Hampshire Road Race League
Each year Victory AC takes part in the Hampshire Road Race League (see www.hrrl.org.uk
This is a set of 12 races that take place over a number of months, covering distances from 5 miles to half marathon.
How to Enter
Most races now take online entries. Click on the link below to take you directy to the entry page.
Where postal entries are taken, entry forms are available on the noticeboard at Havant Leisure Centre (HLC) a few weeks/months prior to the event or click on the entry button below to download a form.
We encourage members to take part in these events, and our Road Race Captains are sure to encourage you to enter as this will assist the club's rankings in the league - as well as your personal league ranking.
You can contact the Road Race Captains via email at: email@example.com
Beth Pirie and Bridget Main
Runners should wear their club vest when participating on HRRL races in order to qualify for club and individual points.
This Season's (2018/19) Races
Overton 5 miles
Solent 1/2 marathon
Gosport 1/2 marathon
Ryde 10 mile
Fleet 1/2 marathon
Salisbury 10 mile
Alton 10 mile
Netley Royal Victoria Country Park 10k
Sunday 2nd September 2018
Sunday 29th September 2018
Sunday 18th November 2018
Sunday 2nd December 2018
Sunday 13th January 2019
Sunday 3rd February 2019
Sunday 17th March 2019
Sunday 14th April 2019
Sunday 12th May 2019
Sunday 19th May 2019
Sunday 16th June 2019
Sunday 30th June 2019
Ladies and Mens Team Reports Beth Pirie
The Overton 5m road race was the opening event for the 2018/2019 Hampshire Road Race league.
We have always struggled to get the numbers for this race due to it still being the summer holidays, runners preferring to take part in the Beast and the unpopular time of day for the race, 2pm.
Nevertheless, I am very pleased to say that Victory AC had enough ladies for all 3 teams; it’s a real shame that a club that has over 240 paid up members could not pull together a team of 4 men.
However, Ali McNiff, Will Hahn and Neil Blanchard were enthusiastic and put in a great effort on the day despite knowing they were one short for the team.
We all gathered before the race to pick up our numbers, have the obligatory team photo etc. and frantically put on sun cream as it was unexpectedly very hot with strong sunshine; fortunately, someone had factor 50 for Ali!
A 10-minute walk uphill to the start was followed by a short wait in the holding pens (based on expected times) and then we were off.
The last time I did this race it was two laps; the new course is very different, with 3 significant climbs before a very generous down-hill finish.
Everyone worked really hard in the heat and pushed hard across the finish lines so well done to everyone and congratulations to Ali who achieved a personal best for the 5-mile distance.
The highlight of the day was when all of the Victory runners were lined up and ‘high fived’ Mary with lots of cheers as she approached the finish line; it was fantastic and truly showed the true team spirit of Victory AC.
Name : Gun Time : Age Cat : Cat Rank : M/F Rank : Overall Rank
Ladies A Team
Gemma Corbett : 0:32:34 : FV35 : 4 : 8 : 81
Beth Pirie : 0:38:50 : FV45 : 5 : 51 : 252
Lucy Cowlin : 0:49:14 : FV45 : 16 & : 138 : 424
Ladies B Team
Bridget Main : 0:58:18 : FV50 : 185 : 482
Lesley Allen : 0:59:18 : FV55 : 16 : 188 : 486
Deborah Clarke : 1:01:03 : FV55 : 17 : 190 : 489
Ladies C Team
Sara Heath : 1:02:17 : FV40 : 43 : 193 : 493
Hazel Jenkinson : 1:02:38 : FV55 : 19 : 194 : 494
Mary Short : 1:07:10 : FV55 : 20 : 497
Men’s (incomplete) Team
Alistair McNiff : 0:39:27 : MV35 : 35 : 201 : 249 [PB]
Will Hahn : 0:39:45 : MV45 : 39 : 212 : 265
Neil Blanchard : 1:01:50 : MV45 : 48 : 300 : 491
Mens Team Report Terry Healy
Race two of the HRRL saw us all at the Solent Half on Sunday 24th, on a lovely if rather hot day.
