The first Highwayman newsletter was produced in January 1996 with the intention of forming a link with its members through interesting articles, news and results. It was historically a staple of club life but, as times moved on, the Highwayman fell by the wayside. No longer did it demand you 'stand and deliver'...

Well the good news is we're back, but we look a bit different this time. We hope you like the new direction and would encourage all of our members to take a active part in making the Highwayman a compelling read.  

- Your Dandy Highwayman -

Welcome to your Highwayman 'Club Hub'

Hi there... and a big welcome to your new Highwayman; we hope this will become an essential point of reference for all our members as we move to make information easier to find and more relevant to all parts of the club.

The Highwayman is designed to be a member focused 'club hub' where we will present and curate lots of information that we hope is interesting and informative - whether this be helpful video content, upcoming matters of club interest, news, or social information, we hope that you find it useful.

But who is 'we', well that's a great question and one that, over time, I hope to be able to answer as 'everyone'. Like all things with the club, passionate volunteers and supporters make everything tick; we cannot do what we do without them. We want the Highwayman to be an extension of this spirit and act as open forum for members to contribute compelling content - got a story to tell that others would find interesting?... let us know about it. Perhaps you have some great video tips on training or a particularly amazing yoga course that keeps you from seizing up like a bag of spanners, ditto, or maybe you have an issue that you are passionate about, let us know.

This is your Highwayman and everyone is very welcome!

Andy Hind - Co-Chair | Haywards Heath Harriers

Did you know...

A quick round up of what's happening!

Goodwood entries still open

The upcoming XC dates are now confirmed, First up is Goodwood on 16 October - we need a big turn out for the first event as it sets the number of teams we have for the remaining races. Entry online or on the day. 

Another great weekend of racing

Well done to all of you who raced over the weekend. We had representation at the Worthing 10k, Bournmouth Half, Downslink Ultra, and the Brighton Half. See Middy report for details.

Volunteers needed for Ardingly XC - 4 December

Would you be able to help your club with the Ardingly XC event? We are asking for assistance with a range of roles to make this inaguaral event a success. From marshalling to catering, there's many ways to help. Check your email for details

A great turnout for the Harriers Quiz Night

We had 50 Harriers across eight team quizzing it out at the Bent Arms last Friday night in what was a great evening of keenly fought trivia. Huge thanks to the organisers, quizmasters and for everyone who came and made the night a huge success!

Welcome to Group Runs

This is the area of the hub where you can find out who has similar interests and targets to you. Or just decide that you want to run with someone else over a different distance at a slower or faster pace than you usually do. You can join a group for a regular training run – to keep yourself honest to your plans – or just dip in and out as you wish!

To help you decide, we’ve organised this under three headings

  1. Group Leader Offers – general training runs just cos it’s fun to run with someone else, usually Thursdays and weekends, in different locations winter and summer
  2. Target race and distance – group leaders organise training runs for specific times, races or distances.
  3. Club Impact – coached and or led sessions targeting such things as XC, SDW or even parkrun tourism, a monthly outing to a specific parkrun event.

We’d also like to hear news of what races you’re aiming for. Other Harriers might have entered too and it would be a pity not to share the experience with someone else, even if its just a lift when we are allowed to car share…. So, have you entered a run you’ d like to share with others here? If there’s enough interest perhaps we can get one of our esteemed Group Leaders to set up a group!

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Performance and Improvement

Coaches training updates

Keep up to date with our coaches and benefit from their training tips!

Coach Martin's training tips are shared on Beetroot Coaching Whatsapp Group - to join, ask the admin.

Endurance Group Tuesday Training

Endurance group will continue to meet at Warden Park on a Tuesday evening at 19:00.

There will be coached sessions and group leader runs on alternate weeks.

Your session for 12 October will be with Marion and Ian at Barrowfields and Mytten Close from 19:20.

Dates for the upcoming XC season:

25 Sep: Goodwood XC Relays - DONE 

16 Oct: XC League 1 Goodwood - entry online or on the day

13 Nov: XC League 2 Stanmer Park

4 Dec: XC League 3 Ardingly Showground

12 Feb: XC League 4 Bexhill

Now that we are starting to resume competitions, we have taken the opportuity to update our Track & Field records spreadsheet. If you fancy a dip into the numbers, click here.

The Middy Report

This week's Middy is brought to you by Michael Parish and Paul Cousins.

