Andover Road Race May 7th from Franny
Five weeks after the race the results have turned up. I now have the complete team results for the fun run but none at all for the main event!. The course was officially 600 metres short of ten kilometres due to a fault with the official B.A.F. measuring equipment and a covering letter from the race organisers apologises for this.The best thing that could be said was that we all recorded PB’s for 9.4 km.
First home for the club was Paul with a top 10 placing followed by Dave Mills. Eric had a good run that would have beaten 40 minutes over the proper distance. Next, and I believe 3rd lady overall was Audra, who would also have clocked close to 40 minutes. I was next and found the very hot conditions uncomfortable after working the previous night.
Mike put in a rare appearance to just miss out on a top 50 spot ahead of JT who realised the course was short early in the race and was none too pleased afterwards. Jill, running for Overton Warriers, edged out Liz but I think they won the team event. Helen completed the squad and can look to improve with more training during the summer.
The associated fun run attracted 219 finishers. The start was changed several times and the organisation at the start was pitiful as the local paper held a photo shoot of the fancey dress runners while the rest sweated it out whilst waiting for the mayor to arrive from the main race prize-giving to start the run. Frank was another making a rare outing to finish 16th. Young Adam had a storming run to finish well up the field ahead of young Chris who sadly didn’nt feature in the result sheet.
Apt team name in the main race result list:
TIDWORTH WOTTASHAMBLES MEDICS.
16th F.KENNY 13m 31 sec.
50th A.FRANCIS 15m 50sec. 217 finished.
C.WOODS no time available.
Ropley 10K May 28th from JT
On this notoriously hilly course was added a strong wind blowing persistently on some sections of the return route. Nobody who I spoke to seemed paticularly pleased with their efforts as times were somewhat slower than other recent 10k’s.
Ian did have the satisfaction in coming second in a moderate time of 34 minutes to take the vets. title with Mark gaining a high position in 11th. Sadly it needed another high placing to get amongst the team prizes.
Eric, psychologically, was easing down for his holiday but was still somewhat concerned over his moderate time whilst Steve continued with his efforts to regain his fitness following his layoff. JT enjoyed the race except for the wind, hills, heat and some nasty down hill bits!!!! NOT ALOT OF WHOOSH.
|95th||J.THOMAS||45:33||3rd Over 60|
259 FINISHED.Overton Harriers Committee Meeting 12/6/00
Present:- Paul, Gwyneth, Geoff, Cath. Apologies from Mark (watching the football)
- No bill yet for pentathlon. Event went well.
- Mesh vests- Mark has this in hand.
- Awaiting minutes from meeting about Andover/Newbury relay. This event will be at Greenham Common.
- Sheep-fair-This will run from 11am-5pm. Each day. Need members for two hour stints.
- Southern League 24th. Elizabeth has refreshments in hand.
- Welcome packs are now available from Gwyneth.
- Vets Captain- Still not heard from John or Eric yet.
Nothing to report this month.
Nothing to report this month.
Date of next meeting 12/7/00
Meeting closed 8.50pm.
Mob Match at Down Grange 8th June from Franny
Another good turnout for the return mob match saw us retain the trophy with another clear victory, this time by 140 points, WELL DONE EVERYBODY. On a fairly flat but twisting 5km course Jamie lead the team home ahead of Mike and Ian. With Mark, Voss and Keith completing the top six a solid foundation was laid for victory.
Several close battles were fought-out down the field, notably Mick and Audra, whilst the very fast starting Nicky and Aaron both had me worried for sometime. The team was completed by three of our juniors who all counted towards the final result.
The handicap was won by Adam who found the course much easier than last months harrow way (from whence the handicaps were set), whilst Aaron showed continued improvment for second ahead of Blissy. Less than a minute covered the next 15 runners.
|race pos||NAME||TIME||H’CAP||TOTAL||TIME POS||H’CAP POS|
MOB MATCH RESULTS: OVERTON AC.
