Overton 5 2015 Victory 5 2015

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.
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.

Men's Captains: Terry Healy and Darren Knight
Women's Captains: Helen Boiling and Rachel Jarvis

Runners should wear their club vest when participating on HRRL races in order to qualify for club and individual points.

This Season's (2017/18) Races


Captains Race Reports

Captains Race Reports

Captains Race Reports

Captains Race Reports

Captains Race Reports

Captains Race Reports

Captains Race Reports

Captains Race Reports

Captains Race Reports

Captains Race Reports

Captains Race Reports

Captains Race Reports

Overton 5 miles

Solent 1/2 marathon

Gosport 1/2 marathon

Hayling 10 mile

Victory 5

Stubbington 10k

Ryde 10 mile

Eastleigh 10k

Salisbury 10 mile

Alton 10 mile

Netley Royal Victoria Country Park 10k

Lordshill 10k

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Sunday 24th September 2017

Sunday 19th November 2017

Sunday 26th November 2017

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Sunday 14th January 2018

Sunday 4th February 2018

Sunday 17th June 2018

Sunday 8th April 2018

Sunday 13th May 2018

Sunday 20th May 2018

Sunday 10th June 2018

Race Reports

OVERTON 5   3rd September 2017
Some of the Victory AC  Team at Overton 5 : September 2017
Ladies team  Rachel Jarvis

The first Hampshire league Road race of the season, the Overton 5 mile on Sunday 3rd September.

An excellent turnout of 11 ladies representing Victory on a drizzly day, light rain so not bad conditions really.

An undulating course around Scenic Overton with lots of support from the local residents and friendly marshals.

First Victory lady in was Hannah Lowry and second was Linda Pukinska who ran her first road league race both with excellent times and also well done for some good running from Lucy Cowlin, Lesley Allen, Rachel Jarvis, Bridget Main, Debbie Clarke, Sara Heath, Dee Sims, Hazel Jenkinson and Mary Short.

Mens team  Terry Healy

This was my first time at this event, mainly due to the difficulties around the 2pm starting time, and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Run mainly on closed roads, the out and back race was well organised and chip timed with some 'interesting' hills adding to the challenge.
We had eight men competing, just enough for an A and B team result, phew!

A great result in the first HRRL event, now onto race two, the Solent Half on September 24th.
It would be great to see as many Victory AC men at these very friendly and inclusive events. If you haven't run one before, do give one a go - details of races and links to entry are at the top of this page!

Mens Chip Times
Name     Time

Paul Mitchinson    28:15
Kevin Giles    35:03
Matt Healy    34:46
Jon Healy    34:48

Dave Lown    35:54
Colin O'Donnell    36:48
Terry Healy    37:12
Andrew Wright    37:20

SOLENT HALF MARATHON   24th September 2017
Some of the Victory AC  Team at Solent Half Marathon : September 2017
Ladies team  Helen Boiling

So, the second HRRL race of the season was already upon us. The weather was set fair, and during the event it was a mixture of sun and cloud. The temperature was fairly warm but, not bad running conditions.
I was very pleased that we had 6 ladies, so complete A and B teams.

This is a lovely course, along mainly country roads with light traffic. There were definitely some undulations; the last mile or so a gradual ascent!
There are a couple of sections with scenic sea views.

Chris led the A team home with Belinda and Helen, with Katie, Lisa and Bridget completing team B.
I think it’s fair to say we all found it fairly hard work and were pleased to finish!

The marshals were encouraging and it was a very well organised event once again by Hardley Runners.

We were pleased to receive a technical running vest for our efforts! Thank you ladies for running in one of the two half marathons within the Road League

Ladies Chip Times
Name             Time

Chris Riddington    01:42:18
Belinda Harding    01:52:31
Helen Boiling    01:58:51

Katie Lewis    02:07:39
Lisa Slight   02:13:27
Bridget Main    02:39:10

Mens team  

Race two of the HRRL saw us all at the Solent Half on Sunday 24th, on a lovely if rather hot day.
We had 8 men and 6 lady runners, just enough for an A and B Team result....phew again!

