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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.”

Smiling runner in a blue hat and red running backpack with backdrop of cliffs and coastline

Race Report – August 2022

August has been notable for two things: heat and drought. Running in hot weather brings its own challenges, mainly trying to keep hydrated while avoiding heat stroke. Ryan Snell navigated both during the Tadley 10k on August 14th. Running in temperatures exceeding 30 degrees, Ryan completed the course in an impressive time of 36:17 to take second place. Ryan said of the event “the Tadley 10k is a pretty route and was well organised by Tadley runners. It was very hot (unsurprising for August) and there was some climbing in the second half.”

The same day, Jonny Stevens was competing in the Newark half marathon, where he set himself an impressive new PB of 1:38. Jonny noted that “the course was fast and flat and it was a proper warm day, over 30 degrees by the time I finished! I got a PB so it was all worth it. It’s definitely a race I would go back to.”

The following weekend things had cooled down a bit, which was just as well as Alice Lane was taking on the very challenging LDWA event the Dorset Doddle. This involved running from Weymouth to Swanage, a distance of over 32 miles with 1800m elevation. Alice, a seasoned long-distance runner, completed the course in 7:37 hours.

Smiling runner in a blue hat and red running backpack with backdrop of cliffs and coastline
Alice Lane at the Dorset Doddle

On the same day, Romsey’s Lottie Budd took part in the Big Pilgrimage, a 15-mile run that follows a Pilgrim Way recently rediscovered on the 13th century Gough Map. Lottie, who completed the run in a time of 2:50 hours, said of the experience: “the Big Pilgrimage has to be my favourite race so far. It’s very varied trail but predominantly follows the coast from Southampton to Titchfield with a short ferry ride en route. Despite talking a wrong turn and joining the marathon runners for a short bit, I came 7th in my age group.”

Also competing on August 21st were Louise Holliday and Megan Batchelor who crossed the water to the Isle of Wight to take part in the Ryde half marathon. Louise finished in an excellent time of 2:18 hours, while Megan netted herself a fantastic new PB of 1:55.

Louise said of the race “the Ryde half marathon is an undulating course through Ryde, Nettlestone and St Helens. Some of it was off-road on gravel tracks but otherwise it was mostly on quiet lanes. It was a small, low-key event with only around 200 runners but it was very friendly and I would definitely do it again. I had some trepidation as the race was in the middle of the day in August, but luckily it was a lovely cool morning with glimpses of the sea over the fields every so often to make us think refreshing thoughts!”

Finally, Romsey were in action in the inter-club competition The Mile of Miles at the end of the month. The club fielded two teams for this popular event which this year was held at the athletics track at Mountbatten School. Each team consisted of ten members, with each member running a mile over four laps of the track. Romsey’s teams posted times of 1:06:03 and 1:08:59 respectively, with the faster team taking 8th place overall.

April 2022 Race Finishers

Race Report – April 2022

April 2022 Race Finishers

April has been a busy month for Romsey Road Runners. Ryan Snell kicked off proceedings with an accomplished performance at the Brighton marathon on April 9th, taking 7th place in a blistering time of 2:35. Ryan said of the event: ‘conditions were pretty perfect – sunny but with a gentle cooling crosswind coming off the sea. 8000 runners started in 3 staggered waves and there was plenty of vocal support along the route. All the volunteers and marshals were super-friendly and helpful. I ran to feel rather than HR or pace and felt strong through halfway in 78:04 in about 20th place. I spent the second half working my way through the field and came back in 77:21 for 2:35:25 and 7th place. The last 3 miles were very painful (as normal!) but the big crowds definitely helped.’

On the same day, Lottie Budd took part in the Kew half marathon. Lottie only started running in August 2021 after encouragement from her daughter. She had the Winchester half, which she completed in September 2021, as her initial goal. At Kew, she knocked 26 minutes off her half marathon best by finishing in a time of 2:11. Lottie said of the experience: ‘Kew Gardens is the perfect setting for a half marathon. We ran in the gardens at first, then out along the river Thames and back. It was perfectly flat and very scenic in the beautiful sunshine; the loveliest place to achieve a personal best! My family and I finished off with a picnic in the garden. Being very new to running, it’s days like this that make running perfect.’

Angela Milln also ran the Kew half, finishing in a new PB of 2:17. Angela said: ‘I managed a new half marathon PB (by all of 48 seconds – nothing if not consistent!). I thoroughly recommend the event. The venue is beautiful. It is a flat course and well organised, and there is the added the bonus of being able to stay on in the gardens afterwards.’

Fast forward a couple of weeks and Southampton Marathon Weekend arrived. RRR traditionally fields a strong line up of runners for the four events of 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon, and this year was no exception.

