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IW Cross Country Championships

With tons of events cancelled up and down the country due to Storm Dennis, Ryde Harriers did everything in their power to get the annual IW cross country championships at smallbrook going ahead. With flooding on some sections of the course, waterlogged fields and ankle deep mud it added another kind of element to the race making it a different kind of challenge. Andy Wheeler described it as ‘incredibly tough, every step felt like i was sinking further into the fields. Classic British cross country weather’. This didnt stop him claiming 2nd overall place on his first race for the club, what a start. He was closely followed by Ross Wilkes taking 3rd place with cross country regular Simon Riley also getting in the top 10 and getting 2nd vet40. The three together scraped into the 1st place mens team position by two points claiming the gold for a 3rd year in a row. David Blake, Gary Sharp, Richard Bezer and Kev Rann all slid their way round the course, nailing some great times in the process and ensuring the Road Runners white vests didnt stay white for long. Steve Bennett grabbed the gold as he was crowned 1st vet60 and Judy McCabe, sadly our only lady in the race, more than made up for it with a quality position of 4th lady and 2nd in her age. Dave Wilcock and Sam Grist rounded off the team swimming their way to the finish with a some great times.

Quality work every one of you, takes a lot to go racing on a day like that but made sure we were well represented and kicking ass as usual.

Andy Wheeler 2nd 45.07

Ross Wilkes 3rd 45.22

Simon Riley 9th 48.46

David Blake 16th 52.29

Gary Sharp 28th 59.15

Richard Bezer 29th 1.00.18

Kev Rann 32nd 1.02.33

Judy McCabe 4th lady 1.03.54

Steve Bennett 33rd 1.03.55

Dave Wilcock 43rd 1.10.54

Sam Grist 46th 1.30.17

Ryde 10M

Over half way into the Hampshire season, race number 7 was on home turf at the ever popular Ryde 10 mile. A whopping 50 Road Runners took to the undulating course from Ryde Esplanade, through Nettlestone to St Helens Duver before looping through the caravan park to Seaview and back home.

For the mens teams the ever consistent Stuart Backhouse came across the line first in 1.06.30 claiming 31st and 4th in age. Darren Cole went head to head with a couple of local runners as he battled to a 1.07.47 finish followed by Steve Apsey in 1.11.30 and Andy Macarthur in 1.11.46 completing our A team. Pete Sexton scored a 3rd in his age in 1.13.32 with Garry Sharp, Simon Paul and his pacer David Blake all getting sub 1.17 with Simon getting a course PB.

In the ladies teams Holly Newton zoomed her way round to be 12th lady, 5th in age and 3rd island female. With Julie Dixon and Judy McCabe both pulling out brilliant times in 1.23.44 and 1.24.13 respectively. For our B team Kate Paul got a great 1.26.26 with Sarah Ward getting a new 10 mile PB and newly appointed co-captain Zoe Sherwin sneaking under the 1.30 mark.

Andy Tickner also blasted through the course for a new PB of 1.23.18 and on his HRRL debut Kenny Harrison also got a PB of 1.43.42. What a way to start. Luy Deville got top 5 in her age too as well as lots of our runners geting some great course PBs too and all with smiles on faces. Brilliant running team!

Stuart Backhouse 106.30

Darren Cole 1.07.47

Steve Apsey 1.11.30

Andy Macarthur 1.11.46

Pete Sexton 1.13.32

Holly Newton 1.13.57

Garry Sharp 1.16.20

Simon Paul 1.16.33

David Blake 1.16.34

Kev Rann 1.17.31

Tim Keyte 1.18.39

Guy Mattinson 1.19.09

Andy Tickner 1.23.18

Julie Dixon 1.23.44

Judy McCabe 1.24.13

Steve Bennett 1.24.14

George Butler 1.24.19

James Shoulder 1.25.09

Ian Dyer 1.25.09

Kate Paul 1.26.26

Sarah Ward 1.26.53

Ivan Ward 1.27.23

Zoe Sherwin 1.29.56

Chani Jones 1.31.36

Dave Wilcock 1.32.52

Lisa Upstell 1.33.53

Kev Winchcombe 1.34.56

Karen Phillips 1.34.59

Julie Ray 1.35.09

Zoe Elliot 1.35.27

Sarah Sharp 1.35.52

Steve Hickman 1.38.04

Fiona Attwood 1.39.25

Alison Butcher 1.41.04

Kenny Harrison 1.43.42

Bridget Keyte 1.44.31

Sue Hunter 1.44.31

Louise Morris 1.48.20

Lucy Deville 1.48.49

Matt Wade 1.59.40

Sam Grist 2.03.44

Tracey Houdoire 2.09.10

Chichester 10k

With neither Ryde 10 or Portsmouth Half taking their fancy the Williams’ decided to go for something a little bit more speedy with Chichester 10k. A flat and fast course it attracts over 1500 runners with many elite runners from the south, some gunning for a sub 30. The course sees the runners almost doing a figure of 8 pattern round the edge of the town and in Goodwood before looping back. ‘It seemed like hard work, it was quite a intimidating race with lots of serious club runners and lots of the go faster shoes’ said Charlotte. Our runners however clearly did not need the shoes though with Charlotte getting excellent 54.39. As the clock ticked toward the hour mark Ian had a target to hit and as he glided in was chuffed to bit securing 59.26 and knocking nearly 3 minutes of his PB.

