paris event.

21st April 2009 - Chairman's Scribbles

Wadhurst Runners had a record attendance of 28 members at any running race in their young history when they competed in the 25th Hastings Half Marathon.

In addition, 4 Waddie juniors ran in the 1 mile mini race with Liam Burke being the first Wadhurst Runner in 64th place with a time of 8:38. The 1st Waddie girl was Hayley Mackay 81st 8:54, Ben Gilbert finished 90th in 9.05 and Amy Mackay was just behind in 93rd 9.08.

The club had some notable successes in the strongly contested field of 3827 finishers who ran on a beautiful sunny early Spring day with a light, cooling breeze. Some runners found it a tad warm but most were grateful for the an absence of the strong westerly wind which has been a feature previously. As ever it was especially pleasing for the runners to see so many supporters lining the course.

The Waddies managed to have 6 official teams placed with the ladies gaining their highest ever rank of 11th and the best men’s team managed to improve on this with a 10th place, to create another club record for this event.

The notable individual successes were Russell Carr who finished 37th overall and was 23rd senior (18 to 39) and Nell Neary who was the 3rd lady vet 5 (55 to 59). The team results were:

Ladies Team Results

11th Team:
67th 1:39:38 Cathy HALL Ladies (18-39), 80th 1:41:48 Lyn HAYES, Women (45-49) , 145th 1:49:29 Helen NEARY, Women (55-59) and 220th 1:53:58 Melinda MACKAY, Women (45-49).

48th Team
543th 2:10:34 Rebecca GASK, Ladies (18-39), 602th 2:12:59 Charlotte PETKOVIC, Ladies (18-39), 658th 2:16:04 Kathie GATES, Ladies (18-39), 993th 2:41:19 and Sara WRENN, Women (45-49).

Men’s Team Results

10th team:
37th 1:19:34 Russell CARR, Men (18-39, 96th 1:25:57 Mark WARING, Men (18-39),114th 1:27:20 Michael MACKAY, Men (45-49) and 141st 1:28:29 Michael PAIN, Men (40-44) 3908 150

28th Team
172nd 1:29:57 Ciaran OSBORN, Men (18-39), 265th 1:33:23 Ed McKINNEY, Men (18-39), 303rd 1:34:44 Simon BOWYER, Men (18-39) and 327th 1:35:26 Eddie WATTENBACH, Men (45-49).

45th Team

493rd 1:39:27 Peter BURFOOT, Men (55-59), 564th 1:41:29 Shane LAST, Men (40-44), 609th 1:42:37 Nick BROOKER, Nick Men (45-49) and 682nd 1:43:59 David JONES, Men (55-59).

91st Team

686th 1:44:07 Albert KEMP, Men (60-64), 1335th 1:56:40 Fergus RANDOLPH, Men (45-49), 1578th 2:01:08 Alistair HOWITT, Men (50-54) and 1768th 2:05:20 John BILLINGHAM, Men (40-44).

The other individual results were:-
610th 1:40:51 Neil Walbridge, Men (18-39), 2494th 2:10:19 Anthony GATES, Men (50-54), 3312nd 2:29:55 Wansze NG, Ladies (18-34) and 3588th 2:49:43 Martin BURKE, Men (50-54).

Elsewhere, in the Bury Nearly 10 mile race (9 miles 703 yards) Janet DRAKE, ladies (50-54) was 203rd 1:40:23 “

15th April 2009 - Easter results and news

Congratulations to the Waddie Men's Team in securing 16th Team place out of 36 at the 26th Folkestone 10 mile race on Good Friday. The men's team consisted of Mike Pain, Michael Mackay, Peter Burfoot and Andy Pain. Andy achieved a pb.

Although there were insufficient Ladies to make up a team, the sole Waddie Lady finisher, Siobhan Burke, put in a magnificent performance. Well done Siobhan!

Our commiserations go to Melinda Mackay, who was unable to finish, having pulled out of the race.

The race was run in good dry calm conditions though it was rather warm. runners were spared the driving hail squalls, heatwave, and seas breaking over the course of the last 3 years!