BASINGSTOKE ACRACE 1 292 660
RACE 2 340 480
TOTAL 632 1140
Wargrave 10K 10th June from Mike
I didn’t know anything about this race beforehand but being local (just outside Reading) and needing to get some races under my belt, I entered it. It turned out that the Berkshire 10K championships were also included in the event. However there was not much opposition and I was able to lead from gun to tape, running the race on my own to win by half a minute in 32:51.
The race was very well organised and marshalled and the course was practically all gently undulating country lanes. I would recommend this race and would liken it to Braishfield and Ropley in setting and quality of runners. We would certainly have done well in both men and women team events. I also picked up my first ever age-graded prize with 88% for 3rd place.
Note for STATTO:
This is the third County Road Race Championship I have won (that I know of). A few years ago I won the Cornwall 5 mile Road Champs. And have previously won Hampshire Road Champs.
BOURTON ON THE WATER ‘15’ 24th June
Having been concentrating on track work and shorter stuff and, for me, not putting in many miles, I only did this race as Julie and the family wanted a day out at this scenic village calling itself “The Venice of the Cotswolds”. On the hottest day of the year up to that date, the race was too warm, too tough, and too far. However, I was quite pleased to finish third having, I thought, ran sensibly in the conditions. Even so, I ‘hit the wall’ at 13 miles but still had the misfortune to be catching the second placed runner who was dying quicker than Eric at the end of a handicap when he tries to outsprint you by kicking before the church! It must have seemed to the spectators near the finish, like the second coming of ‘the ministry of funny walks’. One beetroot coloured, and yes Dave, balding Overton Harrier, apparently sprinting from the waist up with arms pumping, screwed up eyes and grimacing face, but with legs like, well Eric again, after an overlong session at one of his beer festivals, over imbibing on Old Freckled Men or some such ale. The mind was willing but the legs were **cked.
With wacked legs, (there are younger members in the club what word did you think I would use) and gaining faster than JT when he races you to the bar, ‘first there buys a round’, I just failed to out wobble him by 13 seconds. Ah well…., back to the track and being outsprinted by Cath in the 100 metres. Just as embarrassing, but less far to run and with the excuse of being outdipped by a bigger chest…. But only just!
I meant the race was very close Cath, honest.
P.S. A fine example of how to insult half the club in a race report. Why doesn’t someone else give it a go.
P.P.S. It’s a lie that I wrote this on a Thursday night after the bar.
P.P.P.S. Paddy Keenan is not my editor.
P.P.P.P.S. Got to stop, time for a P.
- Dennis Walmsley – Bourton Roadrunners (international) 1.23.20
- Garry Payne – George Elliot Striders (made up club?) 1.26.27
- Mike Bliss – Overton Harriers (Knackered) 1.26.40
SOUTHERN LEAGUE MATCH 2 LINDFORD CHRISTIE STADIUM 3rd JUNE 2000
Jamie Jones made his long awaited debut on the track for the Harriers at the dump next to Wormwood Scrubs. It was pleasing to note that the toilets hadn’t been cleaned to mark this special occasion. Jamie gaining 7 points from his two events. Team Manager ‘Mr Wheeler’ advised before the match that this was probably going to be the weakest match in terms of opposition that we would encounter all season so we had planned on a good result.
We gained a fantastic start with a double victory in the Shot from debutant T.Jenner and last years Southern League athlete of the year S. Morgan (Simon gaining another win in the Hammer). A dark stranger from the past made a welcome return to win the Pole Vault – Brian Benham also gaining 2nd in the discus.
Tim Stagg and Dave Bush gave us a good start on the track gaining 7 of the 10 points in the 400m Hurdles. Having no sprinters cost us dearly in the shorter events the best result being Dave Bush getting 4th in the B 100m. Jamie struggled a bit for pace in the A 800m for 3rd spot, I was both short of pace and balance falling with 50metres to go.
