1st Man Stuart Holloway (Salisbury) 55.25
1st Woman Rebecca Lord (Stubbington) 1.05.31
5 Richard Waldron SM 58.34
90 Dave Madelin SM 1.10.48
102 Jon Ward SM 1.12.02
111 John Compton 1.13.08
480 Finishers (S.A.C 4 4/0)
Unfortunately the Alton 10 was nowhere near a sell out possibly as a result of Southampton hosting various races on the previous Sunday.
At the race the winner of the Southampton Marathon Richard Waldron (S.A.C) came up against the winner of the Southampton Half Marathon Richard Lovejoy (Aldershot). As Richard reached the halfway point of the ABP Marathon ahead of Richard Lovejoy finishing the shorter race you would have staked your house on our Richard triumphing in this particular contest however let the result between the two be a salient lesson , the Aldershot athlete finishing ahead with a respectable gap. A marathon may be only twice the distance of a half but requires many times the length of recovery.
In the mens race Stuart Holloway easily finished as winner after organising the Salisbury 10 the previous HRRL race in the series and Rebecca Lord was the ladies winner.
Dave Madelin* , Jon Ward* and John Compton ran well over what is deemed to be a tough course making up the remainder of the mens team. There were no Southampton ladies at the event.
The next race in the series is the NETLEY 10K Southampton Athletic Clubs own race being held on the 19th May 2019.
* For the record Dave would like to state that his ‘slow time’ was due to a Half Marathon and Marathon in the weeks previously and Jon’s got ‘dodgy knees’!
1st Man Richard Waldron (S.A.C) 53.22 1st Woman Emma Jolley (City Of Portsmouth) 60.33
14 Liam Barry Carroll SM 59.50 34 Stuart Hicks V40 62.22 36 Matt Hibberd V35 62.28 89 Jon Ward V45 66.43 117 Hannah Polden U23 68.24
820 Finishers (S.A.C 6 5/1)
The Salisbury 10 was run in ideal conditions and a bonus was the track finish had been reinstated. Unfortunately there were no camels at the end this year to take a selfie with.
Richard Waldron won convincingly looking strong at the finish and could have gone faster if pressured .Arguably the Southampton performance of the day belonged to Hannah Polden who shattered her ten mile P.B by over three minutes.
With regard to team positions results from recent races will virtually ensure the mens Division 1 survival whilst the Ladies will remain in a precarious position.
1st Man James Bellward (R.A.F) 1.07.34
1st Woman Lesley Locks (Hart Road Runners) 1.18.29
7 Matt Bennett SM 1.11.25
102 Liam Barry Carroll SM 1.19.13
129 Stuart Hicks V40 1.20.57
167 Paul Boyd Leslie V45 1.22.24
172 Andy Lewis V35 1.22.35
245 Ellie Monks F35 1.24.57
253 Karla Borland SF 1.25.10
390 Jon Ward V45 1.28.32
483 Dave Madelin V35 1.30.06
650 John Compton V45 1.34.41
652 Tracey Corker F50 1.34.43
756 Gareth Lakeman V35 1.37.07
762 Lucy Harrison SF 1.37.16
1335 Annie Jones F60 1.49.21
1573 Holly Powell SF 1.53.22
1592 Mike Hodges V45 1.54.01
1846 Marc Holmes V35 1.59.23
1923 Rachel Bennett SF 2.00.43
2701 Finishers (S.A.C 18 11/7)
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.