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HRRL 2019/20 Race 5 : 1 Dec 2019 Victory 5

1st Man Matt Bergin (Bedford) 23.40

1st Woman Lucy Reid (Tonbridge) 27.05*(19)

15 Tom Stevens SM 26.34

17 Dave Coak SM 26.50 (PB)

27 Tom Cully SM 27.31

44 Andrew Lewis SM 28.19 (PB)

79 Jim Bennett V50 29.27

162 Noel O’Dowd V60 32.32

540 Lara Bracher V40 43.50

815 Finishers

The Victory 5 is a positively ancient race being in its 73rd year and there have been a number of incarnations and tweaks along the way in recent years .This year organisers were faced with works on the Lakeside site itself that necessitated a last minute change to the course. It was twisty but still quick.

The pre race favourite and defending champion had another race to attend to so it was a case of Adam Clarke out Matt Bergin and Matt powered around in a faster time than in Adams 2018 victory . The womans race was won by Lucy Reid who claimed a notable scalp in Charlotte Purdue (Aldershot) defeating her by ten seconds*

Both Dave Coak and Andy Lewis achieved P.B’s the former showing over a 30 second improvement whilst it was particularly good to see Noel O’Dowd back running well after a lot of problems with an injury over a lengthy period.

Incidentally the mens team remained in 9th position in Division 1 after Gosport but the strong team performance yesterday should result in an upward movement.

*In fact that was what happened in 2018 however Lucy Reid recorded an almost identical time in 2019 defeating Maisie Trafford (Arena 80) by a more comfortable margin. Apologies.

HRRL 2019/20 Race 4 : 17 Nov 2019 Gosport Half Marathon

1st Man Dan Eckersley (Kingston) 1.09.41

1st Woman Louise Damen (Winchester) 1.16.52*(26)

3 Max Costley SM 1.10.14 (PB)

19 Dave Coak SM 1.16.25

37 Jen Granger SF 1.18.34

39 Andrew Lewis SM 1.18.42 (PB)

53 Jon Hannan V40 1.20.11 (PB)

76 Jim Bennett V45 1.21.35

152 Paul Johnson V55 1.27.27

173 Pete Costley V55 1.28.44

287 Jon Ward V45 1.33.22

337 Dave Madelin SM 1.35.22

488 Clinton Whitfield V45 1.41.18

552 Alan Tulip V60 1.43.56

1053 Marc Holmes SM 2.01.07

1694 Finishers

The Gosport Half Marathon course is by common consent mentally testing through being a double lap mundane course but what it lacks in excitement is more than compensated for by its speed when weather conditions allow and today was such a day with no less than four Southampton athletes achieving a personal best . Perhaps the most notable being Andrew Lewis who has had an excellent Autumn crashing through the 80 minute barrier at Gosport for the first time and that followed on from a great Great South Run performance in October.

The mens race was won by Dan Eckersley who triumphed through persistence emerging victorious after finishing in runner up position both in 2017 and 2018. For approximately eight miles Southampton’s Max Costley led the race until being overhauled .

The ladies race was won by Louise Damen who though well off her best still has the class to defeat the field. Not initially picked up in the results Jen Granger ran a superb race to garner a personal best and came a tantalising eleven seconds from eclipsing Bryher Bowness S.A.C club record for the Gosport Half and formally overall course record.

The mens team position in Division 1 will be reported when known.

HRRL 2019/20 Race 3 : 3 Nov 2019 Hayling 10

1st Man Toby Lambert (Winchester) 52.45

1st Woman Tasmin Anderson (Winchester) 1.02.06

67 Paul Johnson V55 1.06.03

592 Finishers

The storm of Saturday had passed and the Hayling 10 was held in ideal conditions.
Toby Lambert destroyed the field in the Mens race whilst the Ladies race was a much closer affair with three ladies in contention for much of it.

The sole Southampton representative Paul Johnson made a silly error of running the first mile at his 5k pace and then faced a very hard nine miles in which to repent for his running sin.

As both Southamptons teams in their respective divisions are doing appallingly updates on team positions in future will only follow when a full team(s) is/are fielded at future races.

The following HRRL League races are now sold out (in chronological order) :
Gosport Half , Victory 5 , Stubbington 10k , Ryde 10 & Salisbury 10.

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 :  farleighwallop10k.co.uk

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.