HRRL RACE 9 NETLEY 10K 15/5/2022

1st Man Seb Hoenig (Lordshill Road Runners) 33.00 1st Lady Tasmin Anderson 37.27 (Winchester & District)*34

27 Richard Crawford SM 36.55 53 Daniel Foster SM 39.06 87 Alice Burch V40 40.31 536 Finishers

The 2022 Netley 10k was the swansong in an organising capacity of club stalwart Richie Pearson who has been arguably the most prominent figure at Southampton Athletic Club over many years. To organise such an event is a massive undertaking and knowing personally just a part of what it entails can say with confidence that while he will not be irreplaceable (nobody ever is) it will take a team of people to do the work that Richie undertook to ensure the events future survival. Thanks Richie, hopefully we will see you on the start line next year!

The race after the first lap consisted of a leading pack of five runners , reducing to three after the second , then finally fragmenting during the final lap to allow Seb Hoenig a second consecutive race victory in the league. The curse of runners struck as Ben Saunby’s laces came undone allowing Seb to triumph though in conversation following the race he sportingly revealed it would have been a big ask anyway as Seb was running so well on the day. The race was memorable for non-running reasons too. Towards the end of the race there was a thunderclap followed by rainfall of biblical proportions.

With one more race to complete the 2021/2022 HRRL the current Southampton team positions look ominous. The men look probable to survive the drop from the first division whilst the ladies are nailed on to be relegated to the bottom division. The men’s individual competition goes down to the wire with Lordshill runner Seb Hoenig facing Ben Saunby (Salisbury) for ultimate glory. Seb needs to finish higher than Ben to win the title. Incidentally although neither athlete runs for Southampton Athletic Club we do have an interest as Seb is presently coached by Rod Lock. The ladies competition is essentially a foregone conclusion providing Tasmin Anderson completes the Alresford 10k giving her her 6th race finishing position, the minimum requirement to get a final HRRL overall position. Tasmin’s teammate Sarah Gurney presently lies in second position, however Tasmin has beaten Sarah in each of the five races where they have faced each other. Southampton athlete Alice Burch lies in 4th place in the overall table and as long as she completes the final race she will be able to say that she had completed the races and got the t-shirt as a limited edition striking t-shirt is awarded to every runner who completes all of the races over a given season. Mugs too are given to runners whose final position, name and club fits in around the circumference of the mug. Finish too low and its a no go.