Victory ladies performed extremely well at the weekend, in the first of the Hampshire Road Race league events.
The sun came out just as the race started and off we all headed across the field and on to the lane to start this undulating two lap course.
The support from the locals was amazing, with the streets being lined with onlookers and supporters all the way round, clapping and shouting encouragement.
Jackie led our ladies home in a fantastic time, earning herself a prize for 3rd Vet lady in the process. Marilyn also picked up a prize for 1st Vet 65.
A big WELL DONE to them both.
Fantastic running by Lucy, (running this event for the first time), saw her finish 2nd for the ladies only 2 minutes behind Jackie, beating her previous PB for a five mile event. Well done to Lucy as well!
Shelly was third Victory Lady coming home just 2½ minutes after Lucy, giving us a cracking score for the Ladies A Team. After being overtaken by the man running in flip flops(!) and not having been able to train since the Hayling Billy in June, I was pleased to finish in under 40 minutes, with Helen Clarke following shortly thereafter, with Nicola, Marilyn and Mary making up the rest of the team.
Position Name Chip Time Cat
113 Jackie Lloyd 32.13 mins FV35
164 Lucy Smith 34.19 FV35
244 Shelly Butler 36.58 FV45
299 Jo Gilholm 39.43 FV35
324 Helen Clarke 40.49 FV45
431 Nicola Stott 48.44 FV45
441 Marilyn Crocker 49.41 FV65
461 Mary Short 56.22 FV45
The Overton 5 is a nice opener for the Hampshire Road Race League, just long enough to blow away the cobwebs after a few months since the end of the last season.
This race always seems to be held on a sunny afternoon, the weather has been kind for as long as I can remember, this being my fifth Overton 5 race!
The late Sunday start allowed me to have a nice lie-in and a few extra hours to recover from the previous night's alcohol - not the best preparation but something worked well for me!
The team was made up of 8 HRRL regulars, but unfortunately Jim had to withdraw a few days before due to injury (hope you recover soon) which meant we would field an incomplete B team. The race consists of two undulating laps of Overton, with a nice long downhill stretch to the finish.
Zack led the A team from the start to finish 10th in an impressive 27:44 minutes and a shiny new PB.
I was close on Zack's heels, finishing 16th in 28:06, also a new PB.
Dave Howard was not too far behind in 40th and just over the half hour mark in 30:03 and very close to his PB.
Colin O'Donnell rounded off the A team finishing 169th in a time of 34:15.
First to finish for the B Team was John Cowlin (319th) in 39:46 with an impressive sprint finish, closely followed by Graham Foden (349th) in 41:49, and rounded off by Graham Coleman (401st) in 44:22.
Many thanks and well done to the VAC team who took part.
I certainly enjoyed the race and also my debut as team captain and I am looking forward to a promising season ahead, hopefully culminating with promotion for both A and B teams to Division 1
What a scorcher Sunday turned out to be! Yes, it was a glorious and unexpectedly rather warm for the 2nd race in the Hampshire Road Race League (HRRL).
Another good number of ladies turned out in Portsmouth despite several of the regulars having a fun and boozy run at the Bacchus Half Marathon; I am sure a lively report will follow!
The Victory 5 is a flat course which was ideal for some; a very well done to Lucy Smith and Helen Clarke who both achieved PBs following similar success at Overton.
It was great to see another mother and daughter team, with Katie Pugh joining mum and wearing a Victory vest for the first time.
Jo's injury is gradually improving as is her speed; fab to see you back Jo after such a long break.
Chris Riddington, Maria Lush and me made up the rest of the team, with guest appearances from Gemma Dodds, Kev McTaggart and Andrew Wright as super supporters...cheers guys!
Ladies Chip Times
Lucy Smith 33.18
Christine Riddington 34.26
Jo Gilholm 37.40
Beth Pirie 39.19
Helen Clarke 39.51
Katie Pugh 44.04
Debbie Pugh 46.42
Maria Lush 53.23
The second Hampshire Road Race League event in as many weeks saw 15 VAC men take on this 5 mile race on a sunny yet fairly breezy Sunday morning.
Starting and finishing on an athletics track is a nice touch and probably a rare experience for some of the team.
A strong team meant competition to score for the A and B teams was tougher than last week at Overton.
Zack continued with his great form and once again was first finisher for the A team in another PB, well done Zack.
Second home was Daniel Bailey with a solid performance, followed by myself and finally Dave Howard.
All the A team finished in under 30 minutes so a very good team performance once again, and we were the 5th placed team overall.
The B team was once again led home by Colin O’Donnell in 32:44, closely followed by Mark Griffiths, Dave Lown and Simon Oakley with their first appearances for the club this season.
