October 2000 ISSUE 279
Committee Meeting 16/10/00Present – P. Wheeler, C. Wheeler, M. Dennison, G. Cloke, G. Mclaughlin.
Apologies- R. Francis.
- Mesh vests – Still some to sell.
- Consistency races – Some have changed making two in a weekend. Will leave like that for now.
- 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.
- Overton 5- Final profit should be £1,500
- Christmas Dinner-Not available at golf club on 17/12/00. Need alternative venue. Cathy to try, Vine pub- Beach Arms.
- Cyclist Race- John to contact the cyclists.
- Andover, Newbury relay- all in hand.
- Vets Captain- Franny elected.
- 100 Club- Nicky or Keith will take over.
Income: – £487.80
Expenditure: – £921.92
Current: – £221.80
Reserve: – £1189.16
- Combe Gibbet- Entry forms need printing. Need to mark the course on the Saturday prior to the race. Paul to organise officials.
- 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.
- Mark to undertake the posting of the newsletter to out of touch members.
- London Marathon Club entries is in hand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
categories Light weight Medium weight & Heavyweight
while under the influence
7 SESSIONS OVER 4 DAYS
MENS 9K CROSS COUNTRY
WOMENS 3K CROSS COUNTRY
MENS/WOMENS BORDER CROSSING EVENT
SNEAKING IN & OUT OF POLAND
ANGLO CZECH RELATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…………
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.
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.
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.
|4th||C. Wheeler||10.45||1st lady Vet.|
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.
|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|
|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|
|38 RAN||TEAM 9th||168th||E.TILBURY||38m 51s|
|UNDER 17 BOYS||181st||R.FRANCIS||39m 13s|
|26th||J.RUFFELL||23m 33s||199th||G.CLOKE||39m 54s|
|8th||C.WHEELER||18m 36s||251st||J.THOMAS||44m 50s|
|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|
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.
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.
|POS||NAME||TIME||HCAP||ACT TIME||TIME POS|
|5||N.CLARK||30.25||3.48||26.37||18||PB by 23 sec.|
|8||J.RUFFELL||30.47||7.46||23.01||7||PB by 1 sec.|
ANDOVER to NEWBURY RELAYS. 29th OCTOBER.
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.
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.
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.