The Stubbington 10k ran in good conditions although runners were faced initially with a headwind for over a kilometre until the race turned left into the village of Titchfield.
George King secured an easy victory in the mens race narrowly missing out on a sub 31 time whilst Jen Elkins finished with a 38 second buffer over Lesley Locks.
The good news is that both mens and ladies teams secured victory in the team positions.
The mens team consisted (in finishing order) of Max Costley , Ben Brewster , Matt Risden and Tom Stevens whilst the ladies team was comprised of Jen Elkins , Sarah Kingston and Karla Borland. The ladies overall team position after five races is still precarious being in 9th position out of ten whilst the men look more comfortable in 7th.The next race in the series is the Ryde 10 03 February 2019 where traditionally Southampton has few athletes in attendance . Its a tough course but worth the trip.
1st Man : George King (Winchester) 31.40
1st Woman : Jen Elkins (Southampton Athletic Club) 35.29* 35
Both the mens and ladies teams are struggling in their respective divisions.
The mens team is presently 9th/10 in Division 1 whilst there is clear water between Southampton ladies and the rest of the division , unfortunately not at the top but rooted to the bottom of the division. To be fair the ladies triumph last season was achieved by a very small nucleus of athletes and without these ladies participating it was going to be hard to replicate the success .
Finishing on a positive note there are still two thirds of the season to go so all is not lost.
1st Man : Adam Clarke (Aldershot) SM 23.56
1st Woman : Lucy Reid (Tonbridge) SF 27.07* 18 Overall
17 Rich Waldron SM 26.37
21 Dan Baker SM 27.38
24 Matt Risden SM 27.49
64 Andrew Lewis SM 29.50
69 Steve Marcer V40 29.53
86 Pete Costley V50 30.17
108 Greg Warder V40 31.22
349 Sid Delara V60 38.37
408 Alexandra Coe SF 40.22
The Victory 5 always attracts top quality runners and this year the spectators were treated to a double battle at the front of both the mens and ladies races . In the mens race Adam Clarke was locked together with Joshua Grace until the last mile whilst in the ladies race Lucy Reid edged out the well known Charlotte Purdue.
Times were quick and could have been even better save for a keen headwind on parts of the course.
Southampton men would have secured a good team position when points are totted up whilst there was only one Southampton lady finisher. This season will be about survival for both teams in Division 1 nothing else.
1st Man: Tom Merson (Exmouth) SM 1.07.03
1st Woman: Lorna Russell (Winchester) SF 1.18.52 *(35 overall)
14 Dave Coak SM 1.16.36
52 Jon Hannan V40 1.20.41
124 Andy Lewis SM 1.24.35
134 Andy Griggs V40 1.25.15
136 Dave Blackman V50 1.25.29
166 Jon Bean SM 1.27.29
206 Jon Ward V40 1.29.08
236 Miriam Jones Walters SF 1.30.17
243 Camille King V40 1.30.43
340 Dave Madelin SM 1.35.00
415 Lucy Harrison SF 1.38.03
504 Keith Hollis V45 1,41.10
551 Clinton Whitfield V45 1.42.49
923 Marc Holmes SM 1.57.19
988 Sean Connerton SM 1.59.29
1389 Mark Madelin V60 2.19.20
1390 Cosma Mirella F50 2.19.20
30th November : Gosport Half / Race capacity 2000 / Entries 1380 (2/10/2018)
69 p/c FULL
2nd December : Victory 5 / Current position u/k
55 p/c FULL (24/09/2018)
13th January 2019 : Stubbington Race capacity 1950 / Entries 1299 (2/10/2018)
66 p/c FULL*
*Note Stubbington closes entry 30 November 2018
The next three races in the Hampshire Road Race League are extremely popular.
GOSPORT Half Marathon 18 November 2018
VICTORY 5 2 December 2018
STUBBINGTON 10K 13 January 2019
All three races will top out well in advance. For example 443/800 places were filled for the Victory 5 24/09/2018. There is no point in talking about doing them then bleating about it when you don’t get in ENTER NOW. The maximum numbers of runners allowed at an event is set by the organising clubs negotiation with the local councils .
1st Man: Rich Waldron (SAC) SM 1.12.03
1st Woman: Emma Jolley (City Of Portsmouth) F35 1.23.13
53 Scott Augur V50 1.28.15
56 Jon Ward V45 1.28.52
154 Keith Hollis V45 1.40.39
265 Paul Harvey V60 1.54.23
The Solent Half took place on a very wet then windy morning. Flooding occurred at an important entry point that was overcome with the strategic positioning of a pallet.
Rich Waldron easily won the race with a buffer of over a minute at the denouement from Stuart Holloway (Salisbury) whilst Emma Jolley triumphed in the ladies race. Jon Ward and Scott Augur got excellent times given the conditions . Keith Hollis and Paul Harvey both run solid times. Southamptons ladies were absent again from the results unfortunately.
The Solent Half clashed with the relatively new Winchester Half Marathon. The latter had 1236 finishers but the bulk of the club runners supported the Road League event which is what we would have hoped for.
1st Man: Rich Waldron (SAC) SM 25.59
1st Woman: Kath Bailey (Winchester) F50 29.59
81 Scott Augur V50 32.46
Peter Costley has been in touch to inform me that due to Southampton Athletic Clubs excellent performances in the 2017 Great South Run the club has been awarded 15 complimentary entries for the 2018 running of the race.
Please contact Pete for details on how you could possibly get your hands on a free place saving you potentially £42.00!
Petes e Mail address : email@example.com
A reminder of 2017’s results (Mens & Ladies combined)
4th Alex Teuten , 6th Mahamad Mahamad , 17th Matt Revier , 19th Ben Brewster , 21st Matthieu Marshall , 27th Max Costley , 35th Tom Cully
65th Jen Elkins , 79th Bryher Bowness , 105th Laura Brenton