Just missing out on scoring was Tim Cooper finishing five places behind Simon! Thanks also to Richard, John, Martin, Peter, and finally Rob Edwards and Howard Wright who finished in 47:46 and 49:07 and both in the MV70 category!
Well done to everyone who represented the club, it was a great turnout backed up with some really good performances.
Name Position Time
Zack Lahlal 19th 27:31
Dan Bailey 26th 28:02
Paul Mitchinson 34th 28:41
Dave Howard 45th 29:23
Colin O’Donnell 136th 32:44
Mark Griffiths 159th 33:30
David Lown 193rd 34:39
Simon Oakley 240th 35:49
Tim Cooper 245th 35:58
Richard Westbrook 321st 39:09
John Cowlin 322nd 39:15
Martin Coles 338th 40:14
Peter Bone 359th 41:12
Robert Edwards 448th 47:46
Howard Wright 463rd 49:07
The Solent Half Marathon was the 3rd race in the Hampshire Road Race League (HRRL) 2014/2015 series and again we had another fantastic turn out for the Victory ladies.
Although several regulars were out with injuries, 7 hardy souls turned out for this little toughie.
Not only is this course rather undulating, this year the sun shone and it was unexpectedly rather warm, especially for the first 3 miles which had no shade and not even a whiff of a breeze to cool the runners down.
Jackie had a fantastic run, coming second in the F40 category.
Not only this though as Jackie also broke Marilyn's long held record for the Victory Ladies F40 half marathon time which was 1.33.55.
Congratulations to the both of them for such an astonishing achievement.
I ran with Helen who knocked over 3 minutes off her PB; she ran a very consistent pace around the whole course.
Shelly ran a good race as always, Christine looked far too fresh when she finished whilst Maria and Mary crossed the finish line with their usual very smiley faces.
There was a great team camaraderie, with finishers cheering the rest in.
After 3 races, the A team are now 4th (out of 10) in Division 1, which is pretty impressive having just been promoted.
The B team are also doing Victory AC proud, currently 6th (out of 14) in the B team Division 1.
Thank you for everyone who has turned out so far; we look forward to seeing more ladies join us!
Jackie LLoyd 1.29.19
Shelly Butler 1:48:34
Helen Clarke 1.56.32 [PB]
Beth Pirie 1.56.38
Christine White 2.16.31
Maria Lush 2.42.38
Mary Short 2.44.29
The Solent Half Marathon race was the third instalment of the Hampshire Road Race league and proved to be a very eventful day for both teams.
The day itself was very warm, probably too hot to be running a half marathon, but there were still some very good performances to write about.
The A Team was made up of the usual suspects, and first across the line in an impressive 10th place was Dan Bailey in 77:40.
Dan used the race as a warm up for the Cardiff Half Marathon this weekend, where he hopes to run sub 75 minutes in order to gain automatic entry into next year’s London marathon – good luck!
Second home for the team in 19th was Zack with another fine run to finish in a new PB of 80:45.
He even ran the last 4 miles without wearing his trainers after suffering from blisters!
I was third across the line in 23rd place with a time of 82:56, not one of my best runs that’s for sure.
David Howard completed the A team in 33rd place with a time of 85:55, another solid performance.
First finisher for the B team was David Lown in 01:50:39, and I believe in a new PB despite complaining about the warm conditions!
Well done Dave. Second home was the ever present John Cowlin in 01:56:19, and finally John Gallagher who had a fantastic run to claim a new PB and the clubs vet 70 record – congratulations!
The A team are sitting top of Division 2 after beating rivals Andover, and the B team are currently second in division 2 of their respective leagues.
I am also pleased to say that the A team were third team overall on the day and we actually won a prize – a bottle of wine each!
I really must urge more men to take part in the Hampshire Road Race League; we have failed to field a complete team in two out of three races so far this season.
Just having 8 runners really does make a difference to the scores and I believe we can achieve promotions for both A and B teams this season.
Name Position Chip Time
Daniel Bailey 10 01:17:40
Zack Lahlal 19 01:20:45 [PB]
Paul Mitchinson 23 01:22:56
David Howard 33 01:25:55
David Lown 221 01:50:39 [PB]
John Cowlin 271 01:56:19
John Gallagher 306 02:02:36 [PB and MV70 Record]
The 10 mile course on the edge of Lordshill wasn't the only challenge our team faced on Sunday.
The drive along the M27 to Southampton in absolutely torrential rain was something to behold.
We were certainly hoping and praying that it would stop, as the thought of running 'in this' didn't appeal.
Our prayers were answered and the race was dry, the sun even showed it's face for a while and, my word, did Victory have a good day.