This is a good final build up race for the London Marathon and many runners are in peak form, so the competition can be stiff. The race starts on the Green at Hythe and it is a fast flat course, mainly along the seafront to Folkestone and back. Runners were well supported by the Pain, Mackay and Burke families. Regrettably, this year, there were no supporting children's races. The results:-

42 1:05:36 PAIN, Michael Wadhurst Runners M44 72.10% 364 42
60 1:07:38 MACKAY, Michael Wadhurst Runners M46 70.97% 455 60
136 1:13:44 BURFOOT, Peter Wadhurst Runners M56 70.61% 109 136
271 1:23:01 PAIN, Andy Wadhurst Runners M40 55.35% 363 271

377 1:30:48 BURKE, Siobhan Wadhurst Runners F18 54.39% 266 377

Hastings 5 Mile Race

Remember that this coming Sunday sees the resumption of the SGP series with the Hastings 5 mile race, again with many London Marathon entrants in peak condition. Let's try and beat our record entry which was at the Hastings Half Marathon for this seafront event! Support preferably with Digital Camera at the ready for team and individual photos is welcomed.

London Marathon

While on the subject of the London Marathon, remember that General Ballot entries for the 2010 edition open at 9.00am on Monday 27th April. You need to be among the first 120,000 applicants to have a chance of obtaining a place in the General Ballot. Only those members who have been rejected in the General Ballot are eligible to be included in the ballot for any Club Places providing they also satisfy the Club's other criteria for inclusion. If you do not manage to participate in the General Ballot, because you are not among the first 120,000 entrants and you do not receive a rejection letter, you cannot be included in the ballot for Club places, even if you satisfy the Club's other criteria.

Best of luck to those members with places in the London Marathon 2009 which takes place on 26th April. They would welcome any support you can give. Some are looking for sponsorship for charitable causes.


If anyone is interested in me trying to secure visits by the Flying Coaches operated by Sussex Athletics, please let me know by 8.00pm on Thursday 23rd April as I have a Sussex Athletics Committee Meeting the following day when I should be able to make enquiries of Elspeth Turner who makes the arrangements. If there is sufficient support, I will investigate the possibility of securing the services of Flying Coaches on one or more Tuesday evening or Sunday morning in the summer months. If they are not available at these times I will find out when they are available.

Bewl 15 Ballot

Please remember that the deadline for putting yourself forward for the Bewl 15 ballot expires on Friday 24th April. Please ensure I have your name if you want to be included as success in this ballot is the only opportunity club members will get to run the Bewl 15 2009, providing they can supply a non-member to carry out their marshalling duties. All club members can expect to be assigned marshalling duties even if they were not members or had no duties last year.

The ballot is open to members of all abilities. the ballot will be drawn at the Awards Dinner on 2nd May.

So far the names we have are:


Lynn Hayes
Kathie Gates
Helen Goddard


Peter Burfoot
Ciaran Osborn
Russell Carr
Eddie Wattenbach
Mark Casse
Mark Waring
Mike Pain
Mat Seabrook.

7th April 2009 - Paddock Wood

The Paddock Wood Half Marathon took place on 5th April.

This can be a deceptive race. Although the course is basically flat, there are a few inclines particularly in the first couple of miles along with some railway bridges. However the course actually runs downhill until Laddingford, shortly before the 9 mile point, before it starts to return to Paddock Wood, so the last 4 miles or so is slightly uphill and often against the wind.

Congratulations to the 2 Waddie finishers who both finished in the top 400 out of a field of 1942. Lynn's time was particularly pleasing to her as it was her best ever. Well done, Lynn!

The results:-

167 1:29:17 MACKAY, Michael Wadhurst Runners Vet Men (40-49) 1:29:16 1832 167
399 1:37:23 HAYES, Linda Wadhurst Runners Vet Ladies (45-54) 1:37:22 233 399

7th April 2009 - A long, long way for some!!

Sorry for the delay in sending this weekend's race.

Waddies were in action at home and abroad last weekend with the Worthing 20 mile SGP race, the Paddock Wood Half Marathon and the Paris and Rotterdam Marathons.

Congratulations to all the Waddie finishers in those races.