For the w/c 11 October 2021

LONDON MARATHON - Harriers In Action 

Words by Michael Parish

YOU HAVE to picture the scene, at 09:00 on Sunday 3rd October 2021, 40,000 people started their 26.2-mile journey from Blackheath to the Mall as the full version of the London Marathon returned to London’s hallowed streets since 2019.

Meanwhile, at the same time, another 40,000 will run or walk the event “virtually” across the globe during a 24-hour window, making it the biggest mass participation event since lockdown.

Along with that there were a further half a million people expected on the streets to watch. Organisers hoped it will raise tens of millions for charity and mark another important step on the journey towards normality.

The London Marathon was a bit different this year, with measures in place to make it Covid safe. At the hotels where elite racers are staying, athletes from red-list countries have been kept in separate bubbles.

There was also a different experience for club and charity runners, with participants starting in 40 waves over a 90-minute period to avoid large crowds gathering. Unlike in previous years, there will be no pacers to guide people to personal bests.

Michael Burke set a new club record in the marathon for men’s V45 beating the record set by John Gill.

Men’s elite results: 1st Sisay Lemms, 02:04:01; 2nd Vincent Kipchumba, 02:04:28; 3rd Mosineth Geremew, 02:04:41.   Women’s elite results: 1st Joyciline Jepkosgei, 02:17:43; 3rd Degitu Azimeraw, 02:17:58; 3rd Ashete Bekere, 02:18:18.

Men’s mass event: 1st Kenny Wilson, 02:18:42; 2nd Matthew Dickinson, 02:19:23; 3rd Ross Braden, 02:19:33. Women’s mass event: 1st Shalane Flanagan, 02:35:04; 2nd Chloe Richarson, 02:37:08; 3rd Sarah Webster, 02:41:24.

Men’s virtual results: 1st Andrea Mestriner, 02:18:57; 2nd Sam Cussen, 02:21:08; 3rd Robbie Ventham, 02:29:12. Women’s virtual results: 1st Julia Stockton, 02:24:28; 2nd Jane Williams, 02:36:43; 3rd Stephanie DeLoach, 02:39:16.

Haywards Heath Harriers results: 991st Matt Cook V40 02:49:56, 1,260th Michael Burke (V40) 02:53:06; 1,611st Jamie Topping (V40) 02:56:21; 5562nd Mike Dickinson 3:27:42, 8,136th Tim Miller V55 3:41.45, 10,855th Jack Chivers V40 3:53:47, 15,713 Joshua Franks (V40) 04:14:19; 25,912nd Marion Hemsworth (V70) 05:00:46, 26,143rd Liz Earley 5:02:03.

BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON

At the Brighton Half Marathon last weekend, the Harriers had a group taking part in this popular local half marathon event. With many people taking part from across the country it was set to be a successful event. There were road closures along the route that made it easier for the runners and spectators. The weather conditions were also good for road running by the sea with a northerly wind which did not appear to slow the runners and the temperatures average for the season of the year in the low teens.

Matt Cook ran a super race after his London Marathon run last week to finish in just over one hour twenty one minutes.

Congratulations to Caroline Mackey-Khursheed, after battling injury in recent months ran a scintillating race to gain a personal best and Tim Stannard improving his personal best by two and a half minutes.

First home for Harriers in fifteenth place was Ben Duncan in a very fast one hour eighteen minutes and fifty-eight seconds.

Harrier’s results were as follows:

15th Ben Duncan 1:18.58; 35th Matt Cook 1:21.47; 87th Tim Stannard 1:27:01 (pb); 1308th Jacqueline Barnes 1:56.51; 1527th Paul Turner 1:59.10; 1676th Caroline Mackey-Khursheed 2:03.18 (pb).

Other Harrier results:

James Bennett ran in the Bournemouth Half Marathon on 10 October, finishing in 81st place in one hour 29 minutes and 12 seconds.

At the Worthing 10 Kilometres Race also on Sunday 10 October, three Harriers took part.

Russ Mullen leading the men home in 23rd place with 34 minutes and 37 seconds Not far behind him was Jamie Gibson in 35th place with 35 minutes and 47 seconds. Phil Payne, bringing up the rear in 36 minutes and 40 seconds in 47th place.