The Lordshill was the fourth race in the RRL series and the first 10 miler. Although there were a few undulations it's predominantly flat and once we got underway we were soon onto mostly traffic free lanes. As usual the pace at the start was a bit hectic with runners jostling for space, but it soon settled down.
We flew over the motorway towards the hamlet of Lee.
At about 3.5 miles the lane forked and we ran a loop, rejoining just before the 6 mile marker.
It was at this strategic point that Kevin McT cheered us all through. Knowing we would see him twice and get a double cheer was a great boost before we headed back towards Lordshill. Thanks Kevin.
You would think that we would now retrace our steps to the finish, but no.
Firstly, we were dealt another little loop-shaped detour which included an very large puddle we had to go through twice and secondly a mind-numbing mile or so through an extremely dull industrial estate.
Speedy Gemma cheered us in at the top of the road leading to the finish and everyone else who'd finished shouted the traditional Victory 'Hooray' when we came over the line.
Some great times, including PBs, and importantly a fabulous team performance.
Jackie Lloyd 1:04:45 FV35
Gemma Corbett 1:05:33 FV35 [PB]
Christine Riddington 1:11:25 FV35
Lucy Smith 1:12:05 FV35 [PB]
Shelly Butler 1:19:57 FV45
Helen Whiting 1:26:29 Senior
Christine White 1:34:06 FV35 [PB]
Marilyn Crocker 1:44:23 FV65
Maria Lush 1:57:33 FV55
Mary Short 1:57:33 FV45
The Lordshill 10 was the 4th race in the Hampshire Road Race League.
9 Victory men competed for the team in this fairly fast 10 mile race.
The drive to Lordshill was extremely unpleasant with a large downpour of rain to contend with on the motorway.
Luckily the rain had passed by the time we arrived and apart from some puddles and a long muddy section; the conditions were not too bad.
The A team were in fine form again, with Dan and Zack leading the team home in blistering times, both crossing the line in 56 minutes in 12th and 14th place respectively. Dan equalled his Great South Run time from last week and Zack smashed his previous PB to win the Male Junior category. I was third home in 22nd place, and I managed to knock 4 seconds off my PB so very happy with that. David Howard again rounding off the A team with another good performance in 67th place, slightly outside his PB on this occasion.
The B team also produced a great performance and the first scorer home was David Lown with a new PB, closely followed by Tim Cooper who also got a PB. John Cowlin was third scorer on his fourth appearance for the club this season, and the B team was rounded off with Peter Bone who also got a new PB (according to Power of 10). John Gallagher finished off the men’s results with a vet 70+ category win – well done John!
All in all a very positive set of results with lots of PBs and category wins. The league tables are yet to be updated, but I expect the A team will remain on top of Div 2, and the B team remain second in Div 2. Well done all, and we can now look forward to the Gosport Half in 2 weeks time.
Position Name Cat Gun Time Chip Time
12 Daniel Bailey MS 00:56:12 00:56:12
14 Zack Lahlal MJ 00:56:27 00:56:26 [PB]
22 Paul Mitchinson MS 00:57:47 00:57:46 [PB]
51 David Howard MV40 01:02:55 01:02:52
201 David Lown MS 01:12:03 01:11:54 [PB]
266 Tim Cooper MV40 01:16:32 01:16:22 [PB]
343 John Cowlin MV40 01:23:20 01:23:10
380 Peter Bone MV40 01:26:39 01:26:13
388 John Gallagher MV70 01:27:38 01:27:12
A fantastic turn out at Gosport Half; 36 Victory runners in total, with 18 ladies running...absolutely amazing and surely a record number for Gosport (last year 8 ladies, in 2012 just 7).
The heavy rainfall stopped before the start and we were incredibly lucky to have dry weather for the next couple of hours.
As is becoming the norm, we had some cracking results, whether it was PBs, returning from injury, training for the Portsmouth Coastal marathon, a first half marathon or just to get round.
Congratulations to Jackie Lloyd who won a prize for coming 3rd in the F40-44. An exciting finish by Jackie and Gemma with just 3 seconds between them.
Apologies if I haven't got them all, but I am certain of PBs for Lucy Smith, Sohpie Needham and Helen Whiting.
An extra special thanks to top support Kevin McTaggart who was very visible in his Victory AC sweater cheering on the team.
A brand new course for this year, starting in the same place but incorporating two loops of the seafront rather than the airfield before finishing back in the normal place we are all used to.
I was quite happy with the new route, which was relatively flat; my only grumble was the very short section of shingle we had to run across.
The weather kindly changed just in time for the start and turned out to be quite pleasant.
A very good turnout of 18 Victory men took part, which is great to see.
