Newsletter – October 2000

 

NEWSLETTER

October 2000 ISSUE 279

 

Committee Meeting 16/10/00Present – P. Wheeler, C. Wheeler, M. Dennison, G. Cloke, G. Mclaughlin.

Apologies- R. Francis.

Matters Arising

  1. Mesh vests – Still some to sell.
  2. Consistency races – Some have changed making two in a weekend. Will leave like that for now.
  3. Cross-Country January – Three farms involved all agreed to request for help. Geoff to speak to J. Popplewell and confirm venue. M. Scoggins to organise officials. Need to consider selling refreshments to make some money for club funds.
  4. Overton 5- Final profit should be £1,500
  5. Christmas Dinner-Not available at golf club on 17/12/00. Need alternative venue. Cathy to try, Vine pub- Beach Arms.
  6. Cyclist Race- John to contact the cyclists.
  7. Andover, Newbury relay- all in hand.
  8. Vets Captain- Franny elected.
  9. 100 Club- Nicky or Keith will take over.

Treasurers Report.

Income: – £487.80

Expenditure: – £921.92

Current: – £221.80

Reserve: – £1189.16

A.O.B.

  1. Combe Gibbet- Entry forms need printing. Need to mark the course on the Saturday prior to the race. Paul to organise officials.
  2. Last Thursday before Christmas. Hopefully getting a barrel of beer for upstairs after the race 21/12/00. Could possibly lay on small amount of food, financed through club funds. £100.
  3. Mark to undertake the posting of the newsletter to out of touch members.
  4. London Marathon Club entries is in hand.
Meeting closed 9.20 p.m. Date of next meeting 13/11/00

 

A rather thin newsletter again last month but this was partly due to no report on the Overton 5. It makes boring reading if the same people (JT and me) do all the reports, it would be nice if others could contribute their thoughts, ideas and race reports. If you can’t supply them to Geoff already on disc then please write them out and I will type them up and pass them on. SO….typed six weeks after the event. 

 

THE OVERTON FESTIVAL OF RUNNING. FROM FRANNY

 

Not many of our foreign friends made the trip over this year but the event was still a great success. My first task of the weekend was to help Paul set up the finish area followed by a couple of hours on the late entries desk with John Hoare. I believe we took almost 60 on the day for the main race in addition to fun run entries and taking the names for the well-supported kiddie’s races. Sadly I saw little of the fun run but I understand Aaron had a blinder whilst Chris Woods also had a fine run following his improved training through the summer.

The feature race was won by Eric De Jong from Southampton Running club. The South African had a clear margin over Andy Morgan-Lee of Salford. Twelve seconds back was third place man John Downes of London Irish who was also first vet. It was nice to see Bev again and she won the ladies race. However it must have been an exciting finish as she won by a second over Jane Harrop who had the consolation of being first vet. Cath was our only individual prizewinner in third place.

Clubwise Jamie had a solid run in 8th spot for Southampton whilst Ian held off second claim man Keith Vallis by two seconds. Andy Hoiles was running for Harrow but I believe he has joined us 2nd claim and will be available for this year’s cross-country season. He showed he would obviously be a big addition to the squad as he led home Voss who had a fine run after blowing away the fast starting Mark. Keith is showing good form in training and is looking forward to a good winter.

PC Mills took time off from his training course to have a competitive run in a group of finishers that included 2nd claimer Chris Try, Bernie Berger and our special features writer from Andover, Paddy Keenan. Nick was a bit below par but Eric had a better run and is looking forward to the mud and hills. The battle of the bellies was won by yours truly after Steve picked up a muscle strain. Tony Ludford ran well as did Moira who put in a rare race appearance. Final ex club member was Linda who ran in the colours of her new South African club.

Saturday night at Test Valley Golf Course was a great evening, the meal was good and the younger members of the club got the dancing started. As more alcohol was consumed some seniors found their way on to the dance floor with some of our more senior and respected members really let their hair down…who needs John Travolta. Sunday morning came far too soon for some people but a fairly good sized group set off for a run round the churches course with suitable cut off points for the unfit and hungover. This gave the serious party animals a chance to work up a thirst for the afternoon barbecue. The rounders match was played in the usual sporting spirit with numerous complaints about the unfair teams and blatant disregard of the rules.