The Worthing 20 mile race

In light winds, sunny weather and rising temperatures 6 Waddies ran the Worthing 20 mile race. this is a race of 4 laps and the results, below, indicate the chip lap times as well as the overall results.

GunPos Bib Name Gender Cat Club GunTime ChipPos ChipTime Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap3 33 390 Michael Pain M 40 Wadhurst Runners 02:19:11 33 02:19:08 00:36:09 01:10:05 01:44:14
65 417 Derek Harrison M 50 Wadhurst Runners 02:26:52 66 02:26:46 00:37:07 01:12:29 01:48:44
183 237 Shane Last M 40 Wadhurst Runners 02:51:06 187 02:50:48 00:46:32 01:26:11 02:10:42
191 189 Helen Neary F 55 Wadhurst Runners 02:52:47 194 02:52:15 00:43:20 01:24:09 02:06:49
345 202 Anthony Gates M 50 Wadhurst Runners 03:27:23 346 03:27:04 00:51:35 01:43:14 02:38:32
381 201 Kathie Gates F Wadhurst Runners 03:45:09 380 03:44:49 00:51:35 01:43:14 02:38:33

The Paris Marathon

Meanwhile, Chairman Albert was running in the Paris Marathon. I was hoping to catch up with Albert at Circuit Training tonight, but he wasn't there so I can only report on his result. No doubt Albert was hustled and jostled in true Gallic style as is customary and will circulate a graphic account shortly. Albert's result was:-

number 19470
class VH3 (1949 - 1940)
split time
5 km 00:24:22
10 km 00:49:04
15 km 01:14:11
21.1 km 01:44:43
25 km 02:04:24
30 km 02:30:37
35 km 02:56:54
place (M/W) 6591
place (brutto) 6869
place (net) 7414
place (ag) 83
time total (netto) 03:38:09
time total (brutto) 03:39:13

Well done, Albert.

The Rotterdam Marathon

While Albert was well en route in Paris, the Rotterdam Marathon started at 11.00am with a canon being fired at the Start outside the Town Hall. Peter Burfoot was the sole Waddie representative. After a cold cloudy day on Saturday, the fog lifted early on Sunday morning and there was clear blue sky and temperatures which rose to an official maximum of 14.8C, nothing like the 27.1C encountered in 2007 when he last ran the race. There was a light untroubling breeze and the flat fast course had been reconfigured to make it faster, by trying to avoiding prevailing headwinds. This year Kenyan Duncan Kibet broke the course record with a fantastic time of 2:04:27 just 34 seconds off the world record. Perhaps we have a future Haile in the making?

Peter, still only 8 weeks after abdominal surgery and troubled on the day by a streaming head cold could not match Duncan’s performance but achieved a respectable result, all things considered.

Although the number of individual marathon finishers is not very high at Rotterdam, there are marathon relays taking place as well as a 10k at the same time so the course is much busier than the number of finishers suggests. The city really comes alive for the event and while much of the race is run on dual carriageways in the suburbs where support can be sparse, a number of sections of the race are very well supported and there are numerous places where there are bands and music is played. Supporters can view the runners in a number of places on the figure of 8 course, by using the underground system. Rotterdam does itself proud with this event....though I did see 2 runners collide with a bicycle which a lady was pushing while crossing the course.

Peter's result:-

Bib number 11221

Name Peter Burfoot
City Ticehurst, Wadhurst
Distance Fortis Marathon Rotterdam
Category M55
Overall place 1905 / 6443
Category place 81 / 377
Speed 11,482 Km/Hour
Gross time 3:41:38
Net time 3:40:30
Net split times (difference)
5 Kilometer 23:40 (23:40)
10 Kilometer 46:59 (23:19)
15 Kilometer 1:10:22 (23:23)
20 Kilometer 1:34:33 (24:11)
Half marathon 1:40:20
25 Kilometer 2:00:41 (26:08)
30 Kilometer 2:28:02 (27:21)
35 Kilometer 2:56:43 (28:41)
40 Kilometer 3:27:30 (30:47)

The next SGP race is the Hastings 5 mile race on the 19th April.

