May 00 ISSUE 274
Overton Harriers Committee Meeting 15/5/00Present:- Paul, Gwyneth, Geoff, Mark, Cath.
- Dinner went well.
- Summer programme, Pentathlon may cost £24, if seniors compete, no charge.
- Handicapping- still waiting.
- Mob match- went well. Good turn out. Cost club approx £50.
- Track permits have now arrived.
- Club get together- rearranged for Sept 2nd after race.
7) Standard certificates- still to be handed out. Geoff to present when athletes are available.
Nothing to report this month.
- Mesh vests for races- Mark to look into provider.
- Andover- Newbury relay- Meeting needs to be arranged. Paul and Geoff to attend.
- Sheep Fair. Stall plus bowling board, we can use Winchester street front lawn. Also selling pontoon tickets. Need to put notice on board for volunteers to run stall.
- Help required for Southern League on 24th June to run event. May need to do refreshments.
- Welcome pack- Geoff and Gwyneth to finalise.
- Elizabeth to continue as Ladies captain. John ND Eric to organise vets captain.
- Pentathlon- need watches and officials.
- Harriers web site- Ian Vosser has trial site made up. Also site to advertise races.
Date of next meeting 12/6/00
Hants Track and Field Champs Portsmouth 13/14 May from Paul
Only three of us were competing this year with Cath putting up the best performance of us finishing 3rd senior in the 1500m on the Saturday and 5th in the 5000m on Sunday.I competed not very quickly in the senior mens 5000m finishing 10th and Simon Morgan now competing as a vet finished 7th in the discus.
Cath Wheeler 3rd 1500m 5.01
5th 5000m 18.44
Paul Wheeler 10th 5000m 16.57
Simon Morgan 7th Discus 33m
Southern League Match 1
Salisbury – 6/5/2000
A small group of us took the opportunity to travel in the train to this fixture while others decided the car was the best way to go. On arrival at the track we were greeted by thunder storm which soon passed leaving a beautifully hot sunny afternoon just right for watching athletics. The team were going to have a hard afternoon with our two multi event men Alan Cornell and Rob Kingsborough unavailable which left us somewhat short of sprinters and jumpers. But we did have Tim Stagg and Dave Bush who both worked hard to cover these events as well as the hurdles. The bulk of the clubs points came from our middle and long distance runners with Mike Bliss winning the 5000m and myself winning the B-string for our only double win of the day. Keith Vallis won the steeple chase with Dave Mills finishing 2nd. Keith Clark won the B-string 800m and then ran a superb 1500m race to finish 2nd A-string. Mark Simcox was just outside his PB in the A-string 800m in a time of 2.10.08. Club captain Dave Vosser made a return to racing after all his injuries to win the B-string 1500m as well as run 400m, both relays and the triple jump. Simon and Geggy covered all the throwing events with their best performances coming in the hammer where Simon was 3rd A-string and Geggy 2nd in the B-string. John Ruffell made his debut for the senior team finishing joint 2nd in the B-string high jump as well as running 200m, 400m and both relays. How good it was to see the younger face at one of our matches and it probably brought the average age of our team down to abot 35 years. Another really pleasing thing about this match was the nimber of supporters we had. We may only have finished 4th out of the 5 teams but we did have the most supporters.!! And finally the quote of the day came from the starter who when warning our 1st leg runner in the 4x100m relay said ” Warning to the man in the blue vest with the bald head” Sorry Dave Voss!!!!!
100m Dave Bush 4th 12.06 Tim Stagg 4th 12.09
200m John Ruffell 5th 27.02 Dave Bush 4th 25.09
400m Dave Vosser 4th 56.07 John Ruffell 4th 59.02
800m Mark Simcox 4th 2.10.08 Keith Clark 1st 2.08.07
1500m Keith Clark 2nd 4.25.04 Dave Vosser 1st 4.29.09
5000m Mike Bliss 1st 16.25.03 Paul Wheeler 1st 16.50.09
3000m sc Keith Vallis 1st 10.47 Dave Mills 2nd 11.35.04
110m h Tim Stagg 4th 22.06 Dave Bush 2nd 22.00
400m h Tim Stagg 4th 66.01 Dave Bush 3rd 72.03
4x100m 5th 52.04
4x400m 4th 3.55.00
Long jump Dave Bush 5th 4.73 Tim Stagg 5th 4.15
Triple jump Dave Bush 5th 10.38 Keith Vallis 5th 8.64
High Jump Tim Stagg 4th 1.50 John Ruffell 2nd= 1.00
Pole Vault Paul Wheeler 5th 1.40
Hammer Simon Morgan 3rd 31.04 Mike Gregory 2nd 26.70
Javelin Simon Morgan 3rd 33.30 Mike Gregory 5th 22.90
Shot Put Simon Morgan 4th 8.42 Mike Gregory 3rd 7.89
Discus Simon Morgan 4th 26.98 Mike Gregory 3rd 22.21
1st Salisbury 124 ½
2nd Harrow 111 ½
3rd Southampton 105
4th Overton 90 ½
5th St Albans 80 ½
Senior mens champion Rob Kingsborough
Vets champion Mike Bliss
Ladies champion Cath Wheeler
Club Pentathlon Sunday 21st May at Down Grange from Paul
The pentathlon champs took place at Basingstoke on a Sunday afternoon for first time with six seniors two vets and two ladies taking part. Winning the mens title for the first time was Rob with a good score of over 2000pts. In 2nd place was last years winner, Mark Simcox and in 3rd place was Keith Clark. Mike Bliss retained his vets title ahead of Franny and Cath won the ladies title.
