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Results Round Up – 25/04/18

The spring marathons began with Brighton on the 13th April. Three Romsey Road Runners took on the 26.2miles and each was delighted to achieve a new personal best. With near perfect weather conditions, first home was Dave Gardner in a time of 3hrs 33mins taking a big chunk off his previous pb time, hot on his heels was Becky Tovey finishing in 3hrs 34mins with Joanne McKenzie close behind in 4hrs 13mins.

The weather wasn’t so kind the following weekend on the 22nd April when 30 Romsey Road Runners turned out to give their all in the scorching temperatures in both the London Marathon and the Southampton marathon, half marathon and 10km. The heat took its toll but everyone fought bravely on to the finish line. It was the 38th London marathon and Matt Hammerton started behind the elite men having earnt a place on the championship start. Matt crossed the line in an amazing time of 2hrs 48mins with Mark Stileman following closely in a fantastic 3hrs 4mins. Alice Lane did a great job representing Romsey with the club place and finished in 4hrs 44mins and Brenda Topliss achieved 5hrs 23mins. Sadly, it wasn’t to be for Nigel Hemsted who was carrying a calf injury, he flew round the first 15km only to have to make the brave decision to pull out just before the 20km mark when his calf got worse.

Meanwhile, in Southampton there were a few personal bests in the marathon, Neil Jennings was the 11th runner overall to cross the finish line in a fantastic time of 2hrs 56mins with Remi Francois completing his 2nd marathon in a time of 4hrs 2mins. In the half marathon Alex Prinsep finished in 1hr 30mins, Jonny Williams 1.39, Penny Jennings 1.55, Keith Morris 1.56, Liz Prinsep 1.58, Cliff Reeves 2.01, Mark Winkworth 2.01, Annie Tomlinson 2.03, Liz Slade 2.06, Ian and Katy Winkworth 2.16, Anna Duignan 2.17, Dylan Needham 2.17 and Sarah Savage in 2.30. In the 10km race, Ray Webb won his age category finishing in 48.17, other runners included Franky Tripp 52.40, Trevor Bond 56.45, Colin Williams 56.54, Hannah Hunt 57.52, Lin Webb 1.04, Heidi Godfrey 1.06 and Wendy Couper also winning her age category in 1hr 21mins. Well done to all!

Results Round Up – 10/04/18

In recent weeks Romsey Road Runners competed in various races with some runners challenging themselves to new distances. On the 25th March Cranleigh 21 provided a good training run for several runners who are preparing for Spring marathons. Dave Gardner was very happy with his new personal best, finishing in a great time of 2hr 45mins closely followed by Jo McKenzie and Becky Tovey in 3hr

5mins. Meanwhile, over in Wickham, Mark Stileman came 2nd overall in the inaugural Hundred Acres half marathon in a time of 1hr 23mins whilst his wife Sue completed the 5km race in 25mins.

During the Easter weekend David Nixon showed he hadn’t lost his touch in an orienteering trail event at the Cannock Chase Festival, David finished 2nd place overall. Whilst the majority of us ate Easter eggs, Alice Lane, Julie Shanker and Becky Tovey made the journey to Devon for a 4-day Coast to Coast challenge covering 117miles over 4 days. Starting in South Dartmoor and finishing in Exmoor the girls braved every element and terrain possible to successfully complete what they had started together with much relief and a massive sense of achievement. Over in the Isle of Wight, Sue Sleath had a good run in the West Wight 3 hills race, a rather muddy 8 miler finishing in 1hr 4mins and 2nd lady overall.

Romsey’s Abigail Cooke had to wait a long time to achieve her goal of completing the SDW50 (South Downs Way 50) having pulled out last year due to injury. Abi was extremely happy to lay the ghost to rest this year, her patience and training paid off, when on the 8th April she flew round the tough “50mile” course from Worthing to Eastbourne in a fantastic time of 9hr 50mins. Keeping up the long-distance theme Francesca Hough completed her first Ultra, the Test Way Ultra, a 44mile route from Coombs Gibbet along the rather muddy Test Way to Totton. Francesca finished in a great time of 10hr 47mins.

