Mark Hayes Memorial Mile 2019

On Friday July 19 we held our annual Mark Hayes Memorial Mile Race series at Dulwich College. Despite the dreary weather forecast and initial rain an excellent turn out contested four races and a children’s 600 metres race. 

Race 1

First up new member Kay Sheedy led from the front in an impressive debut. So good was her performance of 6:14 that it was second only to our overall ladies winner - Alexie.


Bob Bell also enjoyed an excellent run in a similar solo time trial fashion to Kay. Whilst on photo duties it was great to see lots of smiles from Mark’s family and other runners whilst completing the run with Karine finishing ahead of Josephine and Fleur.

  1. Kay Sheedy 06:14

  2. Bob Bell 06:38

  3. Raphael Long 06:53

  4. Colin Frith 07:00

  5. Barrie John Nicholls 07:29

  6. Joseph Brady 07:31

  7. Karine Brissey-Hayes 07:50

  8. Josephine Brissey-Hayes 07:59

  9. Lindsey Annable 08:16

  10. Fleur Brissey-Hayes 08:24

Race 2

Alexie Williams followed Kay’s tactics and ran superbly from the front to win the overall ladies shield in 5:40.


Hugh Balfour and Richard Craig-McFeely enjoyed a closely fought run with Hugh just beating Richard on the line. Similarly competitive battles were found right through the field with Michelle leading from Clare Norris and Hugh French and then not far behind Belinda pipped Mike and Lucy Clapp in the finishing straight.


  1. Alexie Williams 05:40

  2. Hugh Balfour 06:01

  3. Richard Craig-McFeely 06:02

  4. Michelle Lennon 06:15

  5. Clare Norris 06:17

  6. Hugh French 06:18

  7. Belinda Cottrill 06:24

  8. Mike Mann 06:25

  9. Lucy Clapp 06:26

  10. Neville Webb 06:49

  11. Karina Burrowes 07:13

  12. Elton Howard 07:23

Children’s Race (600 metres)

The children’s race then provided a brief interlude with all ages completing the 2 laps. Samuel Little and Rafi French ran fast times of a shade over 2 minutes for the 600 metres to suggest there is plenty of promise whenever they graduate to the mile. George Williams made his track debut and following mum’s lead and enjoyed himself in his 5 minute run.

  1. Samuel Little 02:04

  2. Rafi French 02:06

  3. Max French 02:17

  4. Hattie Hollands 02:47

  5. Amelia Hollands 03:44

  6. Lila French 04:35

  7. George Williams 05:06

Race 3

This race ended up being the most competitive and exciting race of the night with just 15 seconds separating the first eight places. Jonathan adopted the strategy of the first two race winners to lead from the front. Ed Simmons and Eugene Cross were always in close attendance and started to close on the penultimate lap. With some red blood cells from the Andes still in his bloodstream Jonathan found some pace to win in a pleasing 5:16. Ed deservedly finished second ahead of Eugene and another bunch sprint of Rob, Justin, Matt Cooke and Ross. Special kudos to Sue Cooper who arrived straight from Euston and with just the bike ride as a warm up plunged straight into the race! Also Matt Ladds was well pleased with a personal best to make the journey to the West Country even sweeter that evening.

  1. Jonathan Whittaker 05:16

  2. Ed Simmons 05:20

  3. Eugene Cross 05:21

  4. Grant Kennedy 05:24

  5. Rob Hollands 05:25

  6. Justin Siderfin 05:27

  7. Matt Cooke 05:29

  8. Ross Rook 05:31

  9. Matt Ladds 05:49

  10. Sue Cooper 06:28

Race 4


The final race of the evening involved seeing who would take the shield from Lewis Laylee’s mantelpiece. Very quickly Ed Chuck showed that he meant business and built up a strong lead to win in a meeting record equalling time of 4:37 (Lewis has ran this previously).


Jack and Andy pushed each other on for second with Andy straying outside his lane on one occasion much to Tony’s subsequent amusement!


Tim then finished ahead of a close race between Joe and Tony with an excellent debut performance from Dominic O’Sullivan prefacing Michael Williams and a hoodie clad Kev Chadwick.

  1. Ed Chuck 04:37

  2. Jack Ramm 04:46

  3. Andy Bond 04:48

  4. Tim Bowen 04:56

  5. Joe Twomey 05:03

  6. Tony Tuohy 05:05

  7. Dominic O’Sullivan 05:10

  8. Michael Williams 05:15

  9. Kevin Chadwick 05:16

Mike Mann adds... A big thank you to everyone who helped out on Friday in particular Andy for taking on the role of race director, Ange and Laura for organising the finish and lap counter, Jonathan for his input to the race seedings and camera work in the dystopian gloom and Tom for arranging the drinks and not holding a beer race!

