Newsletter – March 2001

NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2001 ISSUE 284

EVENTS DIARY:

APRIL 8th

 

TOTTON 10Km + THAMES TOWPATH 10miles
13th

MAIDENHEAD 10miles
14th

NEWPORT to RYDE 7miles + BOURNEMOUTH quarter marathon !!
22nd

LONDON MARATHON
26th

CLUB AGM
27th

CLUB PRESENTATION DINNER
29th

BRACKNELL and BOURNEMOUTH half-marathons
   
MAY 5th

 

SOUTHERN TRACK FIXTURE at ANDOVER
6th

FORDINGBRIDGE 10Km + NEOLITHIC MARATHON
7th

SHINFIELD 10Km
13th

ALTON 10 Miles
19th

ISLE OF WIGHT marathon
20th

NETLEY 10Km + (Afternoon) CLUB PENTATHLON (to be confirmed)
26th

BATH (hilly) 10 Miles
27th

ROPLEY 10Km
28th

WITNEY 10Km
   
JUNE 2nd

 

SOUTHERN TRACK FIXTURE at BATTERSEA PARK.
3rd

POOLE 10Km
6th

PORTSMOUTH “D DAY” 10Km (7.00pm) + YATELEY 10Km (7:30pm)

PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED, CHECK NOTICE BOARD FOR FURTHER INFO.

The foot and mouth outbreak has affected the running calendar with many events postponed or cancelled including the Bramley 20 and, sadly, our own Combe Gibbet run. It has also meant changes to training, especially on the long Sunday morning runs when we generally try to get off-road. This extra mileage on the roads has started to have an effect on some legs and backs. However with the lighter evenings now with us it makes a pleasant change not having to toil round the village course several times a week.

Several events to look out for include the club AGM after training on April 26th with the club presentation dinner taking place at the Test Valley Golf Course on April 27th. If you are interested in the dinner please contact Cath As soon as Possible.

The cross-country event planned for Laverstoke Park has fallen victim to the foot and mouth but will hopefully be run on September 15th instead.

Finally, at this time of year a young man’s thoughts turn to …………..track and field. The opening fixture is a home match at Andover on May 5th. Any offers of help would be greatly appreciated. Lets hope we have a successful season this year.

Junior Sports Person of the Year 2000

The Recreation Centre awards a trophy for the Junior Sports Person of the year, for sports which include football, rugby, cricket, golf, and of course athletics. This year the trophy was won by 13 year old

Scott Graham for his progress in golf , athletics, and football.

 

Scott trains regularly with us on Monday evenings and on Tuesday evenings at Down Grange, and has competed in all last seasons Hampshire XC League races.

His commitment to sport is exemplary and Overton Harriers are proud to have played a major part in helping Scott to win this prestigious award.

 

 

  

WOKINGHAM Half-marathon.

11th FEBRUARY. 

5th

J.JONES 1hr 12min 39sec
12th

K.CLARK 1hr 14min 51sec
171st

N.DALTON 1hr 27min 23sec
232nd

A.HARTLEY 1hr 29min 51sec
260th

D.HENERY 1hr 31min 20sec
283rd

M.WOODS 1hr 32min 07sec
456th

J.THOMAS 1hr 37min 35sec

1748 Finished

FOXDOWN HANDICAP.

Another season came to an end on a cold clear night and Dave Henry’s early starting position was met with ridicule by some runners. He didn’t let it affect him as he made full use of his advantage to win by well over a minute and improved his PB by almost two minutes. Alistair improved on last months 3rd place to take second on the night ahead of Liz who had a comfortable gap over Cath. In fifth, Jill recorded the other PB of the night with an 8 second improvement. Promising debut runs came from Chris Jones who finished 3rd fastest and Andy Hartley (6th). Fastest on the night was Jamie with a time only he and Patrick Hoare have bettered. Second fastest was Blissy despite running a personal worst time as all his previous efforts have been sub 20 minutes. It appears to have been a night for PW’s as Mike was joined by Tom, Matt, Geoff and Voss in running slower than ever before.

1st MARCH.

POS

 

NAME

 

TIME

 

H’CAP

 

ACT.TIME

 

TIME POS

 