Romsey wrapped the results up with some personal bests in the ever-popular Salisbury 10miler. First home for the club was Mark Stileman in 1hr 1min, closely followed by Alex Prinsep in 1hr 5mins and Ian Winkworth taking 5 minutes off his PB to finish in 1hr 7mins.  It was Keith Morris’ first attempt at this distance he was pleased with his time finishing in 1hr 19min. Liz Prinsep also gained a new personal best in 1hr 24mins, Katy Winkworth debuted at the distance finishing in 1hr 26mins, followed by Sue Stileman returning from injury in 1hr 33mins.

At the Bournemouth 10k, Mary Nixon made it round in a fantastic 1h 3mins.

Results Round Up – 20/03/18

Looking for a challenge Romsey’s Ben Sharman travelled East to take part in the Jerusalem Marathon on the 9th March. The race was started by the legendary long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie and considering the 631m of climb Ben did very well to complete the course in a great time of 4 hours 14 mins.

On Sat 10th March Dorota Hatch made her debut at one of the Maverick Inov8 events and was very happy to complete the middle-distance trail of 13km in 1 hour 21 mins. There was more action further west at The White star Larmer Tree events this weekend. Set in the gardens of the Rushmore estate, that were created for public enlightenment and entertainment, Romsey’s runners were not disappointed by the beautiful surroundings and peacocks! First to run was Hannah Semeraro who completed the 10mile course finishing as 10th Lady in 1 hour 31 mins. Mark Stileman and Sue Sleath had remarkable results in the half marathon finishing 2nd male and 2nd female in times of 1 hour 40 mins and 1 hour 56 mins respectively. Ian Winkworth had to wait for the light to close so he could don his head torch and complete the Dark Larmer. Ian had a good run, finishing the 9mile course in 1 hour 5 mins earning him 9th place overall and 1st in age group. Abi Cooke and Francesca Hough both travelled down on the Sunday to take part in the marathon distance, completing the tough course in great times, Abi finished in 5 hours 16 mins closely followed by Fran in 5 hours 21 mins.

Not too far away Tamatha Ryan and Stewart Liesnham were taking part in the Imber Ultra 33mile race, a friendly charity event incorporating the Salisbury plains and the Imber Range. The race is surrounded by iron age hill forts and mainly run on metalled roads, bridleways and tracks. Tamatha completed the windy course in 5 hours 23 mins earning her 2nd Lady overall whilst Stewart set a new PB in 5 hours 31 mins.

Sadly, snow stopped play for many races the following weekend but several Romsey Road Runners got the opportunity to brave the elements. Anna Duignan, Wendy Couper and Alice Lane took part in another of the Endurance life events, Anna and Wendy completed the 10km distance finishing 2nd and 4th in age groups. Meanwhile, Alice fought her way through high winds and snow to bravely complete the 34mile ultra in 8 hours and was rewarded by coming 1st in her age group.

Hannah Semeraro and John Horton made the journey to Seaton in Devon to take part in the popular Grizzly race. Organisers were forced to shorten the technical course to 10miles which Hannah completed in 1 hour 31 mins and John and his family in 1 hour 44 mins.

Results Round Up – 06/03/18

On the 11th February Nigel Hemsted took part in the popular Bramley 20mile race. Ran on quiet country lanes, the race consists of two loops and is deemed as a good training run for a spring marathon, also offering a 10mile option. Romsey’s Nigel finished in a very respectable time of 2hours 29minutes. Meanwhile Cliff Reeves earned himself a new personal best in the rescheduled Twixmas 10km held on the 18th February in Porchester. Despite being off road and slightly over the 10km distance, Cliff completed the race in superb time of 52.12minutes.

Alice Lane and Julie Shanker made the long journey north on the 24th February to take part in the Northumberland Endurance life Ultra Marathon starting in Benthall and finishing at Bamburgh castle. Julie sadly had to make the hard decision to pull out at 20miles due to injury but Alice was able to finish, completing the 35mile route in a time of 7hours 32minutes. The following day, a cold crisp Sunday, saw the Winchester 10km road race. This one lap route with a mix of urban and countryside starts outside Winchester Guildhall and finishes at the City of Winchester football club. Representing Romsey were Alex Prinsep finishing in a time of 38.36 followed by Steve Cleeves 42.07, Ben Sharman 47.23, Paul Whitaker 48.25, Liz Prinsep 51.41 and Sue Stileman in 55.32minutes.

