14 07, 2020

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun 22/2/2020

2020-07-14T09:37:35+01:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: News|

11 04, 2020

Brighton Half 2020 race review

2020-07-08T08:53:41+01:00April 11th, 2020|Categories: News|

Having run this race in 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2013, it is safe to say it is one of my favourites!

Of course, February in Brighton can mean unpredictable weather, but whether it’s a balmy 17c (2019) or howling gale-force winds (2020) there is always huge crowd support and a great atmosphere.

The race starts at the seafront and for around two-and-a-half miles you head gently uphill towards Ovingdean. It’s the only hill of a fairly flat and fast race, and this year the wind was behind us on the way up! You turn and run back down towards the town centre again, with lovely views out to sea the whole way. Just before the five-mile marker you’re back near the start and head inland to run past the Pavilion.

At six-and-a-half miles, you’re back on the seafront, this time heading west towards Hove, on the road. There are always loads of people supporting, often there are some performers outside the big seafront hotels and as you get closer to Hove, more people will be blasting music from their windows to cheer you around (which this year was definitely needed – did I mention the wind?).

At Hove Lagoon (around the 10-mile point – just a parkrun to go) you turn and head back along the seafront, this time running along the promenade past all the pretty beach huts, with the i360 and piers insight (and the wind behind). The crowd support gets even better along here, and the final miles always seem to fly by.

Once you crossed the line, there were foil blankets, water (in recyclable cans), bananas, cereal bars and of course the all-important medal.

You are then spoilt for choice as to where to go to refuel after all that running. Even with the horrendous winds, I enjoyed it and I am sure I will be back again!

– Maria Wicks

Maria Wicks
11 04, 2020

Keep on (virtual) Running

2020-07-08T09:15:18+01:00April 11th, 2020|Categories: News|

These are unprecedented times and the priority is very much on looking after yourselves and each other.

Our club ethos is: Inspire, Enable, Support, so, with that in mind please continue to use our Facebook page to share your inspiring reads, your enabling podcasts and your supportive comments.

Lots of us are still trying to stay active, even if it’s just a stroll around the garden.

Leader Shahinara has come up with a great way to do this and stay in contact with your running club buddies.

Running during a pandemic… is it possible? Do we even want to?!? How can we do it together?! – the answer is yes, yes and keep reading!

These past few weeks have been nothing short of a nightmare for many of us. The fear of getting COVID-19 is real. Many of us have extra childcare responsibilities, others have extra stress at work or no work, some of us are on the frontline, fearing for our families but still going to work for the good of the community.

On the running front, those who had races booked have faced the disappointment of cancellations or postponements – no London Landmarks, no Manchester, no Brighton, no London Marathon. Months of training in cold and miserable weather to be told at the last hurdle, there’s no victory lap! Well, for now anyway!

So how does one get over this knockdown? First thing I did was sign up like a crazy person to any race that had the potential to go ahead. However, it was apparent after I’d signed up, that these would not happen.

Next, sign up to some virtual races. Not quite the same as running in a race – no cheers, no high fives, no jelly babies but what you did get was the support of an online community. Your name on a virtual leaderboard perhaps a medal. For now, this would have to do! And it kind of works if you have a particular race distance in mind. Though bear in mind virtual races often have costs.

What about normal, weekly running? How do I do that? To be honest, I didn’t know. I had no motivation. Going out running on my own seemed such a chore, not the experience I enjoyed with my fellow OH Ladies

To get myself out, I asked one of my friends if they’d join me for a virtual run. This meant we both left our own house at the same time, took a selfie and sent it to the other, then off we went! Respecting all social distancing rules and government guidelines for exercise.

The first one was just two of us but then I thought we could get more people involved. Friday we had six people on our virtual run. We had great support from each other over messages so even when the face-to-face support is missing, the online messages of support and encouragement has been great!

What else can we do? I’ve also borrowed RED January from Mind and am doing RED April. Run or exercise once a day for the whole of April to lift your mood and improve your mental health. I started on April 3 so you can start now too. Any form of exercise inside or outside will do!

So ladies, lace up your trainers, put on your favourite T-shirt, wear your bling, but let’s keep getting out there to help us get through this with better mental health. See you on our virtual run!

– Shahinara Craveiro

17 03, 2020

Coronavirus Statement – 17/03/2020

2020-03-17T16:15:10+00:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: News|

The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus.  Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.

As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.



As a result of the latest England Athletics advice we will suspend all group sessions including our New to/Back to Running course which is due to start on Saturday March 21st. 

