Newsletter – March 2000

 NEWSLETTER

March 00 ISSUE 272

 

Refreshments for the Combe Gibbet March 26th from Liz

Thanks to everybody for providing the tea and home made cakes for sale after the race. We raised over £200 towards club funds and completely sold out.

 CLUB PERSON OF THE YEAR MAY 99 TO APRIL 00

Don’t forget to hand your nomination to Gwyneth by Monday 24th April

 CLUB DINNER & PRESENTATIONS FRIDAY 28TH APRIL 00

Please let Cath have your menu choices by Friday 21st

 

Bramley 10M – 20M Sunday 27th February from FrannyNick and myself decided to run this race as part of our build up for the London marathon. The weather was dry but there was a very strong, gusting wind which seem to blow into our faces over the second half of each of the two laps. Following our exertions on the previous weekends training in Cornwall we were both hoping for good runs. Nick however felt he may have overdone the training slightly and had felt a little under the weather in the days leading up to the race. He felt as if he never really got going and was somewhat disappointed with his run which was five minutes slower than last year.

Nick and myself decided to run this race as part of our build up for the London marathon. The weather was dry but there was a very strong, gusting wind which seem to blow into our faces over the second half of each of the two laps. Following our exertions on the previous weekends training in Cornwall we were both hoping for good runs. Nick however felt he may have overdone the training slightly and had felt a little under the weather in the days leading up to the race. He felt as if he never really got going and was somewhat disappointed with his run which was five minutes slower than last year.

I had run my highest ever mileage the previous week thanks to the Cornwall trip but like Nick had also struggled on my return home and so took a couple of easy days. This was obviously the wise thing to do as I had possibly my best distance run for many years to finish inside 7:30 pace. What made it even more pleasing was that the second lap was only 27 seconds slower than the first.

The 10 miler run alongside this race was highlighted by a mass of Basingstoke vests (who used it as part of their club championships) but only one Overton vest. Ian Ford had a fine run to finish 9th overall and also finished 2nd vet.. Daniel Hyde who has trained with our fast group recently took 2nd spot in the ten miles whilst Jamie made a very rare appearance in a race to finish 4th.

  10 miles     20 miles  
2nd D.HYDE 50:47 102nd N.DALTON 2:17:29
4th J.JONES 53:23 212th R.FRANCIS 2:28:39
9th I.FORD 56:34      
  353 finished     708 finished  

 

Compton 20M Sunday 12th March from Franny

With the London marathon fast approaching the three of us decided this was a good chance to get a competitive 20 miler in over the country. Compton is only situated 10 miles from Newbury so the early (9am) start was not a problem. The route followed the first half of what was a 40 mile ultra event that was held in conjunction. Being part of an ultra race meant that control points replaced drink stations and in addition to your normal water or squash they were stocked with hot drinks plus a variety of food such as bananas, sandwhiches, cake and choccie bars. Unfortunatley some of the leading runners arrived before some of the control points were properly set up which did cause some problems.

The course followed a variety of footpaths, RUPPS, and very quiet country roads. A large part of the route followed the Ridgeway and was one of the more scenic events of this type, the course was surprisingly dry and road shoes were a perfect choice. The first 10 miles were undulating but not too severe but over the next 5 miles there were three hills that bought most of the field to a walk. Dave had missed alot of training since his fall along the lynch and had only recorded a long run of an hour in the previous week. He started the fastest of our group and ran a superb race despite feeling the distance over the last few miles. His 7th place just missed out on the 3rd senior mans prize.

Nick was feeling a little flat due to his heavy mileage and the aftereffects of a cold. Like me he found the hills after 10 miles difficult but ran well to beat 2hours 30. I hadn’t trained for a week due to a cold that seemed to defy everything the local chemist’s shop could throw at it. The first few miles seemed as if my nose was running better than my legs and I seriously considered dropping out. However after reaching the 2nd control point I felt alot better and decided to continue, I rounded the next corner to see the first big hill and discover that some bugger had nicked the cable car.

The next few miles were a real slog but I managed to rally over the last five miles to anchor the team home in a very pleasing 3rd place. We were well looked after following the race and enjoyed a hot meal. Apart from the problem with the late-opening controls the event was well organised and we all agreed it would be worth doing again.

 

 

7th Dave Mills 2:23:24

22nd Nick Dalton 2:29:47 TEAM : 3rd

42nd Richard Francis 2:45:11

Approx. 200 Runners.

IF ANYONE FANCIES DOING THE 40 MILER NEXT YEAR PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

 

 

Eastleigh 10K Sunday 19th MarchTHE FOLLOWING REPORT COMES FROM OUR CLUB “ADONIS”

THE FOLLOWING REPORT COMES FROM OUR CLUB “ADONIS”

 

MARK SIMCOX.