Sue Sleath and Tamatha Ryan took on the long-distance walkers association New Forest challenge marathon, a self-navigating route through the beautiful surroundings of the scenic forest starting and finishing in Burley. The pair made it back for a welcome hot meal in a little over five and half hours.

Becky Tovey was fortunate enough to travel to Abu Dhabi again for the ITU world triathlon. Whilst most of us were dealing with snow, Becky enjoyed a warm swim and was trying to avoid tan lines as she cycled around the formula 1 course before finishing with a half marathon run. Completing in an overall time of 5hours 32minutes Becky pitched each discipline well and enjoyed the race.

Results Round Up – 31/01/18

The Romsey 5mile race on Sunday January 28th was a great opportunity for Romsey Road Runners to put their recent training sessions to the test. Set within the grounds of the Broadlands estate, the flat and mainly tarmac route was a perfect course for personal bests. First home for Romsey was Mark Stileman in 30.20 followed by Alex Prinsep 30.36, Ian Winkworth 31.14, James Groves 31.35, Nigel Hemsted 33.29 (2nd in age), James Wilson 36.16, Paul Whitaker 36.18, Ray Webb 36.20, Keith Morris 37.19, Cliff Reeves 38.54, Liz Prinsep 39.55, Julie Shanker 40.21, Sarah White 41.03, Shelly Provan 41.27, Sue Stileman 43.28, Lynn Webb 46.25, Jill Baker 48.22, Sarah Savage 50.55 and Lynne Lawrence 56.54.

Another very popular event is the “LDWA Stonehenge Stomp” held in Amesbury was able to make a welcome return for its 30th Anniversary thanks to the aid of Salisbury Running club. Some 900 walkers, runners and dogs enjoyed the well-marked scenic routes of 10km, 20km, 30km and 40km distances encompassing the famous mystical stones. Dorota Hatch completed the 20km whilst Sue Sleath, Abi Cooke, Tamatha Ryan and Francesca Hough completed the 40km route.

Results Round Up – 14/12/17

EnduranceLife 2017

The Endurance Life event in Dorset proved to be popular for Romsey Road Runners on the 2nd December. With the ocean as a backdrop to the Jurassic coastal path and starting in the picturesque Lulworth cove, various distances were offered from 10km to Ultra plus 46miles.  This challenging race with its mixture of trail and grass is listed as an extreme course but Romsey runners were not to be put off. Mark Stileman had an extremely gutsy sprint finish just missing out on 1st place by 4 seconds! With 175ft of climb Mark came 2nd in a time of 48.32 and 1st in his age category. Regulars at this event Anna Duignan and Wendy Couper finished in 1hr 20mins, 1st in age category and 1hr 40mins, 2nd in age category, respectively. The half marathon was over 16miles with 3559ft climb, Alex Prinsep had a solid run finishing in 2hrs 45mins and 40th out of 450 finishers followed by his mum, Liz Prinsep, in 3hrs 52mins. In the marathon, which is over 27miles and climbs 4910ft, Becky Tovey took a slight detour but still managed to finish in 5hrs 44mins, followed by Remi Francois in 6hrs 29mins. Making their debut at an Ultra distance Julie Shanker, Alice Lane and Jim the dog completed the gruelling 33 plus mile course with 5780ft of climb together in a time of 9hrs 20mins.

Not put off by the hills of Dorset Mark Stileman fought to stay upright through the mud fest that was the Tadley Xmas 10km. Unfortunately, it was Marks turn to take a detour costing him a place but still finishing in a fantastic time of 39.13, 5th overall and 1st in age category.

Results Round Up – 28/11/17

Personal bests galore were achieved by Romsey Road Runners in Gosport Half Marathon. The fast and flat course includes a section along the seafront promenade with views of the Isle of Wight. In perfect weather conditions ten runners completed the distance: Matt Hammerton on form again was first home in 1.14, followed by Alex Prinsep making his debut at the distance and finishing in an impressive time of 1.26 and Ian Winkworth took a massive chunk off his previous time with a new PB of 1.33.  The great performances kept coming with Mark Winkworth 1.38 (PB), Dave Gardner 1.43, Richard Cross 1.45, Liz Prinsep 1.46 (PB), Ben Sharman 1.47 (PB), Alice Lane 1.53 and Caroline Crump 2.37 (PB).