Welcome back to Harnish and Alasdair, hopefully the first of many appearances this season.
The familiar A team were in great form again, with Dan leading us home once again in 14th closely followed by Zack in 27th with yet another PB (well done). I was third home in 44th, missing out on a PB by just 2 seconds! Dave Howard made up the A team once again but only just this time, finishing in 114th.
Just missing out for the A team was Alasdair on his comeback, but a great result to lead the B Team home. Harnish was second home, a calf injury hampering his run after about 8 miles. Chris Lowder was third home for the B team, very closely followed by Dave Morris.
This was another decent set of results which will definitely keep us top of A Div 2, and hopefully remain second in B Div 2.
Can we pull off a double promotion this season? Let’s hope so!
Thanks to everyone who pulled on the Victory vest, it was fantastic to see such a large turnout, and thanks to super supporter Kev who once again gave us much needed encouragement along the route.
We have a bit of a break now until the Stubbington 10k in January – if you intend to run and have not yet entered then please do so as soon as possible because it will sell out very soon!!
Wow, 23 ladies pulled on the Victory AC colours for the Stubbington 10k which doubled up as the 6th event in the Hampshire Road Race League!
It was just fantastic to see some brand new runners who were running not only for Victory AC for the very first time but also for a few, their very first race.
The conditions were perfect, not too cold, no wind etc and this reflected in the overall fantastic results with our top 3 ladies storming in with super times.
Lucy Smith, Helen Clarke, Rachel Jarvis and Bridget Main all achieved PBs and I suspect, seeing some of the new runners on Sunday, it won't be long before we see some more.
Thank you to all that turned out, not only to those who ran but those who cheered us all along including our no. 1 supporter, Kev McTaggart.
As I write this, the HRRL tables have still not yet been updated; I will keep you informed via Facebook and next week's flyer.
The next couple of HRRL events are the Ryde 10m (1 Feb) and Salisbury 10m (8 Mar).
Eastleigh 10k is on the 22 March and is a very popular event, filling quickly. A great opportunity to strive for a PB or again, just turn out and be part of the team.
Everyone, all standards, are very welcome; the more the merrier!
Name Category Chip Time
Jackie Lloyd Vet 40-44 00:40:08
Christine Riddington Vet 40-44 00:41:48
Lucy Smith Vet 35-39 00:41:55 [PB]
Jo Gilholm Vet 40-44 00:44:40
Michelle Cartwright Vet 35-39 00:45:26
Michelle Butler Vet 45-49 00:48:22
Beth Pirie Vet 40-44 00:50:08
Helen Clarke Vet 45-49 00:50:11 [PB]
Helen Whiting 00:52:10
Michelle Cooke Vet 35-39 00:54:36
Emma Milne 00:55:55
Allison Lowder Vet 35-39 00:55:58
Kate Parks Vet 40-44 00:56:12 First road race for VAC!
Katie Lewis 00:56:16
Rachel Jarvis Vet 55-59 00:56:05 [PB]
Christine White Vet 40-44 00:56:20
Cathy Beresford Vet 45-49 00:58:35 [PB] First 10K race!
Clariece Warrior 01:00:17
Jackie Yarnold Vet 65-69 01:00:26 [PB]
Claire Shardlow 01:01:11 [PB] First race!
Bridget Main Vet 45-49 01:03:39 [PB]
Jo Lea Vet 40-44 01:10:03 [PB] First 10K race!
Mary Short Vet 50-54 01:16:47
A cracking turnout of 25 Victory runners for the first road race of 2013 meant we had a very strong men’s team and competition for the scoring places was very tough!
The Stubbington 10k is a great event and gives you a decent indication of how the winter training has been going, including a all those gruelling cross country races.
Lots of PBs to shout about, sorry if I don’t have them all! First home for the men was Dan Bailey 10th (PB) followed by Zack 16th (PB) and Oliver Nokes 25th (PB) and finally myself in 35th (3 seconds outside V35 record). The A team actually placed second overall, losing out on top spot to the Winchester team. A great result and just shows how well we are doing this season.
First for the B team was David Howard in 41st (1 second outside PB), followed by Paul Hiles in 136th on his Victory debut since switching from Denmead Striders (welcome!). Tony Butler was next home in 227th and finally young Harry Lown in a very respectable time of 40 minutes (PB). Well done for beating your Dad!
