April 2014 newsletter

Well it’s been another month of excitement for the saints and sinners and it all started on the 6th with the Brighton marathon, well done to Stacey (3.33.04) , Martin Williams (3.44.33) , Raj (3.50.04) , Rob Kernaghan (4.05.45) , Mike Hawker (4.15.43) , Linda Robson (4.23.40) , Chris Simpson (4.25.28) , Mark (4.30.27) , Chris Lee (4.39.41) and Debbie Williams (5.25.41) and not forgetting those who took on the first Brighton marathon 10K race well done Paul Clark  (45.23) , Ray Ko (51.03) , Nick Baker (51.42) , Louise Bevan (54.25) and Rob Copper (1.05.31) fantastic efforts from you all.

The following Sunday the 13th saw four saints take on the London marathon well done to David Penfold (4.03.35) , Mark (4.14.35) , Simone (5.06.58) , Trevor Neal (6.19.17) again another fantastic effort from all of you.... I suppose this bit should be added... well done to Mark who ran both Marathons (bad Dobby) :) 

On Easter Monday the 21st the Saints put out a record attendance at the Lewes 10k and didn’t we look the part with our club kit and warm up session other clubs in the league are certainly noticing the force we are becoming.

The course was certainly testing with a mixture of tarmac and boggy field crossings and the pace was certainly eye popping with everyone saying how quick they ran the first half of the race, well done everyone that ran it was clear all of you gave it everything. It was so nice to see so many of you go back out on the course after finishing to encourage the rest of the saints on as they approached the track finish.

Stacey Buche 40.32
Ben Stock 40.50
Dave Cook 40.55
Dave Penfold 46.17
Mark Clawson 48.15
James Tombs 48.32
Ed Wheeler 50.25
Dave lague 51.55
Rob Kernaghan 53.21
Ray Ko 53.48
Nick Baker 54.36
Mary Freestone 56.01
Nina Williams 57.11
Louise Bevan 58.26
Simone Lee 1.06.26
Kimberly Waller 1.09.58
Faye Buche 1.09.58
Fiona Montgomery 1.10.19
Brian Purnell 1.11.46
Rod Harrison 1.16.29
Leonnie Harrison 1.16.34
Trevor Neal 1.20.35

A special well done to two lovely little saints and sinners that finally got us some points in the junior league after running the 1 mile race

Ellie Buche 9.08
Isobel Buche 9.54

Race reviews.....

Ray Ko – 6th April Brighton marathon 10k 

This was a chip timed race all on road using sections of the Brighton marathon course, the race was organised by ground events the same as the marathon and like the marathon runners you had to collect your race number and kit bag at the expo but this was a little disappointing as you collected it from a separate section from the marathon runners and all the merchandise at the expo was aimed at the marathon sort of forgetting the 10k runners.

The race was on closed roads but distance markers were in general non-existent with only a single 5k marker on the course, the course is described as fast with drink stations every two miles and it is buggy friendly. Paula Radcliffe started the race and if anyone is interested in doing it next year keep an eye out for entries to open up on the Brighton marathon website.

Rod and Leonnie Harrison – 5th April Bolt around the Holt

This Trail race was in Alice Holt forest near Farnham we ran the 10k, the course consisted of 5k laps for all the distances as there was also the option to run a 5k and a 21k race.

Parking was good with plenty of portaloos and the start had a very friendly atmosphere with music and a good warm up session, Alice Holt is a beautiful location with compacted trails and short muddy sections the course is undulating but definitely achievable for most runners and by having the three distances it catered for runners of all abilities. Water stations were plentiful and gels were also available, we both finished the race in 1.06.17 (a new 10k PB for Leonnie) the bespoke finishers medal is very nice and we would definitely run this again next year.

Rod and Leonnie Harrison – 13th April Brighton chicken run

The first ever chicken run was advertised with the promise of having lots of fun whilst running 5k dressed as a chicken around Hove park, the costume was provided and on completion you was to be rewarded with a medal, a Easter egg, post run drink, goody bag from Nando’s and a week’s free trial with British military fitness.

We both ran with our dog Molly and the atmosphere was cheerful with lots of smiles and laughs which you would expected as we was all dressed as chickens there was even the chance to be photographed with the Nando’s mascot before the Race ( How gutted are you Ray KO :) ) the route was the same as the Hove parkrun the weather was beautiful which brought out lots of spectators we don’t know our times as we didn’t see any official timing but it was fun and we came away with the best goody bag we’ve ever received.

Well done to Trevor Neal who ran the K2 track marathon on the 26th. That now brings his marathon total to 68!

Our next league races.....

Sunday 11th May at 11.00am is the Portslade Hedgehoppers 5 mile race meeting at the Portslade Aldridge community academy sports centre, Chalky road, Portslade. The course is on undulating paths over the south downs (no under 16s and no dogs) due to construction work parking will be limited.

