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News Round Up – August 2021

Romsey Road Runners have been in action at various races over the past couple of weeks. Wednesday 18th saw a strong club turnout for the penultimate RR10 race which was held at the IBM grounds in Hursley. Romsey’s Tom Bray has already won the men’s championship, taking first place in all four of the previous races. Liz Prinsep is on track to win the V50 category; Mark Adams is currently M50 champion and Anna Duigan is in with a fighting chance of taking the V70 prize. With one more race to go in the series it’s still all to play for.

RR10 Hursley

The following Sunday, Alice Lane, Freya Pearson and Hannah Semeraro took part in the augural Big Pilgrimage, a 14-mile point to point run along an ancient pilgrim track known as the ‘Old Way,’ recently rediscovered on the 14th century Gough map. The race started at the Mayflower in Southampton and ended at Tichfield. Freya summed it up, saying: “I would definitely recommend the Big Pilgrimage. Lots of lovely trails, great snacks and every now and then someone in a top hat gave us a sticker!”

The same day Susie Parker made the trip up to London to take part in the London Vitality Big Half as a precursor to running the London marathon in October. The 13.2-mile race started near Tower Bridge and ended at the Cutty Sark and Susie clocked up a well-earnt PB, finishing in an impressive time of 1:49:58. She said “it was a really great race. I was really pleased with how it went and I felt it was a good test bed for London.”

Also on Sunday, Keith Morris was busy charging round the lanes of Lytchett in Dorset competing in the Lytchett ten mile race where he produced a strong finishing time of 1:20:21, despite the 230 metres of elevation on the course. If you would like to be part of a friendly, supportive and encouraging running club please look at our website romseyroadrunners.co.uk for details of how to join.

First RR10 at Broadlands

Competition between the running clubs of west Hampshire has found expression every summer since 1983 with the RR10 race league. The league, born out of the running boom of the 1980s, started with six member clubs and grew to encompass fourteen. It comprises a series of races held on Wednesday evenings during spring and summer at various locations across the region, with each race being hosted by a different club. The races are cross country, between 4-5 miles long, and are free to participating club members, provided they wear their club’s colours. Participants vary from the steady to the super-speedy and all paces are welcome.

The 2020 RR10 series was cancelled because of Covid, and the earlier races of the 2021 series went the same way, but as of July this year the series was up and running again, launching with a boiling hot race at Fleming Park in Eastleigh on July 21st. Romsey Road Runner’s Tom Bray won the men’s race, while the club’s Hannah Semeraro took an impressive tenth-place in the women’s.

Traditionally, Romsey Road Runners have hosted their RR10 in the New Forest, but due to concerns over disturbing ground-nesting birds it was decided to move the venue to Broadlands this year, and the inaugural event took place on July 28th. The club turned out in force to provide the necessary marshals, cake bakers, course set-up crew, finish line managers and sweepers, all of whom contributed to the race’s smooth running.

Nigel Hemsted, RR10 race director for Romsey, said:

we had a very successful run with no issues, and the runners almost managed to finish the cakes!

If you would like to take part in an RR10, please see romseyroadrunners.co.uk for information on club membership.

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 – 19/05/16

Royal Wootton Bassett Tri - 2016
Royal Wootton Bassett Tri – 2016

Four RRRs travelled to Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire to take part in the Sprint Triathlon last weekend. The triathlon consisted of a 400m swim, 20km bike and a final 5k run. Conditions were perfect with lots of sunshine and a gentle breeze making the cycle ride hard but enjoyable through the beautiful countryside. Fastest time for Romsey with a PB and 2nd in his age category was Derek Kelly in a time of 1:27:04 , (9:04 swim, 44:55 bike, 30:31 run). Next was Alice Lane, 8th in age category also with a PB of 1:30:17 (9:18 swim, 51:24 bike, 25:49 run) followed by Liz Slade, 2nd in age category in a time of 1:37:41 (13:17 swim, 52:46 bike, 27:19 run) and finally Julia Abab achieving a PB and 1st in age category, in a time of 1:40:58 (13:40 swim, 56:09 bike, 27:28 run).

