The first race of the new season in Division 2, had a small number of ladies running due to other commitments (The Beast and Paralympics to name a few),
but we did manage an A and B Team.
The course reverted back to the 'old course' of anticlockwise, but still had hills !!!
The sun shone and it was very hot and 'air-less' making running very hard .
Both Mary and Gerry knocked 4 mins off their times from last year. Well done - no pressure for the rest of the season!!!
Chris Riddington 34.34
Belinda Harding 40.38
Marilyn Crocker 46.57
Gerry Rock 54.32
Maria Lush 54.32
Mary Short 58.48
The next race is the Victory 5 mile on the 16th September.
This year the race is chipped timed. Hope to see you there.
The season opener was held in warm sunshine as it often is and the course returned to it's traditional direction.
I must admit I preferred it the wrong way round, the hills seem worse this way!
Not a great team turnout with only 5 men - nearly worse as Dave unpacked his shoes to reveal 2 right footed shoes which is strange as I was told he had 2 left feet, at least while dancing!
His dedication to the cause is such that he purchased a new pair there and then and turned in a great run, despite the blisters, to record a PB.
Russ ran a great race to lead the team home with Jim, Dave and Martin making up the A team.
We had no B team result as only Graham C was there as well.
So we're actually 5th in A Div 2 and amongst the many teams in B Div 2 who failed to field a team.
Position Name Time
17 Russell Coleman: 00:29:11
82 Jim Clow 00:34:22
108 David Lown 00:36:33 [PB]
110 Martin Coles 00:36:37
147 Graham Coleman 00:41:00
It was an excellent turnout for the race on a day, and the conditions for running were perfect.
This year the race was chip timed and also ran alongside the inaugural Victory 10K, but this was not a HRRL event.
11 ladies ran in the Victory 5, with Christine and Helen running their first Victory 5 road race.
The final lap of the athletic track seemed to go on forever, and I know some of us wondered if it we were ever going to cross the finish line was ever going to end for us to collect our memento of a gold running boot (all left footed!).
The league tables have not yet been updated, so I can not comment if our position from the first race has changed. The next race is the Solent Half Marathon a lovely course winding through the New Forest around Exbury and along the Solent shore at Lepe on the 14th October. Hope to see you there, this race is also chip timed.
Chris Riddington 33.54
Jo Gilholm 35.48
Belinda Harding 39.16
Nicola Stott 43.19
Glynne Parsons 43.55
Helen Clarke 44.25
Marilyn Crocker 46.14
Christiene White 51.17
Gerry Rock 51.24
Maria Lush 51.30
Mary Short 56.36
A great turn out for this race in cloudy conditions, slightly cooler than of late.
We fielded a strong team with Dan leading us home in overall 14th with Russ not far behind and Paul and Tom (in a new PB) completing the A Team.
The B Team comprised Simon, Dave, Mark (all with PBs) and Martin.
The leagues are not updated yet but I am expecting an improvement in our standing for both A and B teams.
Position Gun Time Chip Time
14 Dan Bailey 00:26:57 00:26:57
23 Russell Coleman 00:28:05 00:28:00
67 Paul Mitchinson 00:30:01 00:29:56
143 Tom Stott 00:33:09 00:32:56 [PB]
181 Simon Turner 00:34:24 00:33:51 [PB]
212 David Lown 00:35:13 00:34:54 [PB]
247 Mark Hay 00:36:27 00:36:12 [PB]
254 Martin Coles 00:36:39 00:36:21
319 Graham Coleman 00:39:12 00:38:56
334 Graham Foden 00:39:52 00:39:26
442 Robert Edwards 00:48:34 00:47:44
493 Rob Davies 01:00:52 00:59:59
Despite the weather forecast earlier on in the week for rain and wind it was totally the opposite with a lovely sunny, crisp and chilly morning. The Ladies team had a dismal turnout of 4 for the Solent Half Marathon. Despite the poor turnout we all finished and collected our 'red boot bags' (apart from Carol). I had a poor race due to a calf injury, but the rest of the team excelled. Marilyn played hockey on Saturday followed by running in the X-C league, Nicola ran her best ever Solent Half time and Carol who was running her first club event for a couple of years (with a stinking cold) came first in her age category. Well done Carol. I do not know if our position in the league has changed as the results are not out on the HRRL page. Our next Road Race is Lordshill 10 mile on the 4th November - which is a flattish course (no steep hills). Please try and support the ladies team.