If you want to be entered for this race let Brian know by Thursday 8th of May at the latest.

Wednesday 21st May at 7.30pm is the Trundle hill 10k race which starts at Lavant village hall, Pook lane, Lavant, 

PO18 0AH. The course is off road and described as a lovely scenic run with just one hill! (5k up 5k down) there is plenty of parking space at the venue.

There is also a junior 1 mile race starting at 7.00pm.

If you want to be entered for this race let Brian know by Saturday 17th May at the latest.

Other races in May.....

3rd East Grinstead 10 miles – Sussex marathon weekend
3rd Beast in the East 10k – Swanley
4th Haywards Heath 10 mile – Sussex marathon weekend
4th Y RUN 14 YMCA 5 miles – Reigate
4th Three Forts marathon and half marathon
5th Burgess Hill 10k – Sussex marathon weekend
5th Barcombe 5k & 10k
5th Rusper May Day 4 miles
5th Esher church school 10k
17th The Hurt Zone 7 miles – Bagshot
18th Hero’s v Villan’s 10k – Brighton
18th Hillcrest 10k
18th Bognor prom 10k
18th Horsham 10k
25th Weald Challenge Half Marathon – Lewes
26th Lindfield village 10k
31st Arun river marathon

Fancy pushing yourself in June? 

On the 21st there is the Trionium midsummer munro half marathon one of the toughest half marathons out there over Box hill with a height gain/loss of over 3000ft and if you are feeling really brave on the same day there is the Trionium picnic marathon an event held every two years this has a height gain/loss of over 6000ft basically you run the half marathon route twice, runners world have named this the hardest marathon in Britain full details at www.trionium.com

On the 10th May it will be Tilgate’s Park run 100th event and to celebrate we want all saints and sinners to run in our club kit and we will all wear a special 100 race number which Leonnine has designed for the club to congratulate the Park run team, Please see Mark for the race number this is another great opportunity for a group photo and to promote the club at park run.

Club roles and responsibilities.....

As we said at the AGM last year when the club expanded we would look at offering out roles to members and we are very pleased to announce that Leonnie Harrison has agreed to take over the clubs newsletter reporter role, Ben Stock will be our new social media reporter looking after our Facebook and Twitter accounts, Trevor Neal will be our social events organiser and James Tombs is our website administrator.

So for all our new and old members the clubs roles are...

Chairman – Brian Purnell
Club coach and Developer – Mark Clawson
Newsletter reporter – Leonnie Harrison
Social media reporter – Ben Stock
Social events organiser – Trevor Neal
Website administrator – James Tombs
Crawley news reporter – Position available
Club membership – Brian Purnell
UKA affiliation – Brian Purnell
Club kit – Brain Purnell
WSFRL race entry – Brian Purnell
WSFRL club race organiser – Brian Purnell

A note from Mark.....

Thank you to everyone who has taken on roles within the club as already said it was always the plan to offer out the roles when the club got bigger, for those who know me i still struggle with computers but i somehow managed to get a basic newsletter together along with a Facebook and Twitter account and a very basic website all with the aim of getting the club noticed and to attract new members, i am so pleased that these tools will now be in the hands of members who can take them forward and help improve the club.

With a bit more spare time i plan to concentrate on our training sessions and club development i have some great ideas that i hope will continue to push the club forward and increase our members i really believe that the club will become a force in the WSFRL and a leading running club within Crawley.


Thank you to everyone who completed and returned the recent Training survey it is clear that everyone enjoys the sessions whist some of you would like a earlier start most of you would not be able to make it because of work so we will stick with 7pm, Parking at K2 can be a problem but it is central to most of us and its free. You asked for more varied sessions and now we have the lighter nights it is now possible to do them so we have said goodbye to our winter 5k and 5 mile route and have headed out into Tilgate park which has already seen our mile time trial and last week was the dreaded hill repeats this coming Wednesday is a session called ‘the chase’ some of you have requested a second training night something we make look at adding over the summer.

Mark Clawson and Bill Bedford are also looking at setting up a zero to 5k group as a way of introducing people into running and then feeding them into the main training sessions when they are ready if you know anyone who might be interested let Mark or Bill know.

Club kit....

Despite a few problems the kit finally arrived and what an impact it had at the Lewes race other clubs noticed the increase in our members and someone contacted us the day after to ask about joining the club. We have also had many emails through our website from park runners who have seen our tops and jackets on a Saturday morning and want to join the club, please continue to wear your club kit whenever you can it really helps to promote the club.

As we have so many new members we have started another order form so if you want a technical vest, t-shirt or a sweatshirt or hooded sweatshirt please let mark know by Monday the 5th of May and he will pass the requests on to Brain for ordering, remember vests are ordered by chest size.

Sorry it’s such a long one this month but there was lots to cover, next month’s newsletter might contain lovely things like photos something that Mark never had the skill or knowledge to do :)

Happy running everyone.