MAY 2002 ISSUE 298
PORTSMOUTH “D” Day 10km YATELEY 10km
SOUTHERN TRACK & FIELD FIXTURE: HASTINGS
GOODWOOD TRAIL 10km WARGRAVE 10km
AWAY MOB MATCH at BASINGSTOKE
SOUTHERN TRACK & FIELD FIXTURE: GUILDFORD
BISHOPS WALTHAM 5 mile
WOMENS’ RACE FOR LIFE at BASINGSTOKE
BOURTON ON THE WATER 15mile KINTBURY 5 mile
PLEASE CHECK NOTICE BOARD OR RUNNING MAGAZINES FOR FURTHER INFO.
A good month with 7 out of 11 runners raiding the prize list at the Test Valley 10k, a good start to the season by the track boys, a convincing win in the home mob match and last, but not least, congratulations to Aaron, who took the 800m silver medal at the county track and field championships.
Thanks to John Hoare and his helpers for the recording at the mob match and also to those who arranged the after race food in the bar. It appears that a good night was had by all. The only unfortunate occurance on the night was the accident that happened to Belinda who was struck by a passing horse box, happily she seems to have made a full recovery.
The return mob match is the same 5km (approx.) course as last year at Down Grange on Thursday 13th June. Lets have another big turnout to retain the trophy.
The track boys have started the season well with two second places in the opening fixtures, this puts the team in 6th place in division 4 west. A current league table is on the notice board.
Finally…..(if only), I am still not getting very many race reports from club members, in fact I didn’t even know that some of our lady vets. were competing in a track and field league until someone at work told me! No report from Netley and a distinct lack of interest in articles for the 300th edition in July. If you have any articles please let me have them ASAP and make my job a little easier.
EUSKIRCHEN VISIT – AUGUST 2002 from John Hoare
You may well have seen on the club notice board details of the invitation from our twin club in Germany, LC Euskirchen. For those of you who may not the race in Germany is a 10K around the streets of the city. We plan to leave on Friday 30th August returning on Monday 2nd September.
I am on holiday from 7th July and must send details to Germany of those travelling and start our own travel arrangements before I leave. Therefore I would ask anyone interested in the trip to sign the notice board by 30th June at the latest or give me a ring on 01256 770489.
Combe Gibbet – Overton, 24th March 2002 from Francis Britain of Farnham Runners
I signed myself up for this particular challenge back in January, full of the enthusiasm of New Year resolutions and listening to tales of London Marathon training runs. At that time I was in training for an annual 25hr, 50 mile challenge hike I do with the Scouts, so a 16 mile cross country run didn’t seem too bad. The hike was back in February and somehow my training didn’t really pick up after that. So finally I find myself at Overton recreation ground with a new pair of trail shoes on my feet and one long training run of 12 miles under my belt. The best approach for this was to view it as a leisurely afternoon stroll where someone else had done the route planning!
The coach took us to the start at Combe Gibbet, 25 minutes in a warm coach and everyone looked like they were preparing for an afternoon kip rather than a run. The sun was shining, but with little shelter from the wind at the top of Combe Gibbet, we all shivered in our ‘warm weather’ gear.
We set off, 150 pairs of trail shoes all carefully picking their way around the mud – I found this a bit confusing as I thought the whole point of cross country was that you did get muddy. When I reached a line of people all queuing to get round a puddle I realised that these must be road runners at heart. I bravely dipped a leg into the puddle (well someone had to get in the spirit of things) and plunged up to my knees! Oh well, start as you mean to go on and I ploughed through the puddle to cries of encouragement from some guys behind.