Name Gun Time Chip Time
Belinda Harding 1.49.59 1.49.47
Nicola Stott 2.06.39 2.06.25
Marilyn Crocker 2.12.42 2.12.22
Carol Tolfrey 2.22.58 2.22.43
This turned out to be a glorious day for running: sunny, not too warm, hardly any wind. We were rewarded with great views especially when we reached the coast and many of us ran very well indeed on what is renowned as a hard course. Paul ran under 80 minutes for the first time to lead us home in 14th place overall with Dave Howard, Neil and Martin (PB by 2 seconds) making the A team. The B team was Mark Hull, Malcolm Hagan, Gary Heather (another one with a great new PB) and Graham Coleman. Performance of the day was from Kevin who knocked 13 minutes off his his previous best and Rob rounding off a good mens team turn out. The leagues are not updated yet.
Gun Position Name Category Chip Time
14 Paul Mitchinson MS 01:19:45 [PB]
36 David Howard M40 01:25:27
113 Neil Tolfrey M45 01:35:30
154 Martin Coles M55 01:40:03 [PB]
156 Mark Hull MS 01:40:21
227 Malcolm Hagan M50 01:48:09
276 Gary Heather M45 01:55:56 [PB]
294 Graham Coleman M60 01:58:59
317 Kevin McTaggart M55 02:06:16 [PB]
370 Robert Davies M65 02:40:20
Travelling down to Lordshill, the weather was atrocious with driving rain.
But there was a respite walking to the race HQ.
Waiting in the school for the start the rain came down again and, on the start line we were all told that due to the wet weather they had to re-route the course.
They cut out the lap of the field and the race finished in the car park.
The route itself was more like a cross country race than a road race as the water at times was nearly knee deep (well not quite - up to mid calf at least). One flood seemed to go on for ages and we had to run through it twice. I think I counted 4 or 5 flood in all we had to run through.
As for the ladies team, we only had 4, only enough for a A team. Jo had an excellent race knocking a whooping 3 mins of her PB, while Helen knocked a mega 10 mins of her PB - well done to both of you. I had a shoelace problem due to the floods and had to stop twice to re-tie them, so I lost a bit of time.
Jo Gilholm 1.15.07 [PB]
Belinda Harding 1.24.00
Beth Pirie 1.26.09
Helen Clarke 1.28.06 [PB]
Marilyn Crocker 1.40.38
For some reason this race is often very wet and this year was no exception.
The groan from the assembled runners in receiving the news that the course had been changed to avoid the worst flooding was for the fact that it was no longer a certified 10 miles - more about that later.
I can't imagine what the bit they cut out was like but parts of the course were awful, the worst part being a 100m stretch of a lane which was now a shallow stream about 4 inches deep.
Made my feet very cold and worst of all, we had to run through it again on the way back!
We had a good team out and Dan was overall 8th with a great run. Paul set - would have set - a big PB to finish 22nd overall, Russ not far behind with Dave completing the A Team. Jim with yet another 1st M60 prize, Martin and John made the incomplete B Team. The leagues are not updated yet.
Position Category Time
6 Dan Bailey MS 00:56:22
22 Paul Mitchinson MS 00:59:07
32 Russell Coleman MV35 01:00:48
160 Dave Morris MV55 01:10:37
161 Jim Clow MV60 01:10:50 1st M60
241 Martin Coles MV55 01:16:02
333 John Cowlin MV40 01:26:02
On a glorious sunny day with blue skies (after the frost had cleared) the conditions were excellent for running - no puddles or floods which was a huge contrast when running the Lordshill 10 a couple of weeks ago. It was a good turnout for the ladies team and we had enough running for an A and B Team.
Jackie Yarnold ran a PB, Nicola was running her first race since her Marathon a couple of weeks ago, while Marilyn drove all the way from Devon in the morning to race. Well done to all the teams for putting in a star performances.
The league tables have not been updated yet, so I can not comment on our position in the league.
Our next race is the Stubbington 10K which closes for entries on the 1st December and it already has 1,800 entries so please if you are wanting to enter please do it sooner rather than miss out on this excellent race.
Name Gun Chip
Belinda Harding 1.46.55 1.46.01 [SB]
Beth Pirie 1.55.57 1.54.24
Helen Clarke 2.03.53 2.02.04 [PB]
Jackie Yarnold 2.07.07 2.05.33 [PB]
Nicola Stott 2.08.13 2.06.23
Maralyn Crocker 2.11.53 2.10.12
Mary Short 2.47.25 2.44.44
This must have been almost the most perfect day for running - sunny and bright, cool but not freezing, dry (no big puddles), barely a whisper of wind - and crucially what little breeze there was behind you on the seafront stretch towards the finish. A real shame that I couldn't take advantage as my legs went in the final mile! Paul set another PB leading us home with Dave H (welcome back), Dave M and Simon (great time for your first half) making the A team. Jim, Mark (debut for the team), Neil and Martin forming the B team. Our final 3 also setting PBs, Adam (another debutant), Andrew and John.
