Lockdown won't stop HY Runners in their tracks

Lockdown Mk II may be here but it  hasn’t stopped play for the athletes at HY Runners.

A montage of HY Runners who took part in the Battery Hill challenge
A montage of HY Runners who took part in the Battery Hill challenge

In keeping with the original lockdown, virtual challenges are again red hot. Runners are asked to complete each new challenge and post photographic evidence of their elapsed time on the HY Facebook group.

The challenge can be done at any time on a given day. These challenges are a great way to keep members training, motivated and connected virtually with one another.

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First up for HY Runners was The Battery Hill Challenge. The task was to start at St Andrews Church at Coastguard Lane in Fairlight; run all the way down to Waites Lane (about one mile), turn round and come straight back up again.

The steepest part of the gradient is 15 per cent with the average gradient being 6.2 per cent. So the easy part was going down!

First runner back was David Ervine, who flew down so fast, he made the turning point in 4min 50sec. Coming back up, the gradient took its toll as his total time was 12.43. First female back was Shannon Hopkins-Parry in 13.52.

Many juniors also took on the challenge. Absolutely flying were Isabella Buchanan (aged nine) in 15.05 and Megan Hopkins-Parry (aged 10) in 15.23.

In total 61 adults and children completed this week’s challenge. The next challenge is a 5k parkrun route for adults and for the junior athletes, the option of 1K or 2K along the prom.

Find HY Runners on Facebook - and keep reading the Hastings Observer for news of how they get on with future challenges.

HY Runners Lockdown 2 - Battery Hill Challenge

1 David Ervine 12:43

2 John Ralph 12:46

3 Shane Ryan 13:05

4 Jonathon Hatch 13:18

5 Shannon Hopkins-Parry 13:52

6 Dan Isted 14:07

7 Andy Edmonds 14:14

8 Adam Morrisey 14:32

9 Jenna French 14:52

10 Isabella Buchanan 15:05

11 Iden Newman 15:12

12 Katie Parsons 15:21

13 Megan Hopkins-Parry 15:23

14 Craig Willard 15:53

15 Marie Robson 15:59

16 Kelly Crowe 16:14

17 Amy Moore 16:17

18 Carly Hopkins 16:17

19 Ross Garnett 16:35

20 Gemma Green 16:42

21 Toby Green 16:42

22 Paul Baxter 16:54

23 Mark Lutman 17:04

24 Dave Clarke 17:12

25 Suzi Frost 17:12

26 Susan Mould 17:22

27 Jessica Willard 17:30

28 Fiona Norman-Brown 17:38

29 Madelaine Jenkinson 17:39

30 Ivy Buckland 17:53

31 Tera Buckland 17:53

32 Jemma O’Gorman 18:29

33 Erin Graham 18:36

34 Daisy Welch 18:36

35 Emma Welch 18:36

36 Joe Grain 18:36

37 Luke Walker-Foley 18:36

38 Stamford Welch 18:36

39 Esther Grimes 18:47

40 John Waterhouse 18:53

41 Bobby Dearsley 19:20

42 Dylan Matthews 19:23

43 Paul Matthews 19:23

44 Lisa Buchanan 19:32

45 Kerrie Tolley-Cloke 19:43

46 Nadine Isted 19:43

47 Isal Isted 19:43

48 Harry Grimes 19:44

49 Thomas Grimes 19:44

50 Lucy Hart 19:44

51 Chloe Newman 20:02

52 Craig Selby 20:42

53 Flo Tewkesbury 21:00

54 Mark Tewkesbury 21:00

55 Hayley Foster 21:47

56 Barry Oxendale 22:06

57 Kieran Oxendale 22:06

58 Penny Watson 22:21

59 Laura Dearsley 23:29

60 Anna Shepherd 23:44

61 Jason Johnstone 41:16