Those wishing to enter the London Marathon 2010 should be aware that on-line entry is reported to be due to go live at 9.00am on Monday 27th April, so those members who want to apply when it opens and who don't have internet access at work had better start to arrange their annual leave for that day!

23rd March 2009 More race results

Congratulations to Tony Gates and Peter Burfoot who took on a new race, the A20 Pathway 17.3 mile. This started at the old Great Danes Hotel, now the Ramada Maidstone, near Leeds Castle. It was a rolling Chip start with runners being despatched in waves on account of the narrowness of the pathway beside the A20 used for this race. The rolling start worked well and it was fun overtaking the some of the slower runners who started earlier. The race weaved its undulating way to Harrietsham and beside the A20 for nearly 6 miles before turning left near Lenham and climbing up the North Downs along a minor road. Once at the top it was quite flat and fast, though at the 8 mile point Tony was afflicted by cramp. Just before 9 miles the race descended the North Downs steeply close to Charing and hit the A20 again, this time westbound and against the noticeable breeze. The return back to the Great Danes was a bit of a slog, but the general view on Runners World was that the runners enjoyed the race for marathon training purposes. It was a lovely sunny morning, neither too hot nor too cold. There were 344 finishers.

The results:-



Some weeks back on 1st March, while the Waddies were grappling with the Eastbourne Half Marathon, Martin Burke was running in Belgium in the Annual Ostend to Bruges race. Martins' result was:-

Martin Burke GBR Wadhurst Runners 1.48.44 1.50.12

...And a little closer to home, on 18th March, Janet Drake was in racing action again in Norfolk in the Broadland Half Marathon. It was a very picturesque undulating route> Unfortunately groin and stomach cramps problem affected Janet's performance. Janet's result was:-
Place Time Name Affiliate Category Number
277 2:21:46 DRAKE, Janet Wadhurst Runners Ladies 45-54 315
Those in Marathon training should not forget to consider the next Sussex Grand Prix race which is the Worthing 20 mile race on 5th April. For those who prefer something a bit shorter, there is the Hastings 5 mile race on 19th April which is also a Sussex Grand Prix event.

On the Sunday 29th March, Tunbridge Wells Harriers are staging their last perfect pre-London Marathon 18 mile training run from Pembury, Camden Arms at 8.00 am . There is an option of an additional 2 miles to add on before, after, or both. Also there is a 13 mile short cut. 3 drinks stations with water and sports drinks will be laid on. All are welcome to this scenic, (tough) hilly course.

9th March 2009 - results round up

A round up of recent race results:

Apologies for not reporting earlier on Siobhan Burke's result in the Tim Sutton Fowlmead 5 race held on 22nd February, but I was unaware of it until I took to reading the Results pages of the Nice Work website. Well done Siobhan!

Siobhan's result was:

22nd February 2009 Tim Sutton Fowlmead 5

2 0:43:49 BURKE, Siobhan Wadhurst Runners Senior Ladies 107

At the weekend, Michael Mackay led the pair of Waddies home who ventured down to Lydd for the Half Marathon. Independent reports suggest that the out lap was quick with a following wind but that when the runners turned they had to run the homeward lap against the wind. The course was flat, with the only up and down hills being a humpbacked bridge!

Congratulations to Michael and Albert on the results for their 3rd Half Marathon in as many weeks:-

8th March 2009 Lydd Half Marathon

22 1:28:27 MACKAY, Michael Wadhurst Runners Male Vet 2 229
114 1:43:46 KEMP, Albert Wadhurst Runners Male Vet 5 1

Meanwhile, Peter Burfoot and Sally Toll were flying the flag in the final race of the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League season at the Pestalozzi Village, Sedlescombe, the results of which will be circulated when they are published.

8th March 2009 Social News

Social News from Social Sec. Sally follows:

Saturday May 2nd

Annual Awards Dinner, The George, Frant.
£19:95 per person for 3 course meal
Let me know ASAP if you wish to come.

Wednesday 17th June

Quiz night at the Bull, Three Leg Cross (subject to date check with Bull Inn)

July- Date to be decided

High Ropes Course, Bedgebury.
If you would like to have a go please let me know. I am hoping to get a group discount if there are enough of us.