The first six miles of the route became increasingly more slimy. I passed a guy dressed from head to toe in white (road-runners again) – needless to say he didn’t look that white at the end. The six miles of mud took their toll, my legs felt leaden and slug-like and I thought about the training runs I had failed to do. So I dropped the pace a bit – after all, I was meant to be treating this as a bit of an afternoon stroll, and started to enjoy the views and that feel of spring in the air. The odd thing about this route is that there are no mile markers. Initially I thought this would be really frustrating, but it made it even more enjoyable as you couldn’t get too hung up about times and things (or maybe I was being a bit too laid back about all of this!). Suddenly I was at the first drinks station (8 miles), my legs seemed to have finally woken up. I pressed on, steadily running up the hill and passing about 6 or 7 guys who elected to walk. Maybe I was going to be all right after all. The trails were drier now, but the hills were tougher, the one at about 10 miles just went on and on and on, chatting to other people became a good way of taking my mind of the climbs and finally it was down, down, down off that hill, to be greeted by Geoff yelling at me that the next drinks station was just up the hill (12 miles). By now I was really enjoying myself, and the pain I kept expecting just didn’t seem to emerge. After the 12-mile point the route was mainly down hill, all the way to end – how many races are like that? The last couple of miles were hard going as high hedges penned in the trail blocking out any chance of trying to work out where you were. I passed a couple of guys who looked like they’d had enough and shouted them on, convincing them it really wasn’t far, and then hoped it really wasn’t. Finally the road came into sight and a kind lady informed me that it was only 400yds – 400yds to mugs of tea and slices of homemade cake – oh yes! My legs still had a bit of life in them so I legged it to the finish in a time of 2.17 – 88th place – not bad for something that was meant to be an afternoon stroll!
So, if anyone wants to try something other than pounding those joints on the pavement next spring, I’d really recommend this race, and it’s a bargain at £5 including coach transfer, and a lot less painful than a road race.
CIVIL SERVICE 10K ROAD RACE CHAMPS 1ST MAY 2002 – BATTERSEA PARK from Mike
These championships were held on the same day, and close to, the May Day mass protest events in central London. With loads of police milling about in Battersea Park (it appeared to be a staging post for them), and the fact that I was running, I was half expecting the ‘resisting arrest’ and ‘use of minimal force’ tactics as meted out to one of their own (PC Mills on his training exercise) that led to his ribs being broken. As it was the handcuffs remained in their usual place (by the bedstead) and just 72 hours after struggling in the Bournemouth Bay half-marathon, I lined up for this race with my sore throat having developed into a full blown cold. Therefore, I was expecting another below par performance. Somewhat ironically, this time I performed more like my old self, managing to stay with the leading group until it was whittled down to six of us with one mile to go. The eventual winner then made a break for home. Although I was able to go with him for a bit, after effects of the half-marathon, or just plain old knackered legs and failing body, told, and not only did I drop off from him but two others came by. I held on for 4th with positions 2nd to 6th being separated by only 6 seconds.
Mike Bliss 4th (2nd Vet) 32.47 300 ran.
TEST VALLEY 10km at ANDOVER 5th MAY from Franny
An excellent turnout of eleven runners for this local event resulted in a profitable day with no less than seven individuals getting amongst the prizes. The course was moved away from the town centre to Charlton sports ground. It consisted of two laps of the course that we have used in the past for the Andover relays except that it was run in the opposite direction giving us the pleasure of the long climb up through the Portway Industrial Estate at the start of each lap. It soon became apparent that the quality at the front of the 200 strong field was a bit thin on the ground but the blustery wind ensured that a hard race was had by all. The organisers set the age groups in a slightly unorthodox manner ie: 41-50 years, 51-60 years, rather than the usual 40-49. This meant that some runners qualified in a different age group than normal.
There was also a rule giving a person only one prize so the first Harrier home, Martin, who had an excellent run, had the good fortune to take the second Vets prize despite being the fourth placed Vet. Cath had a fine run to finish an admirable 6th overall and was a clear winner of the women’s race to take home a rather handsome trophy. This was my first race since London, and I had done hardly any fast running, but in a moment of madness at the start I set off far too quickly and got to halfway two minutes faster than planned. I had to work hard over the second lap to record my fastest time since October 1991. Eric put in another good run and did enough to take third in his age group.
