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HRRL 2019/20 Race 2 : 22 Sep 2019 Solent Half

1st Man Dan Baker (Southampton Athletic Club) 1.14.57

1st Woman Tasmin Simmonds (Winchester) 1.22.14  *18

76 Jon Ward V45  1.31.51

423 Finishers

The Solent Half took place on a very wet morning , the downpour commencing not long before the race start. Dan Baker was not tempted to keep with the early race leader taking six miles to catch him , overtake then inexorably move away for a comfortable race win. Jon Ward was a tad disappointed with his time however bearing in mind the conditions it was a solid performance.

The Southampton men may not be supporting the Leagues races in numbers but they are supporting the Division 1 table propping up the rest of the teams being rooted to the bottom whilst the ladies are 9th out of ten teams in Division 2 of their respective League.

Please note that three of the next four races in the HRRL are full (Hayling 10 3rd November , Gosport Half 17th November & Stubbington January 2020 ) , however at present the Victory 5 is still open for entries but you’d better be quick….


HRRL 2019/20 Race 1 : 1 Sep 2019 Overton 5

1st Man Stuart Holloway (Salisbury) 26.19

1st Woman Sarah Kingston (S.A,C) 29.37 *22 Overall

13 Dave Coak SM 28.54

48 Scott Augur V50 31.20

66 Jon Ward V40 32.43

195 Keith Hollis V40 37.44

505 Finishers

The first race of the Hampshire Road Race League traditionally takes place at Overton on the first weekend of September formerly Saturday , latterly Sunday.

Southampton runners were thin on the ground at the event. At least the men managed a team and Sarah Kingston won the ladies race. Special mention to a slimline Scott Augur who ran a very impressive time of 31.20.

After the first race somewhat perversely the ladies are 8th from 10 in Division 2 whilst the men are 10th from 10 in Division 1.

The series moves to the Solent Half Marathon on the 22nd September 2019. Details and entry can be found on the Hardley Runners website. Its not the easiest of courses but nevertheless a great race , beware of the last two miles if participating for the first time!

Farleigh Wallop 10k Trail Race 29th September 2019

You may have come across Darrel May who for some time worked at Alton Sports and latterly was the CEP Rep for the South . He is a member of the relatively recently formed Hatch Warren Runners and the Race Director for the above race asking if there are any Southampton Athletic Club runners who would like to participate .

The race will start at 9.30a.m , the cost to affiliated runners is £17.00 and the course involves a real mixture of terrains to challenge. Farleigh Wallop is situated close to Basingstoke and the M3 and therefore easily accessible from the Southampton side.

An interesting feature is a King and Queen of the Hill with a £50 cash prize up for grabs.

For further details check out :

HRRL 2018/19 Race 12 : 30 June 2019 Lordshill 10k

1st Man Aiden Lennon SM 33.03
1st Woman Ruth Thom F45 39.19

6 Tom Cully SM 34.31
8 Matt Risden SM 35.04
52 Andrew Lewis V35 38.17
83 Grant Gibson SM 39.44
98 Jon Bean SM 40.34
223 Simon Ashdown V50 45.24
236 Keith Hollis V45 45.48
444 Lara Bracher F40 54.10

668 Finishers (S.A.C 7/1)

*NOTE for speed of delivery the times above are likely to be chip rather than the gun time.

The Lordshill 10k took place fortunately on the day after the hottest day of the year so far , still warm but with a breeze.

Unfortunately Southamptons two quickest men appearing on the entry list both pulled out with Will Bryan citing injury the fate of Richard Waldron is unknown.

Southampton men were safe from the drop whatever the result however the reverse was true for the ladies who have found themselves a year after the incredible achievement of taking the Division 1 crown of having to suffer the embarrassment of dropping into Division 2 for the 2019/20 season after this years dismal attendance at races rather than performances.
When a mere four athletes are needed to constitute a mens team and three for the ladies Southampton have no excuse for not fielding complete teams at each of the HRRL events particularly as one of the primary objectives of the league is to support the running clubs of Hampshire . Southamptons own race is very well supported by the participating clubs so it is only fair that we should do likewise.

Hopefully next year there will be a resurgence of interest……..
See you next season!