The route was gloriously scenic, tracking through the New Forest at Exbury.....ponies and 'chocolate box' cottages galore. It was warm work through the forest, with plenty of hills.
My favourite section came at Lepe Beach which opens out into a cool flat mile beside the Solent, with yachts lazing by, children fishing and mums 'n dads queuing for ice creams, the Isle of Wight framing the whole scene. With the tide out, the mudflats seemed reminiscent of Charles Darwins 'warm little pond' where simple life forms crept onto land before evolving into an advanced creature which runs pointlessly in circles for 13.1 miles in the heat.....or maybe I was just getting dehydrated again!

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.

Mens Chip Times
Name     Time

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

GOSPORT HALF MARATHON    19th November 2017
Victory AC at Gosport Half Marathon : November 2017
Ladies team  Rachel Jarvis

Ideal weather conditions for the “Gosport Half” sunny, cool and no wind possibly a tad too warm for me as I had over dressed a little but weather made for lovely views of the calm sea .
The bright sunny day also enticed lots of spectators and a fair few Victory supporters and photographers so thank you to both .

Seven ladies represented Victory so an excellent turnout thank you all.
First in for the ladies team was Gemma Corbett who was actually the 10th overall female ,Chris Riddington and Michelle Cartwright were second and third both coming in well under 2 hours.
This was Michelle’s last race with Victory as she is moving to London to work, so will join some lucky London team instead.
Alison Lowder had entered the race but unfortunately was unwell so cheered us on from the “crowds“ instead .

Ladies Chip Times
Name             Time

Gemma Corbett    01:27:20 [PB]
Christine Riddington   01:38:24
Michelle Cartwright     01:42:13

Rachel Jarvis    02:11:57
Bridget Main    02:37:38
Mary Short    03:12:39

Tracy Long    03:12:42

Mens team  

Gosport Road Runners organised a superb Half Marathon as always, even arranging near perfect weather.

Victory AC was well represented with 13 male competitors, and some outstanding personal performances.
Whilst not to everyone's taste, I've always like the 2 lap configuration offering the chance to pace yourself better and cheer on fellow Victory runners.

My son Jon has wickedly noticed that two of my last three Gosport chip times have finished in zero seconds.....I'm now known at home as 'Double O Slow’!

Mens Chip Times
Name     Time

Paul Mitchinson     1:16:31
Richard Turner     1:32:54
Darren Knight     1:35:28 [PB]
Chris Lowder     1:39:36

Dave Lown     1:39:39
Andrew Flynn     1:40:07
Dave Morris     1:40:13
John Marenghi     1:41:13

Paul Sahota     1:42:37
Terry Healy     1:44:00
John Cowlin     1:50:01
Martin Coles     1:50:52
Ali McNiff    1:52:36 [PB]
Michael Grigg    1:55:30
Callum Cairns    2:00:56 [PB] and 1st HM
Will Hahn    2:05:09

HAYLING TEN     26th November 2017
Ladies team  Rachel Jarvis

An excellent race event organised by Havant Athletic club.
Stunning scenery, perfect weather and well organised with plenty of friendly, encouraging marshals.
Also of course it is a local race for Victory so not far to travel.

The course is quite varied taking us along parts of the Hayling Billy track and along the sea front and after crossing the road with supportive marshals running back.
We had 9 Victory ladies representing the ladies team so well done for a good turnout as 10 miles is a respectable distance to race (well I think so) and thank you to the Victory supporters who cheered us along and the Victory marshals who also of course encouraged on our way, I saw Pete, Graham and Hazel on the route.

Ladies Chip Times
Name             Time

Hannah Lowry     1:14:19
Zoe Gill     1:14:40
Linda Pukinska     1:22:46

Nicki Turner    1:34:39
Rachel Jarvis     1:36:06
Mary Short    03:12:39

Lucy Cowlin     1:42:00
Bridget Main     1:55:11
Marilyn Crocker     1:57:34

Mens team  Terry Healy

Another fantastic turnout by Victory AC at the Hayling 10, organised by our nearest neighbours Havant AC.
Again near perfect weather, and a superbly organised event. Also lovely to see so many Victory AC members volunteering as marshals, their encouragement helping to deliver some superb individual performances for the second consecutive weekend.

