Massive congratulations are most definitely in order for a group of dedicated BH Frontrunners who completed the Run to the Sea ultra marathon that took place last weekend on the 5th June. The course is a hilly trail run through the Sussex countryside and the runners courageously braved some hot and sweaty summer conditions. Well done to Rob Graham, Claire Alleguen, Brett Massey, Matt Roff, James Smith, Sonia Tester-Allen, Damian Brewer and Zohre Ashraf who all completed the 50km distance in some superb times.

Not only that, but Claire and Rob finished 1st in their respective age categories! What a fantastic effort all round – do check out all of their official times here. We’ll also be posting a race report from one of the team very soon too, so watch this space.

The afternoon finished with some well deserved drinks and food. Well done Frontrunners ultra team – you are awesome!

Club runs are back!

We are delighted to announce that due to the changes to COVID-19 regulations happening on 29th March, we can now meet as a group. To celebrate we are holding an additional session on Monday 29th at Preston Park. This will be lead by Damo. Our regular Wednesday will commence on 31st meeting at our usual King Alfred spot at 7pm. For a full list of our upcoming events, please see the events section of the website. We are so excited to be able to meet again and we look forward to seeing you there!
(for details on Coronavirus and rules on sport and social distancing please see the gov.uk website)

Club runs suspended

Unfortunately organised group club runs have once again been suspended in light of the changing Covid-19 situation, in line with recommendations from England Athletics. Please see the statement from their website here.

For general Coronavirus updates and regulations please also visit the gov.uk website. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For information on what we are doing as a club in response to the situation please see the Covid-19 section of our website.

5K Charity challenge!

Frontrunner Kerry Bonham completed an amazing challenge throughout the month of October to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Read all about her amazing challenge here and also see the link below if you would like to still sponsor her for this very worthy cause.

From 26th September to 25th October, I ran 5000 metres (5km) every day to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association. 
I was inspired to do this by my partner Lauren’s cousin, who was diagnosed with MND in 2018. Cousin Chris is one of 5000 people in the UK who are living with MND, which is why the number 5000 is important to the charity. 
Over the course of the 30 days, I ran my 5k at various times of day, and in all weathers. I really enjoyed picking different routes, because I got to see so much beautiful scenery, and I met lots of lovely people too. Even when it was dark and raining, the support from my family and friends kept me motivated. 
So far, I’ve raised £582 for MNDA, which will make such a difference to those living with MND! Thank you to everyone for spurring me on during my challenge! 

Race report – Beachy Head Half Marathon 18.10.20

It was with delight that we saw one of the first organised races in Sussex was finally able to go ahead. BH Frontrunners co-chair and LIRF, Claire took part in the race. Check out her race report below!

“I was so excited that there was finally a REAL race that I could take part in after months of events being postponed and cancelled during lockdown. It didn’t disappoint.

It was well organised and Covid-safe guidelines strictly adhered to. I arrived early for my race in a school field close to the start line and found a spot 2 meters away from other runners. The race operated a staggered start with some of the faster runners starting first. I crossed the start line 15 minutes after the first racers, so not too long to wait.

The course was gruelling at times, there is no hiding that truth… With steep hills and cliffs to climb along the way. But the effort was rewarded 10 fold by the incredible views of the rolling south downs and seven sisters cliffs. We were also lucky to be rain and mist free that day so runners were able to enjoy the countryside and sea in their full glory.

By about mile 10.5 I thought my legs were going on strike, but I persevered…. Thankfully the last mile and a half was all downhill… So I let myself    meander down to the finish line.

My efforts were rewarded with a pasty and a lovely race medal featuring the Beachy Head lighthouse.

I think that’s the first year that the half marathon has been run alongside 10k and marathon distance events. I hope to see this scheduled in future years.”

Runs are back on

We are meeting up again, currently in mini groups of no more than 6 runners in a group. So if you would like to join us for a run please contact us in advance. We are still meeting at 7pm on Wednesday evenings, occasionally our meet point changes depending on the weather to help us follow social distancing guidelines. So please email us or contact us on one of our social media platforms so we can confirm where we are meeting, and will know to look out for you.

Keep on running!

In these uncertain and frustrating times of COVID-19, it can be difficult to stay motivated to run. Thankfully government guidelines still permit us to partake in one form of socially distanced exercise.