Gretel Hardwick (3:59), John Turner (3:28) and Giovanni Buldrini (4:44) all completed the marathon. Alice Lane (2:01), Paul Kennedy (1:58), Sue Sylvester (1:59), Penny Jennings (1:54), Matt Harris (2:03), Neil Jennings (1:21) and Tim Parker (1:22) completed the half marathon. Tim, who set a 7-minute new PB at the race said: ‘it all came together on the day and I was really spurred on by the amount of support on the course,’ while Alice noted ‘it was a wonderful community atmosphere with incredible support from all the locals coming out of their homes on a sunny spring day to support us.’

Elizabeth Prinsep was 6th placed woman on the 10k in a time of 44:57, with Angela Milln (59:20), Richard Vie (1:07) and Sarah White (57:20) also completing the 10k. Amy Spencer ran the 5k in a solid 28:45.

Romsey Road Runners at the Eastleigh 10k 2022

Race Report – March 21st 2022

The weekend of March 19th-20th was a busy one for Romsey Road Runners. Saturday saw Nikki Sparkes complete the Lulworth Marathon, a tough run with 1823m of elevation, in a solid time of 6:52:07, while Tim Parker took second place in the Maverick Hampshire trail 16k in an impressive time of 1:05.

On the Sunday, Amy and Giovanni completed the Weymouth half marathon in 2:13 and 1:40 respectively. Amy said of the race: “the course was spectacular, with the first section along the seafront then through a nature reserve, a hill fort and finishing with the harbour. We are both really happy with our results.”

Also on Sunday, James Byrne completed the 5k run, 21k cycle and second 5k run of the Buccaneer Duathlon Sprint at Buckler’s Hard in a fantastic time of 1:54. James said: “being a keen cyclist as well as a runner I was curious to try an event which combined the two. There was a strong headwind during the cycling section but the route through the New Forest was huge fun. I’d highly recommended the event for anybody who is curious about dipping a toe into a multi-sport event.” James had also completed his milestone 25th parkrun the day before.

Sunday was also Eastleigh 10k day. This local road race with PB potential attracts some of the fastest club runners from around the UK. Leading the charge for RRR was Ryan Snell who came 55th overall in a time of 33:58 which got him 7th V40 place. Next in was Neil Jennings who finished the “brutally fast but enjoyable” race in 35:07, quickly followed by Alex Prinsep who set a new PB of 35:24. Mark Stileman was the fourth RRR home, taking 10th V50 place in an impressive post-injury time of 37:23. Mark was very happy to comprehensively beat his previous Eastleigh 10k time of 37:38 set in 2013. Keith Morris (44:13) and Elizabeth Prinsep (43:43, 2nd VF55) both achieved new PBs, with Keith very pleased to “finally go under 45 minutes!”

Romsey Road Runners at the Eastleigh 10k 2022
Some of the Eastleigh 10k training group

Clem Kinsgtone completed her first 10k in five years at Eastleigh in a time of 1:01; Cliff Reeves in 54:01; Steve Geary in 42:46; Rob Gowman in 58:37; Alice Lane in 51:35; Lin Webb in 1:03 and Isabelle Prinsep in 52:58. Gemma Quarendon got herself a PB of 52:04; Dorota KH a PB of 54:19; Lin Windsor a PB of 54:58; Sam Weston a PB of 40:36; James Wardle a PB of 1:04; Gemma Ingason a PB of 1:07; Natalie Gore PB of a 1:08 and Coach Ian Ralph, who was running to support the club’s Eastleigh 10k training group, finished with Natalie in 1:08.

Dorota noted that she was “particularly impressed with our 2021 class of Couch to 5K runners who smashed their first 10k at Eastleigh, less than a year after starting running.” Lin Windsor, one of those 2021 C25Kers, said that she was “really pleased with a time of 54:58 for my first proper race,” adding her thanks to all at the club for their support and encouragement. Natalie Gore, another graduate of the club’s 2021 C25K class, was thrilled to achieve two PBs during the race: her 5k time dropped from 34:04 to 33:30, and her 10k time from 1:14 to 1:08. Sam Weston, who also did the 10k training course said it had been “great to be part of a group of people with a shared goal and a clear training plan. The support we’ve all felt over the last ten weeks and on the day has been a real boost.”

Results Roundup

The Test Way Relay took place on 14th September. Organised by Totton Runners and transcending the Test Way, this off road event is very popular with local running clubs. A total of 8 runners; male, female or a mix team complete 8 legs of distances varying between 7.1 km to 11.2 km. The event starts at Inkpen Beacon early in the morning and runners head south, finishing leg 8 in Totton.

The Romsey mixed team finished 3rd in a total time of 5 hours 40 minutes and 59 secs; behind Stubbington finishing 2nd and Totton who were the winners.

