Vitality London 10K 28th May 2018 – Free Club Places

There are 12 free club places available for this event (6 men and 6 women). Please e-mail John MacInnes if you would like a place.  Also please check if you qualify as an elite man or woman who get a free entry anyway, freeing up the free entries for the slower athletes (see times below).

If more than 12 (six men & six women) want to run, a draw for the places will take place trackside on Tuesday 1st May.
Additionally if you are an elite athlete there are free places to men and ladies who have in the last 2 years run sub 32 for men, sub 38 for ladies. In this instance please contact
and in addition let John know you have signed up.
Lastly there is decent prize money on show:
Individual prize money £2000 – £100 (1st – 10th)
Team prize £2000 – £200 (1st – 6th)

Eastleigh 10k 18 /03/ 2018 : Alton Sports launch buy one get one free offer……

Alton Sports have announced that there will be a repeat of its arguably most attractive promotion at the Eastleigh 10k

The offer is as follows :

Road , Track spike , Cross Country spike , Trail or other (stocks shoes for other sports primarily netball)
Buy a shoe from one of the above categories and choose another shoe FREE from one of the others*
Anybody who presents their Eastleigh race number at one of the four Alton Sports shops will be able to take advantage of this offer and there will also be fliers that can be used by non participating athletes , made available to those who are supporting and/or helping at the event.
This offer does not have a time limit on it at present.

For Alton Sports see their website

* The cheapest shoe is free
* The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.

VITALITY LONDON 10K 28th May 2018

This high profile event has made available to Southampton Athletic Club 3 free men and 3 free ladies entries.
e-mail John MacInnes if you want a place.
If more than 6 want to run a draw for the places will take place trackside on Tuesday 1st May
Additionally if you are an elite athlete there are free places to men and ladies who have in the last 2 years run …..
sub 32 for men,
sub 38 for ladies.
In this instance please contact
and in addition let John know you have signed up.
Lastly decent prize money on show.
Individual prize money £2000 – £100 1st – 10th
Team prize £2000-£200 1st – 6th


Eastleigh 10k became full earlier than at any time in the events history. I have been contacted by a friend from a local club who is willing to transfer over their entry to a SOUTHAMPTON ATHLETIC ATHLETE. Please contact myself at if you would like to participate. I will put you in direct contact with the runner to enable the transfer. I do not want to cause them to be besieged by athletes if I publish their phone number / email address on the Southampton website. I will remove this post once I’ve had a positive reply.


HRRL : Salisbury 10 April 8 2018

Two of our top runners Sam Costley and Richard Waldron are wanting to run in this sold out event. If you are entered and have to withdraw or know of someone in this position please contact me to get the ball rolling with regard to a possible transfer and in so helping the club.


The Southampton men have lost any opportunity to retain the Hampshire Road Race League this season so the focus will be on performing well at the remaining fixtures.
At Salisbury running heavyweights Max Costley and Dave Coak will be lining up together with four slower teammates . As it is likely that the fastest the quickest of the four will run is around 65 an entry is available for somebody who will run at least 63 or quicker to help with the team situation*
Please contact to engineer the transfer and sort out the payment if interested . If there are no takers by the end of February I will pass on the entry to another club. However before I do this I will first contact Sarah K to see if any Southampton ladies would like to take the entry regardless of speed.



At the HRRL meeting last night Stuart Holloway remarked that there were less than 150 places left. As the club reps return to inform their club members of the situation it is highly likely the event will be closed to new entries within 48 hours. It is important that Southampton field two teams at the event , the ladies to continue their assault on Division 1 and the men to save face as they have fielded three incomplete teams from the first six races. The course is fast and rural , good times so do not be put off entering .
Unfortunately the race will not finish on the track due Salisbury’s ongoing negotiations with the new owners however the race will start/finish in close proximity of the leisure centure.

PREVIEW HRRL RACE 7 : Ryde 10 4/02/2018

The seventh race in the twelve race series of the Hampshire Road Race League takes place on the 4th February 2018. This race has traditionally been poorly supported by Southampton Athletic Club and so it is proving again. Of the 276 entries the organisers have received only 2 I believe are from Southampton , both ladies. The entry limit is 500 so there is still a reasonable length of time available in which to enter.

I am confident the ladies will field a team in pursuit of the dream but as the men are walking a tightrope with one more bad result torpedoing our hopes of a title defence it is imperative we get a team out there preferably of men who will run around sixty five or below to guarantee a decent team result.


Scenic course / Showers / Good parking / Quiet mostly rural course / Good cafe adjacent to Race HQ


Costs getting to race , long day . Extremely testing course not for the faint hearted .

PREVIEW HRRL RACE 6 : Stubbington 10K 14/01/2018

The Stubbington 10k takes place on the 14th January 2018 and I am delighted to say Southampton are fielding a large number of athletes with both quality in each section of the race.

PB Potential
Reasonably scenic course
Plenty of toilets
Considering numbers parking good
Cracking home made food including rolls and cakes (and cheap) in hall

Can be restricted finish due to parking on one side of road in run in to finish and remember at end of road on turning left you are practically finished so do not save anything until after the turn!
Similar to Gosport (though not as bad) can be congestion on leaving site of race
The course is not flat (as described by coarse measurer) so beware reasonably testing uphill on leaving Titchfield around 3k and short sharp inline after leaving section adjacent to beach later on for the first timers*

*Views held are PJ’s and not necessarily that of the clubs!