Here at Brighton and Hove Frontrunners we are continuing to run – albeit alone, but checking in with each other on social media. We also have training tips and our very own ‘selfie challenge’! There has never been a better time to put on your running shoes.

Check out our social media to find out more about how we are continuing to run safely.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As you are aware the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all major running events. Following England Athletics guidance we are cancelling all training and race meets for the time being.

Also, in light of guidance issued by the UK Government regarding public gatherings, the commitee has also taken the decision to cancel our bi-monthly social events until further notice.

The situation is changing rapidly so please see our social media feeds and website for any updates, and if you have any further questions about this please email us directly on brightonandhovefrontrunners@gmail.com

Safe, happy and healthy running,

Brighton and Hove Frontrunners Committee.

Brighton Half Marathon 2020

Brighton Half Marathon was a wild and windy affair, but saw many of us from the club participate and achieve some fantastic times despite the weather! Congratulations to Richard, Damian, James, Graham, Sonia, Claire and Steven.

Frontrunner Graham was running for the Sussex Heart Charity, and kindly offered to write a race report on his experience:

“It was with some trepidation that I made my way down the start line of the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd February. The weather was pretty horrendous at the start of the day, and it wasn’t showing much signs of improvement. We would be facing gale force winds throughout the course, and this really was the overwhelming memory of everyone’s day. I was running with the Sussex Heart Charity and we were fortunate enough to have access to Yellowwave Clubhouse which was great for getting ready in the warm and dry.”

“After a few photos we made our way to the start line ready to go at 9:30am, and thankfully the rain had stayed away. I was very impressed with the organisation of this event, and it was great to be part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations. Although we had no proper start line (due to the strong wind deeming it unsafe!), the marshals and volunteers did a great job of getting us ready and having two checkered flags to wave us off and show us the start/finish line. Off we went, and the first 3 miles were a breeze, and a strong one at that, as we were carried in the tailwind out to Roedean school, the turnaround point, from where we all suddenly had a hard slog to face to come back into the headwind, which was really hard work, but the crowd were with us and all the support at this point was just incredible and really helped!”

“At this point we turned inland for some respite and I realised I was making good time so I pushed on and found some speed where I could. It was a new course for me as we carried on further to The Level, which was great as it thinned out the runners and I could take advantage of some space to stretch out my legs. The respite was over soon after and next came the hardest part of the race, already 7 miles down and now 3 or so miles of strong headwind out to Hove Lagoon. At one point I thought I had stopped moving! Luckily two of my friends spectating were standing just in the right place where I needed them and they cheered me on giving me a huge boost. Around the lagoon and suddenly it was like running a completely different race. I hardly felt like I was running at all as that tailwind really just pushed me along the final 3 miles along the seafront and to the finish line. The crowd here had built up and were really cheering loudly which helped spur me on to the end and I finished strongly. So much so that I had hit my “stretch” target of 1:45, with 14 mins off my PB! I was elated.”

“Big thanks must go to all the volunteers and marshals out on the course, and to my fellow BH FrontRunners for the training miles and support I’ve been given – the group runs really do help get me out and going and I fully intend to keep this up now the race is run. It was great to catch up with everyone after the race for a drink (in my case two) at Charles St Tap and to share our windy experiences. Well done to everyone who ran and big thanks to Paul, John and Yusuf for their support too on race day. “

Couch to 5K – Susannah’s journey

We hear from Susannah, who joined B&H FrontRunners and trained to run 5k in a fun and inclusive environment.

The friendly, supportive and fun FrontRunners Couch to 5k amazingly turned me from just about being able to run for a bus to being able to run 5k! I wanted to run to get a bit fitter, having never run in my adult life I did some “run-some-walk-some” park-runs with a friend but wasn’t able to get to running the whole 5k alone. Another friend joined the FrontRunners and told me about the Couch to 5k programme.

My run leader was very friendly and relaxed which really helped because I felt nervous especially at the first session. Session 2 I was scared of running for a whole 2 minutes but the course leader stuck with me. The big turning points for me were the jump to running 12 minutes without stopping and the realisation that I just needed to run at a slower pace. Once I had achieved a 12 minute run I felt much more confident, was getting just the support I needed at the Wednesday sessions and after a while I found myself enjoying my “home work” runs and even ran on holiday by a canal in Lancashire! (very flat which is always a bonus).

I was so amazed that I could run the whole 5k when it came to the end of the programme that I couldn’t help crying halfway round!