The 25th November saw Tamatha Ryan complete the Centurion Ultra 50 Grand Slam! A series of four fifty mile races throughout the year on some very challenging routes including the North and South Downs. The last race in the series was by far the toughest both mentally & physically composed of five loops of 10 miles around a very technical and hilly wood in the Chiltern hills. With temperatures at zero and the last three hours spent running in the dark it made for a tough challenge. A very relieved Tamatha finished in 11hours 13mins earning her the prestigious Grand Slam medal for completing all four Ultra races in the series this year.


Sunday 26thprovided an array of races. Cliff Reeves earned himself a personal best in the hilly Downton Half finishing in 1.55. Julie Shanker also got a PB in the AVR Wiltshire half marathon in 1.52. Mark and Sue Stileman ran the “Avebury 8 Nine” a 9ish mile trail race in Wiltshire. Mark finished just over the hour coming fourth over all and winning his age category and Sue crossed the line in 1.38. Finally, Anna Duignan and Wendy Couper ran the Meon Valley Reindeer Run 10km finishing in 1.03 and 1.19 respectively. Well done to all!

Stinger - 2017

Results Round Up – 01/11/17

Stinger - 2017
Stinger – 2017

Close to home, a lovely local race is the Totton Stinger, a multi terrain run through the beautiful New Forest on trails, woodland and heathland. This year three distances were offered to runners, 5 miles, 10 miles and 13.1 miles. Romsey road runners took on all three in impressive style! In the 5 mile distance Sue Stileman finished second in the V40 category in a time of 49:38 whilst Anna Duignan came in second in the V60 category in 55:08. Another win for was had for Mark Stileman in the 10 mile race, who crossed the line first overall in an amazing time of 1:08. Also running 10 miles was Penny Jennings in 1:31, Joanna McKenzie in 1:36 and Mark Adams in 1:58. The remarkable performances continued in the half marathon too, Neil Jennings was second overall in 1:26 and Sue Sleath was 1st Lady (7th Overall) in a fast time of 1:42, Jim Wright was eighth overall in a time of 1:43. The same weekend saw Elizabeth Prinsep run the Exeter’s Great Western Run in fantastic PB of 1:54 coming 12th in her age group.

Last weekend, was the turn of the famous and extremely popular Great South run. This 10 mile road race held in Portsmouth passes landmarks such as HMS Victory and the Spinnaker Tower. Romsey Road Runners put in fabulous performances with all our competitors accomplishing personal bests! Times included Alex Prinsep 1:07:16, Dave Gardner 1:11:36, Ian Winkworth 1:13:11, Mark Winkworth 1:15:46, Liz Prinsep 1:24:40 and Karen Pethick 1:53:56. Meanwhile Mark and Sue Stileman travelled to Woodstock, Oxfordshire to take part in the Blenheim 10k, a mostly flat race but undulating in parts. Mark finished 7th male overall in 38:58 and wife Sue was 29th female overall in 53:42. The remarkable results continued at the Abingdon Marathon a race first held in 1982 that incorporates a number of Championship events. Places on this event fill up early as is a flat fast PB course, and it certainly was for Romsey’s Alice Lane who achieved her personal best of 4:16, followed by Brenda Topliss in 4:44.

Finally, to end this impressive run of results, this weekend saw our runners compete in three races; the inaugural Breamore 10k, the challenging Beachy Head marathon and the Dorset stickler. The Breamore 10k, a completely traffic free course on bridleways and estate tracks takes in the wonderful setting of Breamore House and there’s even tea and cake at the end! Sue Stileman reported the race was hilly but managed a good time of 59:46 and Anna Duignan came 4th in her age category in 1:07.

The Eastbourne Beachy Head marathon is one of the biggest off-road marathons in the UK. This challenging event, set against the stunning backdrop of the South Downs National Park, sees thousands of runners take part including Romsey’s Tamatha Ryan and Sue Sleath. The scenery is awesome and the clear sunny weather provided great visibility on this beautiful day, Tamatha said “this almost made up for the hideous ups and downs”. Sue and Tamatha both had great times for this tough race, with times of 4:04 and 4:21 respectively.