The leagues are not yet updated but we are currently 4th in A Div 2 and 3rd in B Div 2.
Special mention for Jim who became Hampshire RRL Half Marathon Champion for 2012 - well done mate!
Position Category Time
63 Paul Mitchinson MS 01:19:29 [PB]
118 David Howard M40-44 01:23:43
362 Dave Morris M55-59 01:33:36
377 Simon Turner MS 01:34:39 [PB]
380 Jim Clow M60-64 01:34:30
417 Mark Griffiths M40-44 01:35:47 [PB]
441 Neil Tolfrey M45-49 01:36:26
554 Martin Coles M55-59 01:40:15
602 Adam Yarnold MS 01:40:57 [PB]
770 Andrew Wright M45-49 01:46:38 [PB]
990 John Cowlin M40-44 01:54:25 [PB]
The race was only confirmed as 'on' Saturday p.m because of the snow and icy conditions.
However, the snow did put in an entrance, but it was light snow but enough to cover the road in some places on the route.
It was very, very cold waiting to start, but quite pleasant when we got going, and I wished I had not worn quite so many layers!.
We had a great turn out for the Ladies teams with 14 of us braving the cold weather and probably wondering 'why are we doing this?'.
Sarah Swift was running in her first RR for the club and ran an excellent time of 47.44, just behind Chris and Jo. A few PB's were gained by Sarah, Helen, Maria, Christine W and Jackie. Apologies if I have missed anyone out for PB's.
We are still 4th in Division 2, but the B Team have moved up to 2nd in Division B 2.
Well done to all of you.
See you all at the Ryde 10.
Name Gun Chip
Chris Riddington 42.29 42.23
Jo Gilholm 45.36 45.29
Sarah Swift 48.29 47.44 [PB]
Belinda Harding 50.04 49.55
Helen Clarke 52.15 51.27 [PB]
Jackie Yarnold 56.28 55.43 [PB]
Helen Mears 56.54 55.45
Nicola Stott 59.54 58.44
Marilyn Crocker 1.01.24 1.00.37
Paula Russell 1.04.07 1.02.38
Maria Lush 1.07.21 1.06.00 [PB]
Christine White 1.07.21 1.06.00 [PB]
Geraldine Rock 1.07.44 1.06.23
Mary Short 1.18.09 1.16.44
There was doubt that this race would be held after the snow on the Friday and I was quite surprised to see that it would go ahead as planned.
However apart from one section through Titchfield Common, the roads were completely clear although it was very cold and snowing while we ran.
We had a good team out and Dan galloped round for 5th place (not quite sure if it was a PB) in a great time. Paul, Russell and Dave H all placed well for a good A team result, 2nd best in the Division on the day. Dave L in a great new PB lead the B team home with Simon, Adam and Chris all recording PBs to score.
We are still 5th in A Div 2 and also 5th in B Div 2 - it's going to very tough to get promotion this year!
My apologies if I have marked PBs incorrectly, I'm sure John G will put me right!
Position Cat Time
5 Daniel Bailey MS 00:33:16 [PB]
27 Paul Mitchinson MS 00:36:14
30 Russell Coleman MS 00:36:30
42 David Howard M40 00:37:28
148 David Lown MS 00:42:55 [PB]
162 Simon Turner MS 00:43:25 [PB]
320 Adam Yarnold MS 00:44:19 [PB]
207 Chris Lowder MS 00:44:41 [PB]
213 Andrew Wright M40 00:46:09 [PB]
255 Mark Hay M50 00:47:43
256 John Cowlin M40 00:48:52 [PB]
266 Richard Westbrook M50 00:48:27
271 Martin Coles M50 00:49:53
301 Roy Marshall M50 00:53:10
326 John Russell M50 00:56:25
348 Robert Davies M65 01:22:36
On a blustery cold day 9 of us made the journey across the Solent for the Ryde 10 mile road race, enough for an A and B team which was brilliant.
This was the first time the race was chip timed. Jo, Beth, Helen, Donna and Jackie all ran their socks off to get PB's. A few of us were faster than last year and I was even faster than the Great South last year - and that was flat!!
We must all congratulate Jackie who was first in her age category - well done Jackie, you are getting faster and faster.
In Division 2 (A) we remain fourth, but the 'B' Division 2, we are in first position.
