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 for details of how to join.