Some race results are included below but also see Results tab for results for Uckfield Runners in recent races.

There was a good turnout for the Worthing half marathon with eleven running from Uckfield.  The is a flat course, the weather was cold but dry but he westerly wind made it hard running westwards along the seafront to Groing.  First home was Stewart Gasson with a time of 1hr 37:19 followed by Graham West 1hr 38:07 and the first lady from Uckfield Tara Twyman in 1hr 44:09.  For four of our runners Tosca Anstis, Nikki Kindon, Sara Patience and Lauren Scordilas this was their first half marathon.  To make up the 11 also running were Dayle Bryant, Joanne Thornton, Samantha Kedwards and Christopher Lugg.  In true Uckfield Runers tradition the run was followed by Fish and chips, it is after all the seaside.

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It was another great Christmas party at Crockstead, good food, good company and some great shapes on the dance floor.  Following the meal the trophies and awars were made as follows:  

Cross Country 2016/17
1st - Jamie Keddie                     
2nd - Richard Coates                
3rd - Graham West
1st - Catherine Harker
2nd - Tanya Edmondson
3rd - Christine Tait
Sussex Grand Prix 2017
1st - Richard Coates                   
2nd - Graham West                                 
3rd - Stewart Gasson                   
1st - Catherine Harker
2nd - Sam Kedwards
3rd  - Christine Tait
The most improved runner awards for this year were:
Dayle’s group: Fatima Nixon
Tuesday group: Sara Patience and Max Williams
Emma’s group: Becky Pettitt.
Laura Grove won the London marathon place.
Gift tokens were given to Dayle, Emma and Lorraine for their commitment to our club.

Also a very special award of vouchers donated by Hephzi were given to Sam and Chris who have contributed the most to our club this year through their inspiration to others. What comes to mind is their dedication to help Kim Burgess through her training in the Beachy Head marathon this year with Kim having only time to do one 10 mile training run and finishing the gruelling 26 miles over the Downs. All very well deserved. And well done Kim.
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On Monday morning 27th November at Dayle’s group we presented a cheque from club funds of £1000.00 to Trevor Weeks from the Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service. Photo courtesy of Jim Holden. You may have also seen a write up in the Sussex Express this week and also on the Uckfield FMs website.

Another very nice Parkrun today at Bedgebury. Graham West, Peter West, Tara Twyman, Sam kedwards, Sara Patience, Lauren Sordilis, Aimee Payne and Lorraine West as well as my  Matthew West walking today. Super location, the rain held off for the run and great cakes by the lake afterwards.  Some notable results: well done to Lauren Scordilis finishing over 4min quicker than in June, Lorraine West over 2.5 min quicker and Sara Patience nearly 2min quicker: and Tara Twyman who ran under 30min pushing a double buggy. Also some good finsihing position with Graham West 1st VM55 and 2dn highest age %, Peter West 1st M25 and Samantha Kedwards 2nd VW40.  Alos Aimee Payne completing her first Parkrun, Aimee welcome to the Uckfield Runner Parkrunners.  Next week is Eastbourne Parkrun.   

As part of our on tour parkruns 9 of us run the Hove Prom Parkrun today.  Well done to Sara Patience with a PB breaking 30 mins with and official time of 29:58 (29:52 on watch); great running.  Also running Graham West (1st VM55), Sam Kedwards, Charlotte Munro, Jan Groom, Tosca Anstis, Michael Hill, Lauren Scordilis and Lorraine West.   As usual for us parkrunners cake afterwards was a big priority.

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There was a good turnout for the evening Bexhill 5k with eight Uckfield Runners, in spite of sub ideal weather of strong winds and rain: now what I was expecting for a July evening run.  Medals were bright and summary even if the weather was not.  Seaside so had to be fish and chips afterwards but we opted for the eating in rather than the planned fish and chips on the beach.  Running from Uckfield Richard Coates 20:14, Graham West 20:18 (3rd VM55), Stewart Gasson 22:03, Jason Remington 22:41, Chris Lugg 23:35, Catherine Harker 24:22, Sam Kedwards 26:12, Michael Hill 30:14 (PB)

It was hot day for the Uckfield 10k this year on Sunday 9 July.  The event is run by Uckfield and District Lions with Uckfield Runners helping to promote the event, set it up and assisting with Marshalling.  The event starts at Uckfield Rugby Club and is mainly run throught Buxted Park over and undulating route.  Eight of our runners ran the Event, Max Williams, Andy Taylor, Graham West, Sarah Patience, Chris Lugg, Tosca Anstis, Michael Hill and Charlotte Munro.  Richard Page marked out the course and assisted with marshalling, Jo Thornton and Dayle Bryant manned the drink station whilst Sam Kedwards (assisted by Phoebe and Tess) handed out the finishers medals.

On Saturday we had a pitch on the Uckfield Big Day Out (last picture to right) to promote the club.  The pitch was manned by Graham West, Lorriane West, Tosca Anstis, Samantha Kedwards, Chris Lugg and Michael Hill at various times during the day.  We spoke to about 25 people interested in the club so hopefully we will see some new comers over the next two or three weeks.