The next RR is the Bramley 20 miles, we usually only manage to put in an 'A' team so if you feel like a nice 20 miler (2 laps) on this scenic route please enter.Ladies Times
Name Race time Chip time
Jo Gilholm 1.16.03 1.15.51 [PB]
Beth Pirie 1.20.41 1.20.27 [PB]
Belinda Harding 1.21.59. 1.21.45
Helen Clarke 1.27.55 1.27.39 [PB]
Donna Reid 1.33.24 1.33.04 [PB]
Jackie Yarnold 1.36.11 1.35.52 [PB]
Nicola Stott 1.37.35 1.37.00
Marilyn Crocker 1.38.35 1.38.16
Carol Tolfrey 1.44.40 1.44.16
We seldom get a good turn out for this annual jaunt across the Solent and this year was no exception! Just 5 hardy souls ran which meant we had no B Team.
It was quite chilly and with a bit of wind, wasn't quite the best conditions but not bad.
It is a tough course with 3 major climbs and you need to be on top of your game to run well here.
Results were impressive with Paul clocking under 60 minutes to finish 13th overall, Adam in his first Ryde 10 running strongly and John finally running a legitimate 10 miler to register a PB and a good one at that!
We are still 5th in both A Div 2 and B Div 2.Mens Times
Position Name Cat Time
13 Paul Mitchinson MS 0:59:54
143 Adam Yarnold MS 1:16:28
199 John Cowlin M40 1:22:20[PB]
213 Martin Coles M50 1:24:19
242 Malcolm Hagan M50 1:27:18
Arriving in Bramley for this 2 lap race, the conditions were slightly miserable with a light fog and damp air. However the sun came out to make the lrace more enjoyable - if a 20 mile race can be called enjoyable!
We had only one team this time with only myself, Nicola and Marilyn running. However we all finished and all of us were pleased with our times. I was really pleased with my time as myself (and Marilyn) had run the day before in the re-scheduled X-C at Parliament Hill, which was a muddy, hilly tough 8K.
Our position has not changed in Div 2, and we are trailing Lordshill by 6 points, but we still have 4 more races this season to see if we can overtake them. Our next race is the Salisbury 10 on the 10th March.Ladies Times
Name Gun time Chip time
Belinda Harding 2.50.40 2.50.13
Nicola Stott 3.28.47 3.27.03
Marilyn Crocker 3.33.14 3.31.47
A very small turnout as usual and this year not a full team again. Quite a pleasant day as the early cloud cleared to leave it sunny and warmer than previous years.
Paul turned in a great run to set a new PB and Malcolm also ran better than he expected to record his best time for years. I won't mention my race - just look at the time.
Position Name Cat Time
39 Paul Mitchinson MS 02:07:13 [PB]
560 Malcolm Hagan M50 03:01:11
745 Martin Coles M55 03:37:32
A very chilly morning brought myself, Jo and Helen to Salisbury for the road race.
It was really cold running as the wind was bitter, but at least it did not rain which was a blessing.
We were low in numbers because of most of the regular 'team' were down in Devon running The Grizzly.
Jo and Helen both ran PB's, well done to both of you.
The leagues have been updated and we are = third.
Our next race is the Eastleigh 10k on the 24th March.
Name Gun time Chip time
Jo Gilholm 115.11 115.00
Belinda Harding 123.00 122.48
Helen Clarke 124.11 123.59
Another cold race but not freezing so time to 'man-up' and strip down and thankfully it was OK. The wind made my face freeze but otherwise conditions were pretty good for racing. Good facilities and organisation on the day made it smooth running for all. Paul streaked home in a new PB and 19th overall and was probably half way home when I finished with John not far behind with a brilliant PB (told you so) and the A team rounded off by Graham who we don't see often enough! Malcolm was our only other runner so no B team result. The A team is now 6th in A Div 2 and the B team is 7th in B Div 2. Mens Times
Note - the positions are the HRRL ones as I can't access the full results on my work PC.HRRL Position Cat Time
This is the last Road Race until May, and on a very cold morning we had enough runners for an 'A' and 'B' team. Alabama and Bridget were making their debuts in the Road Race League for the Club, and Alabama was running her first 10k with an excellent time, scoring for the 'B' team, well done and congratulations. Also congratulations to Marilyn who not only ran 'two races' (a mix up with chip and numbers, see VAC f/b) but ran a W65 Club record and 'knocked' 5 mins off last years time. Other PB's were run as well, and I feel that I have let the 'team' down by not running a PB by 1 min 26 secs. I do have an excuse though as I ran 13 miles on Saturday. With only two races left for this season, the A team are still fourth in the Division 2, and the B team in Division B (2) remain third.Ladies Times
Name Gun Chip
Jo Gilholm 43.54 43.37 [PB]
Sarah Swift 46.13 45.52 [PB]
Beth Pirie 48.00 46.35 [PB]
Belinda Harding 50.34 49.47
Albama Pirie 52.18 50.52 [PB]
Marilyn Crocker 56.39 55.53 W65 CR
Christine White 105.12 103.14 [PB]
Maria Lush 105.18 103.14 [PB]
Bridget Main 106.04 104.32 [PB]
Mary Short 112.57 111.52
Yet another cold day for running around in skimpy clothing! The wind got worse throughout but probably wasn't strong enough to affect times, just made it feel even colder. However there were some geat times done and several of us had PBs to boast about.
