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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 .
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.
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!
Victory 5 Mile
03 December 2017
The continued work on the Portsmouth sea defences prohibits the use of a section of the normal course and an alternative route from the Mountbatten Centre to avoid the closed section has been rejected by the local authority. It has therefore been necessary to establish a new course and this will be based at LAKESIDE NORTH HARBOUR, Western Road Cosham. Full details will be e mailed to entrants.
The Victory 5 takes place on Sunday 3rd December 2017 . This is one of the most high profile and popular five mile races in the UK running calendar so if you are thinking of entering enter now. There are currently 9 Southampton entrants ( 6 men / 3 women) out of a current entry list of 786.
It has been the worst possible start to Southamptons season in the 2017/18 Hampshire Road Race League.
As previously noted Southampton Athletic Club has done extremely well by winning the mens overall title in the form of Richard Waldron together with taking the Division 1 team title and the ladies gained promotion by winning Division 2 of the league.
ABC News Chicago ‘Score one for exasperated women: New research suggests men really do listen with just half their brains’*
The final entry list for the Overton race has been published giving ammunition to the above statement as in many posts made during the last year (ad nauseum) I was cautioning that races were selling out quickly and the importance of entering early. Apparently one Southampton male athlete was seething because the entry closed well before the race date. A little tip is to enter immediately when the race becomes ‘live’.
The Hampshire Road Race League kicks off at Overton on Sunday 3rd September 2017.
Richard Waldron is the current HRRL Mens Champion and Jen Elkins came within a whisker of winning the ladies title falling one race short.
The aim this year for Southampton is surely to win the league for the men or at least finish close to the top of Division 1 whilst for the ladies it must be to dethrone the ladies of Winchester from their lofty perch as champions in Division one for at least the last ten seasons.
Wednesday 23rd August sees Eastleigh RC’s re-scheduled race at the Southampton University playing fields at Wide Lane Eastleigh SO50 5PE (opposite Southampton Airport Parkway train station).
Please note this is a 7pm start time. Continue reading