Any one who has paid for the course will be entitled to either a refund or to re-book the course later in the year when it will go ahead.  We are sad that we are not able to meet and run with you at this time, but are confident that we will be delivering the course later in the year.

The current schedule of group runs will be collapsed until further notice and the proposed club trips to the Hogsmill 5 and the Bournemouth Running festival are currently paused.

The risk of people feeling isolated both physically and mentally will be challenging so please do continue to use our social channels to interact and share your news, ingenious ideas, thoughts and feelings.

We are a community of women who care for, inspire and support each-other and just because the running and walking together is on hold doesn’t mean the rest of what we offer has to stop.  Spread only positivity, light and kindness. 


From England Athletics:

The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.

Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

England Athletics will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to our sport in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current situation will undoubtedly place our member clubs in a difficult situation and we are working with UKA and the other Home Country Athletics Federations on the best way to help alleviate the situation and will update you as plans evolve.

Social distancing and advice

Social distancing measures (as defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) are now advised not only if we test positive or have symptoms, but in day to day life.  As well as current travel advice, the current UK government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with need to self-isolate for 14 days.

At Risk groups

The latest advice from the government’s chief medical adviser is that those over 70 currently do not need to be self-isolating. However, in the coming days, every Briton over the age of 70 and those in at-risk groups over the age of 70 will be advised to be “largely shielded from social contact” for 12 weeks to help protect themselves. Those with underlying medical issues such as high blood pressure, lung complaints and weakened or compromised immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness as a result of the disease.

Anyone with a higher risk from viruses such as cold or flu should take sensible steps to reduce the risk of picking up infections. Click here for NHS advice on infection control – it is summarized below:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Click here for the government’s advice if you have symptoms

16 03, 2020

Wodson Park Youth Open Meet 400m

2020-03-16T21:10:45+00:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: News|

Sunday March 15th 400 m Race Results


Race 1 – 400m 1
Pos Race No Athlete Age M/F Perf.
1 29 Ethan Page U19 M 59.24
2 27 Jack Offord U17 M 1:01:96
3 32 Liam Hoey U17 M 1:08:77
4 30 Oli Parsbey U16 M 1:09:02
5 28 Archie Clark U16 M 1:14:62


19 02, 2020

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun results

2020-02-19T15:42:35+00:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: News|

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun


Jan HAYDON             27:13:00
Denise HILL               29:23:00
Sarah BADGER          34:44:00
Fiona GRIEVE            36:50:00
Alison WILDEY          37:23:00
Louise SOPP                37:58:00
Melanie LYNCH          38:13:00
Donna O’TOOLE        38:43:00
Tanya HONEY            47:32:00
Catherine REID          52:34:00
Lisa DUNCAN             55:35:00
Sarah HAVERSON     01:02:40
Allison SKEGGS          01:02:40


Jan HAYDON                             25:05:00
Nijole MACE                               25:45:00
Alison NEWBERRY                28:19:00
Carole DATHAN                     29:27:00
Deborah BIRD                        31:28:00
Sarah BADGER                       33:56:00
Louise SOPP                            34:54:00
Donna O’TOOLE                    34:55:00
Aine RICHARDSON              37:20:00
Rebecca TERRY                     37:40:00
Shahinara CRAVEIRO         38:05:00
Emily REDING                      43:33:00
Catherine REID                     44:29:00
Melanie LYNCH                    46:03:00


Jan HAYDON                  25:32:00
Alison NEWBERRY       28:05:00
Nijole MACE                    28:34:00
Alison WILDEY              32:20:00
Aine RICHARDSON      34:43:00
Lyn WILLIAMS              34:46:00
Fiona GRIEVE                34:49:00
Sylvie GABBEY               35:18:00
Shahinara CRAVEIRO  35:23:00
Kate ATKINS                  36:24:00
Anna-Maria KRESS      36:29:00
Tanya HONEY               38:08:00
Karen ROCKLIFFE       38:45:00
Catherine REID             50:39:00


Jan HAYDON                25:43:00
Carole DATHAN            28:33:00
Alison NEWBERRY      28:35:00
Alison WILDEY             30:13:00
Sarah HAVERSON       33:03:00
Sarah BADGER             34:27:00
Donna O’TOOLE           35:07:00
Diane STAPELBERG   44:15:00
Tanya HONEY              44:31:00

1 01, 2020

Ellenbrook Fields Parkruns

2020-01-31T15:39:57+00:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: Results|

Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun 26/11/19
Denise HILL                           26:52

Louise SOPP                          32:48

Melanie LYNCH                    33:21

Nijole MACE                          33:55

Emily REDING                      34:59

Shahinara CRAVEIRO          37:07

Lisa DUNCAN                       58:28

Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun 2/11/19
Alison NEWBERRY              27:52