In the third RR10 race of the season (which is the second one that Romsey were allowed to run in due to the new “drop out” system this season) a small but hardy group braved the elements to run 7.5km at Wilverley. Those that came out were rewarded with glorious sunshine, a bit of mud and quite a few hills! The men’s team finished 5th which is higher than was achieved in any race last season, whilst the ladies managed two teams coming in 10th and 20th.

Wilverley RR10 - 2016
Wilverley RR10 – 2016

RR10 Men’s Results (165 runners)

  • Neil Jennings, 5th
  • Mark Stileman, 14th
  • Chris Brown, 40th
  • Mark Adams, 41st
  • Jonathan Williams, 55th
  • Paul Burnage, 70th
  • John Quayle, 75th

RR10 Women’s Results (126 runners)

  • Hannah Shutt, 12th
  • Becca Lurcock, 23rd
  • Penny Jennings, 53rd
  • Julia Abab, 57th
  • Liz Slade, 62nd
  • Anna Duignan, 64th
  • Karen Keane, 76th
  • Wendy Couper, 119th

RR10 Update

27 RRRs turned up for the second RR10 of the season at Stoney Cross, another bumper turn out for RRR. Remember that anyone can compete in these races, all you need is a RRR shirt (and something for the bottom half…) Look out for the emails!

After two races, the men lie 12th in the team event, while the women are 7th.

RRR Finishers – Stoney Cross – Race 2


  • 10 Neil Jennings
  • 28 Mark Stileman
  • 37 Ian Ralph
  • 82 Jonathan Williams
  • 94 Chris Brown
  • 98 Steve Reed
  • 109 John Quayle
  • 119 John Horton
  • 127 Steve Edwards
  • 188 Stuart Cripps
  • 204 Paul Slaughter
  • 227 Greg Roulston


  • 12 Becky Tovey
  • 15 Hannah Shutt
  • 24 Lynda Brown
  • 25 Jo Weguelin
  • 41 Becks Marriner
  • 51 Penny Jennings
  • 52 Jane Carter
  • 57 Alice Lane
  • 104 Sarah Wood
  • 111 Marion Kelly
  • 124 Deborah Rees
  • 131 Julie Shanker
  • 142 Linda Webb
  • 148 Anne-Marie Skill
  • 157 Wendy Couper

RR10 – Final Results

The final RR10 of the summer took place in Hursley last night. Well done to every RRR who ran an RR10 this year. The event continues to be very popular.

The final placings were as follows:

Men’s Team

1 Southampton AC
2 Stubbington Green Runners
3 Lordshill Road Runners
5 Romsey Road Runners
18 Romsey Road Runners (B)
42 Romsey Road Runners (C)

Women’s Team

1 New Forest Runners
2 Winchester and District AC
3 Southampton AC
10 Romsey Road Runners
23 Romsey Road Runners (B)
34= Romsey Road Runners (C)
53 Romsey Road Runners (D)
66 Romsey Road Runners (E)

Men’s Individual (at least six finishes)

1 Nick Buis Totton
2 Matt Hammerton Romsey
3 Scott Eddington Southampton AC
21= Andrew Proctor Romsey
27 Toby Burrows Romsey
29 Neil Jennings Romsey
33 Ian Ralph Romsey
36 Christopher Brown Romsey
42 Duncan Dickinson Romsey
82 Paul Burnage Romsey
107= John Quayle Romsey
133 Andrew Archibald Romsey
145 Stuart Cripps Romsey
171= Richard Vie Romsey
175 Derek Kelly Romsey

Women’s Individual (at least six finishes)

1 Ellie Monks Southampton AC
2 Valeria Sesto New Forest
3 Chloe Woolf New Forest
11 Tamatha Ryan Romsey
19 Rebecca Marriner Romsey
25 Hannah Hunt Romsey
30 Jo Weguelin Romsey
42 Penny Jennings Romsey
51 Alice Lane Romsey
54 Julia Abab Romsey
78 Liz Slade Romsey
89 Naomi Farrington Romsey
105 Deborah Rees Romsey
107 Julie Shanker Romsey