Full of burgers and beer someone suggested a football match, this was probably the most competitive match seen on this pitch for many years. Stars of yesteryear strutted (or staggered) their stuff to the amazement of the watching crowd. The highlight for most was my impersonation of a beached whale after being flattened by young Aaron.

The organising committee did a great job to make this an enjoyable weekend for everyone with Nicky co-ordinating a very profitable raffle which once again saw JT sell the lion’s share of tickets. To all those who helped to organise the weekend or who helped with marshalling etc. etc. thankyou for a job well done.

 

  

World Duathlon Championships – Calais – 7th October FROM IAN FORD

This was my first experience of racing abroad and it was quite an eye-opener. Right from registering in Calais’ City Hall on Friday – which appeared to be a disorganised scrum. Brazilians, Italians and Greeks in particular don’t seem to understand queuing like we Brits do! Also figured if this was just the signing on, God knows what the race was going to be like, but you’d have to look after yourself.

The race briefing was good, although whether the majority of the assembly understood a Frenchman’s sense of humour while speaking mainly in English was debatable.

Having then found our Hotel which was some 20k out of Calais it gave me time to ride the top end of the bike course, not so sure that was a good idea as it was bloody hilly and didn’t do much for me! But did then have a pleasant jog along the sandy beach at Wissant. Then it was back into Calais to rack the bike, have the team photo’s done and then there was a parade of Nations. During this time Fay didn’t let the Club down by knocking back the pints in one of the many cafes!

Saturday was much cooler and very breezy, but the organisation was very good with the various age groups off at 5-minute intervals, with almost a thousand athletes involved. The run was through the centre of Calais, on closed roads, over two laps of a 5k circuit. It was dead flat, although it had 4 dead turns on each lap – it was also short of 10k, by about 2/3 minutes as everyone recorded PB’s! Came in in 4th place and then the bike started fine, the first 4/5 miles being dead flat, albeit into the wind, but I’d only dropped a couple of places. Then the hills started – and it was one of the hardest bike circuits I’d ridden – so I rapidly fell back through the field. Also working against me was the fact that it was 3 miles longer than it was supposed to be! Never have liked the French and liked them even less by the time I’d finished.

The second, 5k run, was ok, and I managed to pull back a good few places, but as ever, could have done with longer. The weather also got worse as it started raining. My time of 2.13.13 placed me 22nd in my age group and 6th Brit. I was disappointed with the placing, but suppose as a first attempt in an international field it wasn’t too bad, and I certainly enjoyed the experience.

Racing in a GB vest against all sorts of nationalities, while being more nerve-wracking (5 trips to the Gents not the usual 3) is certainly a lot more exciting than your average local road race.

It certainly whetted my appetite to try and qualify for Great Britain at next year’s Duathlon Championships at Rimini in Italy. I had been picked for the GB team at this year’s European Championships, which should have been held in 2 weeks time in Bath, but unfortunately they’ve been cancelled through lack of sponsorship and inability to get the necessary road closures. Seems the French can’t be all bad, as they don’t have such problems, obviously taking their sport more seriously than we do.

  

RACE REPORT CZECH TRIP 2000 FROM NICK DALTON

 

SUMMARY OF EVENTS:

EARLY TO BED

categories Light weight Medium weight & Heavyweight

CLUB WEAVING

 

while under the influence

CLUB CROONING

 

sees above

CLUB CONSISTENCY

 

7 SESSIONS OVER 4 DAYS

TEAM POKER

MENS 9K CROSS COUNTRY

WOMENS 3K CROSS COUNTRY

MENS/WOMENS BORDER CROSSING EVENT

SNEAKING IN & OUT OF POLAND

BEST FANCY DRESS

ANGLO CZECH RELATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP

CLUB JINX

EARLY TO BED

This competition did not attract to many Harriers this year although it was noted that the ladies team did consider this as one of their bankers. Light weight mens was won by a huge margin by Jamie Jones who smashed the club record by retiring well before 10pm Sat 7th even though competing with his usual elite virus. Mens Middle weight category went to JT who also retired early Sat although he was clearly outclassed by JJ. Mens heavyweight title went to a newcomer Military Mike who although tried very hard; shook off the rest of the field to win by a short nap. I think it is fair to say though that there was an element of cheating in the mens heavy with several illegal naps being taken during the day (wake up Steve McNair!)

