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By Hadleigh Hares, Jul 18 2016 04:58PM

Bobby on a Bike Charity ride, Dave Sephton


26 cyclists including 9 Hadleigh Hares. Aldeburgh to Wales, 4 days, 400 miles.


Day 1 Arrived Aldeburgh 4.30am like excited school kids.. Praying for tailwinds and sunshine, and maybe cake on the way.


It was very cold especially as I braved shorts. I had a puncture! How is that possible? Not even started and a puncture! The other riders got underway by police escort. I stayed back to fix my bike so the first 25 miles were making up for lost time. The sun started to shine, the roads were flat but we knew not to overdo it. A long ride ahead. Initially we were riding as a large group, but there came a touching of wheels. One rider crashed. He was lucky and fell into a field. He and bike all good. The route went near my house. My family met us with banners and cake for all riders. It was amazing. Carol, the best supporter in the world. To Hartest for lunch, sitting on the green in the sunshine, eating sandwiches and cake. Lovely. Onwards to Newmarket, fast and flat roads, beautiful countryside, and then Cambridge. This was a nightmare to get through, loads of traffic. So much for being biker friendly! 92 miles in the bag.


Day 2 Cambridge to Stratford upon Avon.


Weather perfect. 25 miles fast and flat to the first tea stop. We had an unscheduled stop at a shop called The Cake Shop. Well it would be rude not to. But the ride after was hard.


Lunch was great. More cakes! Then the hills started. One was 14%. The hill down was awesome and a new speed record for me of 43.6mph. The hills continued to come and roll but my legs felt good.


Day 3 was incredibly tough. Stratford upon Avon to Hay on Wye. 7500ft of climbing. The morning was beautiful, flat and fast, great spirits in the team. Then the hills came. And boy did they come again and again. Mental toughness, regular breaks and great support crew got us through. This was one of the hardest rides I have ever done. My legs were well and truly broken. I had little sleep, a bit emotional chatting to family


Day 4 90miles 7500ft of climbing. It was tipping it down and I felt couldn't ride. Everything hurt, and mentally I was on another planet. I decided to lead out, get my head down for the first climb. Well somehow I flew up the hill and my body and mind boom back in it. Got to the top. The rain was awful but we kept going for 25 miles and heard about a cake shop and pie shop in the next town, both to die for apparently. We spent the next 20 miles deciding pie or cake. We arrived in the town and had pie and coffee. Maybe rude not to try the cake shop, so we had cake too. The ride was stunning , around a reservoir and dams.


Then the wind kicked in. It was incredibly hard.. 10.5 mph was all we could manage. Really pushing, it was going to be a long ride. We arrived at the famous farmhouse climb about one mile long but so steep that the front wheel kept lifting up whilst sitting down, but spinning the rear whilst standing.


The final push was to Devils Bridge. We pushed to the top, the view was spectacular Dave and I crossed the line together. Two very happy chaps.That was just awesome!!


By Hadleigh Hares, Feb 5 2016 11:36PM


Friday 20th November 2015 saw the ninth annual awards night for the Hares Triathlon Section. Once again The George provided the usual convivial atmosphere to enjoy a celebration of the achievements of our triathletes over the past year. The key awards are based on the full range of multisport distances ranging from Novice Triathlete of the Year all the way through to the prestigious John Chisnall Ironman of the Year Award. During a relatively quiet season, Hares have represented the club at every distance from Super Sprint to full Ironman and this year we were also able to represent Great Britain in a number of events including World Championships. We already have a qualifier for next years Sprint Triathlon European Championships with the qualification of Jasmine Hayward to represent GB in Lisbon next spring.


We were also able to welcome five new triathletes each of whom completed their first triathlons last season, including two juniors, Elizabeth Stewart and Will White, who made the transition to adult competition.