The Dorset Stickler is a friendly and popular race that takes runners over 1500ft climbing across three peaks of Dorset: Okeford Hill, Hod Hill and Hambledon Hill. Our runners reported that they had great weather to experience the serious hills and the stunning views, times included Mark Stileman 1:14, Jim Wright 1:26, Abigail Cooke 1:29, Julie Shanker 1:48, Alice Lane and Jim (her dog!) 1:52 and Paul Whitaker in 1:54.

Clarendon 2017

Results Round Up – 12/10/2017

Clarendon Marathon proved to be a winner for Romsey Road Runners this year!

Clarendon 2017
Clarendon 2017

Travelled in the past by ancient Kings and Queens, the picturesque route follows mostly trails & tracks from Salisbury to Winchester but the race was made rather more challenging this year by the recent rain. However, this did not deter Romsey’s Matt Hammerton who appeared in fine form finishing 3rd overall in an impressive time of 3:02. The chasers weren’t far behind him, battling it out Neil Jennings was next to finish in 5th place in 3:13 closely followed by Mark Stileman in 3:15, 6th overall also earning him 1st place in his age group! Ian Ralph had a solid run finishing in 3:30 and 18th place overall. The ladies certainly didn’t disappoint either, Sue Sleath had a fantastic run and was pleasantly surprised to learn she was 1st lady and 29th overall, in a time of 3:45. Tamatha Ryan also had a superb run finishing in 4:16 also winning her age category.  Clarendon offers several distances. Penny Jennings consistently runs the half marathon every year, this year she finished in 2:07 followed by Sue Stileman in 2:20 and Bob Gold in 2:41.

Starting in the same city, the Salisbury half proved a good race for Romsey personal bests; Dave Gardner earned himself the first one finishing in a time of 1:37, Mark Winkworth was next in 1:44, another PB, closely followed by his brother Ian Winkworth in 1:45. Jo Blatherwick achieved the next PB in a time of 1:54 and not far behind was Ben Sharman in 2:00 and Alice Lane in 2:41.

Anna Duignan travelled to be on home soil to complete in the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow. Despite the plentiful rain, Anna beat her time from last year coming in 2:05 and fifth in her age group. Her daughter, an ex RRR runner also had a great run in 1:32.

The following weekend saw another great set of results from the Bournemouth marathon festival. On a warmer day than expected several distances were offered, on the Saturday Trevor Bond competed in the 5km finishing in 23:24 gaining a PB and finishing third in age. Ian Winkworth ran the 10km distance with his wife Katy completing in 58:33 and Elaine Bond finished in 1:14. The half marathon provided Matt Hammerton with another impressive run finishing in 1:14, 6th overall and 1st in his age group. Matt has now qualified for a championship place in the London Marathon, all the more impressive only a week after running the Clarendon marathon! Richard Cross was next to complete the half marathon distance in 1:45 and Keith Morris achieved a PB finishing in 1:51. Finally, James Battle completed his very first marathon in a highly commendable time of 3:15 with Alice Lane also taking on the distance and finishing in a great time of 4:52.

Winchester Half Marathon - 2017

Results Round Up – 28/09/17

Romsey Road Runners have been hard at it!

Chiltern Wonderland 50 Mile - 2017
Chiltern Wonderland 50 Mile – 2017

Tamatha Ryan ran the Chiltern wonderland 50mile ultra race on the 16th September. A circular route starting in Goring on the popular Thames tow-path, taking in the beautiful Chiltern Hills and picturesque villages made famous by British film and TV. This event is the 3rd of 4 in the 50mile grand slam that Tamatha has now completed finishing this in a time of 9hours 41mins and 6th lady overall. During the weekend Abi Cooke took part in several races on the Isle of Wight. These included: Race 1  St.Boniface Fell 3.8k, Abi finished in 25.20mins Race 2 The Ventnor Horseshoe 12km completed in 1hr 18mins; Race 3 The Wroxall Round 21km which Abi finished in 1hr 58mins gaining her a 16min personal best.