HRRL 2018/19 Race 11 : 16 June 2019 Alresford 10k

1st Man Andy Greenleaf (Serpentine) 32.00  *New Course Record
1st Woman Lesley Locks (Hart Road Runners) 37.42

2 Matt Coffey SM 34.38
77 John Compton V45 42.41

458 Finishers  (S.A.C 2/0)

The Alresford 10k is an out and back course with a small off road section consisting of grass at the start/finish of the race. For much of the first half the gradient is down so consequently the second half is a test for tired legs. A pavillion adjoins the field from which a large range of food and drinks can be purchased.

From the off Andy Greenleaf pulled away from the field and won easily in a new course record. Matt Coffey ran well and looked particularly strong near the end to comfortably beat Julian Manning (Denmead) who has won many HRRL races over the years.

Similarly in the Ladies Race Lesley Locks dominated and was the only female runner to manage a sub40 time.

Southamptons contribution to the HRRL this season at least in terms of runner numbers has been very poor with the men in 9th/10 in Division One and the ladies will be relegated from Division One seasons end after actually winning the league in the previous season. Of the 11 races completed in the 12 race league Southamptons ladies have not managed to field a complete team in 8 of them so it is unsurprising to find them in this position.


HRRL 2018/19 Race 9 : 12th May 2019 Alton 10

1st Man Stuart Holloway (Salisbury) 55.25
1st Woman Rebecca Lord (Stubbington) 1.05.31

5 Richard Waldron SM 58.34
90 Dave Madelin SM 1.10.48
102 Jon Ward SM 1.12.02
111 John Compton 1.13.08

480 Finishers (S.A.C 4 4/0)


Unfortunately the Alton 10 was nowhere near a sell out possibly as a result of Southampton hosting various races on the previous Sunday.
At the race the winner of the Southampton Marathon Richard Waldron (S.A.C) came up against the winner of the Southampton Half Marathon Richard Lovejoy (Aldershot). As Richard reached the halfway point of the ABP Marathon ahead of Richard Lovejoy finishing the shorter race you would have staked your house on our Richard triumphing in this particular contest however let the result between the two be a salient lesson , the Aldershot athlete finishing ahead with a respectable gap. A marathon may be only twice the distance of a half but requires many times the length of recovery.

In the mens race Stuart Holloway easily finished as winner after organising the Salisbury 10 the previous HRRL race in the series and Rebecca Lord was the ladies winner.

Dave Madelin* , Jon Ward* and John Compton ran well over what is deemed to be a tough course making up the remainder of the mens team. There were no Southampton ladies at the event.

The next race in the series is the NETLEY 10K Southampton Athletic Clubs own race being held on the 19th May 2019.

* For the record Dave would like to state that his ‘slow time’ was due to a Half Marathon and Marathon in the weeks previously and Jon’s got ‘dodgy knees’!

HRRL 2018/19 Race 8 : 14th April 2019 Salisbury 10

1st Man Richard Waldron (S.A.C)  53.22                                                                                                1st Woman Emma Jolley (City Of Portsmouth) 60.33

14 Liam Barry Carroll  SM 59.50                                                                                                            34 Stuart Hicks V40 62.22                                                                                                                      36 Matt Hibberd V35 62.28                                                                                                                    89 Jon Ward V45 66.43                                                                                                                          117 Hannah Polden U23  68.24

820 Finishers (S.A.C 6 5/1)

The Salisbury 10 was run in ideal conditions and a bonus was the track finish had been reinstated. Unfortunately there were no camels at the end this year to take a selfie with.

Richard Waldron won convincingly looking strong at the finish and could have gone faster if pressured .Arguably the Southampton performance of the day belonged to Hannah Polden who shattered her ten mile P.B by over three minutes.

With regard to team positions results from recent races will virtually ensure the mens Division 1 survival whilst the Ladies will remain in a precarious position.




LONDON VITALITY 10KM 27th May 2019

There are elite places up for grabs for free at the London Vitality 10k that takes place on the Spring Bank Holiday which occurs on the 27th May 2019.

Male runners will need to have run a sub 32 10km in the last two years and female runners a sub 38. Applications can be made at

Entries  need to be submitted by Friday 26th April 2019.