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By Hadleigh Hares, Apr 20 2015 08:51PM

Schneider Electric Paris Marathon


Following a race specific training schedule, Hadleigh Hares distance running ace Vic Kenny made her marathon debut in the Paris Marathon on 12th April 2015. Having set Ladies club records & personal bests for 10 miles & the half marathon in the build up, Vic travelled with partner Ollie Riches in a very optimistic but determined mood. With any new venture, there is always an element of uncertainty & despite a very painful injury to her toe only days before, Vic knew she was well prepared & attacked the race with relish.

Starting with 50,000 other nervous runners on the world famous Champs Elysees, Vic quickly slotted into her rhythm & put her pre-prepared pacing plan into operation. Running near second perfect mile & 5K splits Vic stormed through half way in 1.33, then confidently threw in a few 6.50 miles just for good measure!

Despite the unseasonably very hot conditions, Vic pushed on past the Eiffel Tower & Notre Dame Cathedral at 18 miles, undeterred as the temperature reached 25 degrees, producing a fine display of powerful, even paced relaxed running.

Still on schedule for a superb time, Vic dug deep & maintained her rhythm all the way to the finish, completing the course in 3.06.51!!!! & in the process broke Barbara Sanders 11 year old ladies club record by the enormous margin of 24mins 38seconds.

Relaxing in the satisfaction of a job well done, Vic didn't have too long to wait for Ollie, as he stormed through the finish line, in 3.50, lopping a massive 20 mins from his PB, set in Rotterdam, a just reward for his increased training & preparation through the winter.

By Mat Blacoe

By Hadleigh Hares, Feb 3 2015 10:02PM

Hadleigh Hares were the hosts for the final cross country race of the season around the fields of Holbecks Farm. The junior race was first and Hadleigh’s course was without a doubt the longest, toughest and coldest of the season, with the snow starting to drive in just as the race set off.

Congratulations to the seven tough kids who all managed to make it to the finish line.

Our juniors were:

Ella Bodsworth, Thomas & Lucy Holdaway, Oliver Cross, Noah Jamieson, Freddie Ashmore & Elizabeth Stewart.

The junior Hares finished in an excellent 9th position in the final standings.

The snow eased off for the Seniors so they had it much easier but the 5 mile course which takes in two assents up Constitution Hill was still one of the more challenging races in the series.

Hadleigh put out a strong squad in the male and female categories and finished top again in both to confirm our promotion to Pool A.

That was the final race of the local cross country series but we still have a few runners heading off for county and national competitions so good luck to them.



3rd Elisa Bostock,

6th Jasmine Hayward,

9th Davina Greenwell,

14th Penny Grayson,

21st Elaine Mann,

23rd Rachel Bodsworth,

40th Katrina Rigby,


4th John Scaife,

17th Danny Preece,

26th Mat Blacoe,

35th Matt Hunter,

46th Leon Hayward,

47th James Rush,

54th Paul Gardiner,

63rd Tony Salliman,

81st John Hesketh,

120th Paul McAllister,

121st Lee Crisp

The 'Performance of the day’ award was awarded to Elaine Mann for her excellent performance at todays event.

By John Scaife

By Hadleigh Hares, Jan 25 2015 09:27PM

A very small contingent of Hadleigh Hares (I am pretty sure it was just me) travelled north of the border for the Freethorpe 10.

It was a gently undulating course that was surprisingly exposed and breezy. Every corner we turned somehow managed to be straight back in to the head wind.

It was typical Norfolk scenery; fields of turnips, a huge sugar beet factory and a brief lovely section running along the Yare at Reedham.

I left pleased having recorded my first sub 1:25, in my second 10 miler. There was little evidence of Suffolk and runners and clubs. However, the course record was broken by Tom F in a Woodbridge shirt.

The one Suffolk exception was a great turn out by the Bungay Black dogs. They travelled in such numbers that they block booked the local pub, preventing us from having a well earned post run pint and Sunday lunch.

By Amanda Dunn

By Hadleigh Hares, Jan 16 2015 10:09PM

Suffolk Cross Country Championships 2015

Ixworth Park


Having made steady progress over the previous two cross country seasons, Hadleigh Hares Ladies cross country team travelled to the beautiful parkland setting of Ickworth Park, Bury St Edmunds to compete in the 2015 Suffolk County Cross Country Championships. Doubling up as the selection trial to represent Suffolk at the CAU Inter Counties Championships in Birmingham in early March, the team travelled with an air of optimism & tingling excitement.

Arrival at the course & pre-race recce by the team revealed a demanding course of fast flat stretches, tricky descents an icy stream crossing & stamina sapping climb.

There was doubt that the course that awaited would be a true test of the counties finest cross country runners.

Soaked in winter sunshine & with crisp conditions underfoot, the venue offered a day for great cross country racing & what a day it was!

Multi talented Jasmine Hayward lead the way with a stunning victory in the under 20 womens race over 6K, despite a heavy fall in the icy stream crossing, she stormed away from her opposition to become Hadleigh Hares first ever womens champion.

Encouraged by Jasmines success the senior ladies were in an uncompromising mood, unleashing a succession of stunning performances. Track star Elisa Bostock lead the charge with a terrific 5th place, only seconds behind 4th, closely followed by training partner Vic Kenny, storming through the field to take 8th, showing that her early preparations for her marathon debut in April were going well. Emma Gorwood completed the scoring trio with a superb 10th place, producing her trade mark brave & committed run giving everything for the team.

But the excellent performances did not end there, with Penny Grayson, Rachel Bodsworth & Elaine Mann, all ‘packing’ superbly & storming into the finish in 21st, 25th & 26th respectively, closely followed by Katrina Rigby & Corinna Hussey, with Sara Taylor-Balls & Pat Atwood completing a fine performance.

The Hares came away from the finish line knowing they had performed well but would it be enough to ‘topple’ the dominant force of recent years that has been Ipswich Jaffa AC? The Hares had matched Jaffa’s leading ladies stride for stride, & when the results were announced Hadleigh Hares had snatched victory by the slenderest of margins one point!!!! Their first ever County team gold medal in their 30 year history.

However success did not end there with Hadleigh Hares taking victory in the ‘B team competition & Elisa & Jasmine receiving immediate selection to represent Suffolk at the Inter-Counties. What a day!

The senior mens 12k race completed the programme with a fine performance from John Scaife in 11th, second over 40. Mat Blacoe, Matt Hunter & Andy Turner had there own private battle finishing 37th, 38th & 47th respectively, with Steve Hunt, the legendary Mike Rosbrook 1st over 75! & Stuart Hunt completing the Hares finishers. Not to be totally out done by the all conquering ladies the men finished 5th in the team race, equalling their best ever placing!

Ladies U20:

1st Jasmine Hayward

Ladies Senior:

5th Elisa Bostock (Bronze - Senior Women)

8th Victoria Kenny

10th Emma Gorwood

21st Penny Grayson

25th Rachel Bodsworth

26th Elaine Mann

41st Katrina Rigby

47th Corinna Hussey

58th Sara Taylor-Balls

67th Patricia Atwood


11th John Scaife (Silver - V40)

37th Mathew Blacoe

47th Andrew Turner

115th Steve Hunt

134th Mike Rosbrook

141st Stuart Hunt

1st Jasmine Hayward
1st Jasmine Hayward

By Hadleigh Hares, Dec 17 2014 10:00AM

The junior Hares were narrowly defeated by Holbrook in the bi-annual Hobrook v Hares athletic competition which involves Sprints, Relays, Long jump, Javelin and Speed Bounce. The Holbrook coaches awarded the star performances of the evening to Katie Townrow and Robert Preedy.

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