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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 “Results Roundup” »

Results Roundup

TRR_22042013his weeks news is all about the London Marathon which took place took place last Sunday. There were 5 Romsey Runners who headed to capital for the famous race, the highlight of many runners calendar.

The weather was perfect, staying dry and pleasantly warm. Somewhat of a surprise to those who has been preparing in unusually cold and wet conditions.

All the training and preparation paid off for all Romsey Runners on the day. First to finish was Jimmy Hunt. Jimmy impressively dipped under the three hour mark, finishing in 2:59:58. Jimmy has been running consistently well lately and he truly deserved to break three hour barrier. Continue reading “Results Roundup” »

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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_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 “Results Roundup” »

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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” »

Pasta Party!

Pasta_Party_2012Join us for an evening of carb-loading and brain-teasing with our annual pasta party and quiz night in support of this year’s marathon runners. We will be hosting the feast on Tuesday 16 April 2013 at The Sun Inn. Look out for the booking slip in the March edition of Relay or speak to Karen or Di at club to book your place.

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Results roundup 211012The 30th Abingdon Marathon took place on Sunday and a team of 5 Romsey Road Runners entered the event. The autumnal morning gave chilly and foggy conditions but this did not deter the 732 runners from lining up and completing the flat course, which included a two lap section around the villages of Drayton, Milton, and Sutton Courtenay, before becoming back through the town and into Tilsley Park for a finish in front of the grandstand. The well-organised event received excellent support from local residents.

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Results roundup 141012Sunday 14th October saw both the Liverpool Marathon and Oxford Half Marathon take place. Romsey runner, Lynda Brown took part in the Oxford event with her brother, Michael Todd. The race was started by Oxford resident Sir Roger Bannister, from the Kassam Stadium. Over 4,000 participants raced through Oxford’s streets, taking in the sights of the Thames towpath and the Cowley car factory, whilst being cheered on by supporters. Both siblings ran the event together, finishing in an impressive 1 hour 41 minutes – a good sub 8 minute mile pace. This was a 4 minute improvement for Lynda, 1:41:24, and marked the first ever half marathon for her brother,1:41:37, – PB’s all round! Continue reading “Results Roundup” »