The league tables have not been updated yet, but we will remain top of A division 2, and second in B division 2. Well done to everyone who turned out and ran, it was an excellent team display. Let’s have more of the same at the next race which is the Ryde 10 mile on the 1st Feb
Position Name HRRL Cat Chip Time
10 Daniel Bailey Male Open  00:32:58 [PB]
16 Zack Lahlal Male Open  00:33:30 [PB]
25 Oliver Nokes Male Open  00:34:37 [PB]
35 Paul Mitchinson Male Op[en  00:35:23
41 David Howard Vet 40-44  00:35:40
136 Paul Hiles Male Open 00:38:29
227 Tony ButlerVet 50-54 Male 00:40:39
248 Harry Lown Junior Male 00:41:08 [PB]
260 Chris Lowder Male Open   00:41:14 [PB]
325 David Lown Male Open   00:42:24
378 Simon Turner Male Open   00:43:31
385 Jim Clow Vet 65-69 Male  00:43:39
410 Andrew Wright Vet 50-54 Male  00:44:03 [PB]
412 Mark Hay Vet 55-59 Male   00:44:03 [PB]
472 Tim Cooper Vet 45-49 Male  00:45:06
474 Andrew Flynn Vet 45-49 Male   00:45:07
621 Martin Coles Vet 55-59 Male   00:47:28
761 Peter Harding Vet 65-69 Male   00:49:45
865 Martin Foster Male Open   00:51:31 [PB]
1079 Peter Bone Vet 60 -64 Male   00:55:28
1106 Graham Coleman Vet 60-64 Male   00:56:03
1139 Gary Heather Vet 50-54 Male   00:56:45
1263 Simon Cristofoli Vet 45-49 Male   00:59:05
1408 Robert Edwards Vet 70+ Male   01:02:26
Seven brave Victory Ladies battled the elements to take part in this event, and considering the conditions, all performed extremely well.
We arrived in good time for the event, having all headed across in various cars on the 9am ferry.
On arriving, the wind was blowing a gale and on the seafront it was biting cold.
The Club house was packed to the rafters with runners trying to avoid having to go out in the cold.
Harry Lown at that point realised he had forgotten his running shorts, and yours truly lent him my Ronhills so that he could compete, and I went home wearing his trousers!
A rather crowded start saw us all running round the boating lake 1½ times before heading off towards the hill!
Away from the front the wind was not so strong but it still proved challenging at various stages.
A change to the route meant we ran down the ‘killer hill’ which usually appeared at 8½ miles early on in the race, but the organisers managed for find other hills all the way round to replace this one!
Many thanks to Mandy Coles for supporting the teams and taking the photos, and for her fantastic driving skills which resulted in myself, Martin Coles and Jim Clow managing to catch the 1 pm ferry instead of the 2pm ferry with literally seconds to spare. Jenson Button would have been proud!
Great running by every one, means that we have managed to remain in 2nd position in the A Division and 6th position in the B Division of the Hampshire Road Race Leagues.
Ladies Chip Times
Jo Gilholm 01.16.18 (guess as chip time didn’t actually work!)
Michelle Cartwright 01.18.16 (Fantastic run; possible PB?)
Shelley Butler 01.21.49 )
Beth Pirie 01.22.05
Helen Clarke 01.28.18
Rachel Jarvis 01.33.17
Mary Short 02.16.1853.23
This was another decent performance from the Victory men on what was an absolutely freezing morning on the Isle of Wight.
I was pleased to see that we eventually had enough men to make up both A and B teams with Lown Junior and Senior coming to the rescue and entering on the day.
The route had changed from previous years but is still just as challenging with lots of hills to contend with. I think the wait at the start line was the toughest part of the race as we were stood there in the freezing cold waiting for the off.
For the first time this season I was first back for Victory in 11th place and very happy to sneak in under the hour mark. Next up was in form David Howard with another great performance and finishing just over the hour in 21st place. Just behind in 23rd was Zack who had been hampered with a foot injury and had dropped back down the field after a promising start. Despite this setback he still managed to come first in the Junior male category.
Impressively, the fourth scorer for the A team was Harry Lown on his 10 mile debut in a respectable 71 minutes. Harry was also second in the Junior male category. Not bad considering he was wearing ladies tights (thanks Jo!).
First back for the B team was David Lown in 122nd and beaten by his son for the second race in a row! Next was Jim Clow in 169th and 3rd in the vet 65 category. Martin Coles was third home in 225th and was closely followed by John Cowlin in 244th out of 379 finishers.
This result means that the A team are cementing the top spot in the league, and the B team are now only one point behind the leaders in their respective league. Well done to everyone who took part, it was challenging but very much worth it.
Name Position Chip Time
Paul Mitchinson 11th 00:59:52
Dave Howard 21st 01:02:00
Zack Lahlal 23rd 01:02:06 1st JM
Harry Lown 109th 01:11:48 [PB] 2nd JM
David Lown 122nd 34:39
Jim Clow 169th 01:16:20 3rd V65
Martin Coles 225th 01:21:47
John Cowlin 244th 01:23:04
Another fantastic turn out by Victory Ladies for this event resulted in another great score for the Hampshire Road Race League.
