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

Well done to Jamie Keddie finishing in 2nd place in the Weald Challange Trail ultra run.  In spite of he very hot conditions he completed the 52.3k (32.5 mile) in 4 hours 24:28 just over 5 minutes behind the winner.   Also running the ultra were Kirstine Kirby, Anna Zorn and Debra Richmond.  Whist Nikki Kindon, Tara Johnson, Deborah Turner and Sarah Cooper ran the half marathon.  Please see the results tab for times. 

Under England Athletics guidelines clubs are allowed groups of a run leader and up to 12 runners from 29 March 2021 as was the case before the most recent lockdown.  As before the sessions will need to be pre booked and the previous Covid Secure guidelines will need to be followed: ie back to the new normal.  Accordingly Pete will be sending round an email inviting you to book sessions each Friday with a link to the online booking form.  As far as possible we will split groups to accommodate all runners but if not possible some bookings would need to be cancelled.  

It is expected the restrictions will last until 21 June 2021.

The booking system is set out ON THE TRAINING TAB.

Wealden is being placed into tier 4 with effect from Boxing day.  Accordingly the Boxing day run and the run on Sunday 27 December are cancelled.  The announcement does not affect the run this evening or the Christmas day run tomorrow but please ensure you adhere to the guidelines and in particular maintain social distancing. 

In compliance with the new tier all training sessions are for now suspended.  Sessions will resume when the relevant guidelines permit. 

You can still run with one other person, we are not setting up a system to pair runners, but please feel free to post to our Facebook page if you are looking for someone to run with.  Please note you must arrange any such runs with only one specific individual: eg DO NOT post I will be doing a run from this location at this time if anyone want to join me.

Whilst we have not yet seen official advice from England Athletics it is expected that running session will be allowed as pre the current lockdown with a run leader and up to 12 runners.  As before we expect that sessions will need to be pre booked and the previous Covid Secure guidelines will need to be followed: ie back to the new normal.  Accordingly Pete will be sending round an email inviting you to book sessions from Thursday (so next week Monday and Tuesday sessions will not be run).  If the guidelines were to be more restrictive we would try to accommodate the bookings by splitting groups further but if not possible some bookings would need to be cancelled.  However currently we do expect that it will be as before.

We are introducing a new automated booking system which should be simpler than the previous email based process.  Pete's email will include a link to a booking form and the booking schedule.  Click on the link for the form and click on the session you wish to join then press submit.  Provided spaces are available you will be be booked into the session.  This new system is automated and real time.  If you want to check you are booked please click on the link to the schedule.

The previous system was designed to work with the earlier position were there were insufficient spaces to meet all the booking requests and accordingly a booking window was used and it necessary to manually allocate people to ensure it was fair.  Now with the 5k groups being supported by at least two run leaders and in particular with Sarah Doole kindly agreeing to be an additional run leader it is expected that we will usually be able to accommodate all requests: as was the case in the last few weeks before the most recent lockdowns: although on a couple of weeks the Saturday morning session was overbooked (with 14 request for 12 places for the final week)         

The changes to the previous system are: 

1. The system it automated you do not need to send an email to book.  However you should still email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and CC the run leader if you need to cancel
2. Bookings are now automated when you submit the form so accordingly are on a first come first served basis.  If the number of available spaces is exceeded then you will be added to a waitlist: however it is only expected this may happen in relation to the Saturday morning run but probably most weeks this will be fine.
3.  There is no booking window, no priority between your choices, no limit on number of sessions booked but please do not select alternatives (or you will be booked on both).    
4.  However if you do know what you want to book for the coming week we would still prefer you to book at the weekend:
     a) it makes it easier on the run leaders if they know who many are expected: especially fi the group needs to be split
     b) if a group is full then if you have booked by 4pm on Sunday you will be offered priority for the following week.
5.  You can see your bookings and who else has booked at anytime by clicking on the link in Pete's email.  Because you can see the bookings at any time a list will no longer be emailed or posted to Facebook on Sunday.  Generally the same link will apply each week but note there may be am updated  form issued from time to time in which case the link will change.  I am looking at a possible update to send an email to confirm your booking.
6.  Note that the online booking schedule is cleared Friday morning (a back up is taken for Covid records): so if you are booked on a weekend run please check your booking before Friday. Do not book until you receive the email from Pete or alternatively check the schedule has been cleared and date reset.  If you are making a booking on Friday/Saturday for the the immediate weekend you need to book by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cc the run leader otherwise you will be booking for the weekend after.  
7.  If you need to cancel this is as before please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and CC the run leader.  A facility may be added to allow you to do this online later.                  