The ladies event was not categorised by weight (due in part by the fear of the reporter) but I think must go to Cath who like Jamie managed a sub 10pm on Sun although it later became clear that the excitement of the day had meant that she could not remain there but had to return downstairs to check on the rest of the competition.

CLUB WEAVING

The clubs champion has been in serious training for this event since last year devoting every Thursday evening in perfecting his style. His coach and Manager ET was in a confident mood prior to the trip and was happy to comment ” No one can touch my boy …He’s going to destroy the rest of the field”.

And yes you’ve guessed it JT did not let him down providing a superb display of weaving on Saturday evening weaving some 6ft to narrowly avoid colliding with a pair of double doors before shimmying in the wrong direction towards the dance floor in a breathlessly effortless display of total disorientation.

CLUB CROONING

One of the leagues smaller events (and a first to the writer’s knowledge) was in danger of being sabotaged by “locals” who despite largely appreciating the clubs talents insisted on shouting for a rendition of Louis Armstrong. The competitors had earlier warmed up with some international cross chanting and were only too pleased to take the stage when the evenings-contracted entertainer was taken offguard. A most impressive rendition of that all time favourite “Candle in the Wind” gives Nick the title but stiffer competition was restricted due to the keyboard players removal of his equipment in a huff.

CLUB SESSION CONSISTENCY EVENT

Turning to one of the more seriously taken competitions of the weekend is where the true harrier is discovered. A tough series of sessions spread over 4 days laid bare the unprepared athlete. The events were split into one long session on Fri , 2 sessions on Sat ; reps in the afternoon and a very long steady run in the evening . A repeat of Sat on Sunday and a shorter rep session on Monday. It proved very difficult to separate the many contenders for the title but a decision has been made and yet again John Hoare takes the honours with mentions to Martin (best newcomer) Dave (who would have taken the title if it had not been for his girlish refusal of the shorts which was particularly embarrassing at the home of one of our Czech friends) and of course Steve. Other harriers worth mentioning were;-

Mike, Military Mike & Helen, Jamie, Nick, Paul & Cath, Liz, JT and forgetting Ronny the Duck.

TEAM POKER

This was the only declared card competition despite various unofficial games being played and was won ” hands down” by those crafty lads Scouse Dave and his straight man Nick from it has to be said the rather weak competition of Paul & Cath & Martin & Steve. The prize unfortunately was a clip round the ear from Cath and the confiscation of all the Smarties the boys had won.

MENS 9K CROSS COUNTRY

This unscheduled event caught out a lot of the competitors who were confronted by a 3-lap race of steep uphill & steep downhill sections with nothing in-between but hills. Right from the start Nick surprised the field with his admittance of not really liking cross-country at all a fact which he repeated several times on each lap to anyone who might be listening. This was the event which Mike had been waiting for and despite the strain of earlier events he led the harriers home with a very impressive run obtaining 2nd place in the Vets category. Following closely behind came Jamie & Paul and somewhat further behind came the rest Nick,Dave,Martin,Military Mike, & JT. One harrier was so caught out by shock event that he failed to finish and very nearly didn’t start. More of a C.B.B rather than a D.N.F.

LADIES 3K CROSS COUNTRY

The ladies somewhat shorter event was made even easier by their obvious preparation. They stormed round still fresh from the previous events with Cath coming in 4th just 6 seconds from the star prize of a car and followed home by Liz & Helen. To coin a phrase Cath was gutted not to feature on the podium

Although conceded most of her competitors were considerably younger than she was!

BORDER CROSSING

This was an extra-unscheduled race spontaneously invented on the way to one of the afternoon consistency events where Nick just outsprinted Dave to cross into Poland first. Returning proved more difficult to the athletes with the exception of Mike & Helen whose specialist training came in very handy especially in disarming a motorcyclist despatched to interrogate us.

BEST FANCY DRESS

The winner was without doubt that mystery personality at the top of the stairs who traditionally makes an appearance at some stage over the weekend and he’s always dressed in old JT’s gear! This year however became an international event when the “locals” previously mentioned in the crooning comp turned up in Hawaiian shirts and with what looked like a particularly ugly transvestite in a green outfit who Martin apparently found irresistible. They were later disqualified after failing several tests for drugs and sex and just for being toooooooo ugly.

