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14th January RRR Race Report

This weekend saw two well attended races for the Romsey Road Runners; the 36th annual George Skeates Charity Event in Stockbridge and the 4th CC6 event of the season at Ocknell Campsite.

The George Skeates event is a low key affair with options to walk, run or cycle either around 3 or 8 miles on a cross country course. The event has been running since 1986 after George passed away in a motorsport accident in 1985. It was originally organised by Mike Crossman and is now run by his son Jeb in aid of the George Skeates Benevolent Fund which benefits a number of charities.

This year saw thirteen club members enter the event. Karen Keane said that it’s a “Great charity event. Fabulous scenic route with yummy cakes and raffle to finish. Everyone’s a winner!”

13 runners and a dog in running gear at the George Skeates Run
Thirteen runners and a dog at the George Skeates Charity Event

We also saw the 4th CC6 race of the season organised by Hardley Runners and Totton Running Club at Ocknell Campsite in the New Forest. These races are all around 5 miles and are free to members of a number of local clubs including Romsey; they are a fun, low pressure way to get into cross country racing.

Ten Romsey Road Runners competed this weekend, with some great results; Ray Webb coming second in his age category and Jonathan Pillinger-Cork coming third in his. Jonathan said that this week’s race was “Great hilly, muddy and briefly sunny course”.

9 runners in Romsey Road Runners kit at the CC6
Romsey Road Runners at the Ocknell Campsite CC6 Race

CC6 Results

The results from the CC6 at Janesmoor Pond were as follows.

CC6 Finishers  
Women Men
11th Tam Ryan 24th Christopher Brown
16th Lynda Brown 33rd Neil Jennings
19th Becky Tovey 49th Duncan Walling
26th Jo Weguelin 57th John Quayle
32nd Penny Jennings 95th Derek Kelly
37th Julia Abab 98th David Nixon


Results Roundup

Sunday 24th November saw the Boscombe 10k take place. A total 543 runners completed the popular 10k route organised by Bournemouth Joggers, a ladies only running club. The route is essentially a flat urban run in Bournemouth, ideal for mixed abilities. The Romsey finishers were John Quayle 46:02 and Charlotte Maslen 59:58.

Romsey Road Runner Di Cross headed to 1000 Lakeside last Sunday for the first race in City of Portsmouth Athletic Club’s popular Lakeside 5k Series. Conditions for the Prologue – an additional three-lap race held for the first time this season in aid of Hilsea Lido, the race’s HQ – were good: chilly but dry with little wind. Di finished in 23:05, just short of a PB, in 69th place overall, 13th woman home and first in category.

The overall winner was James Baker of Chichester Runners, who finished in an inspirational 15:33. Subsequent races in the six-race series will be held on Wednesday evenings, starting in April.

Shantha Dickenson
Shantha Dickinson

Sunday 1st December saw the 3rd of the series of seven local winter cross country races, held at Badger Farm, Winchester. This event was organised by the Winchester, Southampton AC and Southampton Running Sisters clubs.

The route took runners from Whiteshute Ridge out to a loop of Oliver’s Battery and back. Conditions were dry and going was good to firm under foot with the lack of recent rain.

Congratulations to the Romsey women who won the event!

CC6 Finishers  
Women Men
3rd Shantha Dickinson 22nd Christopher Brown
7th Tam Ryan 30th Neil Jennings
12th Lynda Brown 38th Steve Reed
15th Becky Tovey 42nd Jim Wright
20th Jo Weguelin 53rd John Quayle
29th Penny Jennings 92nd Derek Kelly
33rd Julia Abab
63rd Deborah Rees

Results Roundup

RR_11112013aThis weeks racing highlight for Romsey Road Runners was the organising and supporting of the second cross country race of the CC6 series at Kings Enclosure, Stoney Cross with fellow Halterworth Harriers.

A total of 77 ladies and 117 men turned up on a bright sunny Sunday morning to complete two laps of a gravel and forest track course looping through the enclosure. Rain during the week and heavy down pours on the preceding day had made conditions muddy underfoot, adding to the fun and excitement of completing the undulating 6.5 km course. All runners were cheered on by the many marshals from both clubs who stood at strategic positions along the route to avoid anyone getting lost.

RR_11112013bThe race was won by Tottons, Nick Buis and first lady home was Valeria Sesto from New Forest Runners. Romsey fielded a ladies and mens team and stand in 7th position after the second race.

RRR Ladies: Shantha Dickinson 5th, Tam Ryan 14th, Lynda Brown 17th, Becky Tovey 19th. RR Men: Ian Nixon 3rd, Toby Burrows, 14th, Christopher Brown 24th, Neil Jennings 39th and Steve Reed 54th.

Results Roundup

The Bramley 10/20 mile road race took place on Sunday 17 February, organised by Reading Road Runners. The route is entirely on road, mostly flat, with a couple of undulating sections, using Bramley Primary School as the start and finish point.

This is a key event for all those preparing for a spring marathon and is used to indicate how training is progressing. The conditions were perfect for the longer distances; cool and sunny. There is a choice of a single 10 mile lap, or two laps making 20 miles.

Max Dawson completed 10 miles in 1:48:21. Tackling the 20 miles were: Jimmy Hunt, finishing in 103rd position in 2:15:27, Tam Ryan 2:28:51 (PB), Lynda Brown 2:38:17 (PB) and Sarah Thorn who completed her first run at this distance in 3:02:38.  Continue reading

Results Roundup


The penultimate race in the CC6 series took place at Denny Wood on Sunday 10th February; this latest race provided lots of mud and puddles – a typical cross country. The event was marshalled by Totton Running Club who stood in the rain to cheer on all club runners, their efforts greatly appreciated. A total of 11 Romsey runners finished, and although some of the overal results have now been decided, the final race in March will decide the laides title which Romsey’s Shantha Dickinson is in the running for.

Prior to this, the 23 January marked the Stonehenge Stomp, a choice of distances or walkers and runners to tackle around the famous stones. It was organised by the Amesbury Walkers of the Long Distance Walkers Association. All distances started from Amesbury Sports Centre and followed gently undulating routes around Amesbury and Stonehenge. Tam Ryan tackled the full 40k, Lynda Brown and Di Cross the 30k, and David and Ruth Page the 20k. The going was very wet and muddy underfoot, with the chalk making for slippery, energy sapping conditions. Continue reading

Results Roundup

Results roundup 021212On Saturday 1st December, Candy Snelling, Paul Bradley and around 3,000 other runners braved the waist deep, ice covered, puddles and mud of the ‘Grim’. This is an 8 .5 mile cross country race at Aldershot, on a military vehicle testing facility in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

There was added spice to the race as Candy and Paul work in the same building and had a bet that the looser would buy cakes for the others’ office. On the day it was youth that triumphed over experience as despite both getting personal bests for the course of 1:08:26 (243rd) for Candy and 1:11:21 (358th) for Paul. Continue reading