Dan ran a great race to finish 20th overall just outside his PB followed by Paul who did run a new PB, closely followed by Russ (not sure if that was a PB but it was a great time) with Simon (another with a PB) making up the A Team. Phew! Now the B team lead home by Dave (yes another PB), Andrew (PB), Martin and John (PB). I'm pretty sure that Mark Roberts also ran a PB as well - what a race!
The leagues are really tough this year, the A team is still 6th in A Div 2 and the B Team is 7th in B Div 2.Men's Times
Gun Pos Name Cat Chip Time
20 Daniel Bailey; ; 00:33:18
56; Paul Mitchinson; ; 00:34:56[PB]
63; Russell Coleman ; ; 00:35:20[PB]
372; Simon Turner; ; 00:41:51[PB]
387; David Lown; ; 00:42:14 [PB]
611; Andrew Wright; 50; 00:45:28 [PB]
786; Martin Coles; 55; 00:47:07
890; John Cowlin; 40; 00:47:52 [PB]
1067; Mark Roberts ; ; 00:50:46 [PB]
1218; Malcolm Hagan; 50; 00:51:59
1723; Robert Edwards; 70; 00:59:33
On a glorious day for running, if a bit warm towards the end, 7 ladies turned out for the penultimate race of the RR season, enough for an 'A' and 'B' team. The route was unchanged, but all of the hills seemed steeper this year and some of us struggled with them (including me). Chris was the first of the Vac runners, followed by Jo. myself, Helen, Jackie, Marilyn and Nicola.
The league positions have not been updated yet.
The next (and last) Road race is the Netley 10k in two weeks, I hope we are going to get a good turnout for this 3 lap run in the park, overlooking the Solent.Ladies Times
Chris Riddington 1.12.47
Jo Gilholm 1.18.46
Belinda Harding 1.26.35
Helen Clarke 1.33.52
Jackie Yarnold 1.40.20
Marilyn Crocker 1.42.06
Nicola Stott 1.42.31
A fairly warm day for this tough 10 miler, the penultimate race in the league calendar. Many participants felt that the combination of the hills and the temperature made for some slower times.
Dave ran in first for us in a good time and 20th overall closely followed by Paul (24th) with Adam and Martin completing the A team. Alas the B team was incomplete with just John and Malcolm scoring.
The A team are 6th in A Div 2 and the B team 7th in B Div 2.Men's Times
Position Name Cat Time
20 David Howard 40 01:01:47
24 Paul Mitchinson 01:02:07
168 Adam Yarnold 01:17:38
205 Martin Coles 50 01:21:17
247 John Cowlin 40 01:25:28
266 Malcolm Hagan 50 01:27:32
The last Road Race of the current season was the 'Run in the park' literally at Netley, running 3 laps round the Royal Victoria Country Park overlooking the Solent. Weather conditions were ideal and the light rain held off. We had enough for an 'A' and 'B' team again, which is excellent with six ladies on the start line, with both Jo and myself having run the day before in the Emsworth to Basingstoke Relay. The race was not 'chip' timed this year, which made the start quite crowded. However, Jo and Beth put excellent performances again. storming to the finish line in good times.
The league tables have not yet been updated so I am unable to see our final positions for both the 'A' and 'B' Teams.Ladies Times
Name Gun time
Jo Gilholm 44.13
Beth Pirie 46.45
Belinda Harding 50.55
Helen Clarke 54.05
Nicola Stott 56.38
Marilyn Crocker 59.26
I would like to thank all the ladies who have participated in the races this season, and I am really pleased that on most races we have managed to enter an 'A' as well as 'B' Team.
Cool with rain threatening for the final race of the season and a poor turnout from the men although there was nothing to play for as such with both teams mid table. Unusually first man home was Martin with John, Malcolm and Gary completing our only team on the day.
The leagues have not been updated yet but I doubt there'll be much change.Men's Times
Position Name Cat Time
247 Martin Coles 50 00:46:57
320 John Cowlin 40 00:50:18
354 Malcolm Hagan 50 00:52:02
384 Gary Heather 40 00:53:31