Paul's Mitchinson's impressive 6th place with a superb time of 57:52 and Matt Gill and Simon Turner both coming in under the magical 70 minute barrier were highlights of a great team effort.

When running I find my mind drifts around quite a bit, stopping me thinking how much it all hurts possibly. Anyway, today I began analysing why I run and decided that probably for most of us it's for fitness, the friends you make and the competitive element/times. Putting them in order of importance, I decided that if I had to choose between being a faster but lone runner or a slower club runner, I'd choose the latter. So my order of importance would be Friends, Fitness, Times.....I suspect younger runners would maybe reverse that!

Mens Chip Times
Name     Time
Paul Mitchinson     57:51
Matt Gill     68:34
Simon Turner     8:54
Richard Turner     70:43

Darren Knight     71:09
Chris Lowder     73:27
Andrew Flynn     74:26
Dave Lown     74:27

Colin O'Donnell    75:21
Terry Healy     78:03
Martin Coles     79:07
Paul Sahota     79:52
John Haines     83:45

Victory 5     3rd December 2017
Victory AC at Victory 5 : December 2017
Mens team  Terry Healy

A compliment of 15 Victory AC men competed on a chilly but bright Sunday at Lakeside in Portsmouth AC's Victory 5 HRRL event.

A two lap, chip timed race around the Lakeside North Harbour Campus, whilst somewhat uninspiring to run around, provided excellent spectator facilities for friends and family and the civilised, warm respite of Starbucks afterwards for post race analysis.

Some great running again by all, with Jim Clow first in his age group, Howard Wright 3rd in his age group and excellent A and B Team results.

Mens Chip Times
Name       Chip Time

Paul Mitchinson       27:45
Dan Bailey       28:39
Darren Knight       33:52
Dave Lown       33:55

Colin Robson       34:21 [PB]
Andrew Flynn       35:05
Jim Clow       37:02
Terry Healy       37:27

Martin Coles       37:33
Howard Wright       47:43
Robert Edwards       50:49
Roger Brummell       51:57
Neil Blanchard       52:04
Paul Smart       55:06
Graham Foden       56:24

Ladies team   Helen Boiling

I will start with a big thank you to all the Victory ladies who ran on Sunday, we had 20 runners which is a fab number (same as last year)!

It was a new course this year owing to repair works on the seawall of the normal race.
The start was at Lakeside North Harbour which was great for parking, and very familiar for those who normally run the parkrun from there. It was a flat 2 lap course and traffic free.
The weather was grey with very little wind, pretty good for running. There was good support at plenty of places on the route, and we could also support fellow club runners due to the frequent passing spots!

There were some notable achievements: 6 PBs (see results below), Victory A team (Gemma, Jackie and Chris) took 3rd team place and Jackie, Chris and Lucy also took 2nd Vets team place. Great for Lucy’s 1st race on return to running. 1st home for Victory with a PB to boot was a storming run for Gemma, newly back to racing post baby!
Other personal achievements: Jackie and Chris came 3rd in their age categories and Marilyn was 1st in hers! Amanda Rudkin ran her 1st 5 mile race.
Well done everyone!

Ladies Chip Times
Name             Chip Time

Gemma Corbett             00:31:13
Jackie Lloyd             00:32:01
Christine Riddington            00:34:03

Hannah Lowry             00:34:38
Lucy Smith             00:37:05
Linda Pukinska             Pukinska 00:38:39

Helen Boiling             00:39:33
Elaine Munns             00:44:42
Lucy Cowlin             00:45:20

Marilyn Crocker             00:52:31
Bridget Main             00:53:15
Amanda Rudkin             00:53:26
Dee Sims             00:55:14
Deborah Clarke             00:55:18
Sara Heath             00:56:20
Hazel Jenkinson             00:58:21
Amanda Coles             00:58:24
Mary Short             01:08:45
Tracy Long             01:08:46

Stubbington 10k     14th January 2018
Victory AC at Stubbington 10k : January 2018
Mens team  

The Stubbington 10K was as popular as ever, again an early sell out. It's worth noting that most of the HRRL races this year have been sold out very early, so if you snooze you lose is the mantra.
Superbly run as always, we were blessed with stunning weather and a massive club turnout on this charming 10K route.