Cracking effort both of you.

Portsmouth Coastal Half

6 of our runners looked to brave the coastal paths in the Portsmouth Half Marathon. A similar route to the December Marathon the course whilst flat proves to have its own challenges. ‘The course is not PB material. Narrow footpaths, muddy beaches and boggy fields made it slow and tough going’ said an under the weather Simon Randall. Paired with the wind it made it tough for our runners but they still stormed it all achieving some great times. First in was Mr Randall in 1.37.59 claiming sneaking in the top 40 and 8th in age followed by Carolyn Littleton in great 2.08.57 and 9th in age. Kelly Forster crossed the line in 2.17.25 with Jo Randall and Gill Shaw coming in together at 2.51.16/17. Gill also managed tp make the top 10 in her age. Finally Lyn Snow did a brilliant 3.01.34 keeping her good form.

Fantastic results gang, well done every one of you.

Farnborough Half Marathon

In its 4th year and at the home of the famous air show Farnborough half marathon has quickly one of the biggest winter halfs in the country with over 2300 athletes competing. It was here that Ross Wilkes went in search of a quick time to start his 2020 race calender year. A flat and fast route with only a couple of slight, short inclines the course starts from the old airship hangar and doing a lap of the nearby airport before heading west toward Fleet, looping down to Aldershot and heading home.

Starting fast to settle into a spot, Ross went into the first 8 miles steady before pushing forward the final 4. Knowing with a couple of miles left a PB would be on the cards it would be a question of how much time he could take off. Ross finally crossed the finish line in 1.20.50 in 60th place taking nearly 3 minutes of his PB.

Ryde Harriers XC

The first in the 3 Ryde Harrier cross country events, this event is intended as a club championship with only Harriers eligible for prizes. However guest runners are welcome to race and it serves as a good opportunity for extra mileage, to scout out the course for the IW championship….and of course jump in some mud and puddles which 8 of our runners decided to do. The course starts from Smallbrook stadium and looping around the Ashey and Nunwell area navigating over gates, stiles and fields.

In the mens category Sean Williams came in at 46.49, always a good performer in the winter cross country he took 3rd place overall and 1st in age. Kev Rann also made top 30 in 58.50. In the ladies category Haykey Baxter got a excellent 4th overall and 3rd in age in 56.10. Judy McCabe managed a 7th place finish and 5th in age in 1.02.59. Chani Jones stormed her way into the top 20 in 1.09.22 taking 16th followed by Alison Butcher in 1.13.06 and 23rd, Sally Trotman in 1.15.31 and 29th and finally the brilliant Lyn Snow in 1.38.01 taking 44th.

Brilliant job everyone, next up IW XC championships….

Stubbington 10k

With 30 of our athletes going over for race number 6 of the HRRL calender this still continues to be one of the most popular mainland races around. Starting from Stubbington village the route does a loop around the surrounding countryside to the coast before heading back. This is fairly flat and fast course with the opportunity to produce a quick time with the one obstacle being the windy weather which arrived that morning.

For the mens A team first in was Mike Douglas making a fantastic return in 38.09 and Stu Backhouse in 38.30, both pushing each other to the finishline. Bill Goozee zoomed home getting under the 40 minute mark in 39.35 with Guy Mattinson completing the team in 43.21 and achieving a PB in the process. In the B team Simon Paul also started 2020 right with a PB of 44.27 followed by Kev Rann in 45.03, Gordan Mucklow in 47.42 and Tim Keyte in 48.44. Well done fellas.

For the ladies Polly Segar was first home in the A team getting 44.41 and 9th in age cat. Judy McCabe came back in fantastic 48.01 with Abi Keyte completing the team in 49.24 and a PB as the cherry on top. The ladies B team was made up of Karen Phillips in a cracking 52.09, interim captain Lisa Upstell in 53.35 and finally Charlotte Dollery getting a brilliant 54.12 PB. An extra shout out to Carolyn Littleton who also got a PB of 54.52 and Lucy Deville for getting 8th in age category. Fab job ladies!

Mike Douglas 38.09

Stu Backhouse 38.30

Bill Goozee 39.35

Guy Mattinson 43.21

Simon Paul 44.27

Polly Segar 44.41

Kev Rann 45.03

Gordan Mucklow 47.42

Tim Keyte 48.44

Ian Dyer 49.11

Steve Bennett 48.01

Judy McCabe 48.01

Abi Keyte 49.24

James Shoulder 49.51

Ivan Ward 50.29

Karen Phillips 52.09

Lisa Upstell 53.35

Charlotte Dollery 54.12

Charlotte Williams 54.31

Sarah Sharpe 54.56

Carolyn Littleton 54.52

Gill Bushell 58.58

Kev Winchcombe 58.58

Ian Williams 1.00.36

Bridget Keyte 59.50

Lucy Deville 1.01.51

Lyn Snow 1.13.04

Tracey Houdoire 1.14.02

Claire Jasper 1.15.30

Coral Leach 1.18.24

The Resolution Run

As people drew up there new years training plans Dave Wilcock dived right into his 2020 event calender deciding to do On The Whistle’s Resolution Run. The race saw Dave go along the Hayling Billy Line trail on Hayling Island, doing as many 4.4 mile laps as he could in the 6 hour alotted time. With other family committments later in the day Dave set him self the challenge of doing as many laps in 3 hours. As usual he gave 110% with a smile on his face managing 4 laps, covering nearly 18 miles and getting himself in the top 50 despite other athletes getting an additional 3 hours of time. ‘It was splendid, the flattest run ive ever done. Definately recommend for something a bit different’.