August- date to be decided

Family beach picnic with fun races.

Sunday 6th September

Bacon Butty run

Friday 9th October

Curry night, Junaki, Hawkhurst.

Friday 6th November

Skittles, Black Horse, Telham

Friday 4th December

Christmas meal, Mark Cross Inn, Wadhurst.

Please let me know if you are interested in any of these or if there are any major race clashes.



1st March 2009 Eastbourne Half Marathon


Wadhurst Runners put up a magnificent performance at the Eastbourne Half Marathon Sussex Grand Prix race today. The results speak for themselves:

6 1:20:43 CARR, Russell Wadhurst Runners Senior Men 1:20:38 790 6
15 1:24:26 OSBORN, Ciaran Wadhurst Runners Senior Men 1:24:26 276 15
36 1:28:33 PAIN, Michael Vet Men 40-49 1:28:31 837 36
37 1:28:50 WARING, Mark Wadhurst Runners Senior Men 1:28:49 596 37
45 1:30:12 MACKAY, Michael Wadhurst Runners Vet Men 40-49 1:30:10 811 45
105 1:36:24 WATTENBACH, Eddie Wadhurst Runners Vet Men 40-49 1:36:19 700 105
122 1:37:44 HALL, Cathy Wadhurst Runners Vet Ladies 35-44 1:37:38 849 122
218 1:44:26 LAST, Shane Wadhurst Runners Vet Men 40-49 1:44:20 946 218
221 1:44:32 BROOKER, Nick Wadhurst Runners Vet Men 40-49 1:44:20 201 221
226 1:44:50 KEMP, Albert Wadhurst Runners Vet Men 60+ 1:44:45 487 226
231 1:44:54 JONES, David Wadhurst Runners Vet Men 50-59 1:44:43 74 231
635 2:07:15 GATES, Anthony Wadhurst Runners Vet Men 50-59 2:07:00 484 635
652 2:08:06 GATES, Kathie Wadhurst Runners Senior Ladies 2:07:51 485 652
768 2:18:51 PETKOVIC, Charlotte Wadhurst Runners Senior Ladies 2:18:37 813 768

Meanwhile the Captain was over on Planet Thanet in ideal conditions trying to get back on track with his training schedule for the Rotterdam Marathon in 5 weeks time, by running the Thanet 20 mile race over a slightly different course for 2009 and taking in the North Foreland Lighthouse and the numerous bays and ups and downs to the north and south of Ramsgate:

163 2:41:50 BURFOOT, Peter Wadhurst Runners M56 67.36% 110 163

23rd February 2009 Sussex Beacon Half Marathon

Congratulations to the 15 Waddies who competed in the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon today.

Fittingly, the Waddies were led home by stalwart member Michael Mackay, displaying his usual prowess. There were some excellent individual performances with several pbs. Lyn Hayes ran still nursing the ankle she injured recently whilst skiing and it fell to the Chairman afterwards to demonstrate his skills on Lyn's ankle as a masseur. Barry Gilbert travelled from Reading to be at the event. For Mark Casse it was his first race.

The course starts in Madeira Drive and goes up London Road to just beyond the station, then makes its way through the Lanes back onto the seafront to Hove, where it loops back and later follows the Lower Promenade. Past the Pier the route climbs above Madeira Drive and then doubles back down towards the Start so at 10 miles average-paced runners have the excitement of seeing the Race Winners finish their race. The runners proceed towards the Marina, climb the cliff once again and above the Marina descend a steep path to sea level alongside the bobbing boats before running the final mile to the Finish. Gone are the windswept muddy paths towards Rottingdean loathed by runners in bygone years.

The conditions were good. It seemed quite cold in the wind but once under way the runners quickly warmed up! It was mostly cloudy after some glimpses of the sun before the Start. The breeze never really troubled until it headed in the last mile. There were 6063 Registered Entrants and 4613 Finishers so it is the biggest race in the neighbourhood and appeared to have been enjoyed by all the Waddies who took part.