ANGLO CZECH RELATIONS

This year’s winner is unquestionable. Dave managed not only to master the language over the course of the weekend ordering from menus in complete confidence and conversing fluently with our hosts and anyone else in close proximity. But he also single handedly imparted his specialist scouse dialect in a mass training session, which means that our friends will now fully understand the Harry Enfield show if they ever get a chance to see it! His non-stop VD kept most of us happy for all of the time.

CLUB JINX

Another new category. After our exciting outward bound journey and uneventful return it was established by an almost Sherlock Homes demonstration of deduction that the club jinx is…………

The Lost kitty of the CZ Republic A special report by De Scouser

EH, EH, Calm down, De Scouser’s here. Well me friends, I could not believe me luck when we arrived in the CZ, Johnny Jugs ses we should have a kitty. So I immediately call for a whip round, to me amazement lots of Fifty quid’s is being pressed into me ands, result me tinks. Unfortunately some of dem der tight wads had brought der own cash and I only got £400 or was it £450, no £400. Rocket Ron said when he was de treasurer he never put nuttin in de kitty, so to keep with de club traditions, neither did I! Took me wad to a nice tart who changed it into dem der crowns, specially asked for high denomination notes so I could keep the lot, I was rich. With all this money I could have had 1000 pints, 20 four-course meals with wine and plenty of change for a few more swillies.

Then I hit upon a master stroke I suggested to dem der tight wads wot brought der own wad, that we should all put in de kitty and lots more of dem der crowns were stuffed into me fat wallet. We left the airport and I bunged de mini bus driver a crown to have a breakdown, so as de kitty did not get called on for lunch. Worked a treat, I had to be discrete eatin me smoked salmon and caviar sarnies, washed down with some moet and summit champers, but non of dem saw us.

Arrived at Nove Mesto and I ses to dem lot wot aint been before you go sight seein and I’ll treat me mates to a bevvie or 3, unfortunately de old fella gate crashed de bar and proceeded to eat everytin on de menu, we would get im back for dat. Went to de hotel and we got our rooms sorted, I bunged Nick a large wad of dem der crowns to keep im quiet, while I counted de rest. Feelin flush went to de bar, told Steve X bellies to go around and collect dem bettin slips wot de barman was tickin, Steve hid dem in Liz’s purse. I paid for all de bevvies on de Friday night includin dem for our CZ mates and it was only a fiver!

Saturday, at de run I had to bung Martin and Mike a load of dem crowns to stay behind me, thanks lads. I therefore won de bronze medal and a car in de Veterans Western European section of de race. Bunged de judge and had Fast Blissy’s Car turned into a set of glasses, another of dem Skoda’s for me! Went for lunch on me table was Martin, Nick and Fast Ron who generously paid our bill or we would have sent de photos, if yer know wat I mean.

Saturday night is cards and crooners night in the Shat Rosta luxury 5* hotel. Our Cath was den introduced to team poker, she got right arssy just cos she lost all her crowns and had to get more from Paul. Me mate Nick and I shared out de winnins later. De old feller den gets completely blathered and starts on young Jamesie, who could not stand it, so went to bed at half eight. Ah well we would ave to drink his share. In de disco Martin reckons it a meetin of de CZ National Front. Had a bet wit one of dem Front geezers that he won’t dance wit our Cath, after a few vodka stiffeners, he was struttin round de floor wit our Cath. I had to pay up or is brudder was gona do me, with de winnins he has 14 straight vodkas and is paralysed on de bar. We was a bit peckish so I pushed de boat out for me mates and we had roast duck in a plum sauce wit dem dumplins. Paul, while our Cath is fightin of de CZ NF geezer, tell de old feller dat we is all avin duck on de kitty, he sprints in 5 minutes later to get a fork in de back of de hand, that’ll teach im to try it on.

