Results Round Up 16/08/17

Snowdonia Trail Race 2017

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

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

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!

AGM Date Confirmed

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.

Results Round Up – 09/07/2017

Giants Head Marathon - 2017

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.

Home Run

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.

Results Round Up – 21/06/17

South Downs Marathon 2017

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.

Endure24 2017

Endure24 2017

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.