The results:-

Provisional Results for All Competitors in finish order.
Sussex Beacon Half Marathon, Half Marathon Race - Sunday 22 February 2009. 9:45 am
Race Chip Race Race
Place Time Name Team Age Category Time No Place

242 1:29:41 MACKAY, Michael Wadhurst Runners Men 40-49 1:29:07 235 242
372 1:33:14 WATTENBACH, Eddie Wadhurst Runners Men 40-49 1:33:10 2754 372
553 1:36:48 HALL, Cathy Wadhurst Runners Ladies 21-39 1:36:44 4988 553
691 1:38:51 BURFOOT, Peter Wadhurst Runners Men 50-59 1:38:42 1740 691
711 1:39:09 HAYES, Linda Wadhurst Runners Ladies 40-49 1:38:43 666 711
926 1:42:25 JONES, David Wadhurst Runners Men 50-59 1:41:17 2538 926
1022 1:43:59 KEMP, Albert Wadhurst Runners Men 60-69 1:43:43 1974 1022
1118 1:45:14 CASSE, Mark Wadhurst Runners Men 21-39 1:44:57 4583 1118
1239 1:46:56 LAST, Shane Wadhurst Runners Men 40-49 1:42:56 1748 1239
1513 1:49:53 NEARY, Helen Wadhurst Runners Ladies 50-59 1:48:46 2467 1513
1896 1:53:51 RANDOLPH, Fergus Wadhurst Runners Men 40-49 1:52:44 4982 1896
2538 2:00:41 MACKAY, Melinda Wadhurst Runners Ladies 40-49 1:55:16 2269 2538
2942 2:04:47 GATES, Anthony Wadhurst Runners Men 50-59 2:04:01 1907 2942
3254 2:08:50 GATES, Kathie Wadhurst Runners Ladies 21-39 2:08:04 1908 3254
3428 2:11:30 GILBERT, Barry Wadhurst Runners Men 60-69 2:08:56 4198 3428

....Meanwhile Janet Drake was running the Bury 10 mile race today and her results are awaited.

The next Sussex Grand Prix race is the Eastbourne Half Marathon on 1st March. For those needing to run a longer race for training for the early April Paris or Rotterdam Marathons, there is the Thanet 20 mile race on 1st March at Ramsgate.

The next Cross Country is on 8th March at Sedlescombe.

If you want to run a Half Marathon in the next few weeks, why not try the Hastings Half Marathon on 15th March, which is also an SGP event?

17th December 2008 Hastings Marathon

Congratulations to all those Waddies who took part in the weekend’s Hastings Marathon 2008!

There were some fantastic achievements. But everybody who completed this race today was a winner over the course and conditions. It was a gruelling race run in near-freezing conditions and seemed designed to ensure that this would be a race nobody would forget - nor would anybody want to forget it as the sense of achievement was so high.

Some Waddies who took part have been plagued with injury worries and others have been ill. Many had their training programmes interrupted. Some did not have training programmes at all (allegedly, at least). This was a race which sapped all the juice from the muscles and runners ran the last few miles along the seafront moaning and groaning with the effort and pain.

Here are the results:

Michael Mackay 49th 3:08:35 - a Good for Age place at last!
Mark Waring 80th 3:14:27 pb by around 30 minutes
Helen Goddard 126th 3:21:30 First marathon. 7th Lady overall. 4th Lady 18-39
Eddie Wattenbach 200th 3:29:13 nursing hamstring injury
Lynn Hayes 239th 3:33:31 First Marathon. 6th Lady 45-49
Peter Burfoot 335th 3:45:08
Albert Kemp 392nd 3:50:13 4th Men 60-64 recovering from illness
Tony Gates 1094th 5:12:52
Bonita Backhouse 1096th 5:13:06
Kathie Gates 1116th 5:20:29
Sara Wrenn 1159th 5:46:33
Martin Burke 1169th 6:05:23 Recovering from Himalayan Mountain Sickness

..and not forgetting our 2nd claim runner, Derek Harrison running in period costume: 188th 3:27:40 9th Men 50 - 54.

The Wadhurst Men's team consisting of Michael, Mark, Eddie and Peter clinched a staggering 8th place out 57 teams. Well done!

Last but by no means least as they had the coldest job of all, thank you to the club members and friends who supported our runners on this arduous race.