Today was the Heathfield 10k in the morning and the club BBQ in the afternoon.  Heathfield is a Sussex Grand Prix event and a very hilly course, pretty much 5k down hill and 5k back up.  We don't let a few hills put us off so good to see 11 turn up from the club.  In the afternoon it was very pleasant day for the annual club BBQ.    

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The Uckfield Runners parkrunners were on tour on Saturday, with eight of our runners visiting Bedgebury Pinetum Parkrun near Goudhurst (first two pictures) as a change from our normal Parkrun at Shinewater Eastbourne.  This was a very scenic location passing a lake on the way to the start.   Following a briefing for new runners to the event but the race director Liz we set off the with an undulating route through the Pine Forest.  The route was well marked and marshalled and the surface good underfoot and the sun came out without being too hot.  The run was followed but well earned tea/coffee and cake outside the cafe by the lake.  A very enjoyable start to the weekend.  Running from Uckfield were, Graham West  21:13 (1st V55, 5th overall), Chris Lugg 26:36, Sara Patience 34:18, Charlotte Lade 37.16, Phoebe Kedwards (age 8) 38:41 (first 5k run), Samantha Kedwards 38:43, Lauren Scordilis 43:42 and Lorraine West 50:47.

Graham and Lauren were also out on Sunday for the Seaford Triple Challenge (second two pictures).  Graham ran the half marathon finishing second in 1hr 40:49 whilst Lauren completed the 30 mile cycle ride.  This was an off road evetn starting on Seaford Sea front and going up on the downs to Firle Beacon and Bo Beep.  It was thick fog at the top as you will see from the picture below, they had marked the route with blue flags, at times you could just make out the next blue flag and head towards it hoping you would then see the next blue flag: the views would have been great if you could see more than 10 metres.  It was a good event though.  On the last picture you can see Lauren in the back ground. 

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Well done Jan Groom running a PB on 30.25 and finishing third VW60.  Great run and you were on holiday.

Great turnout for the Hastings 5 mile with 17 runners from the club enjoying the seaside and many of us going for fish and chips afterwards.  Running from Uckfield were: Lee Adams  31.36
Richard Coates 33.11, Graham West 33.27, Max Williams 34.20, Stewart Gasson 34.56, Jason Remington 37.39, James Castell 39.30, Chris Lugg 39.17, Catherine Harker 40.58, Samantha Kedwards 42.12, Christine Tait 43.49, Michael Hill 50.32, Jan Groom 50.45, Louise Marshall 51.56, Sara Patience 51.56, Linda Partrick 64.05, Lorraine West 74.23 

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It is not all about running fast or hard.  To start bank holiday monday a very pleasant social run today to Woods near Buxted Park to see the Bluebells, spring is clearly here.  Tea and coffee at Freedom Leisure finished the morning run off nicely.  

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It was a busy weekend with 5 of our runners in the Paris Marathon, 9 in the Brighton Marathon and 4 in the Brighton Marathon 10k.  Running Paris were Tanya Edmondson 4hrs 26.49
Peter Wilkes 5hrs 00.56, Judith Pyett 5hrs 33.06, Steve Ward 5hrs 52.33, Kathy Gore 6hrs 35.21.  In the Brighton Marathon, Richard Coates 3hrs 58.58, Tara Johnson 3hrs 59.19, Jamie Tyler 4hrs 09.09, Stewart Gasson 4hrs 32.57, Jamie Fox 4hrs 49.52, Jason Remington 4hrs 14.43, Laura Grove 4hrs 32.47 and Andy Taylor 6hrs 54.48.  And in the Birhgont Marathon 10k Nicole Douglas 59.20, Rebecca Holden 1hr 03.47, Jan Groom 1hr 06.00, Dayle Bryant 1hr 06.01.

Seven of our runners from Emma's Thursday group completed the Rome Marathon in torrential rain.  This was Chris Lugg, Sam Kedwards, Stephanie Pharo-Hanson, Victoria Holmgren, Rachel Lhrey, Micheal Hill and Aimee Payne.  This was the first marthon for Sam, Steph, Rachel and Victoria.  We also had five runners in the Paddock Wood half marathon enjoying the sunshine, Stuart Mills 1hr 17.56 (4th V50), Graham West 1hr 33.53, Emma Hyland 1hr 39.19, Tanya Edmondson 2hrs 01.20, Becky Pettit 2hrs 06.52 and Kim Burges 2hrs 22.35.  Emma, Becky and Kim all ran PB's

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There was a good turnout at the Hasting half marathon today, the second Sussex Grant Prix event of the year.  The rain held off but that headwind in the last 2.5 miles along the seafront was a killer.  It is a hilly course with in particular a 4 mile climb from mile 3, and it attracts a big turnout with over 2,500 runnners.  Running from Uckfield were: Graham West 1hr 36.48 (5th M55), Richard Coates 1hr 41.44, Max Williams 1hr 43.58 (PB), Stewart Gasson 1hr 47.25, Duncon McNeill 1hr 47.48, Tara Johndon 1hr 49.34, Peter Wilkes 2hr 05.40, Christine Tait 1hr 09.04, Caley Pearce 2hr 10.22, Kathleen Gore 2hr 48.12.

Also well done to Emma Hyland and Laura Gove who ran the Reading Half marathon today.