RRR Race Report March 2023

The weekend of March 18th/ 19th was a busy one in Romsey Road Runners’ calendar. Saturday was the Endurance Life Coastal Trail Series in Sussex. Romsey was ably represented by Matt Hammerton who won the Ultra (53k and 1500m of elevation) in a storming time of 4:27 and Tam Ryan who finished the (also very hilly at 1200m) marathon in a fantastic time of 5:38 to come 2nd in age.

Saturday night was Big Feat Event’s Big Night Out. Romsey’s Hannah Shutt came home first lady in the 16-mile night-running event in a time of 2:06, while Tim Parker took 3rd place in 1:50 and Steve Geary finished in a solid 2:12.

Sunday was the Eastleigh 10k, an event that is always well supported by the club. It’s known for being a fast and mostly flat race and draws over 2000 runners eager to improve their road-running times. This year, twenty-nine members of the club took part and between them produced a great set of results.

A group of about 20 runners wearing green finishers t-shirts and medals
Eastleigh 10k Finishers

Romsey’s Alex Prinsep led the charge by setting a fantastic new PB of 33:57. He was closely followed by Alex Young with an impressive 34:20 and Neil Jennings, who also set a superb new PB of 34:52. Matt Brown came home in 37:34; Andy Brown 43:12; Nigel Hemsted 44:22; Steve Geary 45:00; Liz Prinsep 45:14; Keith Morris 45:55; Alice Jenden with a super-impressive first 10k time of 46:40; Susie Parker 48:28; Mark Judkins with a fantastic 50-second new PB of 48:47; Emma Bailey 49:12; Ray Webb 50:39; Lauren Freestone with an impressive new PB of 54:11; Stuart Rowe 55:16; Lottie Budd with a fantastic new PB of 57:55; Sue & Mark Stileman (who were pacing Lottie) 57:55; Nikki Skeates 58:16; Rob Gowman 58:41; Bridget Wells 59:43; Jane Jackson 100:43; Lin Webb 101:42; Gemma Ingason with a great PB of 104:36; Deborah Rees 111:26; Clare Somerton 111:48 Jessie Hughes 112:24 and Karen Collins with a great post-Covid time of 120:53. They all did themselves and the club proud.

Alice Jenden said of her Eastleigh experience “I had been doing the 10k training programme led by Ian and Steve. The programme prepared me really well for the race, and although it was tough, crossing the finish line and achieving a PB was just amazing! Thank you to Steve and Ian.” Nigel Hemsted noted that “although it’s not the most attractive course, the Eastleigh 10k is a very well organised race, and fast with only one hill to contend with. I set off with a target of 45 minutes, and was able to run with the 45min pacemakers for the first half of the race. I then passed them and finished in a time of 44:21.” Alex Young reflected that he “really enjoyed the event, especially seeing my club mates achieve their goals, and I’m motivated to apply myself to training with the aim to improve on my time next year.”

Finally, Alice Lane rounded off an excellent weekend of racing for the Club by heading down to Dorset to take part in the LDWA’s Cerne Giant trail ultra. This was part of Alice’s preparation for the Lakeland 50-mile race in July. Alice completed the challenging event in a superb time of 6:52 hours. She commented afterwards that it was “fab” with “lots of hills and mud and beautiful sunshine all day. The LDWA were amazing, supplying lots of food and I got a certificate too.”