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River Meon events in Wickham now open for entries

The following River Meon events at Wickham in Hampshire are open:

5k on September 1st – £6/£8. Enter at

10k on September 1st – £12/£15. Enter at

HM on September 1st – £15/£18. Enter at

Marathon on 7th June 2020 – £21/£28. Enter at

Southampton ladies claim first vets league victory and join men in the finals!

The Southampton AC ladies team made history in Aldershot last night, claiming a third successive victory in the Hampshire Vets League and securing the league win, for the first time ever. Coming top of the league that has been dominated by Winchester ladies in the recent past, means they have booked their place in the Southern Counties Vets finals in Ashford, Kent in September, joining the Southampton men’s team who have been regular visitors to the event.

Despite missing key team players such as Nicci Blandford, Mary Axtell, and Dani Marshall, the team pulled together fantastically to beat 2nd place Winchester by 16 points.

There were stand out performances by Joy Wright in the 200m (first in 27.8 seconds) and 800m (first in 2.34.2) as well as a personal best for Astrid Mangel in the long jump (2nd V60 with 2.56m). Joy also came 4th in the V35 discus with 19.19m. Tracy Bezance made a superb return from injury to win the V50 200m in 30.6 seconds. Janet Dickinson made a clean sweep of first places with victory in the V50 shot (9.00m), 200m B string (28.3 seconds), V50 discus (26.12m) and V50 long jump (4.53m).

There was an excellent second place for Katy O’Dell in the V35 shot (8.34m) and Hannah Willson in the 2000m walk (12.41.6). Paola King came 4th in the walk with 14.54.8. Vicky Bright won the V50 pole vault with 1.20m and Claire MacErlean won the B string 800m in 2.41.0. Claire also secured second place in the 3000m with 11.27.0.

Despite nursing a hamstring injury, Caroline Barnfield managed 6th in the V50 800m (3.51.8) and 5th in the V50 3000m (17.17.2). Hannah Willson, who was also helping with officiating on the night, came third in the B string 3000m with 12.35.7. Jane Pitt came 5th in her first ever timed 400m with 47.7 seconds.

Final results:

Southampton AC 148 points

Winchester and District 132 points

City of Portsmouth 110 points

Aldershot, Farnham and District 95 points

Havant 71 points

Fleet and Crookham 63 points

Basingstoke and Mid Hants 49 points

Vets Ladies make it 2 wins in a row at Basingstoke

The Southampton Veteran’s ladies team secured their second win of three matches in the Hampshire Vets Athletics League last night with a score of 137 points. A league in which the Winchester ladies team has been historically dominant, the Southampton team have only previously ever won one match in the league before this season. Stand out performances came from Janet Dickinson (first in the V50 100m, 400m, javelin and high jump) and Joy Wright (first in the V35 400m, high jump, and second in the 100m). Paola King and Roz Hutton ensured full points in the hammer competition, and Nicci Blandford and Claire MacErlean managed a similar feat in the 1500m. Claire also secured first place in the 400m (V35 B-string). Caroline Barnfield came 7th in the V50 1500m and Jane Pitt came 4th in the V60 400m. Vicky Bright came 4th in the Triple Jump with Christine Smears coming 7th in the V60 javelin and Katy O’Dell 2nd in the V35 javelin.  The night was rounded off with an impressive win in the medley relay. A win for Southampton ladies in the final match at Aldershot would secure them the season’s league win and a place in the Southern Counties Finals in Ashford, Kent in September.

SAC Awards 2017/8 – List of Winners

Congratulation to all the winners of Southampton AC Awards for 2017/8. A full list of winners is shown below.