Harriers Parkrun Round-up:

Clair parkrun: 2nd Sam Fernley 18:41, 3rd Arun Khursheed 18:50; 4th Andy Hind 19:21, 5th Sean Duff 20:09, 13th Simon Robinson 22:23, 15th Oliver Francis 22:40, 24th Eric Hepburn 23:46, 39th Mark Sykes 25:11, 42nd Ian Dumbrell 25:39, 50th Clare Kenward 26:42, 77th Carys Hind 30:40, 85th Graham Kenward 32:20.

Broadwater parkrun: 69th Carl Bicknell 26:40.

East Grinstead parkrun: 5th Paul Cousins 21:19.

Horsham parkrun: 405th Jenny Denyer 46:07.

Hove Promenade parkrun: 167th James Collins 25:10.

Tilgate parkrun: 47th Ian Tompkins 23:10, 163rd Linda Tullett 29:31.

The Longer Read... Michael Burke - Running Man

Words Michael Parish | Pictures Michael Burke

COMING OUT of lockdown Haywards Heath Harrier ultra-runner Michael Burke set himself some challenging targets. Three ultra runs over extremely hazardous terrains and distances.

There are so many aspects to the events that Michael covers from the physical ability to run the distances he does, across the terrain that is desolate and dangerous and the mental ability to cope with it. The greater the distance the more you have to be in the right place mentally due to the time you are spending on your own and exhaustion that it puts your body through. On top of that with the runs spanning up to six consecutive days there is little chance of any real recovery.

Michael normally runs in support of Mind the mental health charity but this year he has been running in support of Macmillian cancer support in memory of his mother who he lost to cancer in July. This makes these runs a lot more personal for him.

Montane Spine, Saturday 19th June 2021 at 16:00 hrs.

Highly regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races over the Pennine Way National Trail. The route is 268 miles (429km) from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm, Scotland, tracing the backbone of England. It crosses some of the finest upland landscapes in the country, from the Peak District, through the Yorkshire Dales, across the North Pennines and over World Heritage-listed Hadrian’s Wall, on the remote Cheviot Hills and, ending at the village of Kirk Yetholm.   The event is run over five continuous days of running and the clock doesn’t stop for rest, food or sleep.

Results: 1st Keith, 77:34:52; 2nd Troupe, 80:28:35; 3rd Leavesley, 91:39:06.   Michael finished the event in 8th place overall and 7th male finisher with a time of 99:35:23.   Michael said: “I completed it in 4 days and 3 hours and only managed about 9 hours sleep during the event.”

The Montane Lakeland 100, Friday July 23rd 2021, 18:00

The Lakeland 100 ‘Ultra Tour of the Lake District’ is the most spectacular long distance trail race with a circular route that encompasses the whole of the Lakeland fells, includes in the region of 6300m of ascent and consists almost entirely of public bridleways and footpaths. The route starts in Coniston and heads South before completing a clockwise loop which takes in the Dunnerdale Fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick. From here the route heads to Matterdale and continues over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston.

The event is continuous in nature, competitors don’t have to stop or sleep on the route and the winners are generally expected to finish close to the 20-hour mark. The overall time available for the route is 40 hours so sleep at intermediate checkpoints is possible, but time was not on Michael’s side.

Results: 1st Mark Darbyshire, Veteran40, 19:10:27; 2nd Marcis Gubats, Open, 20:46:42; 3rd Rory Harris, Veteran40, 21:26:00; Michael finished 128th with an amazing time of 33:03:40.

Dragons Back Monday 6th September 2021

The Dragon’s Back Race was a five days event run across mountains from North to South Wales.   Running from Conwy to Llandeilo, with ascents in it that add up to twice the height of Mount Everest.

In August 2020 the organisers, Ourea Events, released the news that the 2021 race would mark a step change in the evolution of the event with the addition of a sixth day, which would see the race finish at the iconic Cardiff Castle.

This made the event 236 miles (380km) and an ascent of 17,400m (57,087 feet). Throwing in the extra day, miles and ascent was a real physical and mental challenge for Michael to overcome.

Day one, Conwy Castle to Nant Gwynant 30.5 miles (49km) and 12,467 ft (3800m). Day two, Nant Gwynant to Dolgellau 36.5 miles (59km) and 11,155ft (3400m). Day three, Dolgellau to Ceredigion 43.5 miles (70km) and 11,155 ft (3400m). Day four, through Elan Valley 43 miles (69km) and 7,546 ft (2300m). Day five, into the Brecon Beacons National Park 43.5 miles (70km) and 10,499ft (3200m). Day six, to Cardiff Castle 39 miles (63 km) and 4,265ft (1300m).