Sunday, felt a nudder couple of schemes comin on, went to de border and Mike and Helen gave us loads of dem der crowns for a Polska stamp in der passports, amazin wot yer can do with a potato. Called everyone for a whip round into de kitty, claimin dat it was all spent. Yer can imagine me horror when several of dem harriers includin dat Liz (her of de sweat shirt scam) ses dat one amongst us should pay double, so he did, and no one felt in de slightest bit guilty. De CZ Grand National is on de telly, but the sweep is a compete balls up and dat lucky git Mike wins me money.

Sunday night, waited up late until de light weights has gone to bed before we start on a serious Champagne and Caviar session dat Johnny Jugs, Steve and dat Martin shifted loads. Apparently, cos I was in de gents, der was a complaint about de noisy scouser language class, wot I was runnin for me CZ mates. Day told me it was our Cath, but I never believed dem, our Cath’s not like dat, but den she was upset losin dat Skoda by 6 seconds.

Monday got dem to split up so as de kitty would not get spent, went round dat Prague bought a load of expensive presents out of de kitty, got upgraded to Club on de plane and counted me change. A very pleasant and profitable weekend away.

 

Editors Note:

The following report comes from JT.

For those members like me, who are not fluent in Pidgin Scouse, a translation will appear in next month’s issue, courtesy of Franny, who is furiously completing a crash correspondence course in Odd English.

 

CROSSCOUNTRY RACES at TRUTNOV.

 

7th OCTOBER.

It must have been lost somewhere in the translation but our group was expecting a road and track race, the usual 10k road race having been cancelled because of the Czech Road Championships in Prague the same day. We were however taken to a cross-country meeting high up a mountainoverlooking the town of Ttrutnov, the course being an absolute brute and potentially dangerous. Bring back Parliament Hill….all is forgiven.

The course ran around paths in the forest of approx. 3000metres per lap, the ladies doing one lap and the men three, it resembled a switch back becoming more slippery as more and more pairs of feet took it’s toll. The worst hill seemed to be a 45 degree gradient and over 100 metres long. The start and finish were in a small playing field on top of the mountain, the first 150m over rough grass and the next 50m down a very steep path with very dodgy tree roots making life very difficult. Loss of concentration at the bottom of this slope could have meant disappearing over a cliff and sometime later arriving in Trutnov.

We had 3 ladies competing in the 1 lap, 3000m race and all acquitted themselves well. Cath took 4th spot in the over 20’s with Liz and Helen taking 7th and 9th places respectively. Cath started off in the front but was overtaken on the first long downhill section.

The mens 9000m race, from a prize-giving point of view, was split between senior men and vets with Mike was the only one of our group who got to the podium with 2nd place, having been blown away by a mountain goat 5 years his senior. Close to the end of the first lap the writer spotted one of our group walking and removing his x-country skiing bib. Could it be Jamie (bad cold), Nick (bad groin and he loves cross-country), Mick McMahon (heel) or Steve(left his studs in the hotel)? As it turned out it was Steve who was having trouble with his hamstring who dropped out and got a 99 99 99 in the official results. Thats Czech computer speak for DNF though it did occur to us it might have been his waist measurement.

Meanwhile the rest of us, wearing our rather silly looking ski bibs with hugh numbers on back to front, were struggling with the course. Particularly as a significant amount of alcohol was consumed the evening before – except Jamie who was nursing his cold. In normal circumstances the writer would have expected him to come in the first three but he treated the race as a training run. However the support from the spectators was terrific.

RESULTS:

 

 

4th C. Wheeler 10.45 1st lady Vet.
7th E.Sandall-Ball 12.40  
9th H.McMahon 14.04  

SENIOR MEN.

14th J.Jones 30.31  
30th N.Dalton 34.46  

 

VETERANS.

2nd M.Bliss 28.51  
5th P.Wheeler 31.38  
8th D.Henery 35.43  
9th M.McMahon 41.35  
10th M.Churm 41.54  
11th J.Thomas 43.25  

 

 

HAMPSHIRE CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE at FARLEY MOUNT.

 

OCTOBER 14TH.

An overcast sky greeted the first fixture of the season, heavy rain in the previous week made the course quite slippery in places but there was no deep mud. Geoff had done a good job in marshalling his junior squad and it was pleasing to see so many showing up. It was also quite nice to hear them supporting the seniors later in the afternoon. First off were the under 13 boys who were led home by Aaron. A few people were expecting a good performance from him and he delivered in fine style with a fantastic 10th place. Scott and Chris showed the result of a summers training as they both had super runs in a very competitive age group. The team finished in 10th position and can look to get better as the season continues.

