July 00 ISSUE 276
Overton Harriers Committee Meeting 10/7/00
Present:- Paul, Geoff, Cath. Apologies from Gwyneth
- Cost of hire of Down Grange for pentathlon was £24 against £70 for Andover for last year.
- Mesh vests- Mark has this in hand.
- Awaiting minutes from meeting about Andover/Newbury relay. This event will be at Greenham Common.
- Sheep-fair-went very well and made £85 for Club Funds. A very enjoyable experience.
- Southern League 24th. Thanks to Liz for organising the refreshments at our home fixture at Down Grange.
- Welcome packs are now available from Gwyneth.
Nothing to report this month.
Nothing to report this month.
Date of next meeting 14/7/00
Meeting closed 9:25pm.
YATELEY 10K FROM JULY 5TH FROM MARK SIMCOX
Running ten miles with Blissy the day before a 10k race is hardly ideal preparation, but I am sure it will help me beat Ian Ford this year.
Anyway, after a cautious start I had a good scrap with Chris Try, catching him at 4km and finally getting away from him between 8k and 9k. I was pleased enough with my run but as usual my time did not warrant my ability, (as I’m often told).
Despite the undulating course this has become a hugely popular evening race with 493 finishers and a winning time of 30min 40secs.
Unknown to Mark the club had another runner present, Jill took in a rare outing on the roads and recorded a time of around 41 minutes.
RESULT: 17th M.SIMCOX 35min 09secs.
J.HILL no time .
KINTBURY 5 ROAD & TRACK 1ST JULY FROM FRANNY
This was rather a low key event organised by an old friend, Dave Wright, who often turns out for us in the Hants. cross-country league as a second claimer.
The excellent course started with three-quarter of a mile hill in the first mile but after that it was fairly easy terrain including about one and a half miles on metalled tracks and concrete farm roads with the finish on grass.
Most of us who competed decided to support Dave in this new venture rather than the BMHAC 10k the following day, although Blissy did run both. Jamie, for once, was well beaten by Steve Smith of Windsor, Slough and Eton (previously a member of Newbury). Never the less he finished in an excellent time of 25:21, some 17 seconds in front of Mike who, no doubt, was relishing the competition against Jamie.
Paul finished in an encouraging time of 27:41in 11th place. Then there was clash between Gavin and Nick for the 3rd team spot. As it happened Gavin easily won this set-to by 55 seconds. Eric followed with a good run in 33:09 , Nicky came next to take the 2nd lady award in a good time of 33:45. JT just managed to outsprint the 3rd lady by one second to complete the club interest.This is one for the diary next year.
MANY THANKS TO JT FOR THIS REPORT.
SUMMER HANDICAP LEAGUES FROM FRANNY
STANDARDS SCHEME FROM FRANNY
I believe that the certificates for last years standard scheme did not get presented at this years dinner. However , l’ve decided to plough on with this years scheme. If any one wishes to know how they are doing, or what times they need to improve their standing then please ask. It was pointed out by several people that the Gibbet standards were a bit stiff. This is under revue.
FINALLY…..TO MAKE THIS SCHEME WORK WE NEED THE RESULTS OF ALL THE RACES YOU PARTICIPATE IN. Especially if your name is Steve or Ian.
Due to working night shifts I have not been able to get to the club so there may be some results missing this month but they will be included next month. Someone may have done a report for this race that I gleaned from the Gazzete.
22nd JULY.Ian and Jill went home with prizes and Ian got his picture in the paper as he won this local event by seven seconds ahead of Pewsy Vale runner Mark Anderson. Jill won the Veteran’s race as she beat Sabrina by over a minute.
If there were any other club runner’s the full results will follow in the next newsletter.
1st I. FORD 34min 18sec
J. HILL 43min 18sec
Steve Mcnair has reportedly run several races lately but has been strangley reticent to provide results. One of these is believed to have been a sub 40 minute 10k in the Reading area. (GRAZLEY ?)
I now have a printer so you can all look foward to pages of worthless STATS. being pinned to the notice board….YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!!
SOUTHERN LEAGUE MATCH 4 KINGSTON 8th JULY 2000 from Dave
THIRD PLACE MOVES US NEARER SAFETY ZONE
Four wins over the track helped us to a solid third place and hopefully ensuring another year in division 4.
