Newsletter, May 2005
Are you busy gardening, training for
the South Downs Relay or just enjoying
the springtime weather? I’ll settle for all
And now for something less enjoyable… Subs are due!
It’s that time of the year
- “Runner rate” £10
- “Social/Walker Rate £5
- “Pensioner Rate” £5
- “Family Rate”, as per
If you notice a little red dot on your name label, you are in debt! (We do like to be discreet in these matters!)
Please, pay Jackie Griffiths, your
Membership Secretary on weds or
send a cheque to 11, Daisy Croft,
HENFIELD, West Sussex, BN5 9LH.
Cheques payable to Henfield Joggers.
Ken Lancaster Challenge:
This enjoyable and exciting club
fixture will take place on July 13th
at 7pm. There will be a BBQ.
Moon Walk 2005:
A group of Henfield
are taking part in the
Playtex Moon Walk in London on June 18th 2005.
The team are called THE
HENFIELD CHIX and are
raising money for breast cancer research and cancer care.
Look out for some of the fund raising activities from THE CHIX.
The date for this is
Friday 15th July, not as advertised in the
are delighted to announce that “our hosts” this year will be Dave and Kay
Willis of Potwell Gardens, so all we need now is some fine evening weather.
To those who are new to this annual event, the plan is that everyone
brings their own meat/fish/veg and a bottle or three, plus either a sweet or
savoury dish to add to the general food table.
The BBQ will be lit and cutlery and plates etc. will be available, and
the sun will shine, so do join in!
It usually starts at 7.30 pm.
This year’s race will be on July 23rd.
It is a really fun event for the whole family.
Our venerable vessel, The Jolly Jogger, hasn’t managed yet to finish
the course on the Adur in a non-embarrassing position, despite the valiant
efforts of our regular crew.
So, all you incipient
sailors and novice rowers, do come and test your endurance and skill.
Come on, me hearties!
The only condition is that you don’t mind getting wet and covered in
A bus could be arranged if there is enough interest.
Please, contact Duncan Campbell for more info.
Welcome to all new members!
The following runners have completed this year’s Beginners course:
Thornton, Chris Brown, Diana Lyons, Diane Playford, Linda Comber, Debbie Ping,
Laura Valentine, Zillah Webb, Linda Bailey and Hilary Thomas.
Welcome all! We hope you will all continue to run with the Joggers.
Congratulations and thanks to Liz Marks for running such a successful and professional course!
London Marathon 2005:
(from Adrian Hearne)
A great day was had by all at the 2005 London Marathon.
Henfield was well represented with everyone completing the course. All
those months of training have paid off.
Joggers’ supporters were able to cheer some remarkable performances,
none more so than Keith Turner, a visually impaired runner, being led by Duncan
Blackburn, in a time of just over 4 hours.
Newcomers to the Marathon Hilary Thomas, Glen Parsons, Loz Lawson and
Dave English all did well, as did Lesley Besson, Malcolm Lane, Vic Gretton Jr,
plus guest Joggers for the day Robin Wadey and Duncan B’s sister in law, Liz,
all the way from Canada.
A special mention goes to Ken Lancaster who, although not in the best of
shape this year, managed yet another marathon, raising a lot of money for St
Catherine’s Hospice. Well done Ken!
Three of our “colleagues” were in action for Brighton & Hove AC,
with Cathy Ulliot running with the elite ladies-Paula and all!
What started promisingly for Cathy, ended up almost in disappointment, as she staggered over the finishing line missing her desired time. Still, she did indeed do better than many of us could ever dream of.
Mark Halls and Kevin Bush completed the trio both clocking good times
(although Kevin was disappointed to miss the magic 3 hours again).
Don’t worry, there’s always next year!
Well done to each and everyone, including some of our friends from Steyning AC who joined us for the day.
See the results section for times.
Let’s not forget those Henfield Joggers who also ran marathons, albeit less popular ones: In March, Ralph Bernascone and Tony Whitman went to Seville; later in the month Kay Willis, Jackie Parsons and Malcolm Lane ran in Barcelona, and last month Hugh Martin, Malcolm Lane, Mark Skilton and Mark Halls did the Three Fort Marathon.
fantastic achievements all of you!
Runs of the Month:
Please, take note: the next Run of the Month will be
the Hove Park 5K and 1.1ml on 12th June.
In July, it
will be the Steyning Round Hill Romp on the 6th.
For August, it will be the 5ml and 0.5ml Beach Run on the 14th
at Middleton-on Sea.
The Henfield Leisure Centre Half-Marathon is on
August 21st, while our Fun Run, the Seven Stiles will take place on
September 17th.(The same day as the Great North Run).
Volunteers/ helpers are needed for both these events.
If you think you can lend a hand, please, contact Richard.
Henfield Village Fayre:
This will be on Henfield Common on June 18th 2005.
Can anyone help in promoting The Joggers at this event?
Ilidia and Liz H are going to be selling nutricious cakes and energy bars as part of our stall, but other helpers are needed. We are looking for those interested in running and willing to advance our cause.
Please, tell Ilidia or Liz H if you are interested.
The next committee meeting is on September 6th.
The next newsletter will
be due soon after, but the deadline for contributions stands as September 14th.
You have been warned!
Sometimes referred to as “the
Chariots of Fire Run”, this is
planned for Friday Aug 19th at
Widewater, Shoreham .