Mens Chip Times
Name       Chip Time

Simon Gill       34:22 (2nd in age group)
Dan Bailey      35:48
Paul Mitchinson       36:03
Matt Gill       40:37
Simon Turner      40:53

Dave Lown      42:44
Colin Robson      43:27
Darren Knight       44:08
Paul Spooner      44:09

Andrew Flynn      45:26
Jim Clow      45:36
Terry Healy      47:19
Martin Coles      47:37
Peter Harding       52:43
Mark Cooter       52:52
Malcom Hagen      54:09
Mark Morrison      58:08
Roger Brummell       68:48
Neil Blanchard      68:46

Ladies team  

A fantastic turn out today from Victory ladies with a total of 18 for this popular race.
Ideal weather for Stubbington 10k this year, no snow as there has been in the past and not too cold.
Stubbington 10k fills up quickly and this is the 33rd year that it has been held.
The route is fairly flat and takes you through the village, country lanes and scenic coastal roads.
Friendly marshals, lots of support from the locals on route and a banana, bottle of water and a goody bag at the finish. We also had a long sleeved good quality running vest given to us at the beginning.
Well done to everyone who ran.

Ladies Chip Times
Name             Time

Chris Riddington       43.19
Hannah Lowry       43:25
Zoe Gill      45:35

Lucy Smith       46:47
Linda Pukinska       48:40
Helen Whiting      50:24

Rachel Jarvis       55:56
Lucy Cowlin      57:14
Rebecca Ralf       1:00:51
Allison Lowder       01:01:01
Marilyn Crocker       01:05:19
Bridget Main       01:05:56
Amanda Rudkin       01:06:15
Nicola Stott       01:11:04
Amanda Coles      01:14:34
Hazel Jenkinson       01:19:14
Mary Short      01:22:04
Tracy Long       01:22:04

Ryde 10 Mile     4th February 2018
Mens team  

What a contrast in the last two HRRL events, 19 men represented Victory AC at Stubbington, and just 4 hardy souls at Ryde!
This is a shame as Ryde Harriers staged a superb 10 mile chip timed event which was a sell out. Clashing events are no doubt part of the problem, but please do give this event serious consideration next year, I can heartily recommend it.
Bathed in icy sunshine, the route took the runners out from Ryde to Nettlestone, on to St Helens turning back through Seaview to Ryde.
As you might expect, some lovely views of the Solent and for the first time this year, some new sections which rather unkindly increased the number of hills....but of course, that's why we were there!

In addition to the runners, we were delighted to have Bridget and Paul with us as supporters and papperatzi cheering us in.
A small group of six of us finished the day off with a wonderful Isle of Wight Sunday Lunch before heading home.

Mens Chip Times
Name       Chip Time

Dan Bailey       59.34
Terry Healy       81:53
John Cowlin       83:44
Malcom Hagen       93:51.

Ladies team  Helen Boiling

The day of the Ryde 10 started cold and clear which was lovely after all the recent rain.
We had booked 2 cars on the Wight link ferry to Fishbourne and 6 of us made our way across the Solent on the 9am sailing.
From Fishbourne, it’s just a quick drive to the Ryde rowing club house where the race started.

Unfortunately, this year we didn’t have enough ladies for an A and B team. I’m not sure why this was, hopefully we can increase the number by advertising early what a great run and day out this is! The club also refunds your entry for this race - that’s an incentive!

I was ready for the 3 hills I remembered from the last few years, only to be told it was a new course this year!
The race was full this year so after a busy start, the field soon spread out with the 1st hill appearing after about half a mile.
It was a great course around the east coast of the IOW with some lovely views.
It was a windy day which helped and hindered!