2019 Winners


Dulwich Runners Club Championships 2018


After 9 races from 1760 yards to 26.2 miles, the 2018 edition of Dulwich Runners’ Club Championships is complete!

46 women and 76 men completed at least one event in the championships. The February 2018 Dulwich Parkrun was the most popular, followed by the Assembly League 5k at Battersea. Almost as popular, was the Marathon, with 26 women and 28 men running at least one (some members even did more including two in a week!), which is always special given the original development of the club for a group of friends to train together to run the London Marathon in 1980.

To complete and qualify for the championships, runners had to finish at least 5 events including at least one race from each of the short and long categories. 12 women and 29 men qualified having achieved this feat.

Men and women competed within age-group categories (<40, 40-50, 50-60 and 60+) alongside an overall age graded championship. In order to be as fair as possible and enable runners of different ages and sexes to compete, this was worked out using the 2015 WMA age grading tables which awards points according to how well you ran against the world best for your age and gender.

The Winners

The full breakdown by event and what that meant for the overall results is provided in the attached excel file.

Women’s Senior

  1. Becca Schulleri (252 points) wins after completing 8 events

  2. Helen Lister (252 points)

  3. Katie Styles (243 points)


Women’s V40

  1. Yvette Dore (257 points)

  2. Joanne Shelton Pereda (250 points)


Women’s V50

  1. Michelle Lennon (256 points)

  2. Clare Elms (255 points)

  3. Lucy Clapp (247 points)


Women’s V60

  1. Ros Tabor (255 points)


Men’s Senior

  1. Tim Bowen (258 points)

  2. Edward Chuck (252 points)

  3. Jonathan Whittaker (242 points)


Men’s V40

  1. Andy Bond (257 points)

  2. Steve Davies (253 points)

  3. Tom South (251 points)


Men’s V50

  1. Charlie Lound (254 points - wins after completing 6 events)

  2. Tony Tuohy (254 points - 5 events)

  3. Mark Foster (248 points)

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Men’s V60

  1. Steve Smythe (257 points)

  2. Colin Frith (252 points)

  3. Hugh Balfour (252 points)


Overall Age Graded Champions

  1. Clare Elms (952 points average)

  2. Ros Tabor (913 points average)

  3. Andy Bond (867 points average)


Gill Johnson Awards

Awarded annually for outstanding performance on the road, in memory of Gill Johnson, who was an excellent road runner herself and sadly died in 2017.

The winners for the first year (2018) are Ed Chuck and Clare Elms.

Trophies will be awarded at the Christmas party!

Record breaking runs

Finally across all events and not just the club championships it has been an amazing year for personal bests and club records. Twelve road records and thirteen track records have been broken since November 2017, including three on a memorable July night at Stratford where Senior Men’s Mile record was broken twice within the space of 30 minutes! The new club records that have been set between November 2017 and November 2018 are as follows:


Clare Elms - 1 Mile (road) W50 (equals her existing record)

Edward Chuck - 5km (road) SM

Andy Bond - 5km (road) M40

Tony Tuohy - 5km (road) M55

Mike Mann - 5km (road) M70

Edward Chuck - 10km (road) SM

Andy Bond - 10km (road) M45

Tony Tuohy - 10km (road) M55

Steve Davies - 10 Miles (road) M45

Buzz Shepherd - Half Marathon M40

Steve Davies - Half Marathon M45

Steve Smythe - Marathon M60


Lewis Laylee - 1500m (track) SM

Mike Mann - 1500m (track) M70

Ed Chuck and then Lewis Laylee - 1 Mile (track) SM at the same race venue!

Andy Bond - 1 Mile (track) M40

Mike Mann - 1 Mile (track) M70

Lewis Laylee - 3000m (track) SM (twice!)

Mike Mann - 3000m (track) M70

Edward Chuck - 5000m (track) SM (twice!)

Andy Bond - 5000m (track) M40

Edward Chuck - 10000m (track) SM

Mark Hayes Memorial Mile 2018

Thanks to Tony Tuohy for this excellent write-up of our annual celebratory mile races in memory of erstwhile club mile champion Mark Hayes. As always his family were in
attendance to take part too. The old 300m college track is a bit worse for wear these days but despite this some excellent PB level runs were achieved, with a great opportunity to improve on a 400m track. Following on from the serious races a light hearted "beer mile" race was run to celebrate Mike Mann's impending 70th birthday and a collection of fine ales that Thomas South had managed to source. Photos courtesy of Jim Dowsett and Rob Hollands.

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Race 1

The first race saw Alex and Colin locked together until the last lap when Colin couldn’t hold on any longer as Alex pulled away to win. Barrie didn’t run to last year’s form but Andy, Jo and Lindsey were near enough.