Brilliant effort as usual Dave!

The Abominable Snowman

Lots of our runners took the opportunity to dive right into the post christmas training plans and tackle one of the Islands more challenging races. Now in its 6th year, The Snowman is a bit more hilly, more muddy and more technical than your average cross country race. The course sees the athletes go from Cheverton Farm and across the Bowcombe downs before looping back at Brighstone Forest and home to the finish, a reverse of last years route. With 10mile and 10km options available there was something for everyone.

The 10 milers went out first and trudged their way through the hills, mud and puddles. The biggest obstacle came in the form of navigating round the course. After a mix up with signage, nearly 20 runners were sent the wrong way and despite pulling out some brilliant times were put in a separate standings with Simon Pilcher picking up 4th place, Stuart Backhouse in 10th and Zoe Sherwin as 2nd lady. In the 10mile Jamie Brenchley got 4th place, Hayley Baxter got 2nd lady with Stew Barbour, Steve Apsey and Nick Kenney all getting in the top 20.

The 10km athletes then went off with the Road runners taking the top spots. Ross Wilkes came in taking 1st place closely followed by Simon Riley in 2nd place and a fancy dressed Dean Pike claiming 5th spot. A massive well done to everyone involved and congratulations to the Butlers on their anniversary, not everyone does a trail run for it but the pair of badass Road Runners couldnt resist.

All rankings are by gender

10 Mile

Jamie Brenchley 1.29.15 4th

Hayley Baxter 1.31.46 2nd

Stew Barbour 1.32.17 11th

Steve Apsey 1.34.18 15th

Nick Kenney 1.36.13 16th

Andy Tickner 1.48.53 42nd

Tom Forster 1.57.20 57th

Simon Paul 1.57.27 58th

Tim Howell 1.58.01 61st

Lou Howell 1.58.01 17th

Elaine Harris 2.05.00 21st

Dave Wilcock 2.07.21 65th

Karen Phillips 2.07.31 22nd

Julie Rasmussen 2.07.31 23rd

Alison Butcher 2.26.37 29th

Susie Piper 2.26.47 30th

Claire Harvey 2.30.33 34th

Caroline Curliss 2.57.01 37th

Alternative Distance

Simon Pilcher 1.09.24 4th

Stu Backhouse 1.16.24 10th

Andy Macarthur 1.21.23 19th

Sean Williams 1.21.23 21st

Zoe Sherwin 1.29.05 2nd

10km

Ross Wilkes 49.19 1st

Simon Riley 52.35 2nd

Dean Pike 54.14 5th

Ivan Ward 1.13.06 56th

Steve Bennett 1.20.23 75th

Charlotte Dollery 1.23.29 39th

Charlotte Williams 1.24.23 43rd

Ian Williams 1.24.24 81st

Sally Trotman 1.25.42 48th

Sue Hunter 1.31.47 71st

Liz Pilcher 1.32.15 75th

George Butler 1.33.51 104th

Tarnia Butler 1.33.51 80th

Belinda Rockall 1.35.33 88th

Fay Tosdevin 1.35.33 90th

Louise Morris 1.39.34 109th

Lyn Snow 1.53.07 119th

Sam Grist 1.57.31 120th

Tracey Houdoire 2.07.30 128th

Portsmouth Coastal

With christmas right around the corner a group of our Road Runners got one of their presents early as they went to take on the Portsmouth Coastal races. With 3 distances on offer the athletes start from Portsmouth Pyramids before heading round Langstone Harbour and onto Hayling Island before heading back. The course, despite being flat, is notorious for its difficult terrain of shingle, mud and bottlenecks making a real challenge for keeping a consistent pace.

Andy Macarthur, Neil McCall and Zoe Sherwin went to take on the marathon distance with our ultra athletes Dan Williams and Ian Russell competing in the 50km. First in was Andy in a brilliant 3.30 sneaking in the top 50 and getting 10th in age followed by Neil in 4.19 before Zoe ended her year on a high in 4.25 making the top 100 ladies. ‘I found the constant change in terrain energy sapping. It was my first marathon since my operation in May, I was just happy finishing’. Massive well done to all three of you.

In the ultra Dan gave the usual 100% with a fantastic 4.23 taking 24th overall and Ian getting 4.36 and 41st overall. Ian also got a christmas gift of a 50km PB taking 9 minutes off his previous time. Excellent work chaps.