Snowdonia Trail Race 2017
Becky Tovey recently completed the Snowdonia trail marathon, one of the UK’s most challenging trail races. The course ascends 1,685 metres over 26 miles of iconic trails circumnavigating Wales’ highest peak, Snowdon. Becky finished in 5.48 placing her an unbelievable 163rd out of 660 finishers.
Not content with running the Welsh mountains in the daylight, Becky ventured back to tough terrain to run through the night! This time she was joined by other fellow extreme runners; Dave Gardner, Tamatha Ryan, Mark and Ian Winkworth from Romsey, who joined forces with Hardley runners to do battle with the rolling hills of the South Downs, running the Midnight Marathon. Starting at 9pm at the Queen Elizabeth Country park, head torches were donned and the group set off. Heavy rain made the terrain slippery,
Midnight Marathon 2017
causing several runners to fall over but everyone soldiered on in the light of the full moon. Tamatha Ryan finished in 5.11 closely followed by Becky Tovey and Dave Gardner in 5.20 and then Mark and Ian Winkworth in 5.46. All runners were greeted with a most welcome bowl of warm chilli, medals and t-shirts at the finish.
On Sunday 30th July, three Romsey Road Runners completed the White star running event Dorset invader half marathon, a hilly trail race with a roman theme! Jim Wright was first home for Romsey in 2.07 followed by Ian Winkworth in 2.25 and Maria Hartley-Oinn in 3.09, impressive running by all.
Jurassic Coast 10k and HM 2017
Last, but no means least, Brenda Topliss, Sue and Mark Stileman completed the Bridport Jurassic Coast 10k and Half Marathon. Sue said “this was a great off road race with lots of huge hills and cliffs so we were all pretty pleased with our times”. Brenda finished in a fantastic 10k time of 1:15, Mark and Sue completed the half marathon, Sue in 2:30 and Mark coming 2nd overall in 1:42!
Following the success of last year’s event, we will be repeating the format of a combined AGM, club awards presentation, skittles evening and meal.
This year it will be on Friday, 3rd November at Wellow Golf Club. Please put the date in your diary. Full details will be available in September.
Giants Head Marathon – 2017
Congratulations to many Romsey Road Runners on some fantastic recent results. Last weekend saw Tamatha Ryan completing the Giants Head Marathon. This race, voted the best UK marathon by Runners’ World, is described as very challenging, hilly but beautiful. The course takes runners through the through the Sydling and Cerne valleys, running around and under the famous Cerne Giant. Tamatha had a solid run finishing in a commendable time of 4:29.
The same weekend produced some great results at the Lordshill 10km; this is a well-marshalled course that weaves its way through the country lanes of Rownhams and Lee on the outskirts of Romsey. First home for Romsey and breaking the elusive 40-minute benchmark was Alex Prinsep giving him a new personal best time of 39:49. Mark Suddaby followed also finishing with a personal best time of 40:55. Other remarkable runners included Rebekah Lurcock 47:14, Paul Whittaker 47:31, Steve Davies 48:19, Elizabeth Prinsep 53:07, Suzanne Gardner 53:43 and Brenda Topliss 54:29.
Meanwhile, Sue Stileman completed her first half marathon entitled “Ridgeway Revenge” in a time of 2:19, Sue said, “I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it was rather hilly”. Not put off by these hills, Sue also completed the Sway 5 mile race with her husband Mark Stileman. Mark had an amazing run, winning the race in a fantastic time of 30:23, followed by Sue in 42:57.
There will be a home run from my Ken West’s house in Shootash on Monday, 31 July at 1830. Food and drink after for the usual £2 donation per head. There will be two run routes: one about 75 minutes and one about 45 minutes.
Just a reminder that there is NO RR10 this week. The replacement RR10 race will be held at the University Sports Ground, Wide Lane, Eastleigh on Wednesday, 23rd August at 7pm. Parking there is excellent and the course fast and flat.
Please note the RR10 scheduled for this Wednesday, 5th July has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a different venue later in the summer.
South Downs Marathon 2017
If you’ve never heard of Endure24, they say its like Glastonbury for runners, it’s a mad 24-hour running event that is quite unique in the running calendar. This years event saw over 2700 runners take part with free camping and 24 hour catering; it’s a real running party in the woods! Three friends from Romsey Road Runners Becky Tovey, Alice Lane and Julie Shanker set about this challenge last weekend as a relay team. The race consists of a five-mile lap through charming woodland and trail and our devoted runners completed 10 laps each, not leaving much time for sleep! The girls came 7th overall in the ladies small teams category in an amazing time of 24:24:40. But if that wasn’t enough these crazy ladies were at it again this following weekend completing the South Downs trail marathon. The day was seriously hot and the race, which crosses some spectacular scenery, was exposed to full sun in the most part. The girls ran together, linking hands as they crossed the finishing line in a remarkable time of 5:48:27.
Meanwhile, Romsey’s Mark Stileman also took on the extreme heat running the Hampshire Hoppit half marathon. This trail race is a single-lap courses that starts and ends at Kingsclere on the Hampshire-Berkshire border reaching some of the highest points in Hampshire with views across the county. Despite the challenging weather and a hilly course, Mark finished in a very respectable 7th place overall with a time of 1:37.
The fun run results from yesterday are now available. Very well done to each and every one of you that took part.
Braishfield Funrun 2017 Results
Beer Race Award Winners 2017
A MASSIVE well done to everyone who took part in this year’s Beer Race. We hope you enjoyed it and will join us again next year.
The results are available at Beer Race Results.
Also we will upload photographs of the race to Beer Race Photographs.