The route is very scenic tracking through the New Forest around Exbury.....ponies and 'chocolate box' cottages galore. A section by Lepe Beach offering a cooling breeze, and with the tide out, some wonderful marine smells!
A few performances of note, Darren with a PB in one of his first Half's a welcome return by Malcolm Hagen running under the magical 2 hrs and another sterling run by the legend that is Jim Clow, second in his age category.
Darren Knight : 1.41.50
Andrew Flynn : 1.42.26
Jim Clow : 1.44.24
Terry Healy : 1.48.41
Dave Lown : 1.50.08
John Cowlin : 1.57.39
Malcolm Hagen : 1.59.09
Martin Coles : 2.14.57
Ladies Team Report
Mens team Ali McNiff
There was a fantastic turnout from victory for the 72nd Victory 5 mile race.
This was a nice race laid on by Portsmouth AC with a 2 lap fast flat course that was perfect for a PB or two.
The weather was “ok” at best with wind in your face in parts of the course but luckily no rain as predicted earlier in the week.
The race took in parts of the lakeside parkrun course but run in the opposite direction, so fairly familiar to most of us who have run the parkrun.
Some Fantastic times as shown below and a couple of PB’s by Richard Turner, Andrew Flynn, Simon Oakley, Mark Cooter, Will Han & Ali McNiff.
Pos : Chip Time : Name : Race No : Cat : Cat Pos : Gen Pos
57 : 00:29:33 : Paul Mitchinson : 97 : Sen Male : 38 : 52
147: 00:32:41 : Richard Turner: 319 : Male Vet 50 : 11 :131[PB]
198 : 00:33:54 : David Lown : 87 : Male Vet : 40 : 29 : 176
215:00:34:24 : Andrew Flynn : 350 : Male Vet 50 : 14 : 190 [PB]
222 : 00:34:41 : Simon Oakley : 138 : Sen Male : 99 : 195 [PB]
290 : 00:36:23 : John Marenghi : 397 : Male Vet : 55 : 23 : 244
339 : 00:38:03 : Will Hahn : 118 : Male Vet : 45 : 38 : 273 [PB]
343 : 00:38:10 : Ali Mcniff : 396 : Sen Male : 115 : 276 [PB]
369 : 00:38:53 : Terry Healy : 342 : Male Vet 60 : 16 : 291
379 : ;00:39:04 : Jim Clow : 61 : Male Vet 65 : 2 : 297
475 : 00:41:46 : Mark Cooter : 190 : Male Vet 55 : 42 : 337 [PB]
523 : 00:43:28 : Gary Heather : 437 : Male Vet 55 : 45 : 356
596 : 00:46:21 : Peter Bone : 55 : Male Vet 60 : 25 : 385
636 : 00:48:54 : Kevin Leighfield : 367 : Male Vet 60 : 26 : 397
647 : 00:49:45 : Roger Brummell : 361 : Male Vet 60 : 27 : 400
663 : 00:50:42 : Howard Wright : 141 : Male Vet 75 : 5 : 407
715 : 00:58:11 : Neil Blanchard : 334 : Male Vet 45 : 64 : 421
720 : 01:00:33 : Paul Smart : 372 : Male Vet 50 : 43 : 422
Ladies team Beth Pirie
After Storm Diana brought in heavy rain and high winds during the week, Saturday’s rain potentially was causing a risk to the Victory 5m course, with the threat of it turning into more of an off-road wet and muddy run along the back of Lakeside.
Fortunately, by the time Sunday morning arrived, despite being a bit drizzly with a slight headwind depending which way you were running, the conditions were reasonably dry and certainly not cold.