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1 Alex Bazin 6:26.2
2 Colin Frith 6:31.3
3 Jules Anderson (gst) 6:44.3
4 Andy Murray 6:53.9
5 Jo Shelton Pereda 7:01.4
6 Barrie John Nicholls 7:16.4
7 Lindsey Annable 7:18.9
8 Fleur Brissy-Hayes 7:35.5
9 Karine Brissy-Hayes 7:36.3
10 Celeste Brissy-Hayes 7:58.0
11 Karine Burrowes 8:00.0
12 Florence Vernon 8:33.6

2 laps
Lucy Wilson 3:45
Hattie Hollands 4:54

Race 2

In true Diamond League fashion the second race had its very own pacemaker as Ebe set sail on schedule for a six minute mile. Mike Fullilove followed this easily enough and came through strongly for a better than expected time. Perhaps the pick of the race was Eleanor, sticking to
Ebe like glue for her best run on the slow college track, but just a few tenths short
of last year’s late season PB. Michelle also made good use of the pace to record yet
another PB-level run. Mike Mann and Lucy Clapp matched their recent 1500m form, either side of an excellent run from Belinda at the unfamiliar distance (with Dad Bob showing good form too), while Anna and Yvette notably posted bestever times, hopefully to be repeated at
the club championship Soar Mile for official PBs.

1 Mike Fullilove 5:53.9
2 Ebe Prill 6:01.2
3 Eleanor Simmons 6:01.5
4 Michelle Lennon 6:05.0
5 Mike Mann 6:09.9
6 Belinda Cottrill 6:10.8
7 Lucy Clapp 6:11.0
8 Anna Thomas 6:13.2
9 Yvette Dore 6:16.8
10 Matt Ladds 6:20.0
11 Bob Bell 6:25.5
12 Ros Tabor 6:35.0
13 Graham Laylee 6:55.8

Race 3

After a slow first half (for her) Lucy took the lead and built a sizable lead and appeared to be
heading for an easy win. Justin can’t have trusted his fitness early on because once he stirred himself for a last lap effort he ended up catching Lucy and the onlookers enjoyed an elbow-to-elbow battle up the finishing straight, just edged by Justin while Lucy was easily overall fastest woman of the day.

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Christina was another excellent improver and should look forward to even better on a standard track while Kim did really well to break six on her current fitness. Coach Steve lamented that his time was slower than the average pace for his best marathons - apparently the speed shown at the 1972 Lewisham Schools 800m Championship was not in evidence.

1 Justin Siderfin 5:27.1 (2:49, 2:38)
2 Lucy Elms 5:27.3 (2:48, 2:39) FASTEST WOMAN
3 Matt Cooke 5:36.4 (2:47, 2:49)
4 Grzegorz Galezia 5:41.0 (3:00, 2:41)
5 Christina Dimitrov 5:45.8 (2:54, 2:52)
6 Steve Smythe 5:53.8 (3:02, 2:52)
7 Austin Laylee 5:55.2 (3:02, 2:53)
8 Kim Hainsworth 5:56.9 (3:02, 2:55)
9 Austin Vernon 6:19.3 (3:13, 3:06)

Race 4

The fastest race effectively became two races with the leading four detaching themselves from us mortals by the time the first straight was run. Lewis front-ran to a straightforward win but Wayne was up for the challenge and was the only one to accompany Lewis through halfway. Unfortunately for Wayne though, the wheels came off heading into the finale and the more conservative-starting Tim and Andy both caught him with negative splitting runs, Tim’s second half notably equal to short-distance specialist Lewis.

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Meanwhile division 2 were sorting themselves out a bit further back with a bit of jostling for a lap or two before Ian led through halfway closely tracked by Jack and yours truly. Just for once I was enjoying the race and not hanging on for dear life (my recent default setting) and actually plotting where to put in my devastating finish (I know, poetic licence, whatever). Up the finish straight towards the bell the screaming hordes of adoring fans (!) got the better of me and I belted past Ian with Jack in close company. We couldn’t be separated right until the finishing straight when my legs threw in the towel and completely shut down, conceding three seconds in just 75 metres. Following on, Rob, Joe and Tom all put in good quality well-paced runs at an unfamiliar distance, while Jo Brady was too late for an earlier race but just about made the startline for this one and still put in plenty of effort.

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1 Lewis Laylee 4:37.7 (2:21/2:17) FASTEST MAN
2 Tim Bowen 4:41.7 (2:25/2:17)
3 Andy Bond 4:43.9 (2:25/2:19)
4 Wayne Lashley 4:48.7 (2:21/2:28)
5 Jack Ramm 5:06.0 (2:35, 2:31)
6 Tony Tuohy 5:09.0 (2:35, 2:34)
7 Ian Lilley 5:12.9 (2:35, 2:38)
8 Rob Hollands 5:16.9 (2:40, 2:37)
9 Joe Farrington Douglas 5:23.2 (2:40, 2:43)
10 Tom Wilson 5:29.8 (2:45, 2:45)
11 Joseph Brady 6:50.0 (3:21, 3:29)