Several people commented on how thin the last edition of the newsletter was. But then again how many people actually read it ? In this edition there is the opening list of road bests run by club members. If you feel you have a better claim to any of the records please let me know.
Thankyou JT for being the only person to respond to my appeal for information last month and also Blissy who had already supplied a list of his PB’s. Next months edition will hopefully contain listings for 10 miles and half-marathon.
On a brighter note I would like to congatulate Geoff on the way he is encouraging our small but growing Junior section. They may make the opening Thursday rep. a bit of an slalom course but seven turned out for the mob match and there was was a super turnout for the junior pentathlon. The sport and the club needs younger runners to replace those of us who are growing old and decrepit.
In the recent Theale 10k there was only
ONE under 20 in a field of 156 runners and over half the field were 40+.Summer Handicap 11th May from Franny
|2||K.CLARK||25.52||5.42||20.10||5||PB 63 secs.|
|3||M.SIMCOX||25.53||6.33||19.20||4||PB 19 secs.|
|24||N.CLARK||27.17||3.13||24.04||22||PB 2m 27sec.|
SHINFIELD 10km. MAY 1st.
Thanks to Mick Woods for supplying these results:
Mick decided to take advantage of the bank holiday and took part in this fairly local 10k near Reading. The race was won by a Kenyan, Peter Edukam, in the very fast time of 29min. 32seconds. In good conditions Mick must have had a pleasing run to finish in the top 100 and get the better of Steve who was, I believe, running his second race in close succesion in an attempt to race himself to fitness following a lack of training in recent weeks.
In the 3km fun run young Christopher had a good run in a large field and will hopefully try a few more events during the coming months.
10km: 94th M.WOODS 41min 40sec
99th S. McNAIR 42min 00sec
3 km run:
C.WOODS no time available 226 finished.
THEALE 10 km
Another useful run by Mick as he ran the opening event of this summer series. The course contains some off-road running and has a delightful climb in the first mile. For someone looking for a low key race these are an ideal Tuesday evening fixture.28th M. WOODS 42m 20sec.
As usual there was only a small group travelling for this years race on a bright but very breezy day.On what should be a very fast, flat course things seemed to be a bit of a struggle all round with below-par performances.
Totton 10K THIS REPORT WAS WRITTEN BY JT.
Eric led us home, just dipping under 40 minutes and rather unhappy with his performance. Steve is just getting back after prolonged injury and consequent weight increase but seemed reasonably satisfied with his time. JT never got to grips with the wind, particlarly in the latter stages and struggled home in a lack-lustre time.
Jamie Jones was also putting himself about but, despite taking 3rd spot seemed rather disappointed with his time of 32:01.
|140th||E.TILBURY||39:59||3rd over 55|
|254th||J.THOMAS||45:02||10th over 55|
ANOTHER REPORT FROM JT: MAY 21st.
Ever since this event was started by Southampton Running Club some 12 years ago it has been a happy hunting ground with club members getting amongst the “silverware”. This year the tradition was continued by Audra who had an excellent run to finish 2nd lady in 40:57.
However, Audra was led home by the in-form Eric who decided that the course was a bit slow by not dipping under 40 minutes as usual. After him came Dave Henery, not on this occasion in a club vest but running in a corporate team for his firm. Last year he was beaten by a colleague who, it seems, paid the ultimate price for his audacity by being sacked !, Dave made sure this didn’t happen this year with much to spare.