The 1st half of the race was predominately uphill, with some welcome descents later.
The total elevation gain was around 790 ft, a challenging 10 miler!

In the end, Chris led the A team in with me and Rachel 2nd and 3rd.
Rachel claimed 1st lady over 60 place - well done!
Marilyn also ran well coming in as 1st lady over 70-well done also!

After the race, 6 of us went for Sunday lunch at a nearby hotel (recommended to me by a fellow runner on route!).
It was a lovely day, highly recommended!

Ladies Chip Times
Name             Time

Chris Riddington            1:16:14
Helen Boiling            1:30:45
Rachel Jarvis            1:38:46

Marilyn Crocker            1:58:17

Salisbury 10 mile     8th April 2018
Mens team  

My first time at this event, and it won't be my last! Superbly organised by the City of Salisbury AC&RC, the event was welcoming and followed a scenic road route around Salisbury's country roads.
Apparently Llamas and Camels are an integral part of Salisbury life! featuring on the race website and Facebook pages, and blow me down I actually saw them for real!
A decent contingent of 8 men were sufficient to meet the necessary A and B Team requirements, ably led home by Dan Bailey with an excellent PB from Will Hahn.

Mens Chip Times
Name       Chip Time

Dan Bailey       58:38
Darren Knight       1:12:36
Richard Turner      1:14:36
Dave Lown       1:14:36

Will Hahn       1:18:59
Terry Healy       1:20:06
Martin Coles      1:20:26
Ali McNiff      1:23:29

Ladies team  

The Salisbury 10 race was as usual well marshalled and supported by locals.
An unusual bag drop in a theatre, good running weather and lovely undulating scenic roads to run through with some lovely houses to dream of living in whilst you run all made for a good running experience.
Two camels in North African costumes were present near the finish line, they live locally with some llamas in the grounds of one of the very nice houses seen on the run.
The medal we received was of a camel, Lucy Cowlin thought it could be a medal of a llama and I initially thought it was a donkey, however it’s good to have a medal as well as a tee shirt.(which definitely had a camel on it)

A good turn out with some brilliant running from this 10 mile race.

Ladies Chip Times
Name             Time

Helen Boiling        1:28:49,
Lucy Cowlin       1:33:55 [PB]
Lisa Emson         1:38:32

Rebecca Ralf        1:42:51
Rachel Jarvis        1:45:23
Marilyn Crocker        1:51:47

Nicola Scott         1:55:34.

Alton 10 mile     13th May 2018
Mens team  

A gloriously sunny day saw a pleasingly exact number of 6 Victory Ladies and 8 Victory Men* line up for the start of the Alton 10 Mile HRRL race, the exact number required for an A and B Team result!

The race was marshalled superbly by Alton Runners with some 500 runners supporting the event. Whilst the conditions were a tad hot for running, it was really 'them thar hills' that increased our body temperatures to uncomfortable levels.....I ran this event once before in 2015, and I swear the hills were bigger this year!

*I've exercised a little poetic licence to enhance the report in that 8 Victory men finished rather than started the race. Sorry to report Paul Mitchinson pulled up early on with a calf strain. We all hope that proves to be only a short inconvenience Paul, but adversity does highlight character, and ever the gentleman Paul ran with wife Marie to the finish.

Mens Chip Times
Name       Chip Time

Dan Bailey      60:59
Darren Knight      73:46
Colin Robson      79:36
Ali McNiff      79:36 [a superb PB]

Will Hahn      82:20
Terry Healy      83:29
Nichol Riggott      86:48
Peter Royce      124:29

Ladies team  Helen Boiling

At the start of the week, I checked the weather and thought, yippee, it will be cloudy & dry on race day-perfect conditions! But, in true Alton 10 style, the sun came out and it was warm race as per usual.