Taking part in the New Forest half marathon a week later were Christopher Stocks, completing the course in 1:49:33 and Max Dawson in 2:21:34. Finishing the full marathon was Elaine Armstrong in just over the 4 hour mark in 4:06:51. The weather was warm and humid; with little breeze, perfect for a long Sunday run with friends through the picturesque New Forest. This undulating route starts and finishes from New Milton with loops out to Sway and Burley on-route.

RR_30092013Lynda Brown ran the Eton Man 10k – a fast flat course around Dorney Lake, at the Eton Rowing Club in a personal best. Lynda finished in 44:12, securing her in 3rd place lady and 1st in age category.

Also out competing, Jimmy Hunt finished the New Forest Middle Distance Triathlon (half Ironman) in 4 hrs 55 minutes, finishing 19th in a field of 230. Hunt completed a 1.9km open water swim, followed by 56miles on 2 lap route around the northern part of the New Forest, taking in Fordingbridge, Rockbourne and Sandleheath and ended with a tough and undulating out-and-back run of 13.9 miles on bridleways.

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RR_17062013b20 Romsey Road Runners and partners headed to Plymouth over late May Bank Holiday for the club’s annual weekend away, which coincided with the final event in Endurance Life’s Coastal Trail Series.

Members competed in the 10k and half marathon races, which were held at the private Flete Estate in South Devon near Ivybridge. On a glorious day with a cool breeze, the half-marathon course followed the spectacular Erme Estuary and took the field through woodland awash with wild garlic and flowers, along the clifftops and fields before finishing by wading through the estuary (fortunately at low tide) before a 1.5 mile climb to the finish. Continue reading

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RR_13052013A trip to the zoo was the destination for three Romsey Runners taking part in this years annual Marwell Wildlife 10k. The event, marshalled by Hedge End Running Club for the first time, helps to raise funds for wildlife conservation and the care of the animals in the park.

The event starts and finishes within the park, offering runners and their spectators views of the large animal enclosures. The race entry fee includes free entry to the Wildlife Park for the runners after their run.

A little over 900 runners took part in this undulating course, taking runners up a steady incline towards the villages of Owslebury and Upham, along quiet country lanes before heading back. Romsey’s runners were: Wayne Windybank 42:57, Neil Jennings 43:57 and Penny Jennings 47:23 (1st FV45).

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Committed Romsey Road Runners Anna Duignan, Gill Callus and Wendy Couper travelled to the wilds of north Devon to compete in the Exmoor Endurance Life 10k. The run was hilly, as you might expect along the rugged coast, with runners climbing 1,300 feet in windy conditions. All three were glad to finish and were pleased with their efforts. Anna was rewarded with coming first in her age category – in a time of 1:43:45. Wendy and Gill finished together in 1:55:31.

RR_15042013In Brighton, Tam Ryan and Sarah Thorn both put in stonking performances in the 4th Brighton Marathon. Tam, who has been running well all season, completed the 26.2 miles in an impressive time of 3.28.28, averaging 7.57 mile splits for the distance, whilst Sarah, who was running her first ever marathon, put in an excellent performance of 3.46.27, proving her strong return to running.

This is becoming a popular marathon with runners, with a record number of participants taking part. The weather stayed dry, and even the sun made an appearance at lunchtime. Many spectators turned out to cheer on the runners, especially along Madeira Drive towards the finish line.

We wish all those Romsey Road Runners who will be taking part in this weekends’ Virgin London Marathon, all the very best.

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RR_08042013Sunday 31st March saw the Hinton Admiral 10K take place. This is a new run for 2013 held on the Hinton Admiral Estate, near Bransgore, Dorset. The run was an opportunity to raise funds on behalf of the Wessex Autistic Society and a unique opportunity to run through the wooded Estate and see the ancestral home of the Tapps-Gervis-Meyrick family. The house and grounds are open to the public on selected days of the year.

A total of 161, mainly local runners took part, including a Romsey threesome – all ladies. First back was Anna Duignan in 65:45, followed by Gill Callus 71:50 and Wendy Couper 76:47. They reported that it was “an excellent cross country course made all the more enjoyable with the glorious sunshine”; something that has been distinctly lacking recently. The photo illustrates what a bit of sunshine can do, or maybe it was the excitement of seeing the Easter Bunny, either way, smiles all round!

Results Roundup

RR_25032013_1Freezing conditions and chilling winds met runners at a local level when eight Romsey Road Runners took part in the annual Eastleigh 10k, with several of them managing a personal best. Runners completed a single lap through Eastleigh, finishing on the damp grass outside Fleming Park Leisure Centre.

Romsey finishers included Ian Ralph 39:45(PB), Wayne Windebank 41:08(PB), Paul Burnage 43:10, Hannah White45:43(PB), Heidi Godfrey 48:29, Christopher Stocks 49:02, Alice Lane 51:49(PB) and Dave Evenden 1:01:31.