Wins on the track came in the 5000m (A&B) from Mike and Ian followed by another double in the Steeple. Keith running very comfortably to win the A and Paul Wheeler coming through to take the B. Keith Clark got his second win of the year in the B 1500m. The 4*400m squad of Dave B, Tim, Keith and myself ran our fastest for some years for 4th spot. Final match result: –
JAMIE’S BIG DEBUT MOTIVATES TEAM TO SECOND PLACE
|4 X 100||–||Overton||52.00||5|
|4 X 400||–||Overton||3.47.0||4|
|Match Result||Field points||Track points||Total points||Position|
SOUTHERN LEAGUE MATCH 3 BASINGSTOKE 24th JUNE 2000
GEOFF’S PROTEGES BRING PROMISING FUTURE
The form book suggested that this was always going to be a tough match and the strongest team in the league this year North Devon didn’t disappoint winning by a massive 50 points. They will clearly get promoted this year. For the best part of the match we were in contention for 2nd place however a couple of our regulars were missing which meant some valuable points were lost.
However Geoff’s team of younger athletes grasped the opportunity to ensure that we covered all the events: Jeremy Reynolds, Richard Spreadbury and Simon Gubby all made debuts together with Adam Gold in his second Harriers senior outing, between them they covered 14 events. I’m sure that together with John Ruffle these athletes will be guaranteeing our future in the Southern League.
Wins on the day came once again from Mike Bliss and Ian Ford in the 5000m (did they hold hands at the finish?). The Steeple also brought us a double victory from Keith Vallis (unbeaten this year) and Mark Simcox. B string wins were gained in the 800, 1500m and from Brian Benham in the Pole Vault. We did struggle for points in the sprints however, North Devon and Havant also completely dominated the throwing events leaving us down in 4th place for the Match.
|4 X 100||–||Overton||51.8||4|
|4 X 400||–||Overton||3.57.3||5|
|Match Result||Field points||Track points||Total points||Position|
SOUTHERN MENS LEAGUE 2000 TABLE AFTER MATCH3
|After Match 2||After Match 3|
|Position||Team||Match Points||Position||League Points||Match Points||League Points|
|2||Bedford & Co.||289||1||10||432.5||14.5|
|4||Wessex & Bath||250||5||9||393||13.5|
|9||Enfield & H||230||7||8||338||11|
|18||Colchester & T||173||21||4||274.5||8|
|20||Dacorum & T||184.5||18||4||267||6|
Archives from STATTO
|READING 81||PORTSMOUTH 86||LONDON 85|
|B’MOUTH 99||FLEET 98||LONDON 81|
|WOKING 84||FLEET 85||LONDON 85|
|FAREHAM 89||FLEET 89||LONDON 89|
|N.FOREST 92||SOLENT 92||LONDON 94|
|BRAMLEY 98||S.M’BOURNE 99|
|CANT’BURY 97||READING 98||VIENNA 98|
|BRAMLEY 99||S.M’BOURNE 99|
|WOKING 96||PORTSMOUTH 96|
|B’MOUTH 98||S.M’BOURNE 97|
|IT WAS double delight for Overton Harriers as Mike Bliss and Cath Wheeler were victorious in the Basingstoke 10k Road Race.Bliss went one better than last year as he took first place ahead of the 1999 champion David Thomson from the City of Portsmouth club.
The 42-year-old athlete came into the race slightly tired after competing in a five-mile race the previous day in Kintbury.
However, his form became better and better as the race wore on and he eventually crossed the line in 32 mins 35 secs.
The Sun Life Financial of Canada-sponsored race was started by the Mayor of Basingstoke, Councillor Marilyn Tucker, at Crossborough Hill, and from the very start it was a case of deja vu as Bliss and Thomson were joined at the front by last year’s third place finisher Vince Stamp, another Portsmouth runner.
These three athletes broke away from the field and, after passing through the War Memorial Park for the first time, Thomson had opened up a gap of 15 metres over his rivals.
