Mid-packers August 2008

August 27, 2008

A quick and dirty August update.

Firstly a lament for speed, after the annual 3K at the the open meeting at Withdean 13th August, there was much (grey) hair pulling about the lost speed of yore, with none of the usual suspects managing to get under the magic 10 minute mark; including some complaint about the spikes being too far forward. Well they are if you are slow and run on your heels. At least Louis Taub managed to run a decent time, in fact his pb, around 9.30. in the 5K Phoenix’s Josh Guilmant displayed great pace judgment to pull away from James Baker in the last lap. Josh 15.15 ish. James c. 15.25. In comparison Josh Painter looked terrible but still ran 16.20 odd so he must have been going okay.

Approx times for 3K

Ben Warren (Hailsham Harriers) around 9 min

Louis Taub 9.30 ish

Shaun Billing 10.03

Mikey B and Mark Halls, 10.30 ish

Andy Mitch 11 ish

17th August

Henfield Half, brutal run out for those bored with the sunday run, the winner clocking over 80 suggests the interesting nature of the course, a fair proportion of which was thigh high rutted reed bed paths.

1 98 Geoffrey Gray. 1.20:12 Seaford Striders

8 235 Shaun Billing. 1.28:16 B & H City Athletic Club

60 135 Andy Michelson. 1.46:20 B & H City Athletic Club

99 90 Stewart Mackman. 1.51:34 B & H City Athletic Club

105 245 Evie Cicha. 1.52:24 B & H City Athletic Club

198 58 Richard Felton. 2.14.17 B & H City Athletic Club

On the same day there was a terrible sounding 32 mile run down in deepest Dorset, to which a few of the ultra minded flocked. The race was won by a resurgent Gary Woolgar in 5 hours, who recently came a close second to Stuart Mills at the Downland 30. Mark Halls in prep for his Himalayan extravaganza was top 10 in 5.30, and ‘ard Kev Bush ran it under 6 hours.

On 22nd August was Tom Ulliott’s de facto 10K sussex champs, details of which are elsewhere on this site. 25 laps is a long way!

Refuel within 30 minutes 23rd August yet another epic Mark Halls production, where characters including Neil ‘light weight’ Walford, Kev ‘country squire’ Bush, special guest from Ranelagh Andy ‘Good Run Guide’ Bickerstaff as well as ‘the producer’ and various other self styled low lifes (they wish) visited Dark Star brewery and mid-sussex establishments, before retiring to grimy places on the coast, the Brighton sub-set ultimately catching some truly horrific band in the Hobgoblin GROW UP YOU’RE IN YOUR FORTIES!! (not the name of the band)

Included here is Tom Ulliott’s Sussex Grand Prix update,


Many of you will be wondering where the Sussex Grand Prix results are as
the web-site has not been updated for quite some time. The organisers
advise that there has been many problems over the year and they are only
now on top of the back-log. One significant issue being that a couple
of the clubs previously part of the grand prix have not renewed annual
subscriptions and not responded to any contact, hence all the results
have retrospectively had to be amended to exclude members from those

Anyway, the attached is a couple of files I’ve been sent that capture
the current status of the (club) league and individual standings up to race
number 9. (For some reason we are enable to upload these tables, so if interested please contact Tom Ulliott or Shaun Billing shaun.billing1@btinternet.com)

You will see that we as a club are well down the standing but there is
ample scope to leap up the league as there are plenty of races still to
come. Use the Sussex Races Events planner site for details of all races
and hope to see you at some of them

Best wishes