17th April ROYAL VICTORIA COUNTRY PARK**
1st May STONEY CROSS
15th May WILVERLEY INCLOSURE
29th May CADLAND ESTATE BLACKFIELD
5th June FLEMING PARK*
12th June HURSLEY PARK & AMPFIELD
19th June MANOR FARM COUNTRY PARK
3rd July UNIVERSITY FIELDS EASTLEIGH
10th July WHITELEY FAREHAM**
17th July JANESMOOR POND
31st July ITCHEN VALLEY COUNTRY PARK
14th August I.B.M HURSLEY PARK
* Event Southampton organises
** Events Southampton drop out of
For further details see : www.rr10.org.uk
Fleet Half Marathon 17 March 2019
Salisbury 10 14 April 2019*
Alton 10 12 May 2019
Netley 10k 19 May 2019**
Alresford 10k 16 June 2019
Lordshill 10k 30 June 2019
* Race is FULL
** Southamptons race : NEED VOLUNTEERS.
At the halfway stage in the league Southampton are 9/10 in Division One (Men) and the Ladies are rooted to the bottom of their division. Hopefully things will improve second half or we might be ‘celebrating’ relegations season end.
1st Man Joe Wade (I.O.W) 54.34 1st Woman Steph Mccall (Herne Hill Harriers) 1.01.52
Unfortunately not a single Southampton runner appeared at the Ryde 10 so nothing to report!
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
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.
It is an old adage that you should not bite the hand that feeds you but it is true to say that since the merger of Southampton Running Club and Team Solent the concentration on track and cross country and road only at the national level has meant that Southampton has struggled to hold its own within the Hampshire Road Race League. The adage is worth remembering as Southampton’s own race came perilously close to ejection from the 2018/19 league and thus an important revenue stream would be cut off from the club. There is simply no excuse not to at least field a mens team (4) and ladies team (3) at each of the races. All things being equal between races a clubs participation at the league in overall numbers could have a bearing over whether being selected or not. We shouldn’t take the risk and support other clubs races in the way that they support ours despite the unpopularity of the Netley 10k amongst club representatives .
On a much happier note I can confirm that the Southampton Ladies triumphed headed by the formidable Sarah Kingston both on and off course. The ladies have emerged as champions 2017/18 after languishing in 7th (Division 2) in 2015/16. The plan was hatched to be promoted to Division 1 as champions in the following season 2016/17 and then break the stranglehold that Winchester had held over Division 1 for more than ten years. It is a great testimony to Sarah’s leadership that the team managed to win six races and finish second in four. The ladies were a real team with many of the ladies making multiple appearances and going beyond the call of duty to appear. Winchester lost any hope that they had of retaining their crown after England International Louise Damen dropped out of the Eastleigh 10k after starting so that the Lordshill 10k became a formality and Sarah duly obliged with a victory jog around the course!
The final positions in Division One Ladies
Southampton Athletic Club 10 points
Winchester & District Athletic club 11 points
Hedge End Road Runners 23 points
Notable Achievements amongst many include Sarah Kingston finishing in runner up spot in the ladies competition as well as Tracey Corker finishing in tenth a seasoned vet both in a rarefied atmosphere high above the lowest placed in the final table (101st). Jen Elkins managed to win an incredible five races with two course records whilst my personal tip for great things to come some time ago Bryher Bowness won the second most prestigious race in the HRRL (after Eastleigh) with a course record at Gosport.
The only positive things to say about the performance of the men in the 2017/18 League is that they didn’t get relegated (4th) and the maverick but supremely talented Richard Waldron triumphed in the mens individual competition winning four races* (Beating all HRRL opposition not necessarily 1st overall).