The 5000m again proved to be our most profitable event with yet another double victory from that attractive couple Bliss and Ford. Mike however being pushed to a seasons best, and Ian only 6 seconds slower than on his Basingstoke outing. Jamie breezed round the 800m ‘B’ for an easy win and I was pleased with a 2nd place in a slightly more competitive ‘A’ string. Keith Vallis remains unbeaten in the steeple for his 4th victory on the trot – that’s a kiss of death -. Chris Try, his first time out for us this year, joined Keith and ran a very strong race for 2nd place in the ‘B’.
Highlights from the field was provided by the Cornell’s, dad gaining a 2nd in the pole Vault with son clearing 2.20 for his first ever outing for the Harriers. First of many I’m sure, Ryan looks naturally talented, not sure where he gets that from. Jeremy Reynolds and Richard Spreadbury both contributed strongly to the teams result with Jeremy gaining a good 2nd in the triple Jump.
The 4 x 400 kids continue to mature well with another sound 3rd spot, Tim however had left a handful of fast twitch muscles on holiday.
|4 X 100||–||Overton||50.8||4|
|4 X 400||–||Overton||3.50.3||3|
|Match Result||Field points||Track points||Total points||Position|
SOUTHERN LEAGUE MATCH 5 NEW RIVER STADIUM 22nd JULY 2000 from Dave
WELL AND TRULY STUFFED
Three of the leagues top teams all looking for promotion turned up in force at this North London fixture. Early signs weren’t too bad with Tim and Dave gaining a couple of 3rds in the 400 Hurdles. However it went downhill from there. From 100 metres through to the 1500 we only managed 3 fourth places and 7 fifths.
The 5000 reversed the trend with Blissy off injured, Jamie got to run in his favourite event looking nice and relaxed in the lead ready for his Cypriote holiday. Ian Ford gave us a double victory – our only other win of the day.
Keith Vallis unbeaten over the Steeple this year ran within 1 second of his best but was just held off by a strong Wessex runner to gain 2nd place. Alan Cornell had a more successful day than most with an excellent 3.60 for 2nd in the Pole Vault ably supported by our youngest star Ryan demonstrating that it’s all in the jeans.
The 4 x 400 was however a little more promising with a team of youngsters (Bushy,Voss,Stagg & John Ruffle) bringing the team in to a creditable 3rd with a seasons best. John running a very strong last leg for us. The final result meant we have now dropped to 18th place with the final fixture on Saturday against Andover, Dacorum, Brentwood and Tower Hamlets.
|4 X 100||–||Overton||50.4||5|
|4 X 400||–||Overton||3.46.3||3|
|Diss & D||112.5||2nd|
|Enfield & H||99||4th|
SOUTHERN MENS LEAGUE 2000 TABLE AFTER MATCH5
|After Match 4||After Match 5|
|Position||Team||Match Points||Position||League Points||Match Points||League Points|
|1||Bedford & Co.||584.5||2||19.5||728.5||24|
|3||Wessex & Bath||517||4||18.5||657||23.5|
|10||Colchester & T||393||13||12||537||17|
|12||Enfield & H||442||9||14||544||16|
|20||Dacorum & T||367||20||8||418||9|
BYGONES FROM FRANNY
In the good old days fair sized groups of Harriers could be found at summer road events such as Grove , Braishfield and, as this report from July 1987 shows, the New Forest 10.
The hot, humid conditions and a course with varying surfaces took it’s toll and times were generally below those expected for a ten mile race. Hefin was in splendid form as he led our large contingent home with a fine 7th place, finishing just behind 2nd claim member Malcom Cross. Kevin also had every reason to feel pleased with his run as he crossed the line in 15th place, but appeared to suffer more than most after the run. The old fellow JT competing in his first race in the over 50 category, showed many of the youngsters just how to run a ten as he broke the hour barrier to claim 2nd place in his age-group, finishing just behind his arch rival Brian Switzer. However, even more galling than being beaten by a few seconds, was that the first prize was a free trip to Cherbourg, cortesy of Townsend Thorenson.
Denny got a good start to the race but faded badly over the 2nd half. He stiil managed to beat the hour but it wont go down in his book as one of his beeter runs as he just held off the challenge of Mo Parry who was our last man under the hour. Phil Robinson put in another good effort to 63 minutes, easily claiming the scalp of John Hodge whose reduced summer
training was evident. Mick Moule on the other hand made light of the conditions to record one of his fastest ever 10 miles..a splendid acheivment in these conditions.There was a five minute gap to our next finisher, Brian Clements, suffering a re-occurance of an old injury, only just broke 70 minutes. Richard Mason continued to improve over the longer distances and must have been delighted with his time. Just behind came the first of the ladies, Audra, who had a superb run to break 73 minutes, certainly a best for this course if not a best ever for the distance.
