Entry’s for Netley 10K 21st May now closed

Applications for our Netley 10K are now closed three weeks early with a record entry.I shall need members to help out on the day to marshal the course, man water stations, and various other jobs to ensure a successful race. unfortunately the race clashes with a SAL fixture but if you are not competing at Bracknell please help from 8.30 to 12 o’clock.

HRRL TEAM POSITIONS AFTER 8/12 RACES

Great news after Eastleigh with the men cementing their place at the top of Division 1 and the womens cement all but dry as they achieved an incredible sixth victory in six consecutive HRRL events and only a disaster of cataclysmic proportions in the final four races can deprive them of promotion and the championship.

MEN : DIVISION 1
.1. 18pts Southampton Athletic Club                                                                                                        . . .2. 23pts Lordshill Road Runners

WOMEN : DIVISION 2                                                                                                                                  .1. 19pts Southampton Athletic Club                                                                                                        .2. 29pts Fareham

Unfortunately with four races left we (as already stated in previous posts) we have no ladies or mens team represented at Salisbury and that leaves Alton 10 , Netley 10k (Run in the Park) and the Lordshill 10k.

At present there is only Ashley Forbes on the start list for Alton. It is generally a weak field due to travelling distance and the toughness of the course but this will give us the opportunity to capitalise if we can raise teams.

ENTER RACES YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO NOW! There is absolutely no use in wishing you had entered earlier once the race limit is reached . Every race this season has been sold out prior to the event taking place.

Alton 10 Mile : Takes place on 7th May 2017 10.30am                               http://www.altonrunners.co.uk/

Netley 10k our own race : Takes place on 21st May 2017 10.30am

Lordshill 10k : Takes place on 25th June 2017 9.30am                                                                           http://www.lordshillroadrunners.org.uk/

EASTLEIGH 10K HRRL RACE 8 : 19/03/2017 (PREVIEW)

Eastleigh 10k filled up to capacity in the weeks before the race but thankfully Southampton Athletic Club members will be out in force and may even deliver the winner of the mens race.

There are 2792 athletes listed as entrants on the database and it looks like the man to beat is Joshua Grace (Aldershot) who recorded a 29.21 at the back end of 2016. However Joshua hasn’t raced this year and he will be coming up against our battle hardened Alex Wall Clarke who recorded a 30.49 at the Trafford 10k (5/03/2017).

Jamie Knapp who is particularly good at XC (6th Southerns / 20th Nationals 2017) is in prime position to spring a surprise and after a recent 15.03 5k should go under 31.00.

Athletes mostly respond to support en route so if you can make a beeline for the course next Sunday and help our athletes by your presence and verbal encouragement whilst they are in motion please do.

Its worth listing the athletes: Continue reading

HAMPSHIRE LEAGUE TEAM POSITIONS (7/12 RACES)

MENS POSITIONS : DIV 1
(1) Southampton Athletic Club 17
(2) Lordshill Road Runners 20
(3) Portsmouth Joggers 32
(3) Stubbington Green Runners 32

LADIES POSITIONS : DIV 2
(1) Southampton Athletic Club 18
(2) Fareham Crusaders 25
(3) Eastleigh Road Runners 28

Superficially things are looking rosy for both teams , particularly the ladies but we live in unprecedented times , Salisbury 10 is now FULL and both teams will have used two of their three lives after Salisbury as our mens entry is 2 (Matt Hibberd & Paul Johnson) and the ladies entry is a big fat zero , pathetic.

However a cursory look at the Lordshill entry in the mens section suggests they will be missing many of their top men and at least Southampton ladies have a bit of a buffer. Scant crumbs of comfort though….

RYDE 10 HRRL RACE 7 : 5/02/2017 (PREVIEW) .WOMEN.

DIVISION 2 : POSITIONS AFTER 6 RACES (WOMEN)

1 SOUTHAMPTON AC 17
2 EASTLEIGH 17
3 FAREHAM 26

The battle for Division 2 (women) is really shaping up and appears to be a two horse race between Southampton and Eastleigh. The ladies have really turned things around in the last couple of years and are in prime position for promotion.

The transformation has been dramatic and Southampton in Division 2 have won the last four races. In two of the races (Gosport & Victory) the team finished ahead of Winchester ladies the champions of the Division 1 league for the last eight seasons! Providing they continue attending the races in the same numbers and quality on promotion they will put Winchester under serious pressure and hopefully break their dominance. Of course the job is not yet done and expect Eastleigh to provide us with a serious test until the end.

Four ladies have already entered the fray : Karla Borland , Miriam JonesWalters , Sarah Merritt and Anna Stone.