1

D.HENERY

26.26

3.17

23.09

8

2

A.PAUL

27.40

1.47

25.53

17

3

E.SANDALL-BALL

28.05

2.47

25.18

15

4

C.WHEELER

28.13

5.55

22.18

7

5

J.HILLS

28.17

3.44

24.33

12

6

A.HARTLEY

28.30

6.25

22.05

5

J.JONES

28.31

10.18

18.13

7

D.BRIGHT

28.32

4.29

24.03

10

8

N.DALTON

28.33

6.16

22.17

6

9

G.PLUMB

28.37

4.37

24.00

9

10

M.WOODS

28.47

3.58

24.49

13

11

C.JONES

28.51

8.32

20.19

2

12

E.TILBURY

29.02

4.55

24.07

11

13

M.SIMCOX

29.13

8.32

20.41

3

14

M.BLISS

29.27

9.22

20.05

1

15

K.CLARK

29.35

8.16

21.19

4

16

S.McNAIR

29.40

4.39

25.01

14

17

J.THOMAS

29.56

2.04

27.52

19

S.DIGGINS

31.11

5.13

25.58

18

T.DUNCAN

31.48

0.10

31.38

21

19

G.CLOKE

31.48

4.48

27.00

18

20

A.BRIGHT

33.01

4.32

28.29

20

21

D.VOSSER

33.42

7.54

25.48

16

The winter handicaps appear to be more popular than ever with a record total of 46 runners participating this season. Only a dozen ran the required five events to remain in the leagues and well done to all of you. Winner of this years handicap league is Keith Clark ahead of perennial medal winner Liz. Dave Bright took the third spot after a good season. Winner of the time league is Mark Simcox who had set this as a target very early on. Runner up is Keith with another perennial medallist, Nick beating Cath for third place. Many thanks to all those who helped out with the timekeeping and marshalling at the Institute, especially JOHN HOARE and BELINDA. Below are a summary of the final tables……FULL TABLES ARE ON THE NOTICE BOARD.

  HANDICAP LEAGUE.

 

 

      TIME LEAGUE.

 

 

 
1

K.CLARK

22 points

  1

M.SIMCOX

7 points

2

E.SANDALL-BALL

26 ”

  2

K.CLARK

10 ”

3

D.BRIGHT

31 ”

  3

N.DALTON

27 ”

4

G.PLUMB

35 ”

  4

C.WHEELER

29 ”

5

M.SIMCOX

38 ”

  5

D.BRIGHT

51 ”

6

M.BRIGHT

45 ”

  6

G.PLUMB

52 ”

7

C.WHEELER

46 ”

  7

E.TILBURY

57 ”

8

E.TILBURY

49 ”

  8

M.BRIGHT

59 ”

9

N,DALTON

54 ”

  9

G.CLOKE

76 ”

10

J.THOMAS

63 ”

  10

E.SANDALL-BALL

88 ”

11

G.CLOKE

90 ”

  11

J.THOMAS

90 ”

12

M.WOODS

101 ”

  12

M.WOODS

107 ”

FINALLY: The first race next season will be the Foxdown course in October.

 

During the training weekend in Cornwall a couple of club members, who shall remain nameless, pointed out that one of our much respected seniors left nothing to chance when going to a race. In fact it was mentioned that he took everything but the kitchen sink in his car to the Wokingham half….. so the two nameless runners (no doubt fuelled by a pint or two) have prepared a checklist to ensure that no runner should leave home without the full compliment of equipment that is necessary when turning out for the club. 

CHECKLIST       RACE DIRECTIONS    
PEN       AA ROAD ATLAS    
SPARE PEN       ORDNANCE SURVEY MAPS    
SPARE CHECKLIST       A-Z    
VEST       SATELLITE NAVIGATION AID    
CLEAN UNDERPANTS       COMPASS    
SHORTS       ST. CHRISTOPHER    
SOCKS (3 pairs)       ASTROLOGICAL CHART    
RUNNING SHOES (warm up)       LUCKY RABBIT’S FOOT    
RUNNING SHOES (racing flats)       TAROT CARDS    
RUNNING SHOES (spikes)       FIRST AID KIT    
RACE NUMBER       TENT    
RACE DETAILS       TENT PEGS    
PINS       SLEEPING BAG    
EXTRA PINS       LARGE CAR REPAIR KIT    
PACKED LUNCH       SPARE WHEEL    
PACKED DINNER       OIL CAN    
PACKED TEA       WATER CAN    
FLASK OF TEA/COFFEE       PETROL CAN    
ISOTONIC DRINK       CAR STARTING HANDLE    
WATER BOTTLE       AA MEMBERSHIP    
TOILET ROLL       RAC MEMBERSHIP    
TALC       GREEN FLAG MEMBERSHIP    
SOAP       SNOW CHAINS    
SHAMPOO       SURVIVAL SUIT    
COUGH MEDECINE       WORRY BEADS    
PARACETAMOL       WALLET    
EMBROCATION       CASHPOINT CARD    
GOOSE GREASE (extra large tub)       CREDIT CARDS    
STOPWATCH       SPARE CASH TO BELLY UP    
SPARE BATTERY FOR STOPWATCH       BIN LINER    
SPARE STOPWATCH       EAR PLUGS    
BATTERY FOR SPARE STOPWATCH       SUNGLASSES    
MOBILE PHONE       SUNTAN LOTION    
SPARE BATTERY FOR PHONE       HANDKERCHIEF    
COINS FOR PAYPHONE       CAR KEYS    
RUNNING SUIT       CAR MANUAL (for Nick)    
SHELL SUIT       GOOD PUB GUIDE    
RUNNING GLOVES       SPARE SHOE LACES    
RUNNING HAT       BOILED SWEETS    
CAMERA       WORRY BEADS    
SPARE FILM FOR CAMERA       TEAM MATES    
SPARE BATTERY FOR CAMERA       EMERGENCY CHECKLIST    