President’s Award Fiona Webb
Doreen Old Award Peter Wareing
Club Person of the Year Mark Wharton
Coach of the Year Rod Lock
Official of the Year John Stansfield
Team Manager of the Year Andy Morgan-Lee
Athletes’ Athlete Male Jon Tilt
Athletes’ Athlete Female Sarah Kingston
Track and Field Athlete of the Year Senior Men Mahamed Mahamed and Oliver Bromby
Senior Women Sophie Merritt
Vet Men Mark Collins
Vet Women Katy Odell
Young Male Jack Higgins
Young Female Amaya Scott
XC/Road Athlete of the Year Senior Men Alex Teuten
Senior Women Bryher Bowness
Young Male Zakariya Mahamed
Young Female Isabel Richardson
Team Contribution U11B Jack Potter
U11B Liam Cross
U11G Millie Hulbert
U11G Gracie Saint
U13B Travis Scottow
U13B Aidie Purse
U13G Ellie Thatcher
U13G Eve Emm
U15B Harry Thompson
U15B Zak Withey
U15G Lucy O’Dell
U15G Chloe Errington
U17M Ben Williams
U17M Joseph Hannan
U17W Hannah Childs
U17W Emma Hunter
U20M Josh Nash
U20M Sam Costley
U20W Emma Froome
U20W Sophie-Anne Haigh
Senior Men Tom Rady
Senior Men Patrick Swan
Senior Women Sarah Kingston
Senior Women Mandy Gault
Vet Men Simon Ciaravella
Vet Men Andy Turner
Vet Women Hannah Willson
Vet Women Astrid Mangel
Performance Award Dave Henson
James Foreman
Chris Scott
Vic Novell
Jon Tilt
Graham Lay
David Blackman
Lynden Olowe
James Jackson
Adam Jones
Joshua Douglas
Callum Gregson
Jack McDonald
Wilfred McKenzie
Oliver Thatcher
Bradley Jenvey
Riley Woodman
Finley Ryves
Ben Brown
Billy Goodridge
Mary Axtell
Samantha Callaway
Lucy-Jane Matthews
Anna Merritt
Elizabeth Adamson
Maisie Jeger
Megan Hulbert
Grace Colmer
Olivia Austin
Gracie Jenvey
Jasmine Larsen


SAC Awards Night 2018

Last Friday, we celebrated the achievements of the club at its annual awards night. Held at Victoria House in Netley, it was another great opportunity to embrace the many and varied achievements of our wonderful club.

Hosted by Andy Fisher and Jon Tilt, the evening culminated in a new President’s Award won by Fiona Webb, Senior Membership Secretary for her long and continued service to the club. Not only has Fiona been a committee member for over 10 years, she has been a trustee, official (track judge, field judge and scorer and has officiated for the County), amongst a host of other things. There could not have been a more deserving winner. We also embraced the services of our other volunteers and committee members and we thank them for their continued support.

Performances on the road, cross country, track and field were in abundance and a full list of award winners can be found here. The awards were presented and celebrated by two of our three GB International athletes. Mahamed Mahamed and Alex Teuten were not only awarded with life membership of the club but a framed photograph of their first GB vest. Dave Henson, our Paralympian could not be present but receives the same accolade. 2017 was undoubtedly one of the Club’s best years ever, both in team events and through individual performances including the achievement of GB honours at senior, junior and youth level in the same year.

The evening was enhanced with a raffle which raised over £600 for the club. Prizes were donated by local companies and included a tour and lunch on a P&O cruise ship and breakfast at Upton’s of Bassett. A full list of our donated prizes can be seen below and we thank the companies for their generosity.

Food, music and dancing ended a great evening with DJ Tony (Fern) in the house, playing tunes till the early hours (well until 11.30). A great night was had by all and we hope to see more of you there next year. For those of you who won awards and were unable to attend, the awards will be available for collection at the track from Thursday 29 March.

Thank you to the following people who made the awards evening possible; Tim Hall, Richie Pearson, Jon Tilt, Mark West, Mary Axtell, Andy Fisher, Dawn Thatcher, Fiona Webb, Tony Fern, Rene Fern, Peter Merritt, Mahamed Mahamed, Alex Teuten, Andy Palmer, Nicci Blandford, Mark Gallant.

Many thanks to the following companies for their generous prize donations: P&O cruises, Toni & Guy, Ageas Bowl, Alton Sports, Uptons of Bassett, Southampton Football club, Parchment Street Dental, Number 1 beauty salon, Marwell Zoo, Molton Brown and Bestival.