National Bronze for Southampton AC Vets Team

Long Eaton in Derbyshire played host to the National Masters Cross Country Relays.

Andy Morgan-Lee got proceedings underway for the M45-54 category team placing 4th in a time of 10min.16sec for the 2mile lap.

James Smith ran a storming 2nd leg posting the 5th fastest time of the day of 10.11 moving the red & white stripes up to 2nd place.

Rob Bentley getting his first taste of National competition since joining Southampton kept them in the medal placings with 10.58.

Peter Costley increased the lead over the chasing teams with a 10.52 clocking and put a firmer hold on a medal prospect.

The anchor leg saw David Blackman clock 10.30 to claim his club their first National medal at this event with bronze behind Northern giants Leeds and Salford.


National Masters Bronze Medalists

(L-R) Smith, Blackman, Morgan-Lee, Costley, Bentley

CC6 kicks off cross country league season

The cross country league season got under way at Fleming Park on Sunday with the first round of races in the CC6 league.

This well organised social league is a pleasure to race in and the clubs men won the team race with the women coming 3rd.

For the men, Andy Griggs also won the individual race with Ashley Forbes 3rd and Rob Finch in 5th.  Dave Blackman completed the scorers in 17th to see the mens team win ahead of Lordshill Road Runners.  Jon Ward was 21st, Michael Tanner 24th, Dave Madelin 55th and John Compton in 58th.

For the women, Bryher Bowness was 2nd, Siri Froystad was 9th and Sandra Dancer completed the scorers in 28th.  Lynn Massey was 50th.

Full results on the CC6 website through the following link.

3 in top ten at national colleges championships

The very last cross country race of the season took place as part of the national colleges championship on Tyne & Wear on Saturday.

For the men, Mo Mahamed, Luke Powell & Sam Costley made the 650 mile round trip to represent their colleges and all were rewarded with top ten finishes with Alana Spiers and Hannah Polden also making the long journey for the women.

Mo & Luke were represeting Itchen College and Mo took the title with Luke putting in his best cross country run of the season to finish 5th.  Sam was representing Barton Peveril and finished 9th.

For the women, Alana Spiers also representing Barton Peveril was 20th and Hannah Polden representing Peter Symonds was 22nd.

Full results through link below.

Zak is 2nd in schools Home International match

Zak Mahamed took 2nd place for England schools in the intermediate boys age group in the schools Home International cross country match in Falkirk yesterday.

Zak finished just 4 seconds behind Wrexham’s English schools champion Matthew Willis (Matthew goes to school in England), to be part of a dominant england schools team who took the first 4 places and 6 of the first 7 places to win the match in a landslide.

This was Zak’s last cross country race of what has been another fantastic winter season for the Pete Haynes trained young athlete.

Full results through the link below.



Ben & Meg impress at U13 inter county xc champs

The very last of the seasons cross country events took place yesterday at Pophaim Airfield with the South East inter-counties cross country championships for those in schools years 6, 7 & 8 only.

The clubs athletes were running for Hampshire schools and in the U13 girls race the first Hampshire athlete home was Meg Hulbert in 9th place.  This is a great result for Meg who is still in primary school with the majority of runners in their first year in secondery school.  Isabelle Robinson was 68th.

In the U13 boys race, Ben Brown was the 2nd Hampshire athlete to finish in 7th place and like Meg, Ben is also still in primary school.  Matt Dyer was 11th and Tommy Brammer 34th.

In the U14 girls race, Elizabeth Adamson was the first Hampshire athlete home in 9th with Olivia Reavey the 2nd Hampshire athlete to finish in 18th, Margot Broome was 50th.

None of the clubs athletes took part in the U14 boys race and full results are available through the following link to the Hampshire Atheltics website.

Zak takes UK inter-counties title

Zak Mahamed bounced back to form in fantastic style by winning the U15 boys race at the UK inter-counties championships at Cofton Park in Birmingham yesterday.

Zak repeated last years race win to add to his growing list of titles and was also part of the Hampshire team that won the team race on the day.  Toby Hale was 150th in the same race.

In the senior mens race, the clubs athletes made up half the Hampshire team with Matt Bennett first club runner home in 54th followed by Richard Waldron in 120th and Abdi Mahamed in 147th with all 3 being part of the Hampshire team that were 12th.  Max Costley was 191st.

Mo Mahamed ran his usual excellent race to be 4th in the U20 mens race and was part of the bronze medal winner Hampshire team.

In the U13 boys race, Matthew Dyer continued his good form to be 26th and was part of the 5th placed Hampshire team.  Ben Brown having turned 11 finally got to run under UKA rules in an U13 race and was 69th.

Ellie Monks was 101st in the senior womens race and was part of the Hampshire team that were 6th on the day.

Alana Spiers was 84th in the womens U20 race and was part of the Hampshire team that were 15th.

No club runners took part in the the U17 womens race but in the U15 girls age group, Izzy Richardson was 48th and Phoebe Moriarty-Palios was 148th with both girls being in the first 4 for Hampshire and therefore part of the team that were 21st.

In the U13 girls age group, Elizabeth Adamson was 108th and part of the Hampshire team that were 17th.

All results from those running for Hampshire can be found on the Hampshire Athletics website through the following link.