Results Round Up – 10/07/14

Tam Ryan completed the South Downs Marathon on Saturday 21 June. This is becoming a popular trail event and offers some challenging inclines for runners, including a start up Butser Hill. The longer views are rewarding and the scenery along the route pleasant. Despite taking a wrong turn along the way, making the trail longer than it need to be and the added scorching sunshine, Tam still managed a time of 3:43:17 finishing as 2nd lady and 15th overall out of field 412 runners.

Lynda Brown did the South Downs Half Marathon, which turned out to be just under 15 miles by the end, after organisers extended the route to avoid another event. Lynda’s time was 2:22:51 finishing as 15th lady and 84th out of 280.

There was a good turn out of runners to the annual Mile of Miles relay event on 2nd July, hosted by Southampton Athletics Club. The relay event took place on Southampton’s athletics track, the perfect setting for each runner to complete a metric mile (4x400m). Romsey A finished in 9th position this year, out of a total of 31 teams and Romsey B in 26th position. The top ten teams were:

1 Southampton AC A 52:44
2 Hardley Runners A 54:52
3 New Forest A 55:16
4 Eastleigh RC A 56:34
5 Lordshill B 57:43
6 Hedge End A 57:56
7 Totton A 58:44
8 Southampton AC B 59:32
9 Romsey RR A 60:36
10 Eastleigh RC B 61:34

In the seventh RR10 race at Marwell Zoo on the 9th July, Romsey men fielded two teams, finishing 6th and 22nd. The women fielded three teams finishing 6th, 17th and 34th. In the overall standings Romsey A Men are in 6th place (but only one point off 4th) while Romsey A Women lie 10th.

Individual Results from the RR10 at Marwell Zoo (Men)

2 Matt Hammerton
17 Andrew Proctor
29 Neil Jennings
35 Duncan Dickinson
46 Christopher Brown
66 Jade Rolfe
81 Paul Burnage
111 John Quayle
116 Will Archibald
150 Andrew Archibald
159 Stuart Cripps
189 Richard Vie
197 Derek Kelly
210 Dave Page

Individual Results from the RR10 at Marwell Zoo (Women)

12 Tamatha Ryan
19 Rebecca Marriner
23 Jo Weguelin
40 Penny Jennings
50 Alice Lane
63 Julia Abab
77 Alison Soloman
113 Julie Shanker
122 Ruth Page

It’s the best six races that count in the RR10 and a number of RRRs have now completed six or more races. We have five men and five women in the overall Top 20 of their respective competitions!

RR10 placings after 6 runs or more (Men)

1 Matt Hammerton
8= Andrew Proctor
12 Toby Burrows
13 Neil Jennings
17 Christopher Brown
43 John Quayle
49 Andrew Archibald
68 Derek Kelly

RR10 placings after 6 runs or more (Women)

7 Hannah Hunt
8 Jo Weguelin
12 Penny Jennings
15 Alice Lane
16 Julia Abab
33 Naomi Farrington
37 Deborah Rees
38 Julie Shanker

RR10 Results – Manor Farm

The RR10 results from Manor Farm are in. The men fielded two teams, finishing in 8th and 24th place. The women fielded three teams, finishing 12th, 21st and 34th.

Men’s Individual Results

Position Name
2 Matt Hammerton
26 Neil Jennings
43 Christopher Brown
44 Toby Burrows
61 Tony King
73 Jade Rolfe
98 Paul Burnage
124 John Quayle
154 Andrew Archibald
159 Stuart Cripps
212 Derek Kelly
224 Dave Page

Women’s Individual Results

Position Name
31 Hannah Hunt
33 Jo Weguelin
50 Alice Lane
56 Penny Jennings
59 Hannah Shutt
68 Julia Abab
83 Liz Slade
106 Naomi Farrington
116 Deborah Rees
120 Julie Shanker