All posts by Ross Wilkes

Lanzarote Marathon

Whilst the rest of the Road Runners froze back in the Uk, club marathon man Steve Hickman decided to catch a tan and of course a cheeky 26.2 miles whilst in Lanzarote. Sadly the winter weather still found his way to Steve and he went into his race with cold and bad cough. The marathon is a simple coastal out and back however was surprisingly lumpy and was no walk in the park.

With fairly warm weather and a light breeze it was great conditions. Steve made his way from Los Pocillos before heading up through Arrecife to Costa Teguise and back. Steve started strong but his cold had other ideas. ‘The wheels fell off in the early stages. It meant a considerable amount of walking’. But the Road Runners are known for being tough cookies and he ploughed on and finished in 4.55 just as the rain started. Brilliant effort Steve, a marathon is full of obstacles already so to overcome an extra one is always a big achievement.

Awards Night

After some brilliant accomplishments by every single Road Runner in 2019 the annual christmas party was a chance to reflect and celebrate . The night opened to a great video presentation featuring the highlights from the year with our athletes taking in huge challenges, busting out some rapid times and travelling all over the country and beyond to do it. Chairman Keith Winchcombe and Vice Chairman Sarah Sharpe presented the awards for the night, firstly reviewing trophies given throughout the year.

IoW Half 1st male Stuart Backhouse

IoW Half 1st female Jodie Wilmott

IoW Mar 1st male Bill Goozee

IoW Mar 1st female Rosie Sexton

St Georges 1st male Stuart Backhouse

St Georges 1st female Rosie Sexton

Club 10K 1st male Ross wilkes

Club 10k 1st female Rosie Sexton

5k series 1st male Ross Wilkes

5k series 1st female Sue Hunter

5k most improved Claire Jasper

Winter Nominated Gary Sharp

Summer Nominated Sarah Sharp

In the Hampshire League Kevin Rann, David Blake and Ross Wilkes walked away with the mens prizes while Jodie Wilmott, Bridget Keyte and Zoe Sherwin got the ladies.

Onto the rest of the awards, first up was most improved female athlete. Shortlisted was Lyn Snow, Gill Bushell and Jodie Wilmott with Jodie taking the award. With PBs across all distances and a brilliant leader as ladies captain this year it was well deserved. In the mens, shortlisted were James Shoulder, Ross Wilkes and Simon Pilcher with Ross picking up the award. For the clubmans award shortlisted were Stuart Backhouse, Ross Wilkes and James Shoulder with Stuart getting the trophy. Stuart has been inspiring to everyone in the club helping others with training and leading Monday bootcamps. In the club ladies award nominated was Bridget Keyte, Jodie Wilmott and Sarah Sharpe with Sarah taking home the prize. Sarah is and always been one of the central people involved in keeping the club running smoothly and works tirelessly for the Road Runners.

After a quick food break we moved onto the London Marathon draw presented by Nick Kenney 6 members had completed the required amount of qualifying races with George Butler, Giorgio Marinelli, Bridget Keyte, Steve Bennett, Tracey Houdoire and Ross Wilkes. As each envelope was opened one by one Tracey and Ross got the winning golden tickets for next years big race.

With a raffle, disco and plenty of drinks a great night was had by all, a massive thank you to everyone who organised.

Chilly Hilly

One of the highlights of the December festive races, the Chilly Hilly always attracts many athletes from the Island and even beyond (it was the feature race in Runners World recently). With the clubs christmas awards night the evening before our Road Runners may have needed a bit more of a nudge to get out of bed to the race than usual but were out in great numbers and giving it their all. Organised by West Wight Leisure Centre, it has a 10 mile route on mixed terrain and as the name suggests plenty of hills.

Starting from the Sports Centre it heads through to Freshwater Bay before heading up to the dreaded but beautiful Tennyson Downs all the way to the Needles whereupon our runners head across Headon Warren, down to Totland and Colwell before heading back home. Though the weather was kind the wind proved challenging to the runners in the first half of the race with thick mud being a obstacle in the latter.

First in was Ross Wilkes getting 2nd place overall. Next was clubman of the year Stuart Backhouse getting 9th overall and 1st in age category. Simon Riley and David Blake came in together both getting top 20 and Simon getting 3rd in age. Gradually the Road Runners pushed there way to the finish. Margeret Niland Murphy grabbed 2nd in age with Julia Parker getting 3rd in hers.

Ross Wilkes 1.12.40

Stuart Backhouse 1.14.07

Simon Riley 1.18.32

David Blake 1.18.35

Jamie Brenchley 1.19.31

Nick Kenney 1,20.26

Andy Macarthur 1.21.45

Steve Apsey 1.23.20

Guy Mattinson 1.24.18

Noel Finn 1.25.03

Rob Hunter 1.25.22

Simon Weeks 1.34.14

Petya Todorova 1.37.14

Margeret Niland Murphy 1.38.03

Zoe Sherwin 1.41.53

Jane Andrew 1.53.30

Julia Parker 1.53.30

Chani Jones 1.56.02

Louise Morris 2.00.57

George Butler 2.02.33

Tarnia Butler 2.02.33

Alison Butcher 2.03.36

Fay Tosdevin 2.03.54

Well done everyone, such a hard course but great results from all!

Victory 5M HRRL #5

15 of our Road Runners went over to compete with over 800 other athletes at Lakside North Harbour Portsmouth on the flat 3 lap course, perfect for a speedy time. The 5th Hampshire League race of the season attracts a decent field of some of the best athletes in the south.

Mens A

Simon Pilcher 26th 27.26 PB

Ross Wilkes 36th 27.38 PB

Gary Sharp 205th 33.49

Simon Paul 218th 34.02

Mens B

Kev Rann 352nd 37.04

James Shoulder 391st 38.16 PB

Steve Bennett 456th 40.33

Matt Fletcher 531st 42.45

Ladies A

Jodie Wilmott 20th female 33.25 PB

Judy McCabe 125th female 40.32

Karen Phillips 144th female 41.32

Ladies B

Sarah Sharp 162nd female 42.30

Bridget Keyte 235th female 46.31 PB

Sue Hunter 243rd female 46.49 PB

Tanya Clifford 285th female 50.23

The Downland Devil 9M

Promising plenty of hills, mud and cattle grids to navigate, the Downland Devil would be the perfect challenge for Ian Dyer who travelled to Lancing West Sussex to take on the tough multi terrain route. Organised by Worthings RunAcademy Ian joined the other 350 runners taking full advantage.

And as promised the route proved tough . Right from the start the course proved challenging. ‘The race was hilly from the off, it too me a couple of miles to get into it’, but Ian persisted and took on every obstacle before getting to the final mile. ‘The hardest hill came at the last part’. What goes up must go down though and Ian finished strongly on the descent to the end. He managed to finish in 1.23.26 taking 130th.

Brilliant running Ian!