Over the course of a fine, if somewhat raucous dinner, the main awards were as follows:


• Most Prolific Triathlete – Penny Grayson & Andrew Stewart

• Most Improved Triathlete – Jasmine Hayward

• Club Sprint Champion – Jasmine Hayward

• Duathlete of the Year – Adam Johnson

• All Rounder of the Year – Penny Grayson

• Senior Triathlete of the Year – Penny Grayson

• Novice Triathlete of the Year – Elizabeth Stewart

• Age Group Triathlete of the Year – Pat Atwood

• Junior Triathlete of the Year – Elizabeth Stewart

• Coaches Award – Dave Sephton

• John Chisnall Ironman of the Year – Leon Hayward

• Triathlete’s Triathlete of the Year – Leon Hayward


Hadleigh Hares Triathlon Section is always looking for more members to join the fun and challenge of multi-sport racing. You don’t have to be a Brownlee, you don’t have to be incredibly fit, you don’t even have to be young. Triathlon is an age grouped sport where you compete against your own age as well as everyone else.


If you fancy getting involved contact triathlon@hadleighhares.co.uk for more details of training sessions, group rides and runs.



By Hadleigh Hares, Oct 19 2015 10:18PM

Race Location: Martlesham

Race Type: Road Race

Race Date: 11-10-2015

Race Report: Martlesham 10K PB Bonanza.


A small but determined band of Hadleigh Hares travelled to Martlesham to take on the fast 4 laps of the Martlesham Heath course. Having to contend with unseasonably cold, windy weather Hadleigh Hares 'leading ladies', put on a display of powerful front running, which lead to a result to remember.


Benefitting from recent hard, consistent training Kerry Dennett & Davina Greenwell had a battle royale, with Kerry just prevailing in a new PB of 41.16, closely followed by Davina with a new PB of 41.40. Vic Kenny not to be out done dominated the Ladies race with a gun to tape victory in a new PB & club record of 38.09! With Vic in 1st, place, Kerry in 3rd & Davina in 4th, the competition had no answer to such a dominant display!!!


Not to be outshone by the all conquering Ladies team, Steve Cox put in a superb run of 40.26 & new PB, closely followed by a battling display form the returning to form Paul Lacey.



By Hadleigh Hares, May 12 2015 08:39PM

Date: 10/05/15

On 10th May three young Hares raced the very popular 2k fun run, which takes place alongside the 10k race. Ella Bodsworth aged 9, Elizabeth Rigby aged 6 and first timer, Abigail Rigby aged 4, arrived raring to go at 9:15.


After registration the trio joined the masses for the group warm up. The mass warm up was taken by non other than the local children's entertainer Kit Kat. After lots of fist pumping, Mo arms and Bolt impressions the runners were ready to go!


True to form Ella Bodsworth headed to he front to get a great start, followed not too far behind by Elizabeth, and Abigail hung back with Mummy. The start gun was fired and the trio were off! The conditions were perfect and Ella was the first of the Hares in about 11 mins, followed not too far behind by Elizabeth in 13 mins, with Abigail bringing up the rear in 16 mins. Abigail managed to keep a good steady pace for the first half, considering this was her first race she did really well! Well done to all three on a great race which was rewarded by some lovely sunshine and burgers afterwards!


By Katrina Rigby

By Hadleigh Hares, Apr 28 2015 09:38PM

Location: Graffham Water

Race Type: Sprint Duathlon

Race Date: 19-04-2015


Today saw Elizabeth Stewart compete against her parents for the first time in a Sprint Duathlon. The weather conditions were almost perfect, cool with no wind. It was going to be a tough event for her first outing, judging by the number of very serious looking duathletes sporting GBR tri-suits. However, she made a good attempt and finished third in her category, especially as she was the youngest competitor by almost 2 years.


Andrew & Deb enjoyed the undulating off road runs and a fast flattish section, which passed without incident thankfully. The event was well organised and in another beautiful location at Grafham Water.


The official results are as follows:

Pos. - Participant - CatPos. - Run1 - T1 - Bike - T2 - Run2 - Finish Time

154. - Andrew Stewart - 15 - 0:23:21 - 0:00:55 - 0:36:32 - 0:00:53 - 0:25:17 - 1:27:00

203. - Elizabeth Stewart - 3 - 0:28:33 - 0:00:33 - 0:44:10 - 0:00:45 - 0:31:14 - 1:45:17

206. - Deborah Stewart - 5 - 0:30:02 - 0:00:45 - 0:48:02 - 0:01:00 - 0:31:33 - 1:51:24


By Deb Stewart





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