11 ladies in total took part in this scenic undulating course, which proved a little testing at times having to dodge traffic and constantly zigzagging from one side of the road to the other.
A few more marshals along the course would not have gone amiss!
The leisure centre where the event usually meets was not open so everyone congregated at the Fire Station, which had limited facilities.
Although it was cold thankfully there was no rain.
Our 'fast' ladies did not disappoint with Gemma Corbett storming home in a fantastic time coming home 3rd lady, with Jackie Lloyd and Lucy Smith not far behind making up the A team.
Exceptionally great running by Michelle Cartwright saw her take over 4 minutes off her PB, finishing only seconds behind myself and Andrew Wright.
Shelley Butler made up the B team just sneaking ahead of Martin Coles at the finish.
Well done and a big thank you to all the other ladies for your great effort, which was rewarded with a rather nice technical t-shirt!
Particularly well done to Lucy for her great result despite having a dodgy foot, and Mary Short who finished the race, initially believing she would not be up to even starting!
Victory ladies picked up the trophy for the 2nd Women’s Team, Gemma received the trophy for 2nd Vet 35 and Marilyn won the trophy for 2nd F65.
Hampshire Road Race Leagues results have been updated.
Victory ladies A team Division 1 remain in 2nd place (with Lordshill extremely close behind) with B team Division 1 holding on to 6th place.
Keep up the great running!
Ladies Chip Times
Gemma Corbett 1.06.08 2nd Vet 35
Jackie Lloyd 1.08.02
Lucy Smith 1.11.57 [PB]
Jo Gilholm 1.14.05
Michelle Cartwright 1.14.20 [PB]
Shelley Butler 1.19.53
Helen Clarke 1.23.59
Nicola Stott 1.42.06
Marilyn Crocker 1.46.43 2nd F65
Maria Lush 1.48.11
Mary Short 1.56.45
Salisbury is one of the most scenic races in the Hampshire league and offers ten miles of slightly undulating and quiet country lanes with a fast finish on the athletics track.
The men’s team has been hampered with injuries in recent weeks so we were unable to field two complete teams with only seven of us at the start line.
A few of us were out pre-race to bank a few extra miles for marathon training and I even managed a few more afterwards as well!
First place for the A team was hotly contested between myself and David Howard who is definitely on top form.
First place exchanged between us a few times but I managed to pull clear in the last mile to finish in 22nd.
David smashed his PB and finished in 25th and well under the hour in 59:32 so a massive well done on that achievement.
Third home in 73rd position was Paul Hiles and just outside his PB. David Lown continued his good form to finish as fourth scorer for the A team in 195th.
The B team was led home by Andrew Wright (252nd), followed by Martin Coles (349th) and John Cowlin (429th) out of 697 finishers.
The teams remain top of A Division 2 and second in B division 2.
Well done to all, and I look forward to seeing a few more Victory runners at the next race at Eastleigh in a couple of weeks time.
Pos No Name Cat Chip Time
22 574 Paul Mitchinson 00:59:21
25 553 David Howard 40 00:59:29
73 609 Paul Hiles 01:03:58
195 644 David Lown 01:11:39
252 638 Andrew Wright 50 01:14:09
349 246 Martin Coles 50 01:19:53
429 43 John Cowlin 40 01:24:17
A fantastic turn out of 16 Victory Ladies saw some amazing running in this event.
An earlier than usual start for the race saw some last minute re-juggling of the times to meet at the car park (sorry that was my fault!) but every one managed to arrive in time.
There was the usual huge queues for the t-shirts and loos, and the free for all at the start of the race with so many runners taking part.
There were many personal and season bests and huge congratulations to Gemma Dodds for coming 3rd in the W35 category and Jackie Lloyd coming 2nd in the W40 category with amazing times!
Also to Shelly for setting a season best, having gone out with Beth and John Cowlin the day before for a mere 25 mile jog!
The conditions were good, albeit a little 'fresh' at the start but soon warmed up as we set off.
Apologies if I have not mentioned everyones PB.
At the time of writing the Hampshire Road Race League results have not been updated.
Ladies Chip Times
Gemma Corbett 38.58 PB
Jackie Lloyd 39.57
Jo Gilholm 44.12
Shelley Butler 47.40
Helen Clarke 49.21 PB
Beth Pirie 51.09
Helen Whiting 52.28
Katie Lewis 52.56 PB
Donna Reid 56.44
Jackie Yarnold 59.45
Maria Lush 1.00.11
Bridget Main 1.03.23 PB
Marilyn Crocker 1.05.01
Yvonne Hawley 1.07.18
Mary Short 1.10.34
Jo Lea 1.13.44
Race number 9 of 12 this season was the fast and furious Eastleigh 10k.