 

 

EASTLEIGH 10Km

The current foot and mouth crisis ensured that there would be no shortage of entrants for this years’ event, with so many others being cancelled or postponed. It is understood that 1300 entries were accepted with a further 300 refused, there being no entries on the day. In fact 1078 runners finished which is up on previous years.

In cold and windy conditions Ian was our first man home in 34:28, an excellent time considering a 90 minute stint on a stationary bike just before the race! This was sufficient to give Ian the club championship for this years 10k. Next to finish was Martin who did well to get the better of an improving Dave Vosser who was running under Keith Clark’s number. Nick “took” the seniors title being the only non-vet running and well pleased with his good run in 38:56.

Eric was well psyched up for this event having not raced for some weeks and had a good running 39:37 but, “only” finished 9th in the over 55 category. Mick Woods and Liz had spirited runs in good times and Liz was only 20 odd seconds outside the prize list. JT and Moira, who took 5th lady in the over 55 age group, completed the club interest. JT was slightly disappointed with his time but the consistency points that he picked up moved him above the absent Dave Henery in the final table where he took third place overall.

18th MARCH. REPORT FROM JT.

50th I.FORD 34.28 8th V40
81st M.CRAWSHAW 36.05  
98th D.VOSSER 36.50  
163rd N.DALTON 38.56  
188th E.TILBURY 39.37 9th V55
227th M.WOODS 42.01  
315th E.SANDALL-BALL 43.53 5th W45
473rd J.THOMAS 46.23 10th V60
667th M.WEST 50.28 5th W50

1078 Finished.

 

 

CONSISTENCEY LEAGUE.

This years league has sadly been beset with problems with races cancelled and missing the entry date of the Christchurch 10k. However the twelve races that finally compiled the league saw many good performances which made the league competitive to the end. Congratulations therefore to the winners in each category. The senior men’s title goes to Nick who was the only club member able to compete in every event. Second overall was Keith Clark who picked up maximum points in three races including both the half-marathons. Mark Simcox was third senior but was beaten by no less than eight Old Gits.The veteran men’s competition was the one that attracted most comment, mainly from Dave Henery whose whole season was geared to take the title. He led going into the final fixture which he was forced to miss, thus letting in that wily old fox, JT, to steal the title. Nice one John. Equal on points with Dave was Ian Ford who scored maximum points in five races.

Cath scored a maximum in every race she ran but, with her missing at Eastleigh, Liz was able to take advantage of the double points available to win the ladies title. Well done also to Helen whose participation in the cross-country league paces scored her enough point to beat Nicky for third place. Below are listed the final points, the full table is on the notice board.

POS   POINTS   POS   POINTS
1 N.DALTON 260   11 M.SIMCOX 112
2 K.CLARK 204   12 D.VOSSER 102
3 J.THOMAS 180   13 R.FRANCIS 65
4 D.HENERY 178   14 D.MILLS 64
5 I.FORD 178   15 G.CLOKE 50
6 E.TILBURY 173   16 D.BRIGHT 45
7 G.DUNCAN 136   17 M.BLISS 40
8 M.CRAWSHAW 136   18 S.McNAIR 33
9 P.WHEELER 124   19 M.DENNISON 31
10 M.WOODS 115        

 

POS

  POINTS
1

E.SANDALL-BALL

165
2

C.WHEELER

140
3

H.McMAHON

82
4

N.CLARK

75
5

A.DENNISON

69
6

M.WEST

69
7

J.HILLS

57
8

M.VOSSER

31

 

 

CLUB RECORD FOR SIMCOX ??? from Franny

EPSOM ODDBALLS 2000 PERCH Multi-terrain Race. 28th JANUARY

With not running at Parliament Hill, I decided to enter the second running of this excellent multi-terrain race. The location being right near the main stand at Epsom racecourse made this a great scenic race, much better than the Goodwood Hants. league. The course was measured in the old unit of PERCHES. And amounted to 6.25 miles in total.

The course starts off on road, up a hill, and then does a loop round the boundary of the racecourse. It then leads onto a large loop of various muddy tracks, road and woodland before finishing in a valley with a steep uphill to the finish line.

A group of four of us got away after about a mile and I took the lead at halfway with only one other runner with me. He stuck with me from here on in and just got me on the steep uphill with about 30 meters to go. I won a new pair of tracksters and a tenner for my efforts. I recommend this race to anyone and will hopefully go for it next year.

