The final race of the 2016/2017 Hampshire Road Race League. From September to the end of June the league Races cover all corners of the county and some 96 competitive miles between them.
A small but perfectly formed team crossed The Solent for the unthinkably early 8.30 start. Despite the early hour, the sun was already roasting as the runners assembled at the Ordinance Survey Building, just north of Southampton.
A single lap course of mainly road saw our Roadrunners rocket around the Industrial Estate before heading up toward Lee Manor Farm and back through Nursling before heading back to where they started.
First of our trusty roadrunners home was Cole Pearce in a supercharged 22nd place overall. Ross Wilkes completed his season in the league with yet another blinding run to bring him across the line in just under 38 minutes. A flurry of white vests finished next as David Blake and Nick Kenney finished within a few seconds of each other to complete the first men’s team and securing promotion in the league for the next season.
Matt Fletcher was next home making himself one of only 15? men in the league to have run every single race. An outstanding achievement and commmitment from Matt made even more impressive by his double hernia diagnosis mid season.
The girls came in next with Hayley Baxter making it across the line in 46 and a half minutes and Tarnia Eldridge in under 53. A particular Thanks goes to Hayley who signed up at the last minute to ensure that despite being incomplete, the ladies team would still score.
A successful way to end this years Hampshire League. 99 Roadrunners took part in the league across the season with 8 of our ladies and 6 men participating in the minimum of 7 races to give themselves a final league position. Thank you and congratulations to every single club member that has competed in any of the races over the course of the season. Your blood sweat and tears scores points for our wonderful club every time you cross that finish line -so well done to you all #teamIWRR
Cole Pearce – 36.17
Ross Wilkes – 37.52
David Blake – 40.00
Nick Kenney – 40.24
Matt Fletcher – 40.47
Hayley Baxter – 46.34
Tarnia Eldridge – 52.45