With over 2000 runners taking part it is also the busiest race of the season.
This makes getting in and out of the leisure centre quite difficult as well as trying to collect your race day commemorative T-shirt.
The conditions were perfect and produced a number of personal bests and club records. Twelve runners meant that we had plenty of runners to fill both the A and B teams which helps massively for the push for promotion.
As in recent races, competition for first finisher was tight. I spent the entire race in David Howard's slip stream and only managed to overtake in the final few hundred metres. We both finished within a few seconds of each other, but more importantly we both broke the 35 minute barrier and received PBs for our efforts as well as the holders of the V35 and V40 club records. David's new V40 record had previously stood since 1991! Next home was Paul Hiles in a new PB but just missing out on a sub 38 time. The A team was completed by David Lown in 42 minutes on his 8th appearance of the season.
The B team was made up with impressive performances from Jim Clow, Tim Cooper, Martin Coles and Adam Yarnold. All finishing in less than 50 minutes.
The ever present John Cowlin was next home and maintaining his 100% record this season.
Paul Willcox followed John (PB) with Robert Edwards and finally Martin Foster (PB) trying his best to score for the ladies team in the W35-39 category completing the Victory team.
Pos Name Cat Chip Time
68 Paul Mitchinson M35-39 00:34:43 PB & V35 Record
70 David Howard M40-44 00:34:48 PB & V40 Record
163 Paul Hiles Male Senior 00:38:01 PB
454 David Lown M35-39 00:42:30
482 Jim Clow M60+ 00:42:55
643 Tim Cooper M45-49 00:45:40
682 Martin Coles M55-59 00:46:05
975 Adam Yarnold M35-39 00:49:06
1208 John Cowlin M40-44 00:52:28
1318 Paul Willcox M55-59 00:53:17 PB
1941 Robert Edwards M60+ 01:02:41
2138 Martin Foster M35-39 01:13:44 PB
Once again, the Victory Ladies did us proud, with another great turn out and results for this 10th HRRL event.
Arriving in Alton in convoy, the weather was colder than expected and fairly cloudy.
After collecting numbers and chips, and after time spent working out how to attach said Chips to shoes, we made our way to the start, and off we went.
The event was well organised with plenty of marshals and supporters all the way round the course.
The route was 'rolling' (mainly it seemed upwards!) and the sun came out just to heat things up somewhat more.
Beth popped up at the finish to shout words of encouragement to see us all in which was gratefully received.
Everyone did so well, but a special mention goes to Raman Sangha who having joined the Club from the Couch to 5 K course, decided to throw herself in at the deep end by taking part in this event, ran exceptionally well, and managed to still be able to smile as she came across the finish line.
Also to Shelly for her great performance after the mammoth events that she has taken part in during the last couple of weeks, and to Mary Short whose effort and determination is inspiring.
Ladies Chip Times
Chris Riddington 1.13.05
Michelle Cartwright 1.16.06
Jo Gilholm 1.17.10
Shelley Butler 1.26.54
Katie Lewis 1.34.57
Rachel Jarvis 1.41.23
Marilyn Crocker 1.48.17
Raman Sangha 1.56.39
Mary Short 2.03.32
A good turnout of runners ensured Victory were able to field complete teams to take on this challenging course on what turned out to be a surprisingly warm and sunny morning in Alton.
Dan Bailey returned to action following his recent injury and finished in a very respectable 8th place and well under the hour, closely followed by myself in 19th just over the hour.
David Howard was third home in 31st and the A team was completed by Darren Knight in 93rd on his first appearance for Victory in the Hampshire League.
This was a great result for the A team and should now give us a great chance of promotion with only two races to go.
David Lown finished first for the B team with another solid performance.
Positions for rest of the team was hotly (literally) contested and separated by only 20 seconds.
Dan Cake was second (also on his first league appearance), closely followed by Andrew Wright and finally Terry Healy (another league race debut).
Just missing out was William Hahn-Griffiths (also a debutant), Martin Coles and John Cowlin (both ever present this season).
This should also be a very good result for the B team, let’s hope the B team remains in 2nd position in the league.
It was great to see so many new faces for this race, let’s hope this continues for the rest of the season. With only two races to go it should be an exciting finish as the race for promotions hots up!