The under 15’s were unable to finish a team with Tom feeling the aftereffects of a recent cold. However our two finishers had a real contest with Matthew passing Gareth on the final downhill. However Gareth proved the stronger in the finishing straight to steal the honours this time. Two excellent runs and with little to choose between them at present it likes being an interesting series of races.

John found some hot competition in the under 17’s but he ran well considering he is at the bottom of the agegroup. Cath had a busy weekend lined up and she got it started by finishing first vet and leading home the ladies team in a brilliant 8th place. Audra has missed some training recently due to her good news but put in a good run whilst Liz ran well to complete the team. Looking at her starting times in the handicaps I think Liz may gearing up for one of her bi-annual winter improvments. Helen is racing more often now and will be looking for a top 100 place at Reading next month. Helen closed the vets team in an impressive 4th place and medals are a possibility if they can continue in this form.

The men were missing several cross-country regulars but 17 runners completed the race.The course got greasier as the rain started to fall as we lined up for the start. Blissy showed he means to retain his vets. title as he led us home in a fine 13th spot. He got the better of Southampton’s Jamie (SMOOTH) Jones while Ian had a good run following his world championship the week before. Mark has taken alot of verbal since the first consistencey event (mostly from me) but ran a blinder to beat Keith Vallis for the first time ever. Paul had a great run to make the top 50 and anchor our vets. team home to a monster victory with our three counters taking 1st, 2nd and 4th places. Keith finished the senior team who finished a superb 5th on the day.

Not much between the next three but it was lovely to see Denny back in competition with Gavin just getting the better of PC. Mills. Nick was next home, his blood-alcohol level may not have settled following the Czech visit but was still well clear of Eric who had a solid run. Dave Henery had his first “BATTLE ROYAL” of the winter. He managed to hold me off despite Ian Burgess of Southampton trying to take him out with a sliding tackle near the end. I was chuffed with my run as I beat Geoff for the first time ever in an open race. Steve and Mick were both well below the standards they are capable of, though I expect them both to be challenging strongly when the handicap events start.

Dave Bright has missed a bit of training recently but ran well in his club debut, once he gets some miles under his belt it shouldn’t be long before I see his back disappearing into the distance. JT got another season underway with a good run that showed he was recovered from the excesses of the Czech trip to complete the club interest.

 

  UNDER 13 BOYS 

    MEN 

 
10th 

A.HARRIS 

11m 54s 13th 

M.BLISS 

31m 16s
44th 

S.GRAHAM 

14m 10s 22nd 

I.FORD 

32m 13s
53rd 

C.WOODS 

15m 58s 34th 

M.SIMCOX 

32m 55s
  53 RAN 

TEAM 10th 41st 

P.WHEELER 

33m 38s
      58th 

K.CLARK 

34m 15s
  UNDER 15 BOYS 

  107th 

M.DENNISON 

36m 14s
31st 

G.PLUMB 

18m 54s 117th 

G.DUNCAN 

36m 36s
33rd 

M.BRIGHT 

18m 58s 119th 

D.MILLS 

36m 41s
  T.DUNCAN 

DNF 136th 

N.DALTON 

37m 25s
  38 RAN 

TEAM 9th 168th 

E.TILBURY 

38m 51s
      179th 

D.HENERY 

39m 06s
  UNDER 17 BOYS 

  181st 

R.FRANCIS 

39m 13s
26th 

J.RUFFELL 

23m 33s 199th 

G.CLOKE 

39m 54s
  41RAN 

  216th 

S.McNAIR 

41m 11s
      224th 

M.WOODS 

41m 47s
  LADIES 

  241st 

D.BRIGHT 

43m 14s
8th 

C.WHEELER 

18m 36s 251st 

J.THOMAS 

44m 50s
52nd 

A.DENNISON 

21m 28s      
65th 

E.SANDALL-BALL 

21m 53s   257 RAN 

 
117th 

H.McMAHON 

24m 40s   “A” TEAM 5th 

168pts
  140 RAN 

TEAM 9th   “B” TEAM 5th 

647pts
    VETS 4th   VETS TEAM 1st 

7pts
ANOTHER REPORT FROM JT:

KLIX SIX 10 km Road Race at BASINGSTOKE.