There were some big puddles to avoid or just slosh through and the headwind certainly picked up on lap 2, however it was evident by the effort shown over the finish line that every runner really worked hard in this race, so well done to all.
Victory AC had an outstanding 36 runners on the start line, with 15 females making it the most well attended race of the Hampshire Road Race League so far.
We had more than enough runners for our A, B and C teams to get points in the league.
The Victory 5 results have yet to be added to the league tables.
Currently the ladies A team are 6th in Division 2, the B and C teams are 6th and 7th in Division 2 in the B team league.
Chip Time : Name : Cat : Gender Position : Gender Pos
00:31:57 : Gemma Corbett : Senior Female : 13 : 8
00:36:50 : Jo Gilholm : Female Vet 45 : 48 : 8
00:38:29 : Beth Pirie : Female Vet 45 : 73 : 9
00:40:57 : Linda Pukinska : Senior Female : 121 : 62
00:41:34 : Helen Whiting : Senior Female& : 123 : 63
00:44:37 : Lucy Cowlin : Female Vet 45 : 183 : 26
00:44:47 : Rachel Jarvis : Female Vet 60 : 186 : 8
00:48:10 : Clariece Warrior : Senior Female : 228 : 98
00:49:33 : Nicola Stott& : Female Vet 50 : 245 : 33
00:52:03 : Amanda Rudkin : Female Vet 55 : 265 : 25
00:54:14 : Marilyn Crocker : Female Vet 70 : 3
00:54:47 : Lynne Meredith : Female Vet 60 : 280 : 13
00:54:59 : Bridget Main : Female Vet 50 : 281 : 37
00:56:41 : Raman Sangha : Female Vet 65 : 290 : 9
00:57:44& : Sara Heath : Female Vet 40 : 293 : 41
00:58:00 : Debbie Clarke : Female Vet 55 : 294 : 30
00:58:36 : Hazel Jenkinson : Female Vet 55 : 296 : 31
01:01:00 : Mary Short : Female Vet 55 : 300 : 32
Ladies and Mens Team Reports Bridget Main
Sunday dawned mild but with a wind chill factor which cut through you.
However, this was clearly an advantage being behind us as we made our way along the sea front.
There were certainly some very impressive performances at Stubbington 10K and everyone who ran in club colours did the vest proud.
Congratulations in particular to Simon who beat the club male O40 record and all those who achieved PB's.
Simon Gill PB & MV40 Club record; Matt Suter PB; Peter Bond PB; Karl Western PB; Andrew Flynn PB; Lynette Meredith PB; Victoria Beadle PB; Marie Mitchinson PB
Well done to all.
A very impressive turn out and a very impressive set of results.
Position : Name : Gun Time : Chip Time
186 : Gemma Corbett : 40.01
379 : Christine Riddington : 44.11
403 : Jo Gilholm : 44.41
488 : Zoe Gill : 46.30
592 : Beth Pirie : 48.29
1000 : Linda Pukinska : 55.32
1172 : Rachel Jarvis : 58.32
1280 : Lucy Cowlin : 1.00.16
1449 : Nicola Stott : 1.04.10
1480 : Marie Mitchinson : 1.05.05
1552 : Amanda Rudkin : 1.07.25
1654 : Bridget Main : 1.12.40
1667 : Lynne Meredith : 1.13.33
1673 : Sara Heath : 1.14.04
1676 : Victoria Beadle : 1.14.09
1710 : Amanda Coles : 1.18.26
1711 : Hazel Jenkinson : 1.18.30
1721 : Dee Sims : 1.20.21
1734 : Mary Short : 1.24.58
1735 : Tracy Long : 1.24.58
13 : Simon Gill : 34.09
62 : Paul Mitchinson : 36.35
265 : Matt Gill : 41.58
273 : Matt Suter : 42.14
304 : Peter Bond : 42.44
306 : David Lown : 42.45
325 : Simon Oakley : 43.01
354 : Karl Weston : 43.35
367 : Andrew Flynn : 43.15
378 : Simon Turner : 44.06
535 : Jim Clow : 47.25
610 : John Marenghi : 48.41
646 : Mark Hay : 49.17
653 : Will Hahn : 49.23
730 : Terry Healy : 50.46
793 : Matt Cornford : 51.38
924 : Mark Cooter : 53.58
1000 : Linda Pukinska : 55.32
1288 : Gary Heather : 1.00.22
1443 : Roger Brummell : 1.03.54
1481 : Graham Foden : 1.05.05
1718 : Neil Blanchard : 1.19.45
Ladies and Mens Team Reports
Sunday morning saw freezing temperatures continue and although it was -4 when we left to get the ferry to the IOW, the sky was blue and the sunshine was glorious.