Three RRRs also braved freezing conditions to take part in the Cranleigh 15/21 last Sunday. Lynda Brown and Di Cross, both training for the London Marathon, tackled the 21-mile route, while Mark Adams ran the 15-mile event with Di, leaving her to complete the final six-mile lap on her own. He finished 72nd overall in a time of 2:10:42. Lynda finished 153rd overall in a great time of 2:49:18, she was the 27th woman to complete the course and 11th in category (VW35). Di followed in 3:01:19, 244th overall and 12th in category (VW45). Continue reading

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RR_18032013_1Gill Callus and Wendy Couper recently took part in the Great Western 10K in Sherborne, Dorset. Gill and Wendy described it as “one of the most scenic runs we have ever done but it was a bitterly cold morning with lots and lots of mud and one or two hills – the perfect way to spend Mothering Sunday!” Gill finished second in her category in a time of 84 minutes 48, whilst Wendy was first in her category with a time of 85 minutes 12.

On the same day, a group of RRRs completed the ‘Mad March’ – a single 10 mile lap or double lap 20 mile event organised by Zoom Tri Club on the outskirts of Christchurch. The event takes place on the rural country lanes around the Burton area and is popular with those training for a spring marathon. According to those taking part it was “very cold and extremely windy, and the lanes were rather wet & muddy in places”. The conditions, however, didn’t deter the runners; in fact a number managed personal bests for the distance. Continue reading

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RR_280113Sunday 20th January saw the Stubbington 10k take place, a popular local road race. Snow showers and freezing temperatures didn’t stop the race going ahead and a hardy field of 1,212 runners competed. The majority of the course was closed to traffic and took runners through the village of Titchfield and down to the breezy Solent coastline. Conditions underfoot were surprisingly good and free of snow.

Four Romsey runners took part: First was Ian Ralph 40:45, followed by Steve Reed in 43:22, Romsey’s only lady representative, Di Cross, finished in 45:34 (PB), and Stewart Liesnham in 49:10. Continue reading

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Results roundup 181112A dry crisp Sunday morning set the scene for the Gosport Half marathon. There was a good turn out of Romsey Runners with 8 taking part. Conditions for runners were near perfect, little wind, cool and dry. The course is flat and provided a number of runners with personal bests. First Romsey man home was Jimmy Hunt in 1:19:38; first Romsey lady was Lynda Brown in 1:37:31, both PBs. Continue reading

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Results roundup 041112Tidworth 10K in which Romsey Runners Gill Callus and Wendy Couper took part, was a muddy slippery affair. The run took place over a challenging course on varied terrain through the Army camp at Tidworth, including Salisbury Plain and Sidbury Hill. The event was a sponsored run to raise funds for the Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal. It did, however, stop raining by the time the runners started. Gill Callus finished in 77 minutes with Wendy just behind her in 79 minutes. Continue reading

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Results roundup 230912Wet and blustery conditions did not deter Amanda Hull from Romsey Road Runners from achieving an outstanding performance in the recent New Forest Half Marathon. Amanda completed the undulating course in 1:28:05 – gaining automatic entry to next year’s London Marathon. Amanda finished 3rd female and was presented with her prize by local well known athlete, Liz Yelling. Wendy Yelland and Elaine Armstrong also completed with times of 1:44:23 and 2:11:15 respectively. Continue reading

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Results roundup 160912On Sunday 16th September local event The Bounder proved to a winning race for Romsey runners. Tam Ryan was first lady to finish in 1:13:26 and Matt Hammerton first man. Matt was the overall winner of the event, completing the 9 mile route and setting a new course record in just 53:54.

The Bounder is organised by the Broughton Bounders Running Club and involves 1,000ft of ascent, starting in Broughton village with a steep climb followed by rolling chalk down lands of the Test Valley, with a few more challenging hills thrown in for good measure. Also finishing were Duncan Dickinson in 1:05:48 and Alice Lane in 1:37:05. Continue reading

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Results roundup 090912It was a busy weekend for Romsey Road Runners, with runners competing in the Test Way Relay, the London Duathlon, the VLT Triathlon and the Stockbridge 10k. Saturday 8th September saw the annual Test Way Relay take place with a number of local running clubs making their way along the Test Way, starting at Inkpen Beacon and finishing in Totton. Runners complete the route as a relay consisting of 8 runners, each running a leg between 4.5 and 6 miles in distance. Teams can comprise of male or female runners or a mix of both. RRR had both a men’s and a ladies team, with the ladies finishing 3rd in a time of 6:14:13 and the men finishing some half an hour behind them, in 6:49:58 in 9th place. Continue reading