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.

HRRL 2018/19 Race 4 : 2nd December 2018 VICTORY 5

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

730 Finishers

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.

HRRL 2018/19 Race 3 : 18th November 2018 Gosport Half

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

Finishers 1676

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HRRL 2018/19 Race 2 : 23rd September 2018 Solent Half

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

Finishers 402

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.

HAMPSHIRE ROAD LEAGUE 2017/18 SEASON : S.A.C Ladies Division 1 Champions

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).

HRRL RACE 11 : Eastleigh 10k 17/06/2018

1st Man : John Beattie (Newham & Essex Beagles A.C) 30.31                                                          1st Woman : Jen Elkins (Southampton Athletic Club) 34.55

3 Aiden Lennan  SM  32.06
5 Zak Mahamed U20  32.37
8  Rich Waldron SM  32.56
11  William Bryan SM 33.10
14  Matthieu Marshall  SM  33.33
23  Tom Stevens SM  34.26
26  Andy Griggs SM  34.35
30  Dan Baker SM  34.57
33  Dave Coak SM  35.02
83  Kevin Yates SM  37.14
86  Bryher Bowness  SF  37.18
95  Sarah Kingston  SF  37.28
97  Gary Bell  V40  37.30
109  Caio Carvalho Ellero  SM  37.42
126  Ben  Williams  U17  38.09
128  Pete Costley  V50  38.16
134  Paul Boyd Leslie  V40  38.23
138  Matt Jansen  SM  38.27
191  Matt Hibberd  SM  39.48
218  Mike Hodges  V40  40.29
299  Tracey Corker V45  42.08
308  Hannah Polden SF 42.27
309  Phoebe Moriarty Palios  U17  42.27
353  Dave Madelin  SM  43.19
410  Amanda Pinckney
428  Lucy Harrison  SF  44.40
531  Sid Delara  V60  46.42
595  Irene Moreno Milan  F35  47.48
824  Marc Holmes SM   50.58
871  Stephen Shaw  V60  51.46
907  Mike Sturland  SM  52.21
984  Annie Jones  V60  53.53
990  Kim Batten  V60  53.59
1359  Eleanor Prinsep  58.55
1628  Paul Chapman  SM  1.03.00
1916  Annette Sturland  V35  1.09.40
2067  Emily Files  V40  1.19.34
2126 Finishers
It was a momentous day in Southampton Athletic Clubs history as Southampton’s Ladies promoted as champions (2016/17) and moving into Division 1 (2017/18) faced Winchester in the penultimate race of the HRRL knowing that a victory in the team event at Eastleigh would secure the championship. Winchester had a strong team but the game was up once Louise Damen dropped out. It was a double as Jen Elkins who had just arrived back in Southampton on the morning of the race alighting from a cruise , cruised round to secure victory in the ladies race. It was particularly appropriate that Sarah Kingston and Bryher Bowness made up the Southampton ladies team as both have secured many points during the course of the season and Sarah was instrumental in creating the outstanding ladies team. Bryher capped off a great day with a P.B too. Tracey Corker has been a prime contributor too running at more HRRL events than any other lady.

But for the ladies brilliant news the headlining performance would have been that of Aiden Lennan recording a sensational time and 3rd overall . Zak Mahamed was the second Southampton athlete home with a 45 second P.B. Ben Williams an Under 17 athlete looks like a real prospect with a 38.09. The men have been inconsistent over the season but at least there are no relegation issues to worry about.

HRRL RACE 12 : Lordshill 10k 24/06/2018

1st Man : Matt Bennett  (Southampton Athletic Club)  33.05                                                                  1st Woman : Jen Elkins (Southampton Athletic Club) 35.52

7  Dan Baker SM 34.42
18 Edward Wright U17 35.48
99 Nicci Blandford F40 39.53
138 Sarah Kingston SF 41.19
204 Rachel Bennett SF 44.18
363 Alexandra Coe SF 50.58
644 Finishers
It was a very warm morning that faced the runners at the start of the Lordshill 10k , the final race of the Hampshire Road Race League for the 2017/18 season. Times for many were invariably slow the heat more of a factor than the distinct lack of wind. Having won the ladies race at the Eastleigh 10k a week earlier and in so doing helping the ladies to triumph as overall team winners of Division one for the first time there was an element of doubt as to whether Jen Elkins would run. Thankfully she did and secured another victory. It was good to see Nicci Blandford out as she is more associated with the track these days whilst Sarah Kingston just ran a victory lap safe in the knowledge that her work was done. The mens race a gladiatorial battle between Matt Bennett and Rich Waldron , the latter succumbing during the second half of the race. Edward Wright a Southampton U17 made an immediate impact with his first 10k , his track times suggesting something quick and we were not disappointed.His debut gave him the 31st quickest U.K time in his age category this year. Quality. The men also won the Mens Team prize*
Please note : Richard Waldrons time was initially omitted. It was 33.25.


HRRL RACE 10 : Netley 10K 20/05/2018

1st Male : Rich Waldron 33.39 (Southampton Athletic Club)
1st Female : Emma Jolley 37.31 (City Of Portsmouth)

74 Minna Jones Walters SF 40.37
107 Tracey Corker F45 42.32
176 Lucy Harrison SF 45.55

515 Finishers

There were perfect conditions for late spring racing with the sun not breaking through until after the race was completed (for most).

Rich Waldron claimed an easy victory in the mens race whilst Emma Jolley had another victory in the ladies race. Rachael Phelps though not a member of Southampton (Lewes A.C) is training with the legendary Rod Squad and recorded 39.01 (second lady).

Most importantly of all however the Southampton ladies ran extremely well following on from Alton recording their second second team place in consecutive races so the ladies team event is likely to go down to the last race.

Note: The Eastleigh 10k is full having been rescheduled from March the penultimate race in the series.

HRRL Race 9 : Alton 10 13/05/2018

1st Male Joe Morwood 52.22 (Aldershot Farnham & District)
1st Female Helen Cozens 1.03.38 (Fleet & Crookham A.C)

42 Sarah Kingston SF 1.06.03
70 Scott Augur V50 1.08.23
77 Karla Borland SF 1.08.46
95 Guy Brown V50 1.10.24
108 Minna Jones Walters SF 1.11.40

477 Finishers

The Alton 10 took place in reasonably benign conditions compared to some of the scorchers in previous years.
Joe Morwood powered to an easy victory in the mens race and an impressive time whilst the ladies race was considerably closer.
The Southampton Ladies achieved a second place team position behind Winchester and have actually moved ahead of Winchester in the race to be overall champions.
The men unfortunately were two places short of a team.