1st Man Dan Eckersley (Kingston) 1.09.41
1st Woman Louise Damen (Winchester) 1.16.52*(26)
3 Max Costley SM 1.10.14 (PB)
19 Dave Coak SM 1.16.25
37 Jen Granger SF 1.18.34
39 Andrew Lewis SM 1.18.42 (PB)
53 Jon Hannan V40 1.20.11 (PB)
76 Jim Bennett V45 1.21.35
152 Paul Johnson V55 1.27.27
173 Pete Costley V55 1.28.44
287 Jon Ward V45 1.33.22
337 Dave Madelin SM 1.35.22
488 Clinton Whitfield V45 1.41.18
552 Alan Tulip V60 1.43.56
1053 Marc Holmes SM 2.01.07
The Gosport Half Marathon course is by common consent mentally testing through being a double lap mundane course but what it lacks in excitement is more than compensated for by its speed when weather conditions allow and today was such a day with no less than four Southampton athletes achieving a personal best . Perhaps the most notable being Andrew Lewis who has had an excellent Autumn crashing through the 80 minute barrier at Gosport for the first time and that followed on from a great Great South Run performance in October.
The mens race was won by Dan Eckersley who triumphed through persistence emerging victorious after finishing in runner up position both in 2017 and 2018. For approximately eight miles Southampton’s Max Costley led the race until being overhauled .
The ladies race was won by Louise Damen who though well off her best still has the class to defeat the field. Not initially picked up in the results Jen Granger ran a superb race to garner a personal best and came a tantalising eleven seconds from eclipsing Bryher Bowness S.A.C club record for the Gosport Half and formally overall course record.
The mens team position in Division 1 will be reported when known.
1st Man Toby Lambert (Winchester) 52.45
1st Woman Tasmin Anderson (Winchester) 1.02.06
67 Paul Johnson V55 1.06.03
The storm of Saturday had passed and the Hayling 10 was held in ideal conditions.
Toby Lambert destroyed the field in the Mens race whilst the Ladies race was a much closer affair with three ladies in contention for much of it.
The sole Southampton representative Paul Johnson made a silly error of running the first mile at his 5k pace and then faced a very hard nine miles in which to repent for his running sin.
As both Southamptons teams in their respective divisions are doing appallingly updates on team positions in future will only follow when a full team(s) is/are fielded at future races.
The following HRRL League races are now sold out (in chronological order) :
Gosport Half , Victory 5 , Stubbington 10k , Ryde 10 & Salisbury 10.
1st Man Dan Baker (Southampton Athletic Club) 1.14.57
1st Woman Tasmin Simmonds (Winchester) 1.22.14 *18
76 Jon Ward V45 1.31.51
The Solent Half took place on a very wet morning , the downpour commencing not long before the race start. Dan Baker was not tempted to keep with the early race leader taking six miles to catch him , overtake then inexorably move away for a comfortable race win. Jon Ward was a tad disappointed with his time however bearing in mind the conditions it was a solid performance.
The Southampton men may not be supporting the Leagues races in numbers but they are supporting the Division 1 table propping up the rest of the teams being rooted to the bottom whilst the ladies are 9th out of ten teams in Division 2 of their respective League.
Please note that three of the next four races in the HRRL are full (Hayling 10 3rd November , Gosport Half 17th November & Stubbington January 2020 ) , however at present the Victory 5 is still open for entries but you’d better be quick….
Dan Baker put in a first class performance to convincingly win the mens race (circa 75) in wet conditions.
Further updates later in week when results in full are available to scrutinise.
1st Man Stuart Holloway (Salisbury) 26.19
1st Woman Sarah Kingston (S.A,C) 29.37 *22 Overall
13 Dave Coak SM 28.54
48 Scott Augur V50 31.20
66 Jon Ward V40 32.43
195 Keith Hollis V40 37.44
The first race of the Hampshire Road Race League traditionally takes place at Overton on the first weekend of September formerly Saturday , latterly Sunday.
Southampton runners were thin on the ground at the event. At least the men managed a team and Sarah Kingston won the ladies race. Special mention to a slimline Scott Augur who ran a very impressive time of 31.20.
After the first race somewhat perversely the ladies are 8th from 10 in Division 2 whilst the men are 10th from 10 in Division 1.
The series moves to the Solent Half Marathon on the 22nd September 2019. Details and entry can be found on the Hardley Runners website. Its not the easiest of courses but nevertheless a great race , beware of the last two miles if participating for the first time!
There was a lamentable Southampton turnout at the first race of the Hampshire Road Race League however the one bright point is that the sole S.A.C female runner Sarah Kingston won the ladies race and bagged an impressive £75!
Further updates later in week when results in full are available to scrutinise.
1st Man Aiden Lennon SM 33.03
1st Woman Ruth Thom F45 39.19
6 Tom Cully SM 34.31
8 Matt Risden SM 35.04
52 Andrew Lewis V35 38.17
83 Grant Gibson SM 39.44
98 Jon Bean SM 40.34
223 Simon Ashdown V50 45.24
236 Keith Hollis V45 45.48
444 Lara Bracher F40 54.10
668 Finishers (S.A.C 7/1)
*NOTE for speed of delivery the times above are likely to be chip rather than the gun time.
The Lordshill 10k took place fortunately on the day after the hottest day of the year so far , still warm but with a breeze.
Unfortunately Southamptons two quickest men appearing on the entry list both pulled out with Will Bryan citing injury the fate of Richard Waldron is unknown.
Southampton men were safe from the drop whatever the result however the reverse was true for the ladies who have found themselves a year after the incredible achievement of taking the Division 1 crown of having to suffer the embarrassment of dropping into Division 2 for the 2019/20 season after this years dismal attendance at races rather than performances.
When a mere four athletes are needed to constitute a mens team and three for the ladies Southampton have no excuse for not fielding complete teams at each of the HRRL events particularly as one of the primary objectives of the league is to support the running clubs of Hampshire . Southamptons own race is very well supported by the participating clubs so it is only fair that we should do likewise.
Hopefully next year there will be a resurgence of interest……..
See you next season!
1st Man Andy Greenleaf (Serpentine) 32.00 *New Course Record
1st Woman Lesley Locks (Hart Road Runners) 37.42
2 Matt Coffey SM 34.38
77 John Compton V45 42.41
458 Finishers (S.A.C 2/0)
The Alresford 10k is an out and back course with a small off road section consisting of grass at the start/finish of the race. For much of the first half the gradient is down so consequently the second half is a test for tired legs. A pavillion adjoins the field from which a large range of food and drinks can be purchased.
From the off Andy Greenleaf pulled away from the field and won easily in a new course record. Matt Coffey ran well and looked particularly strong near the end to comfortably beat Julian Manning (Denmead) who has won many HRRL races over the years.
Similarly in the Ladies Race Lesley Locks dominated and was the only female runner to manage a sub40 time.
Southamptons contribution to the HRRL this season at least in terms of runner numbers has been very poor with the men in 9th/10 in Division One and the ladies will be relegated from Division One seasons end after actually winning the league in the previous season. Of the 11 races completed in the 12 race league Southamptons ladies have not managed to field a complete team in 8 of them so it is unsurprising to find them in this position.
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’!