Jill was persuaded to test her dodgy hamstring and ran faster than she expected to take the Old ladies title (no sour grapes from me, just because I didn’t get a prize). Next was the closest finish of the day as Dave chopped over a minute off his PB to narrowly get the better of Mike. It was good to see them competing and both show every sign of going faster as the summer progresses. Liz just missed the 45 minute barrier but still managed to take third prize despite being in the top end of her age group.
JT took the over 60 title with fine run to add yet another plaque to his monster collection. Also getting into the pot hunting was Moira who was delighted at taking first in her age group with useful sub 50 minute time. Helen completed the squad and seemed pleased with her run afterwards and is another who will be looking to go faster as the year goes on.
37m 14sec 63rd
37m 45sec 76th
39m 09sec 102nd
40m 33sec 131st
43m 56sec 186 FINISHERS
Their have been a few complaints (mainly from “Hinge and Bracket”) with regard that there is no actual fixture list for the consistency league. This is due to myself not having the entry details for events more than two months hence. If you look at the notice board you will see league events clearly marked and advertised as soon as the details become available. I AM NOT PICKING EVENTS TO SUIT MY OWN DIARY, in fact I’m actually working for the Netley and Braishfield events. If anyone wishes to suggest a race for inclusion in the league then please let me know. The latest addition to the league will be the Stoke “six”. This is a local event in the Bourne Valley and is described as a rural road race with some hills and tracks. It is being held on 6th July with a 12:30pm start. SEE NOTICE BOARD FOR ENTRIES.
Committee Meeting 13/5/02
Present G. Cloke. M. Dennison. P. Wheeler. C. Wheeler. R. Francis. G. Mclaughlin.
Consistency. Will add the Stoke “6”.
Club Dinner. Evening went well, food was very good. Also had letter of thanks from Fiona Heald.
AGM. Decided that the bar had been acceptable, will hold the meeting here again.
Club Pentathlon. Date chosen is July7th. Starting at 9.30 am.
Leaving gift for the barman was decided on £50.
Sport Development meeting was May 21st.
Donkey Derby. June 4th. Mark to put notice on the board.
Letter from Carol Quinn. Thanking us for our contribution towards lighting at Down Grange.
Overton School Association are holding a summer fete, and wonder if we would like to hold a stall.. This is the same day as a Summer League Match, decided to decline the offer.
Coaching Bursaries are available from the Council. Gwyneth to put notice on the board.
Jill wants a training group to take part in the next Mob Match, as guests. Need to ask Neil Proctor.
Consistency points. Have to decide if 1st claim and 2nd claim will be included.
Fund raising for Paul Allen. Funds already exceeded amount needed, we felt this was not necessary to follow up.
Meeting closed at 9.15p.m. Date of next meeting 10/06/02
Southern Men’s T&F League, Milton Keynes, 4th May 2002 by Ian Vosser
Ivan Nikolk and Darren Cuff got us off to a great start by winning the shot with some good throwing. Our 2001 Southern League Athlete of the year, Chris Jones, carried this on by winning the 400m hurdles B string.
In the hammer we managed to gain ourselves a 2nd and 3rd place by Simon Morgan and Ivan Nikolk. In the 100m we got two 2nd places, which was keeping us in a good 2nd place only Milton Keynes were in front of us. In the Javelin, Darren gave us another 1st place with a throw of 36.74, which beat all other efforts by the other teams.
The 5000m was a easy win for Jamie Jones and Mike Bliss. In the 400m to follow David Vosser only managed to get 3rd place whereas Chris Jones continued his winning ways for the day. The first event for new boy Danny Johnston was the 200m where he gained himself a second place in 24.5. The 3000m steeplechase was soon to follow, and both our runners, Keith Vallis and Mark Simcox, came in with another win. While they were running their 3000m, Danny was doing the triple jump. He successfully managed to jump 12.01 metres, which gave him a clear win.