15th OCTOBER.This was not only the National Inter-area and South of England Championships but the second in the Hampshire road race league programme and the efforts of some who competed from the club put us in first place of the second division of the league. In fact we have less points than the leading club in the first division.

A few of us had run at Farley Mount the previous day whilst the remainder, for various reasons chose only the Klix. Ian Ford was our leading runner, 3rd vet o/all and 2nd in the vet40 catorgary in the Southern Champs. He was followed by newcomer Andy Hoiles who was a non-scoring runner in the team event. He was only 21 seconds adrift and obviously he can be an important addition to the club.

Dave Vosser was next, just outside 35 minutes and with Paddy in 37:56 gave the club 4th male team on the day which was a surprise considering paddy was in 62nd position. Martin was struggling with a chest injury following a mishap on his bike but still managed sub 39 minutes despite not being able to breathe deeply without pain.

Eric was rather disappointed with his performance but he was probably asking too much of himself considering his efforts the day before. JT completed the male interest from the club in a moderate time. In the ladies race Cath was competing for Wales in the Inter-area Champs. where she was 4th counter only just behind 3rd counter Debbie Phillios by 6 seconds. She did however have the consolation of taking 2nd vet40 in the Klix and 3rd vet35 in the Southern Champs.. Well done Cath.

 

22nd 

I.FORD 

34.07 

3rd vet40 

25th 

A.HOILES 

34.28 

 
42nd 

D.VOSSER 

36.10 

7th vet40 

74th 

A.KEENAN 

37.56 

 
85th 

C.WHEELER 

38.21 

2nd vet40 

93rd 

M.CRAWSHAW 

38.55 

 
118th 

E.TILBURY 

40.37 

2nd vet55 

236th 

J.THOMAS 

46.00 

8th vet60 

429 finished.

VILLAGE HANDICAP.

19th OCTOBER.

A monster field when a very dark night and some walkers round the Lynch affected alot of times and probably cost Keith Clark a PB. First home was Aaron who had a generous handicap as did second place Matthew who just managed to hold off the fast finishing Keith by a second. I took 4th with my fastest run since December 1995 whilst Nicky took 5th with the first PB of the new season. Other good runs came from JT, who had his fastest run for several years and John Ruffell who clocked the 2nd PB of the night.

Timewise Jamie was the only person to break 20 minutes ahead of Blissy . I said in a previous newsletter that it would be some close battles between the next two and on the night Keith beat Mark Simcox by a second to take 3rd spot. Eight new runners made their course debuts and a special word of thanks to Mick Woods who forfeited his chance of a fast run to pace round the lead group.

Thanks, as always, to John for timekeeping and also to Belinda and the girls for doing the recording. If you don’t feel like running please could you offer your services to help John out on the night.

FINALLY: Due to the conditions on the night, the opening race next year WILL be round the Foxdown course.

 

POS 

NAME 

TIME 

HCAP 

ACT TIME 

TIME POS 

 

A.HARRIS 

30.00 

5.05 

24.55 

11 

DEBUT

M.BRIGHT 

30.06 

5.05. 

25.01 

13 

DEBUT

K.CLARK 

30.07 

8.33 

21.34 

 

R.FRANCIS 

30.23 

5.27 

24.56 

12 

 

N.CLARK 

30.25 

3.48 

26.37 

18 

PB by 23 sec.

J.THOMAS 

30.30 

2.40 

27.50 

20 

 

E.SANDALL-BALL 

30.34 

3.45 

26.49 

19 

 

J.RUFFELL 

30.47 

7.46 

23.01 

PB by 1 sec.

