The 5th race of the club championship is the HASTINGS RUNNERS 5 mile road race, which takes place on Sunday 7th May. The Keith Chandler Memorial Race was first run in 2005, and during this period has raised circa £50,000 for St.Michael’s Hospice. Full details of the course and race entry are available on the club’s website www.hastingsrunners.org.uk.
The race starts at 10.30am; is chip timed; and online entries are currently available. It is usually possible to enter on the day, but will cost you an additional £5.00 in entry fees. The race has an entry limit of 600 runners, and nearly 500 took part last year. The fast, flat course starts in front of Hastings Town Hall, and takes in virtually all of the Hastings and St.Leonards seafronts. The race HQ, baggage area and late entries desk are all situated in the Town Hall; limited changing facilities.
I am expecting a number of HR records in this race to be broken this year; and am tipping Matt Edmonds (senior); Andy Lee (MV60); Debbie Humbles (FV50) and Yockie Richardson (FV70). Please note that to be eligible to score championship points, you need to be a paid up HR club member and also wear an HR top. The use of headphones is not permitted in this event.
To recap: there are 3 separate club championships – first past the post; age graded; target times.
At the end of the year your points for your 8 best races are added together to give your total points score in each category.
For the target times championship only; you must complete at least 3 of the 7 – 8 club races. In addition you can obtain 200 bonus points in this category by marshalling at one of the club races. If you choose not to marshal a race, then you have no chance of winning! As there are a limited number of marshals required for each race, then it pays to marshal early on in the calendar year as you may find later in the year that all the marshalling slots are already taken!
Nick Brown (Club Race Secretary)