Maria and Helen celebrate finishing the VAC charity relay August 2012 Gary and Belinda before Hayling Island charity relay August 2012 BBQ after the 2012 VAC Charity Relay

Victory Athletic Club - Hayling Island Charity Relay 2013

Hayling Island Charity Relay : Sunday 18th August 2013
More Fun and more fundraising for the RNLI

Lifeboats Logo On Sunday 18th August Victory AC's Relay took place around Hayling via the footpaths, bridleways, promenade and pavements taking in the countryside and coastal views of Hayling all in aid of the RNLI.

This year's tenth race started from St Peters Church Hall in Northney and followed a clockwise route of 26.2 miles which took the runners to the southern end of the island first and then off of Hayling Island and on to Farlington Marshes and back. Twelve highly tuned and honed teams, consisting of three runners each, from the cream of Victory AC taking part, plus one lone wolf (Mark Griffiths). A staggered start ensured that slower teams were targets for the later starters.

Setting off from the field behind the church hall, the first runners went on to the churchyard down to St Peter's road and with the help of our young lady marshals, made a safe crossing of the road and into Church Lane. In a clockwise direction, heading east out to the coast, on to the dirt sea wall and returning to St Peters road just south of the hall again helped by our Marshals. Then north, passing the hall, turning left and back to the start, to hand over to the next runner in the team. A gently 1.55 miles warm up for the first leg runners.

The race continued south then, into the wilds of Southern Hayling with some diversion's on leg 6 where new rock groynes were being put in the sea front. Then up the Hayling Billy trail and on to Farlington marshes. Following in broad terms, the coastal paths but also covering the rural northern part of the Island. Finishing back where the runners started, 26.2miles later.

The race is handicapped using mainly, our summer long handicap best times of the year, such that, in theory the teams would complete the race in the same time after the handicap and start time offset were taken in to account.

The weather started with some drizzle but warmed up and provided a very pleasant late afternoon for the BBQ and prize giving.

Thanks to Suzy Walker for organising the church hall venue and providing, with the aid of her helpers tea's and coffee and some puds and cakes in the afternoon. Also a big thank you to Dave Walker for bringing BBQ's to the church garden, this being provided by Suzy's dad Brian and John G.

There was a small charge for the liquid refreshments and puds to cover the cost and it added to our fund.

Paul & Lesley Hickman of Tri Sports provided the post relay massage for those who needed some muscle TLC, again raising £50 towards the charity.

A great day out and thoroughly enjoyed by all those who ran or marshalled or drove cars or just watched. My thanks go to all the Marshal's and Pete H. and Andy S. started the runners and timed the teams.

Framed photographs of the Hayling Island lifeboat 'Derrick Battle' by Andrew Filipinski, were presented to the runners of the first three winning team's, A memento of the day's running efforts.

The money raised, £552 will be donated to the local RNLI fundraiser at the Hayling Lifeboat station, Sandy Point in the very near future. To date the ten relays have produced £3258 from Victory AC to bolster the RNLI Funds. Many thanks, to all of the members of VAC who supported the day. Also to the two local people who each added £5 to our total.

John Gallagher & Suzy Walker, Victory AC.

Photos from this event are in the photo gallery


Graham Foden
Malcolm Hagan
Jan MacDonald
H/C 29m 01s
Time 3hrs 25m 01s

Daryl Babbington
Guy Phelps
Gerry Rock
H/C 30m 58s
Time 3hrs 36m 33s

Martin Coles
Shelly Butler
Nicola Stott
H/C 16m 55s
Time 3hrs 52m 30s

Zakaria Lahlal
Katie Lewis
Ali Pirie
H/C 00m 00s
Time 4hrs 28m 53s

Marilyn Crocker
Belinda Harding
Andrea Collier
H/C 59m 14s
Time 3hrs 12m 34s

Mike Coles
Gary Heather
Jenny Lown
H/C 42m 06s
Time 3hrs 27m 40s

Dave Walker,
Jodie Swaine
Michelle Cook
H/C 30m 06s
Time 3hrs 42m 57s

Phil Green
Sarah Swift
Clariece Warrior
H/C 06m 50s
Time 4hrs 02m 08s

Jim Clow
Helen Clarke
Mary Short
H/C 48m 21s
Time 3hrs 08m 07s

Tom Stott
Kevin McTaggart
Maria Lush
H/C 33m 10s
Time 3hrs 27m 15s

Colin O'Donnell
Kate Parks
Liz Phelps
H/C 29m 59s
Time 3hrs 39m 20s

John Cowlin
Beth Pirie
Helen Mears
H/C 13m 41s
Time 3hrs 57m 57s

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