Polegate Plodders was formed in 2014 by two like-minded and keen runners Ian Weston and Brian Winn. Since then, the club has gone from strength to strength and now has more than 70 members. With two qualified coaches (CiRF) and several qualified run leaders (LiRF) licenced by England Athletics, the club offers sessions for all running abilities throughout the week, whether it is a social run or specialist interval session for those wishing to improve their overall performance.

2024 sees the club celebrating its 10th anniversary and throughout the year the club is arranging special events which have so far included a Parkrun visit to Kingdom Parkrun near East Grinstead and a litter pick around Shinewater Park in Eastbourne, where the local Parkrun event takes place. We hope that the highlight of the year will be when we visit Bushey Park Parkrun on 13th April, the home of Parkrun, and will be taking as many members to this as possible to experience one of the largest Parkruns in the world

Many of the club members enter running events throughout the year and most recently 16 completed the Eastbourne Half Marathon on 3rd March, which is not only great for the club but a fantastic achievement for each of the runners too. Each year we have representatives running events locally, nationally and sometimes internationally, this year we have members who have entered the Brighton Marathon, Great South Run and Great North Run to name but a few, we even have members running Ultra distances in the UK Ultra series on the South Downs.

The club enters the winter East Susses Sunday Cross-Country League, along with Seaford Striders, Tri-Temp and the Seafront Shufflers. This year we came 3rd overall which is an amazing achievement for a group of clubs going up against more well-established clubs.

Each year in January we hold our annual awards evening where members are treated to a 3-course meal and where we celebrate the achievements of the previous 12 months, this is also a fantastic social event for everyone involved in the club.

The club is very friendly and supportive of members old and new and membership is always available and at a competitive price compared to other local running clubs, visit https://polegateplodders.wixsite.com/polegate-plodders for more details.