Nijole MACE                          32:59

Lisa DUNCAN                       33:43

Denise HILL                           33:45

Louise SOPP                           35:35

Sue ROCKHILL                    58:50

Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun 9/11/19
Jan HAYDON             25:27

Denise HILL               26:49

Melanie LYNCH        34:07

Tanya HONEY           34:14

Lisa DUNCAN           41:40

Emily REDING          1:09:36

Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun 16/11/19
Jan HAYDON                         25:01

Denise HILL                           26:36

Alison NEWBERRY              27:26

Carole DATHAN                   30:51

Lisa DUNCAN                       33:24

Sylvie GABBEY                     36:22

Emily REDING                      43:34

Diane STAPELBERG             47:10

Catherine REID                      49:57

Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun 23/11/19
Jan HAYDON                        24:46

Denise HILL                           26:49

Carole DATHAN                   30:11

Sarah HAVERSON                31:21

Lisa DUNCAN                       34:19

Tanya HONEY                       34:59

Melanie LYNCH                    37:07

Emily REDING                      41:55

Hatfield 5 24/11/19


KATE ATKINS 00:57:55
JAN HAYDON 00:40:39
Deborah Hulme 00:58:26
DONNA O’TOOLE 00:51:12
LOUISE SOPP 00:56:22
RUMOUR SOPP 00:48:32

Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun 30/11/19

Denise HILL                           26:36

Carole DATHAN                   29:41

Carrie HUDSON                    32:08

Clair JACKELMAN               32:53

Lisa DUNCAN                       33:27

Shahinara CRAVEIRO          33:36

Aine RICHARDSON              33:37

Noah LYNCH                         33:40

Nijole MACE                          33:47

Melanie LYNCH                    34:34

Louise SOPP                           34:36

Fiona GRIEVE                       37:42

Donna O’TOOLE                   38:46

Sarah HAVERSON                49:38

Catherine REID                      49:43

Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun  7/12/19

 Jan HAYDON                         25:32

Denise HILL                           26:24

Alison NEWBERRY              27:59

Carole DATHAN                   30:43

Melanie LYNCH                    35:21

Louise SOPP                           35:23

Emily REDING                      36:27

Aine RICHARDSON             37:24

Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun 14/12/19

 Jan HAYDON                         25:26

Carole DATHAN                   29:51

Fiona GRIEVE                       35:24

Lyn WILLIAMS                    35:27

Aine RICHARDSON           35:57

Sylvie GABBEY                    36:58

Tanya HONEY                       43:19

Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun 21/12/19

 Andrea HALLIWELL                        28:11

Alison NEWBERRY                          29:12

Carole DATHAN                               29:25

Alison WILDEY                                33:29

Donna O’TOOLE                               34:32

Fiona GRIEVE                                   36:24

Louise SOPP                                       38:50

Melanie LYNCH                                38:52

Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun 28/12/19

 Carole DATHAN                               28:16

Alison NEWBERRY                          28:49

Alison WILDEY                                30:48

Donna O’TOOLE                               34:46

Sarah BADGER                                 35:13

Melanie LYNCH                                35:41

Fiona GRIEVE                                   35:58

Emily REDING                                  36:11

Aine RICHARDSON                        39:12

Shahinara CRAVEIRO                      44:37

Allison SKEGGS                                58:25



Ellenbrook Fields Parkrun 1/1/2020

 Jan HAYDON                         25:59

Alison NEWBERRY              28:19

Carole DATHAN                   28:38

Maria BLYTHE-WICKS       29:14

Fiona GRIEVE                       29:50

Rachel ANDREWS                30:18

Donna O’TOOLE                   32:43

Caroline BERNARD              32:56

Melanie LYNCH                    33:32

Andrea HALLIWELL           33:33

Carrie HUDSON                    33:37

Sarah BADGER                     33:51

Shahinara CRAVEIRO          34:37

Tanya HONEY                       35:47

Emily REDING                      38:15


Panshanger Parkrun 1/1/20

 Maria BLYTHE-WICKS                   32:55

Donna O’TOOLE                               33:48

Rachel ANDREWS                            33:56

Caroline BERNARD                          35:24

Emily REDING                                  35:57



20 10, 2019

Run Hatfield House 13/10/19

2019-10-20T16:08:44+01:00October 20th, 2019|Categories: News|


Alison Newberry              27:00


Philippa Davis                    47:36

Fiona Grieve                      55:59

Caroline Bernard              55:59

Paula Mummery              58:36

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