G.PLUMB 

31.00 

5.05 

25.55 

14 

DEBUT
10 

G.DUNCAN 

31.01 

8.01 

23.00 

 
11 

M.SIMCOX 

31.05 

9.30 

21.35 

 
12 

N.DALTON 

31.29 

7.48 

23.41 

 
13 

J.JONES 

31.31 

11.35 

19.56 

 
14 

D.BRIGHT 

31.32 

5.05 

26.27 

17 

DEBUT
15 

M.BLISS 

31.34 

11.00 

20.34 

 
16 

P.WHEELER 

31.43 

9.06 

22.37 

 
17 

C.WHEELER 

31.51 

8.12 

23.39 

 
18 

E.TILBURY 

32.12 

5.59 

26.13 

15 

 
19 

G.CLOKE 

32.58 

6.38 

26.20 

16 

 
20 

S.McNAIR 

33.12 

5.05 

28.07 

21 

 
21 

M.DENNISON 

33.51 

9.57 

23.54 

10 

 
22 

T.DUNCAN 

33.55 

GO 

33.55 

23 

DEBUT
23 

J.TYAS 

34.29 

GO 

34.29 

24 

DEBUT
24 

C.WOODS 

34.30 

GO 

34.30 

25 

DEBUT
25 

M.WOODS 

34.35 

GO 

34.35 

26 

 
— 

A.TASSELL 

34.36 

GO 

34.36 

— 

DEBUT
27 

A.DENNISON 

35.13 

6.30 

28.43 

22 

 
— 

S.DIGGINS 

36.34 

7.31 

29.03 

— 

 

 

ANDOVER to NEWBURY RELAYS. 29th OCTOBER.

Why do we still called this event by the above name…any suggestions for a new title.

Following a stormy night we were greeted by a bright day with a stong westerly wind blowing. Newbury AC provided an interesting course around the Greenham Business park.The short lap consisting of two loops (ideal for spectators) whilst the long lap included a long gravel straight which followed the course of the old runway.

We had a mixed bag of results. The “A” team were easy victors, leading from the start. Following a close opening leg from Ian the race was virtually decided by a storming short leg from the inform Keith Clark. However this was a solid team effort with Jamie and Blissy clocking identical times and a very mature effort from young John Ruffell. Mark and Paul both put in good contributions to leave Voss with a gentle stroll to the finish.

The “B” team were also victorious following a super opener from Dave “the silly hat” Mills. This team ran the gamut of age-groups with juniors Gareth and Richard putting in strong runs. Senior Alan Sharpe came out of retirement to run a long leg whilst Vet40 Dave ran a blinder and thus proving a point after being dropped from the vets team. JT ended up with the glory leg to regain the trophy lost last year.

Sadly the vets. were stuffed by Newbury. Despite a heavy cold, Martin led after the first leg but somewhere along the line Newbury sneaked past. Eric, Geoff and Gavin did their best on the long legs whilst the four short legs were only covered by 25 seconds which at least showed that we were consistant. Steve was fastest despite declaring several ounces excess baggage while for David this was a new experience. Never having raced such a short distance before he put in a fine performance. John seemed happy with his first competitive run for 5 months while I enjoyed a very satisfactory burnup on the anchor leg.

The ladies were not as strong as in recent years and despite a gallant effort by Audra on the opening leg Newbury led from start to finish. Nicky did well to beat 20 minutes on a long leg while Madeline and Claire put in excellent efforts to keep the side clear of the other two teams. Sadly the lead was too big despite Cath’s very fast run on the 5th leg, Laura ran a fine anchor leg that was fast enough to have quallified her for the “B” team.

For the first time ever we managed to turn out a junior team. Aaron may have found starting with seniors a daunting prospect but he ran a great opening leg. Tom provided excellent backup with a fine run before possibly the performance of the day. Young Matthew ran a virtually solo long leg of 18m 52sec. This was a stunning run and was only 7 seconds slower than our junior squad coach. I dont know how much training (if any) Ian Vosser does but there was something vaguely familiar about the style. Is there another 400/800m runner in the making? Emily and Angela both ran short legs to complete the team and both performed very well…..Congratulations to Geoff for getting them all out on the day.

 

After the prize giving (Does anyone know where the ladies trophy is?) a large contingent managed to follow some extremely dodgy direction to the Carpenters’ Arms at Burghclere for some excellent Arkles beer.

Bionic

 

There can only be one candidate this month, Ian Ford. Second Vet in the Hants. League, third Vet in the Klix 10K, and sixth Brit in the World Duathlon Championships. Congratulations Ian, to represent your country is a great honour and achievement, which brings with it prestige to our club.

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