HRRL #2 – Solent Half Marathon

A gorgeous Autumn sunny sky prevailed as our team of runners lined up for the second league race of the season.

Hosted by Hardley Runners, the 13.1 miles began at Gang Warily Recreation Centre in Blackfield.

A beautifully scenic course stretched out before them, taking in winding country lanes. The first few miles took them toward the edge of the New Forest, (complete with wild ponies wandering around) It was here that our Dave Wilcock interrupted his race. He saw a runner collapsed on the side of the road. As a nurse he couldn’t just run on by.

“It became obvious she was having an epileptic seizure. I stayed until the ambulance arrived”

Showing Roadrunner spirit, Dave sacrificed his chance of running a PB, to help someone else, a stranger. What an amazing thing to do, good sportsmanship on his part.

Onward the runners went heading toward Exbury then down to the shoreline at Lepe where the runners turned for home. More country lanes snaked before them taking them to Fawley and then finally returning to the recreation centre.

Cole Pearce was the first Roadrunner to cross the finish line in a fantastic 8th overall, just dipping under 78 minutes and winning his age group category and getting himself a PB. Simon Randall was next home in under 85 minutes and 2nd V40 followed by Tom Forster in 87 mins. Matt Fletcher and Michael Coultrup crossed the line together, Matt in 10th V40 and Michael 8th V50 and in another PB for him. Holly led the girls home in a blistering PB of 1.40.40 and 20th female overall. Kev Rann was next to finish in just over 1hr 45min, with Sarah Holmes not too far behind to claim 8th FV40 and a 7 minute PB. Zoe Sherwin also stomped home to a PB, sneaking just under 1hr 55m. Dave Wilcock was home next, cheered in by his team mates, with Jo Randall and Coral Leach turning into the home straight having run the entire race together, with beaming smiles.

Great performance by the IWRR in the league competition, maintaining a great start in the team competition overall.

Cole Pearce – 1.17.59
Simon Randall – 1.24.53
Tom Forster – 1.27.09
Matt Fletcher – 1.33.38
Michael Coultrup – 1.33.38
Holly Newton – 1.40.40
Kevin Rann – 1.45.31
Sarah Holmes – 1.46.27
Zoe Sherwin – 1.54.46
Dave Wilcock – 2.14.42
Coral Leach – 2.41.47
Jo Randall – 2.41.47