In perfect conditions fifteen harriers turned out to race in what must be one of the best 10k’s in the country. With over 1000 finishers this event has grown to become a top class race with several runners clocking sub 29m 30sec.

In perfect conditions fifteen harriers turned out to race in what must be one of the best 10k’s in the country. With over 1000 finishers this event has grown to become a top class race with several runners clocking sub 29m 30sec.

Winner of the club championship was young Mike Bliss who is in good form to run near 32 minutes and take the overall vets. prize. Next home was Ian who ran strongly but is capable of a faster time. Completing the A team was myself who scraped a PB by one second. As everyone knows I don’t race to my full potential but I’m determined to improve during this year. Keith Clark obviously had me in his sights as he ran an excellent 35:36. It is great to have another senior man who is at least still fertile and with a full head of hair.

PC Mills ran his 2nd race of the weekend and is showing a great return to form to clock 38:02. I think he ought to run sub 3 hours easily in London. After a recent illness Gavin ran 38:17 and will certainly go faster later in the year. A slightly below par Cath was next to finish 10th lady and 3rd vet.35. Running his fastest 10k in donkeys years was Eric who blitzed 38:46. What is he on? Obviously a lethal combination of nandrolene and real ale has had a devastating effect on ET’s fast twitch fibres.The clubs other finishers were Dave Vosser, Nick “arse” Dalton, Audra (going sub 40 ), Dave Henery, JT and finally Liz who finished 3rd O/45 Vet. I was very sorry to hear of young Nicky taking a tumble at 8k. With some great XC performances behind her she could run seriously well on the roads.

pos name time h’cap total pos  
14th M.BLISS 32.06 10.30 42.36 7 1st vet
39th I.FORD 33.49 9.30 43.19 =9 6th vet
47th M.SIMCOX 34.35 7.00 41.35 1  
66th K.CLARK 35.36 6.30 42.06 6  
128th D.MILLS 38.02 4.00 42.02 5  
134th G.DUNCAN 38.17 3.30 41.47 3  
135th C.WHEELER 38.19 5.00 43.19 =9 10thlady,3rdvet
144th E.TILBURY 38.46 3.00 41.46 2 5th vet 55
158th D.VOSSER 39.09 6.00 45.09 14  
160th N.DALTON 39.11 4.00 43.11 8  
175th A.DENNISON 39.27 2.30 41.57 4 14th lady
261st D.HENERY 41.48 3.00 44.48 12  
344th J.THOMAS 43.50 GO 43.50 11  
381st E.SANDALL-BALL 44.35 0.30 45.05 13 37thlady,3rd o/45

 

1007 finished. MENS TEAM = 4th PLACE.

Wokingham ½ Marathon Sunday 13th February from JT

What an opportunity many of our club members missed in not turning out for this splendid event, with good weather and almost completley flat course. In addition, all the roads were closed to traffic which must give us all some hope that road races on the open highway will not disappear beacause they will be deemed to be too dangerous under legislation being fashoned by the government.

It was wonderful to see so many runners filling the road, very similar to the London marathon. Only six of us took up the challenge in our own club championships and were led home by Paul in 37th place. He took some satisfaction from his time of 76:48, for a distance which he considers too long. Ruth took 4th lady position, probably way below her best, and Nick recorded a splendid PB which was ample reward for his dedicated marathon training this winter.

Eric took the vets. championship, somewhat disappointed with the way he faded in the latter stages of the race and, probably somewhat aprehensive that JT and Dave Henery would be snapping at his heels. As things turned out he didn’t need to worry but JT was pleased with his run, taking Daves scalp who had(as usual) arrived late and wound up at the back of the field at the start.

37th P.WHEELER 1h 16m 48s  
85th R.KINGSBOROUGH 1h 21m 33s 4th lady
123rd N.DALTON 1h 23m 15s  
303rd E.TILBURY 1h 31m 00s  
435th J.THOMAS 1h 35m 39s 5th vet 60.
519th D.HENERY 1h 38m 32s  

 

1527 finishers.

A note on the Wokingham ½ Marathon From Franny.

Due to a mistake on my part I forgot to set the handicap times for this event and was told part of the results. Following discussions in Cornwall with most of the runners who ran it was decided that Nick’s pb warranted him winning the handicap title. JT’s run to beat the much younger Dave takes 2nd with Eric taking the bronze.

Apolgies to those runners who ran and the method of setting handicaps for club championships (which can be a bit hit and miss) will need to be settled before next winter. If you have any ideas on this matter I will be pleased to hear them.

 

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