Also that Sunday was the more local Hursley 10km always a popular race for Romsey Road Runners and an especially muddy one this year. Mark Stileman didn’t disappoint finishing in the top ten in a time of 41mins and first in age, Sue Sleath followed in 46.25mins (2nd in age), Ian Winkworth 51.33, Paul Whitaker 51.59, Alice Lane 56.23, Julie Shanker 56.43, Sue Stileman 57.57 and Maria Hartley-Oinn 1 hour.

With races plentiful Mark Winkworth got a great personal best in the Andover food bank 10km finishing in 45.30 and James Battle flew round the Littledown 5mile race in 28.49.

Sunday 24th Sept was host to two popular half marathons and Romsey were keen to take part. The Solent half twists through the New Forest, around Exbury and along the Solent shore at Lepe. Dan Lurcock was first home in a fantastic time of 1.35 followed by Sue Sleath in 1.37 (1st in age). Abi Cooke gained another personal best in 1.41, James Instoe 1.51 and Brenda Topliss 2.10.

Winchester Half Marathon - 2017
Winchester Half Marathon – 2017

Alice Lane chose the Winchester Half marathon to mark her “Big Birthday” and a large group helped her celebrate. Ian Winkworth finished in 1.44 followed by Becky Tovey in 1.47, Mark Winkworth in 1.51, then Richard Cross 1.51, Julie Shanker (PB) 1.55, Fran Hough 1.59, Birthday Girl Alice 2.07 and Anna Duignan 2.18. Meanwhile, Mark Stileman and his wife Sue took part in the Highclere 10km, Sue crossed the line in 52.54 and Mark put in another great performance finishing in 37.29, 7th overall and first in age.

Results Round Up – 23/09/17

Romsey Road Runners have had a busy summer far and wide.  At the end of August Ken West completed the Quebec half marathon in a time of 1hr 58mins while Sue Stileman achieved a personal best by 13 minutes in the Portishead half marathon with a time of 2hrs 2mins. The first weekend in September saw four of our runners brave the elements and complete the race called “The Beast”, a very challenging 12 mile off road route centered around Corfe castle in Dorset with beautiful coastal views, aptly re-named each year to reflect the features of the course; This year’s course entitled “24 Again”. Mark Stileman was first home for Romsey in 1hr 35mins; Sue Sleath was next in 1hr 52mins closely followed by Jim Wright in 1hr 53mins. Sue Stileman toughed it out with an injury finishing in 2hrs 44mins.

Elsewhere, our new member Abby Cooke made her debut for Romsey in one of the Hampshire road league races The Overton 5mile finishing in 37mins 7secs. Whilst it was a big day on Sunday 10th September with the New Forest Marathon team offering an array of distances to challenge competing runners. With a mix of road & trail Sue Sleath, Julie Shanker and Alice Lane completed the marathon distance finishing in some great times Sue in 3hrs 44mins placing her 2nd in her age category, Julie in 4hrs 47mins, and Alice in 4hrs 49mins. In the popular half marathon a stellar performance from James Battle saw him finish in 1hr 20mins earning him a personal best and a place of 11th overall out of 1905 finishers! Keith Morris also accomplishhed a PB completing the half marathon in 1hr 52mins. Finally, Alex Prinsep completed the 10km distance finishing in 41mins 43secs and 16th overall out of 1291 finishers. Other impressive runs were recorded by Richard Cross achieving 51mins 54secs, Elizabeth Prinsep in 54mins 04secs, Anna Duignan 1hr 04mins and Jennifer Willis in 1hr 11mins.

Becky Tovey had been fortunate enough to gain a place in the Great North Run through the ballot entry, and although the journey was long and the sheer volume of runners made the race slightly challenging, the atmosphere was electric. Becky had an enjoyable solid run, realising an ambition, and finishing in 1hr 38mins. Other races last weekend included the friendly Stockbridge 10km which Jo Mckenzie completed in 50mins 31secs, positioning her a commendable 7th lady overall. Also back in Dorset was another of the highly entertaining white star events called “the Bad Cow weekend” offering runners various distances. Peter & Maria Hartley-Oinn completed the half marathon in 2hrs 5mins and 2hrs 24mins respectively.

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.

Rescheduled RR10 Confirmation

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.

RR10 Cancelled

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.

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.