Results: 1st Simon Roberts 45:42:11; 2nd Russell Bentley 47:08:55; 3rd Matt O’Keefe, 52:08:13. Michael said, “Of the 367 participants who joined me on the start line, only 90 finished. Of those 24% of finishers, I came in 41st overall, 37th male and 11th in the age category”.

So far Michael has raised almost £1500 for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity his mum asked him to support. She was Michael’s biggest race fan and loved to dot watch satellite track him during these long runs, www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michael-burkedbr2021.

Michael Burke receiving his finisher medal on the Lakeland 100.

Looking After Yourself

Coach Martin talks about... trusted information and its role in injury prevention

There are many videos available online and many weekly publications, books, courses, and people making money on what works for them in training all with a subtext that this will work for you too.

So what I’m aiming to do on the 'Club Hub' is surface content from EA (England Athletics) a trusted source, and point out some sections for you which are worth looking at. It won’t necessarily be all “correct” as there are differing views about training even with professors for example studying the same areas.

In this week’s video for example, I think there will be broader views expressed about the value of cool down but that doesn’t stop me from recommending this as a great watch.

So, one of the most recent additions EA coaching website is a series the topic of “ Beat the Physio and how to avoid injury”.  There are four parts to this, about an hour in total but don’t panic if you don’t want to watch them all, I’ll give a few pointers for you on what I think are the “must watch” bits!

It’s not the catchiest of titles to attract athletes is it! You might think it’s all about what you’re doing wrong. Well maybe it’s not that you’re doing something wrong, but perhaps it’s not seeing the context and value that it can bring to you. So when I’m coaching with warm up, range of movement, drills, I sometimes wonder if I’ve got the group’s attention, or if you’re thinking “let’s get on with the session, I’ve come here to run!”

What I like about this video is that the physio - great credentials by the way, a former Royal Marine and international at 800m (under 1:50) also with pbs of 14:54 for 5k and 70:17 for HM sets out the reasons why we coaches include some aspects in training sessions, and why as runners you can also benefit from thinking about these things too.

This is about 18 mins long. If that’s too much for you in one go, for me the must watch 6 mins or so are: the sections about warm up and cool down (approx 9 to 11 mins in) and a fab summary about mobility from 14 mins to the end.

There were a couple of real gems:
- how to design the right stretches for you based on your relative flexibility now - strength or stretch?
- fitting things into every day life such as balancing on one leg whilst brushing your teeth (Mullen, T. used to do squats fyi)

That’s not to say that choice of footwear and running surface won’t catch your eye!

Coach Martin 

Athletes in profile... say hello to Andy Hind

Words Rob Watts / Pictures Andy Hind & Greg Hilton

Andy Hind only joined Harriers in 2017. But in just four years he has jazzed up the club’s online and social media presence and rebooted the club’s newsletter. In another exclusive Highwayman interview, our new co-chair bares more rather than we expected.

So, Andy. That accent. Let’s face it you’re not from round here, are you?

No, I’m from Kendal in The Lake District.

Ah, so you’re like one of those grizzled fell runners whose been scoffing mint cake and sprinting up Scafell Pike since the age of six - right?

Err, not quite. I did spend the first 20 years of my life in Cumbria, but never ran apart from at school. The following 20 years I spent mostly in London eluding exercise almost entirely. Much of my spare time back then was spent playing in bands. The main one was Iodine – so called because we thought we were an irritant to the eyes. It was actually my wife Carys who got me running. Back in 2013 she was training for the Brighton Marathon. I went on a 5K run with her and then started training for my own races. I was soon hooked.  

So how did you end up joining the Harriers?

You can blame Barry Tullett for that. We moved to Haywards Heath at the start of 2017 and one Saturday morning I got into a sprint finish with him on the downhill section of Clair parkrun. I’d started taking my running more seriously and Carys and I had recently moved down from London… we were hoping to meet new people. Barry had seen a bit of promise in me and I really liked the way he sold Harriers to me. To be honest, until then I’d never felt I was good enough to be a club runner.

And were you?