All in all, the day was very successful, we came away with a second place which leaves us 7th in the league table. Lets hope the next event will give us another second place or maybe even a win!
EVENT POS. A STRING PERF. POS B STRING PERF.
100M 5 K.CLARK 13.2 sec 5 C.JONES 13.8sec
200M 2 D.JOHNSTONE 24.5sec 4 C.JONES 26.3sec
400M 3 D.VOSSER 56.7sec 1 C.JONES 56.9sec
800M 2 D.VOSSER 2m 09.6sec 2 M.SIMCOX 2m 14.8sec
1500M 1 M.BLISS 4m 34.1sec 1 K.CLARK 4m 38.6sec
5000M 1 J.JONES 15m 49.3sec 1 M.BLISS 16m 20.0sec
3000S/C 1 K.VALLIS 10m 39.2sec 1 M.SIMCOX 11m 40.8sec
110M H 3 D.CUFF 24.5sec
400M H 4 K.VALLIS 70.4 sec 1 C.JONES 66.5 sec
L.JUMP 5 K.CLARK 4.08m 5 P.WHEELER 3.85m
T.JUMP 1 D.JOHNSTONE 12.01m
H.JUMP 3 D.CUFF 1.40m 2 J.JONES 1.20m
P.VAULT 2 D.CUFF 1.60m 2 P.WHEELER 1.60m
SHOT 1 I.NIKOLIC 10.29m 1 D.CUFF 9.09m
DISCUS 1 S.MORGAN 28.34m 3 P.WHEELER 18.94m
JAVELIN 1 D.CUFF 36.47m 3 I.NIKOLIC 17.89m
HAMMER 2 S.MORGAN 34.68m 3 I.NIKOLIC 25.51m
4 X 100M 3 53.9sec
4 X 400M 3 4m 06.4sec
MILTON KEYNES 149 pts.
OVERTON 124.5 pts
WORTHING 88 pts.
WYCOMBE PHOENIX 59 pts.
WINCHESTER 48.5 pts.
MOB MATCH AGAINST BASINGSTOKE OVER THE TRIANGLE 5K COURSE 9th MAY from Franny
An amazing turn out with no less than 30 people competing for the club as we took a good grip on the missing trophy after the home leg with the final score being Overton 359 points against Basingstoke’s 557 points. With eight in the first ten finishers we had a good start that was helped by more good packing in the middle of the field.
Jamie led the field home ahead of Blissy who missed his PB by a second. Ian Ford put in a good performance though Mark was some way below his best in fourth and just held off Amanda Proctor who led the Basingstoke team home. Eleven runners made their course debuts with Voss running well for 5th counter ahead of Keith. Other good debuts came from Cath, Jill, Dave Titcomb plus Ed and Dorothy Wicke. It was also good to see Frank Kenny back after several years absence.
Seven runners broke their PB’s : Madeline (74 sec), Ian Vosser (65 sec), Aaron (61 sec), Moira (53 sec), Franny (51 sec), Andy (47 sec) and Steve (45 sec). This made for a very interesting handicap event with Madeline scoring a big win over her son Ian. Dorothy took third ahead of Aaron and yours truly, as less than 3 minutes covered the pack between 2nd and 26th places.
RESULTS OF THE HOME MOB MATCH.
Hampshire Track & Field Championships Portsmouth Saturday 11th May from Geoff
The weather was warm and sunny, but a stiff headwind between the 100 and 200metre track points provided unwelcome opposition to athletes competing in 400metre races and above.