However, two-thirds of the way through the race, Bliss began to claw back the advantage before taking the lead.
Thomson had no reply leaving Bliss to cross the line 12 seconds ahead of the defending champion, who was timed at 32 mins 47 secs.
Third across the line was Stamp who finished over a minute behind the leader in 33 mins 38 secs.
After the race, Bliss said: “I’m relieved. The other two went away from me at the start and I thought I was going to be running for third, but I kept plugging away and they came back to me.
“At the top of the last hill I knew that if I kept going I would win.”
|In the women’s race, Cath Wheeler dominated from start to finish, despite struggling over the final lap.The 39-year-old had a massive lead after the first lap and could afford to relax over the closing stages.
But a combination of the distance and a large number of races over a short period of time began to tell closer to the finish.
Wheeler, who had previously won this race in 1995 and 1998, said: “I wasn’t feeling too confident at the start because I haven’t run 10k recently. It was just a case of hanging on at the end.”
Wheeler finished in a time of 39 mins 3 secs with Lisa Feltham-Gooding of White Horse Harriers in second (39:27) and Carolyn Doe of Poole Runners third (42:07).
Race director Ian Byett said: “The conditions were very good for running and we had an excellent men’s race.
“I’m delighted for Mike and Cath, because if it’s not someone from Basingstoke winning, I’m glad if it’s a runner from Overton Harriers.”
In the team event City of Portsmouth convincingly took the men’s title with David Walker, who finished 5th overall, joining Thomson and Stamp to finish on 10 points.
Alton Runners took the ladies’ title with Lesley Crane (6th overall), Teresa Burton (8th) and Jacqueline Scarfe (12th) finishing on 26 points.
This month has seen some noteworthy performances from our junior members. In particular:-
Our winner this month has a very good month. He has combined good 5K track results with wins in the Berkshire 10K Champs and the Basingstoke 10K and places at the Kintbury 5 and the Bourton 15. Quite a busy month and a welcome return to form for
successfully competed in the Triple Jump and 600m at Andover District Schools meeting.
has successively reduced his 800m time to 3mins 28secs at our training sessions at Down Grange
reduced his 800m time to 2mins 14secs at the Hampshire Schools Championships in Portsmouth, and easily won this event at the Andover District Schools meeting.
reduced his 800m time to 2mins 42secs at his Schools Championships, and holds the school record for year 7. In addition he ran a won the Andover District Schools 1000metres in a thrilling race, and ran a pb of 3mins 23secs for this distance at the Hampshire Schools Championships in Aldershot.
reduced her 800m time to 2mins 51secs at the Hampshire Schools Championships in Portsmouth
It has been a pleasant sight to see Andy Hoare out and about in training recently. Several of the newer members have asked “who’s that ?”. The answer I give is that he is John’s son who used to be pretty good. For those of you who wondered how good I reproduce two race reports from 1989/90 so that you can make your own minds up.
OPEN MEETING WINDSOR 26th JULY 1989.
A tremendous performance from Andrew was rewarded with sole ownership of the club 800m record, previously shared with Dave Vosser. It was set up by a fast first lap that saw him near the back of the field in 56 secs. He worked himself through to fifth place by 700 metres and a final kick over the last 100 took him to second place and a new record by eight tenths.
800M 2nd A.HOARE Imin 55.3 sec. 10RAN.
OPEN MEETING WOKING 23rd MAY 1990.
Andrew has certainly been having a good month but this was by far his best race. In a competitive 1500m ‘A’ race he went through 800m in a steady 2:06, dropped slightly with a 66 second third lap, but stormed round the final 300m to record a time of 3:57.6. A new club record by three tenths, outsprinting Hillingdon’s Tony Jackson in the process.
1500m 4th A.HOARE 3min 57.6 sec. 8 RAN.
Both of these club records still stand and to cheer our current squad up Andy also holds the steeple-chase record with 9min 41.0 seconds, this one dating back to 1986.
Road Race Records from Franny