Steve continues to make progress with his overall fitness with a useful run but was unhappy that he couldn’t get going in the first half of the race. He came good in the 2nd half running it 40 seconds faster. JT felt pretty good throughout the race and only suffered in the last mile which is psychologically difficult because one can see the finish some way away.
|48th||E.TILBURY||40.25||2nd OVER 50|
|94th||J.THOMAS||44.30||2nd OVER 60|
Young Athletes Meeting at Andover29th May from Geoff
Arran ran an intelligent race running just behind the leader gaining valuable protection from a stiff headwind, along one of the straights. His tactics worked well and he finished 2nd in his heat. In the final he finished 6th
Arran Harris 2nd in Heat 1 in 2min 44secs PB by 10secs, and 6th in the final in 2min 51sec
Club Road Records from STATTO
|AGE GROUP||5KM||5 MILES||10KM|
|WINCHESTER 93||PORTSM’TH 91||B’STOKE 89|
|VET 40||H. RICHARDS||M.BLISS||M.BLISS|
|WELLS 96||ROMSEY 99||KLIX 99|
|BATH 95||HEAD’TON 95||B’STOKE.CAR 96|
|B’STOKE 98||WELWYN 99||EASTLEIGH 99|
|PORTS’MTH 97||B’STOKE CAR 99|
|OXFORD 97||PORTS’MTH 95||KLIX 97|
|B’STOKE 98||OVERTON 98||KLIX 98|
|WELLS 95||HEAD’TON 95||TOTTON 96|
|WINCH’STER 99||ROMSEY 99||THRUXTON 98|
If you have any results which I have not considered then please let me have them.
Trip down Memory Lane from Franny
This months trip back in time takes us back to March 1983 when the club hosted the county 10 mile championship. Some amazingly brisk times were recorded on a course that became notorious for it’s numerous hills.The course started half-way down Silk Mill lane, from here the route ran up to Southington, along the B3400, through the High Street and up Overton hill. A left at the crossroads at the top took the field back down Straight lane to the farm at the bottom of Station hill, back along Station Rd. and another climb up Overton hill. We followed the B3400 out to Ashe where we turned left and took the long stretch (via Nutley Bottom) to the Kingsclere road. From there it was a straight, though hilly, run back to Overton, entering the village at the top of Foxdown for the final downhill finish at Bridge Street.
HANTS. 1O MILE CHAMPS. 27th MARCH 1983.
What a tremendous event this turned out to be, complete with a thrilling finsh. Paul was always in contention and by the 5 mile point was in a group with Mike Bliss and Joe Wildash from Basingstoke and Kevin Kiddle from Portsmouth, some way in front of the rest of the field. Wildash got dropped at this stage but the other three ran together until they turned back towards the village on the Kingsclere road. Here Bliss put in a kick and opened a gap on the other two and it wasn’t until just outside the village that Paul dropped his Portsmouth rival and set after the Basingstoke athlete.
Unfortunately he left it just a shade too late and although he was closing there was still a 5 second gap at the end, but it was still a marvellous run and a very respectable time for the hilly course. But Paul was far from being the only hero that day. Dave had had another stormer and easily gained a PB for 10 miles in 7th place, his run being highlighted by a sprint finish in which he edged out Basingstoke’s 3rd counter Chris Tall. Brian also produced another cracker as he too gained a PB. His sterling effort was good enough to give us 3rd team spot as we edged Fareham 29 points to 33, but behind Basingstoke’s 13 and Portsmouth’s 19.
Dave Perren proved his value to the club as he led our B team home after a tremendous tussle with JT who was just one position behind. Ian McGibbon closed the team,narrowly missing the hour but there were other close finishes. Eric just just holding off the challenge of Richard , while our super-vets were separated by only half a minute with Morton gaining a narrow superiority over Larry. Between these two pairs Pete was having another stormer and for the second time recently gained a PB, our 3rd of the afternoon to complete a successful day.
|2nd||P. Wheeler||51m 14s||33rd||E. Tilbury||60m 50s|
|7th||D. Vosser||54m 15s||35th||R. Francis||61m 06s|
|20th||B. Sharp||57m 51s||40th||P. Nutley||62m 37s|
|23rd||D. Perren||58m 28s||54th||M. Wells||74m 57s|
|24th||J. Thomas||58m 47s||55th||L. Wigmore||75m 25s|
|30th||I. McGibbon||60m 19s||56 FINISHED.|
An impressive set of times from many years ago. Could our current crop of seniors match them ? How many of our vets. could match JT’s time? not many….. MAYBE WE COULD HOLD A TIME TRIAL OVER THE COURSE AND FIND OUT.
BIONIC Our winner this month has been steadily improving during the past year. His recent achievements have been a great 800m at Salisbury followed by a PB in the Mob Match by 63secs. Great running
Keith Clark, you are really in the fast lane now.
A convincing victory in the first leg of the mob match against Basingstoke. Winner of the handicap race was young Aaron who had great run to outwit the handicapper for a clear victory. After him it was very tight, thus proving the handicapper can get it right sometimes, with Mark pipping Keith by a second and less than a minute covering the next 18 runners.