         

In compliance with the lockdown all training sessions are for now suspended.  Subject to further guidance we do expect to resume the sessions after the lock down ends on 2 December 2020.  You can still run with one other person, we are not setting up a system to pair runners, but please feel free to post to our Facebook page if you are looking for someone to run with.  Please note you must arrange any such runs with only one specific individual.

I am sure it will not be a surprise to hear that with the current restrictions it is not viable to plan any event for the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League 20/21 season.  A more detialed explanation is given on the cross country website www.eastsussexcrosscountry.co.uk

We had planned to present awards at the first race of the season but in the circumstances these are being distributed to the club reps to hand out to the award winners.  
Full results as both Excel and pdf files  are available on the results tab of the cross country website www.eastsussexcrosscountry.co.uk
The joint Uckfield Runners/Heathfield Runners team came a brilliant 3rd overall out of 14 teams behind Lewes and Crowborough.  Great effort for all those who ran.
We also have four individual award winners from Uckfield Runners.  So big congratulations to:

Izzy Guirdham 1st girl U15 and scoring the maximum possible 40 points
Jamie Keddie 2nd Male 40
Julia Jones 3rd Lady 45
Christine Tait 3rd Lady 60  

Also a few other top 10 finishers:
Lee Adams 7th M40
Jason Remington 9th M45
Graham West 9th M55
Tara Johnson 4th F40
Deborah Turner 7th F40
Beryl Stewart 5th F65

Graham 

We are offering 7 or 8 sessions each week from 5k to 10/11 mile.  These sessions operate under Covid guidelines and accordingly must be pre booked, there are restrictions on numbers and other guidance which must be followed.  New runners are very welcome to come and join our sessions: whether you are a beginner or experianced runner.  Please see the training tab for full details of the sessions available, the booking instructions and the full covid guidance.     

Newplace cross country is our own event in the East Sussex Cross Country League, this was race 3 of 6.   This year we ran the race as two 2.5 mile loops rather than one 5 mile loop.  The event was a great success with 255 runners not including the juniors taking part and plenty of positiive feedback. As usual there was some quality mud to keep the runners happy. Thank you to those who helped on the day, we couldn’t put this event on without your help. Also thank you to all who bought cakes which we asked for a donation a total of £382 was raised from tea and cake.

It was good to not only see plenty of help in marshalling but also 14 running in the race.  Running from Uckfield were Jamie Keddie, Lee Adams, David Crowhurst, Jason Remington, Badrinath Mohandas, Andy Stolton, Chris Tatnell, Richard Page, Catherine Harker, Samantha Kedwards, John Ilfe, Steve Primrose, Christine Tait and Michael Hill.  We finished 5th team (we run as a combined team with Heathfield) out of 12 teams.

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
Male                                                   
1st - Jamie Keddie                     
2nd - Richard Coates                
3rd - Graham West
Female
1st - Catherine Harker
2nd - Tanya Edmondson
3rd - Christine Tait
Sussex Grand Prix 2017
Male                                                  
1st - Richard Coates                   
2nd - Graham West                                 
3rd - Stewart Gasson                   
Female
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.
See Photos tab for more pictures

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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