The Southampton 10k is this Sunday and we have 8 men on the team list signed up so far, it's a nice three lap course around Royal Victoria Country Park and entries are still available online. Alton 10 results and chip times. A total of 450 runners took part so some great results:
Pos Name Cat Chip Time
8 Dan Bailey SM 00:58:07
19 Paul Mitchinson SM 01:00:32
31 David Howard V40 01:04:01
93 Darren Knight SM 01:11:42
143 David Lown SM 01:16:21
198 Dan Cake SM 01:20:15
200 Andrew Wright V50 01:20:21
204 Terry Healy V60 01:20:34
209 William Hahn-Griffiths V40 01:20:49
225 Martin Coles V50 01:22:15
349 John Cowlin V40 01:34:35
The penultimate HRRL event took place last Sunday but only five Victory Ladies were available to take part, as a result we were unable to field a complete B team. Those who did attend ran extremely well and a MASSIVE well done to Bridget Main on achieving a PB! The course takes in three laps of the Royal Victoria Country Park before a long straight run to the end of the path and back round the field to the finish. Lots of opportunity for encouragement from family and supporters spurring us on. Well done to Nicola and Marilyn for making up the A team!
Ladies Chip Times
Jo Gilholm 44.28
Nicola Stott 59.30
Marilyn Crocker 1.01.52
Bridget Main 1.02.38 PB
Mary Short 1.12.25
We had another good turnout of Victory men for the penultimate race of the road race season.
A slight change of personnel saw Zack and Paul Hiles return to the fold to make up the A team along with myself and Dave Howard.
All of us finished in under 40 minutes to secure our position at the top of the league.
The B team comprised of Darren Knight with a new PB of just over 40 minutes, followed by Terry Healy and regulars Dave Lown and John Cowlin.
Graham Foden also returned to action after spectating last week in Alton.
The B Team remain in second place - but only just!
Hopefully we will see a good turnout again for the D-Day 10k next month but be quick to enter if you intend to run as there are no entries on the day.
The final Road Race League event took place on Sunday and what a hot one it was too! 13 Victory ladies turned up and gave there all for this last race of the season. Fantastic running by Jackie Lloyd saw her pick up a prize for being 3rd Lady, and Jackie, Lucy Smith and myself picking up 3rd Women’s team prize, after Stubbington and Winchester. The race was fast and flat, although a little mundane, taking in the sights of the Lakeside and Inland Revenue car parks, but it was local!. Great support on route, and a big thanks to all those Victory members who were not running, but came along to shout words of encouragement (at least that’s what I thought they were!) round the course. The League results have not yet been updated at the time of writing this, but as soon as the final scores are known, I will let you know. Currently the ladies A team is in third position in the First Division, with Stubbington Green hot on our tails, and the ladies B team is in 6th position in the 2nd Division.Ladies Times
Jackie Lloyd 40.41
Lucy Smith 44.36
Jo Gilholm 45.11
Shelley Butler 48.21
Beth Pirie 50.54
Helen Boiling 53.13
Rachel Jarvis 57.45
Amanda Wells 1.00.51
Marilyn Crocker 1.00.59
Raman Sangha 1.06.38
Mary Short 1.17.17
Jo Lea 1.17.18
Karen Griffiths 1.23.44
Mens team Paul Mitchinson
Well that’s it then, the last race of the season.
Once again we had fantastic weather and another bumper turnout of Victory vests.
Dan stormed round to finish in a highly respectable 6th place with David Howard just behind in 12th.
I couldn't keep with the early pace due to an Achilles injury and finished 45th with Paul Hiles a minute behind in 75th.
That was the entire A Team home in less than 40 minutes and surely A Division 2 champions!
Now for the B Team who needed a good result to secure 2nd spot and also promotion from B Division 2.
Dave Lown led the way, followed by Andrew Flynn, Simon Oakley and Martin Foster and all finishing in under 50 minutes.
We beat the rival Lordshill team so I’m sure we can celebrate a double promotion.
Well done to John, Graham, Mark, Del and Robert who ensured we had plenty of runners on the day.
Time flies and this race marks the end of my first season as team captain, I have enjoyed it immensely and feel proud to be a part of what has been an incredibly good season for Victory AC – with both men and women’s teams excelling in road races and cross country.
Well done to the 44 men that have represented this season and to the ever present John Cowlin and David Howard who completed all 12 races, and to Dave Lown who ‘only’ completed 11.
Here’s to more success next season!
Pos Name Chip Time
6 Daniel Bailey 33:50
12 David Howard 35:43
45 Paul Mitchinson 38:31
75 Paul Hiles 39:45
112 David Lown 41:53
186 Andrew Flynn 44:20
213 Simon Oakley 45:23
327 Martin Foster 49:35
344 John Cowlin 50:24
440 Graham Foden 54:22
443 Mark Cooter 54:20
462 Del Chandler 55:14
561 Robert Edwards 1:02:35