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.