Aaron, running in the 800metres under 15 Boys category, warmed up by comfortably winning his heat in 2mins 18secs in preparation for the final, two hours later in the afternoon. Here he was up against tough opposition, but after a good start found himself making up the lead group of three, and going through 400metres in 63 seconds. At this point the group began to stretch out with Aaron hanging on to third place, until he passed the second placed runner with 150 metres remaining, only to be pipped by him on the line. Unfortunately the boy who crossed the line first, was disqualified, for breaking into the inside lane before the official limit, promoting Aaron to second place, in a personal best time of 2mins 14.99secs.
Open and Fire Service Duathlon Thruxton Sunday 12th May from Geoff
Not content with a 5K PB in the Mob Match the previous Thursday, and a PB in the 800m on the previous day, Aaron decided to
enter this competition, because long term he has ambitions to compete in the Triathlon at the highest level. The race was promoted as a Run 2K, Bike 7K, Run 1K but the recorded times put doubt on the accuracy of the distances. Nevertheless, Aaron competing in the 13/14year age band, led by 15 seconds after the first run, but was caught at the end of the bike race. However he managed to pull away towards the end of the second run to win the race by 4 seconds.
MOORS VALLEY COUNTRY PARK 10K 12 MAY 2002 near Ringwood from Mike
Julie and I have been taking the kids to this park for a number if years but had never heard of this race. However, I was handed an entry form at the finish of the Bournemouth half-marathon two weeks before and thought “just the job”. I could play the caring husband and father role by taking the wife and monsters for a nice day out, accidentally get lost on the ‘tree top trail’, and slip off for a quick 10k. The weather played its part by being warm and sunny, and the course lived up to my expectations. The race is flat, run entirely in the park, mostly on gravel/stony tracks through woods, a golf course, and around lakes. As the paths twist and curve the surface, though good, still slows you, the times were slower than on the road. However, for a nice day out, low key race, through pleasant surroundings, it was great.
I only recognised two other runners Larry Austin and Duncan Hurdwell from Bournemouth. They used to be close rivals of mine, but luckily for me are not as fit as they used to be. I led from the start, but probably started too fast. This certainly made it the hard run that I wanted rather than the easy run I could have had. I was pleased to win and break Duncan’s course record, which was set, when he was sunning well.
The “pay and play” golf course was cheap and looked good. Now what a day that could be. Morning training run through acres of forest, brunch, round of golf, pub meal and beer. But would the family suss that you hadn’t been stuck on the small gauge steam railway 10 hours!
Mike Bliss 1st (by 3 mins) 33.13 (new course record).
Andover District Schools T&F Championships Tuesday May 14 at Charlton from Geoff
Scott Graham running in the 400m, qualified for the final in a PB of 66secs, and then followed that up with fourth place in the final in 68secs. Aaron Harris easily won an uneventful 800m in 2m 25s to qualify for the Hampshire Schools Championships in June.
Southern Men’s T&F League, Toting BEC, 18th May 2002 by John Hoare
Our fine start to the Southern League campaign continued at Tooting Bec as we picked up another excellent second place in spite of fielding a below strength team. In fact at the half way stage it looked as if it could have been even better as we were sharing top spot with the host team, South London Harriers. Unfortunately we fell away slightly over the closing stages but still managed a comfortable runners-up spot.
Probably our man of the match was Darren Cuff who had a tremendous day taking wins in the Javelin and ‘B’ string Discus and seconds in the ‘B’ Hammer and Shot. Add to that a win in the 400m Hurdles and good points in the Steeplechase, 110m Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump and Pole Vault, he produced a massive points total. In the field events Simon gave excellent support with three ‘A’ string thirds and a win in the ‘B’ Javelin.
On the track we continued to dominate the longer distance events with another double first to Jamie and Mike in the 5000m (will anyone give them competition at this event this season?). Keith Vallis pulled off a fine win in the Steeplechase to add to his second place in the 400m Hurdles, while over 1500m Chris and Keith Clark gained nine points out of ten. Dave was in tremendous form with a second places in the ‘A’ 800m and 400m and anchored our 4x400m relay team to their best result for ages. Note the support again given by Keith and Chris who also gained seconds in these events with Chris gaining a similar result in the 200m ‘B’.