There will be a run at 7pm, followed by a swim, food and a possible
sing-song or games!!
We will light the barbie; just bring something to throw on it and a little to drink. Warm clothes, a chair or rug, and a torch are other useful items.
Please, ring one of the committee members if the weather is poor.
A passionate, but constructive discussion on the selection of the South Downs Relay teams took centre stage during the meeting. No other matters were a concern.
There were no changes in the committee, other than Jackie Griffiths taking over as the new Membership Secretary.
We thank Eric Holder for his and the Football Club’s hospitality.
Ljubliana Marathon Half
Mark Halls is organising a trip to Slovenia to do this race which will be either on 23rd or 31st October (definite date to be confirmed, but the later one is the most likely).
Return flights from Stanstead are £60 approximately or £113 from Gatwick (both for a Saturday to Monday trip).
They will need to be booked as soon as the date has been
confirmed in order to secure the cheaper fares. So, please let Mark know your preferred dates and flight
Tel 01273 594914 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PS (from Mark) – For the more adventurous among you, I will be doing the Bangkok Marathon or 10K on 27th November and Cambodia Angkor Wat Half Marathon on 4th December.
A few Henfielders have already expressed an interest, and it would be good to have a few more people up for warm winter training.
(from Mark Halls)
After a pleasing result at Barnes Green and with darkness descending at a
ridiculously early rate, it was obviously time to depart somewhere with higher
light levels for the next few months.
So, two days later, Sharron and I arrived in sunny Chiang Mai in the
North of Thailand.
I had a few days rest and then went for a gentle jog to acclimatise
myself to the heat, followed by a
track session the next day at 7am – 3 times 1K in the unbearable heat.
We then flew south to the glorious beaches of Koh Lanta for some well
needed rest and relaxation and, surprisingly, I managed 5 short jogs along the
beach in 9 days.
Next stop was Phuket, where the first of my trilogy of races was to
On Saturday 20th
November, we watched the International Triathlon (as televised by Eurosport).
The Aussies dominated with the first four in the men’s and also had the
first two women. It was extremely hot and your heart went out to the
competitors, some of whom were in extreme distress.
We saw one guy collapse
with only 100 metres to go. Unfortunately, he ended up in an ambulance instead
of crossing the finishing line.
A harsh lesson for the next day’s 10K ‘Fun Run’.
So, then it was my turn. The 9am start was far too late as it was roasting. I dowsed myself with water at the start and ran with a large water belt.
I started very slowly and at half way
I was 10th. I passed a lot of heat sufferers and finished strongly in
4th position in a time of 36.09 which was 6 secs outside my PB (so
what if the course was short?!). I was the first old git, but, unfortunately,
there were no age category prizes. When I saw the huge plaques for the first 3,
I wished that I had set off quicker. For the record, the winner won by over 7
mins in 28.00 dead – a Thai international no doubt.
After jetting back to Chiang Mai for the Loi Krathong festival, it was
off to Bangkok for the 10K. I got up at 04.45, stepped on to Khao San Road
(Bangkok’s Backpacker land) to get water from the 7-11 store. I was shocked at
how many drunk people there were hanging around the street at this time of the
So, off we went to the Royal Palace, where the race started at 06.00 –
a great idea to combat the heat and pollution (maybe we should try this in the
If you think that this is early, the Marathon started at 03.00 and we
passed some of the runners on the final 5K. The roads were closed and the course
was flat but very dull. The only point of interest was running round the palace
at the end. It wasn’t so hot, but was very humid resulting in a 43 minute
finish and I was the 5th old git – out of the prizes again!
After another few days on the beach (life as an international athlete is
so hard!) and a severe case of food poisoning, it was off to Cambodia for the
Angkor Wat Half Marathon which I had just about recovered for in time.
Consequently, I was sporting a new ‘thin-looking athlete body’ –
must try that food poisoning thing again.
Last, but by no means least, in this 3 weeks trilogy, this race has to go
down as my favourite ever.
I started slowly but finished strongly in about 1.34 and was approximately 20th.
The course was good, flat tarmac roads nearly all shaded by trees and
It went around the
impressive temples of the Angkor Wat, which is a huge site, and there was
fantastic support from all the thousands of children that adorn Cambodia –
what an experience. The race raises money for land mine victims, many of whom
are innocent children.
The poor children collect recyclable objects in order to raise money to
feed themselves and they had a field day around the course with all the empty
water bottles around. Their smiles were a picture. I will definitely be
returning this year and already a few Henfield Joggers have shown an interest.
There are also 5K and 10K races as well.
If anyone else is interested in these races, the return flights to Bangkok are approx £500.00 and from Bangkok to Siem Reap (Cambodia) £100-150 return. Everything else there is incredibly cheap. You can budget £100-£150 per week to include hotel, food and drink. You can also do your Xmas shopping at ¼ of the British prices!
Here is the invitation we have received from Poland to run the Poznan Marathon, from its director, Janusz Rajewski:
“We would like to invite all your members to participate in the biggest maraton in Poland - Poznan Marathon.
Almost 3000 runners start in it every year, among them in-line skaters.
The race will be held on 9th October 2005 and runs through the main streets of the city. Great fun and friendly atmosphere is guaranteed.
Runners starting for the first time are free of charge.
To check all the details enter our web site *www.marathon.poznan.pl.*
If you have any problem or question please don't hesitate to ask.”
May you all enjoy your running