The ferry was lively with lots of mainland runners with all the local clubs well represented.
A nice warm up along the seafront made a few of us discard the long-sleeved tops and before we knew it, the race had started and we were off, making our way up the first long climb out of Ryde.
For those that had not run this race last year, they were surprised with the new route and could have been pleasantly fooled when the 3rd long climb back through St Helens was not included.
Instead we were treated with a beautiful down-hill route, with outstanding views beyond Bembridge, towards the coastal path that led us through the St Helens Duver National Trust area that headed towards the sea.
With no wind and bright sunshine, it really was stunning and running along the shore line was just so uplifting.
However, the route then turned left and everyone knew that their lungs would soon be busting and their legs would be like jelly by the time they made it to the top of the long climb through the Nodes Point Holiday park.
Boy, that was a toughie!
As runners recovered the route negotiated its way back down-hill and then on an undulating route though Nettlestone and Seaview.
Turning left back onto the coastal path, we were rewarded with the knowledge that there was less than a parkrun distance left to do, despite the infamous last hill that is not long steep in place but almost a long before taking you to towards the down-hill to the finish.
This race is certainly a tough one, however with its beautiful views and a cracking medal, the hills are worth making the ferry trip over to the island.
No wonder it was a sell-out this year.
We had a fantastic contingency of VAC ladies, enough for 2 teams to score.
Congratulations to Jo Gilholm who won a trophy and prize for being 1st lady in the F45 category, and Beth Pirie who won a prize for 2nd F45.
Unfortunately, despite a male membership of 121, only 3 men ran on Sunday, therefore missing out on the 5 required to score for the team.
However, many congratulations for the runner up in the M65 category, Jim CLOW, another prize winner.
Men: Terry the men’s team captain needs you for the 6 remaining races!
For the Ryde 10 results (not the HRRL), they did count the first 3 for men and women for the team results.
Victory AC men therefore came 53/68 (Denmead and Fareham both had 5 teams of 3 each being recorded!).
The women A/B teams were 11/48 and 31/48 respectfully. Denmead ladies were first, our A team were just below Stubbington but above Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth…hooray!
Time : Chip Time : Name : Position : Sex : Gen Pos : Cat : Cat Position
1:19:16 1:19:07 GILHOLM, Jo 179 F 29 F45 1
1:22:42 1:22:18 CLOW, Jim 226 M 180 M65 2
1:22:55 1:22:34 HEALY, Terry 231 M 184 M60 11
1:23:08 1:22:47 PIRIE, Beth 234 F 48 F45 2
1:25:23 1:25:03 BUTLER, Michelle 255 F 56 F50 6
1:28:16 1:27:55 COWLIN, John 289 M 216 M45 46
1:32:33 1:32:12 BOILING, Helen 333 F 98 F45 11
1:33:33 1:33:13 PUKINSKA, Linda 348 F 108 SF 24
1:41:02 1:40:40 JARVIS, Rachel 404 F 149 F60 3
2:01:23 2:00:54 CROCKER, Marilyn 479 F 210 F70 3
2:02:27 2:01:48 MAIN, Bridget 481 F 212 F50 28