Young Jeremy confirmed his promise with an easy win in the Long Jump, second in the High Jump, second in the Hurdles and third in the Triple Jump. Add to that good points in the 100m and 200m he was also a major points earner.
Well done also to our Team Manager Paul for his points in the Pole Vault, Eric for his choice of Inns on the way home and to Anna, JT and Ben for their help with the Filed Judging.
RESULTS OF MATCH 2 at TOTING BEC
EVENT POS A STRING PERF. POS B STRING PERF.
100M 4 J.REYNOLDS 12.5 sec 5 K.CLARK 14.5 sec
200M 4 J.REYNOLDS 25.6 sec 2 C.JONES 26.7 sec
400M 2 D.VOSSER 55.7 sec 2 K.CLARK 56.2 sec
800M 2 D.VOSSER 2m 05.5 sec 2 K.CLARK 2m 13.0 sec
1500M 2 C.JONES 4m 33.7 sec 1 K.CLARK 4m 36.3 sec
5000M 1 J.JONES 16m 02.4 sec 1 M.BLISS 16m 25.9 sec
110M H 2 J.REYNOLDS 23.7 sec 2 D.CUFF 27.5 sec
400M H 2 K.VALLIS 68.8 sec 1 D.CUFF 74.1 sec
3000 S/C 1 K.VALLIS 10m 36.1 sec 4 D.CUFF 12m 13.9 sec
L.JUMP 1 J.REYNOLDS 5.74m 5 D.CUFF 4.01m
T.JUMP 3 J.REYNOLDS 11.37m 5 K.VALLIS 8.61m
H.JUMP 2 J.REYNOLDS 1.60m 5 D.CUFF 1.00m
P.VAULT 5 D.CUFF 1.10m 3= P.WHEELER 1.10m
SHOT 3 S.MORGAN 8.90m 2 D.CUFF 8.34m
DISCUS 3 S.MORGAN 29.86m 1 D.CUFF 23.53m
JAVELIN 1 D.CUFF 35.25m 1 S.MORGAN 33.80m
HAMMER 3 S.MORGAN 34.06m 2 D.CUFF 22.15m
4 X100M 4 54.6 sec
4X 400M 2 3m 53.3 sec
S.LONDON HARRIERS 140 pts.
OVERTON 124.5 pts.
THAMES VALLEY HARRIERS 112 pts.
PLYMOUTH 100.5 pts.
WIMBOURNE 31 pts.
Netley 10K Sunday 19th May from Geoff
A respectable group represented us at this year’s race, run in the grounds of Victoria Park near Southampton in dry sunny conditions. Mike Bliss, somewhat jaded from a 5K track race the day before, was the first Harrier home in 5th place in 33m 9s, followed by Keith Clark in 19th place in 36m 56s, his first distance race for three months. The steadily improving Andy Hartley was 24th in 37m 59s, whilst the private battle between arch rivals Dave Henery and Eric Tilbury resulted in a victory for Henery in 41m 26s by just 8 seconds, and one race place. Audra Dennison was 57th in 42m 25s, Nicky Clark 116th in 46m 50s, and John Thomas was 2nd in the over 60s category just 20 seconds down on the winner. Dorothy Wicke was 132nd in 48m 6s and Belinda Lade completed the Club’s contingent in 245th place in 56 minutes exactly.
Southern Counties Veterans Track and Field League at Portsmouth Monday 20 May from Liz
The weather was so severe that proceedings were halted to avoid a thunderstorm, which threatened the safety of competitors. However despite sporadic torrential rain, Liz Sandal-Ball was third in her category in the 3000metres in a time of 14m 29s and fourth in the Discus with a throw of 11.5metres. In the same category Moira West won the 800metres in 2m 59s and was third in the 200metres in 34.1s.