This is a circular, undulating route through lovely Hampshire countryside.
We climbed a total of 512 ft of ascent so not the hilliest 10 miler in the HRRL calendar…

There were plenty of marshalls and 3 water stations which were very welcome- at each one, I had a few sips and threw the rest on my face, just the job!

So to the results: we just had 2 teams.
Chris brought home the A team in a very respectable time in the heat, and she was 6th in her age category-well done!

Lisa and I made up the rest of the A team, and Rachel, Marie and Marilyn completed the B team.
Congratulations go to Marilyn who came 3rd in her age category, great running.

Ladies Chip Times
Name             Time

Chris Riddington        1:13:53,
Rachel Jarvis        1:42:55,
Helen Boiling        1:31:23,

Marie Mitchinson       1:44:46,
Lisa Slight        1:36:24,
Marilyn Crocker        1:51:10,

Netley 10k     20th May 2018
Mens team  

No Mens Race Report

Mens Chip Times
Dan Bailey       36:35      14th
Peter Roper       43:09      108th
Jim Clow       46:48      164th
Matt Cornford       49:52      189th

Terry Healy       51:41      213rd
Gary Heather       54:56      234rd
Paul Smart       71:25      275th
Neil Blanchard       73:40      278th

Peter Royce       76:12      278th

Ladies team  Sara Heath - Guest Reporter

The morning of the race we left our houses surrounded by mist.
After collecting our numbers a few of us commented that this weather may be quite good to run in.
However 10 minutes before the race started out came the sun resulting in warm conditions for the run.

The race consisted of 3 laps around Royal Victoria country park so mostly traffic free.
It was a very friendly race with even the fast runners offering their support as they flew past.

A total of 7 ladies ran so we were able to have both an A and B team.
Well done to Nicola who was first lady home. With Marilyn and Amanda just behind.
Debbie was the first lady back for the B team and achieved a PB too.
Bridget and I completed the B team and I even managed a PB too

Ladies Chip Times
Name             Time

Nicola Stott        1:05:18
Marilyn Crocker        1:06:30
Amanda Rudkin        1:08:35

Deborah Clarke        1:10:17
Bridget Main        1:11:57
Sara Heath        1:12:58 [PB]

Mary Short        1:19:45

Eastleigh 10k     Sunday 17th June
Mens team  

No Mens Race Report

Mens Chip Times
Simon Gill       34:13    21st
Paul Mitchinson      37:24   91st
Matt Gill       39:48   197th
Daren Knight      42:18   313rd

Will Hahn       47:34   620th
Brian Milo       50:09   762nd
Gary Heather       54:25   1032rd
Roger Brummell       61:30   1642nd

Neil Blanchard       71:35   1949th

Ladies team  Bridget Main

On an unusually warm day for Eastleigh following the change of date due to snow in March, there was a great turn out for the penultimate race of the road race league season. The weather conditions were perfect at the start although it did get considerably warmer throughout the morning. Congratulations to Zoe Gill, Lucy Cowlin, Amanda Rudkin and Sara Heath who all achieved PB’s It was good to see more than enough people to field three teams and it is hoped that this will continue to be the case for the last race of the season and moving into next years races. Overton is already open for entries and it would be good to see Victory ladies taking as many spaces as possible before the race sells out.

Ladies Chip Times
Name             Chip Time

Zoe Gill        00:44:32
Lucy Cowlin        00:55:40
Lisa Slight        00:56:26

Elaine Munns         00:57:22
Marie Mitchinson         00:59:35
Amanda Wells        01:02:15

Amanda Rudkin         01:04:47
Bridget Main       01:09:12
Sara Heath         01:09:20

Amanda Coles       01:13:56
Dee Sims         01:14:33
Hazel Jenkinson         1:20:50
Mary Short        01:26:44
Tracy Long         01:26:47

HRRL Race Reports from the last seven years

Can be seen on the following pages
VAC 2016/17 HRRL Season
VAC 2015/16 HRRL Season
VAC 2014/15 HRRL Season
VAC 2013/14 HRRL Season
VAC 2012/13 HRRL Season
VAC 2011/12 HRRL Season
VAC 2010/11 HRRL Season