Well, I remember my first Harriers session – 400m reps at Whiteman’s Green. I was a bit too eager to impress. I went off like a rocket and was cooked after 200 metres on the first rep. I’m not sure I’ve entirely got my head around pacing to this day. When doing a recce of Leg 7 of the South Downs Way Relay recently I ended up running two minutes faster per mile than planned. Yes, I’ve got some work to do on pace discipline.

Give over, you’re being modest now. You ran the 2019 Gatwick Half Marathon in 1:23 and broke 18 minutes for 5K at Ardingly back in May. Are those the races you are most proud of?

Nope - I was most happy with my 2019 Mid Sussex Marathon time - 2:52. That’s the only time I’ll ever go sub three hours for a marathon! We had a load of Harriers doing those events that year. I knew the routes and it was really nice to finish high up the field. By complete chance I finished ninth in each of the three races.

And what about actual marathons – those not spread over three days?

Ah, I’ve got unfinished business there. I’ve done three: London, Brighton and Manchester. None went completely to plan. Let me show you.

Andy, why are you taking your top off?

So this tattoo here on my chest is for Brighton – double cramp, blew up, hated everything and, as you can see, I ran 3:26. At the end it was 50/50 whether I picked up the medal or was sick on the stones.

Charming. And this next tattoo. What’s that for?

London. 3:39 in 2016 – I got badly blocked at the back of the field. And then this tattoo here is for Manchester in 2018. That wasn’t a picnic either. I had a hamstring niggle a week before and my body wasn’t happy with me for running. There was a PB of 3:20. However, I couldn’t run again for another six months.

Ouch. You can probably put your top back on again now, Andy. But it’s not just marathons where you have unfinished business, is it? You’ve recently become co-chair of the club. What are you hoping to do with this role?

Three things really. First, I’d like more people to get the enjoyment out of Harriers that I have. That means increasing membership. But to do that we need to increase the number of coaches – which is the second thing we’re working on. We’ve already made headway with the Leaders in Running Fitness (LIRF) programme, but like many clubs we need more accredited coaches. Thirdly, a proper athletics track could be a real game changer for the Harriers. It would be fitting for a club of our stature to have access to a decent track all through the year. There are plans for such a facility and the club is working with other parties on pushing this forward.

Blimey, you sound like you know what you’re talking about on all this…

Ha! Well, I come from a communications background and began getting involved with the Harriers’ social media and website a couple of years ago, initially making it easier for people to see our site on their mobiles. I found that really rewarding and it has been a big part in why I decided to start my own business earlier this year. In 2019 I was made redundant from a senior comms role in the music industry and the voluntary work on the Harriers’ online presence played a big part in shaping my thinking about what sort of work I want to do in the future.

And what’s that?

I really enjoy building websites and providing advice about digital marketing to start-ups and established businesses wanting to get online.

Go on then, what’s the new business called?

Running Commentary, of course.

I suppose it had to be. 

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Age: 45

Years running: Eight.

Years a Harrier: Four.

Favourite distance: Off-road 10K.

Favourite event: Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend.

Proudest moments: V40s Sussex Cross County Bronze medal – first competitive medal.

When not running: Music, gaming and craft beer. 

Get to know your Coaches and Group Run Leaders

This talented bunch of volunteers are all EA qualified coaches or Leaders in Running Fitness (LiRF's) and give their time week in week out supporting the club!

Coaches

Mike Bale

Head Coach (Throws)

Coach Martin

Endurance Coach

Marion Hemsworth

Endurance Coach

Linda Tullett

Junior Coach

Leaders in Running Fitness (LiRF)

Endurance Run Leaders 

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Ben Gibson

Group 1 - LiRF

Andy Hind

Group 1 - LiRF

Matt King

Group 1 - LiRF 

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James Moffat

Group 2 - LiRF

Julian Boyer

Group 2 - LiRF

Barry Tullett

Group 1 - LiRF 

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Andy Dray

Group 3 - LiRF

Ian Dumbrell

Group 3 - LiRF

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Mark Sykes

Group 4A - LiRF

Liz Earley

Group 4A - LiRF

Hannah Gibson

Group 4A - LiRF

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TIm Hicks

Group 4B- LiRF

Carl Bicknell

Group 4B - LiRF

Graham Kenward

Group 4B - LiRF

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Michael Parish

Group 5- LiRF

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Paul Cousins

Under 18's - LiRF

Interested in helping the club with coaching? Get in touch

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