RESULT: 1st T. FROST 36m 43secs. (Liss Runners)

2nd M. SIMCOX 36m 45secs.

Approx. 350 Runners.

MANY THANKS TO MARK FOR THE ABOVE REPORT.

WELL: Does this qualify as an inaugural club record?. A perch is an old unit of distance that equates to roughly 5.5 yards. Already I have been told that some club members have been CARPING on about this record’s legitimacy. I now await a landslide of record claims covering the full gamut of the many weird imaginations in this club…….However 2nd place in such a large field was a fine performance by Mark who, with his recent form is starting to show a more competitive edge to his running.

STATTO.Editors Note

Franny with your references to Perch and Carp, isn’t this the report of the Harriers Angling Competition held at Laverstoke Lake last Saturday, and if so it is not clear who won, or how the consistency points were allocated.

EASTLEIGH 10Km HANDICAP.

The handicap event run in conjunction with this event resulted in a clear victory for Eric. Martin Crawshaw took the silver with Nick pipping Liz for the bronze.

NEXT MONTHS NEWSLETTER LOOKS AS IF IT WILL BE ON THE THIN SIDE SO, IF YOU HAVE ANY ARTICLES OR REPORTS THAT MAY FILL IT OUT PLEASE PASS THEM TO GEOFF OR FRANNY.

FROM THE ARCHIVES.

With the foot and mouth outbreak causing the cancellation of several events this month the newsletter is a bit thin on race reports. So, to pad it out a bit it seems a good time to recall the ever popular archive archive report. This months report comes from 1984 when timekeeping WAS accurate, and not done with a candle clock as suggested by Nick.

COMBE GIBBET 1st APRIL 1984.

In cold, windy conditions fast times did not appear to be on, but Voss defied the elements with a magnificent run to knock some three minutes off his previous best time to win the Pugh Cup as first Overton athlete. Dave Perren also had an excellent run in 9th place to take the runner’s up trophy for the club, while Franny narrowly defeated JT. in the closest finish of the day for the third place trophy. Another fine run from Maurice gave us five in the top twenty, while a couple of minutes behind Pete was another to gain a PB. for the course. Eric had a rather diappointing run although he did edge out the improving Derek Graves with both getting well inside the two hour mark. Larry put in another improved performance, finishing some ten minutes clear of newcomer Peter Benger with Morton completing a good club contingent for such an event.

 

 

 

 

5th

D.VOSSER 1hr 36m 21s 35th

E.TILBURY 1hr 55m 35s
9th

D.PERREN 1hr 43m 07s 37th

D.GRAVES 1hr 56m 34s
14th

R.FRANCIS 1hr 44m 28s 79th

L.WIGMORE 2hr 13m 46s
15th

J.THOMAS 1hr 44m 43s 95th

P.BENGER 2hr 23m 37s
19th

M.PARRY 1hr 47m 10s 104th

M.WELLS 2hr 48m 02s
24th

P.NUTLEY 1hr 49m 14s      
           
        105 FINISHED  
           

Editors Note

Franny I think you are being modest for not trumpeting your own result in this race. A time of 1:44 is a very fast time and prompts me to take back all that I have said about you.

NEXT MONTHS NEWSLETTER LOOKS AS IF IT WILL BE ON THE THIN SIDE SO, IF YOU HAVE ANY ARTICLES OR REPORTS THAT MAY FILL IT OUT PLEASE PASS THEM TO GEOFF OR FRANNY.

 

BIONIC

An enforced quiet month with the foot and mouth epidemic depriving us of some key races making it impossible to select a winner

Rather belatedly, the writer is providing a brief report of this years club championship for the half-marathon. Only six male members were attracted to this excellent course plus Jamie who was running under his other hat. The only problem with the event seems to be that it is a victim of it’s own popularity plus a change of start down a very narrow, stony track instead of the road used last year. Keith Clark had a superb run taking some two and a half minutes off his PB and a very respectable 12th place in the field. A run well worth the club championship. Next to finish was Nick who seemed to be satisfied with his run despite being slower than last year.

Newcomer Andy was a surprise because nobody knew he was running and he acquitted himself well with a time of 1:29. Dave had a much better run than last year when he started at the back of the field. This year he started farther forward and finished first veteran home with a run that seems a bit below his potential considering the panic training he put in leading up to the event. Mick continued the improved form he showed at Bournemouth and only lost out to Dave Henery in the closing stages. Our final interest was JT who was severely affected by the stiff breeze on the return towards the finish and slowed as a result.

The club handicap run in conjunction was unsurprisingly won by Keith with Mick’s gutsy effort taking the silver. JT took a well deserved bronze ahead of Nick and Dave.

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