Jim, bad leg and all, finished quiker than anticipated but Sally, who was going well for 7 miles, sprained an ankle and hobbled over the line in a disappointing 80 minutes. Unfortunatley we were unable to get Morton’s time.
Five men under the hour and when did John Hodge last race a 10 miler?
One for Statto from Dave
Franny asked me to confirm the mile club record stats – it took me a bit of time to find it buried in the 1983 Newsletters. However here’s the relevant extract, I think it also confirms the Youths and Junior Mile records
OPEN MEETING – READING – 21.6.1983
This was an extremely good meeting for our athletes, ideal conditions providing three club records in the mile. In the ‘A’ race our trio were up against stiff opposition, but a fighting final lap was enough to earn Dave the senior club record. Patrick also worked hard over the final lap to gain a very respectable time, which was easily a youth’s club record. The other club record was in the’B’ race, where Paul produced perhaps our run of the evening to take the junior record, and to serve notice that he is now back to his best form.
A BIT OF SOUTHERN LEAGUE HISTORY
Just for the record here is last years final table and an extract from the previous 3 years. When I get the time I’ll try and put together a really boring table showing how we’ve performed in the Southern League since our first match back in the mid 70’s. We have only ever been promoted once back in 1983, when we had the likes of Paul Sanders running for us. Paul moved on to Team Solent and greater thinks and we slipped back to Division 4 where we’ve been ever since. Lets hope the final match this coming Saturday at Andover ensures we stay up. Your support is needed! First track event is 2.15 with the 400m Hurdles, last event 5.30 and then Eric will organise a celebratory drink at a suitably qualified pub.
SOUTHERN MENS LEAGUE 1999 FINAL TABLE
|Team||Match Points||League Points|
|1||Windsor S & E||861||30|
|10||Diss & District||700.5||21|
|17||Dacorum & T||561.5||14|
|22||Hertford & W||464||10|
Division 4 Previous Year Final Table Extracts
|13||ST Albans||18||Herts & W||17||Havering||18|
|14||Puma TVH||17||Tower H||16.5||Ipswich||17.5|
|15||Herts & W||15||Horsham||16.5||Cambridge||16|
Our winner this month qualifies as afirst claim member during the summer months. He has combined good 5K and 800metre track results with a handicap win and 2nd place at the Kintbury 5. Quite a busy month and a welcome return to form for
The summer handicaps are based on your best three performances from the four races. In the handicap league Aaron appeared to have it sewn up after a first and second place in the opening mob matches. however he missed the last event and opened up the competion again. Aaron leads with 3 points ahead of Dave Vosser with 5 points. Blissy is tied in third spot with Geoff (I never do well in the handicaps) Cloke. Gavin and Jamie follow on 11 points but you only get a medal for winning the league.
With three consecutive victories in the time league the medal goes to Jamie because he is classed as first claim during the summer months. Blissy is safe in second with 4 points but the tussle for third lies between Ian Ford with 6 points followed by Mark on 7 and Voss on 9 points. The final fixture looks interesting on August 17th.
So far a record 36 runners have taken part with 24 still in contention in the league. The full tables are on the club notice-board.
HARROW WAY HANDICAP (CLOCKWISE) 14TH JULY FROM FRANNY
A bad night for the junior section which has dominated the handicaps so far this summer. League leader Aaron was missing as was last months winner, Adam. First home was young Matthew , closely followed by Scott. However it quickly became apparent that they had taken a wrong turn and missed a sizable portion of the course. Where they turned right, poor Chris turned left but fortunatly someone (Nicky, I believe) called him back on course before he got to Freefolk.
SO…… it was down to Dave Vosser’s vastly superior finishing kick to outsprint Jamie and win on the night.Nick showed a return to PB form to take third. Four people clocked debut times with Jamie taking pride of place as he sliced 54 seconds off Mike’s course record. Mike was second on time ahead of Mark who clocked a one second PB. The other PB’s came from Audra, Keith and Nicky who showed how much she has improved since last year with an improvment of almost SIX minutes.
A good night for the handicapper with less than a minute covering the first 14. This includes Jill who did not count in the final results. Thanks to Cath for helping out with the recording at short notice.