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East Farm Frolic

Long distance king Dan Williams was at it again this weekend, as he returned to East Farm to improve on his performance there last year.

Based at East Farm near Winterbourne Whitechurch in Dorset, 12 hours of looping around the nearby fields and forest, leaping over the odd hay bale and, as it was a White Star Running event, feeling the lurve at the infamous Lovestation. 

Dan set up camp on Saturday in the sunshine, cheering on the runners in the marathon and getting social with some of the other White Star regulars. 

Sunday – 8am 

It’s chucking down the proverbial cats and dogs as Dan lined up for the off. 

“I felt rough, my throat was on fire” said Dan 

But despite this he set off out into the wind and rain, clocking the 5th fastest lap of the whole race. 

The course was peppered with the usual White Star Running craziness, with plenty of fancy dress and silly signs.

Dans sore throat made it hard for him to refuel at times. After running enough 3.2 mile laps to make the marathon distance, he had a bit of a break to get some food in, hoping that the rain would stop. 

““It was awful on the course. An absolute quagmire. I was soaked cold. I didn’t take shoes with any grip, which was a schoolboy error. It was hard going underfoot” 

But despite the challenges he faced he stuck it out, going round and round, getting wetter and wetter and colder and colder. Even an unscheduled break at 33 miles to repeg his tent to stop it blowing away didn’t deter Dan from his mission to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. 

11 hours and 4 minutes, 17 laps and 56.2 miles later he was finished. Cold, wet and exhausted. 

All the hard work was worth it as he clocked up the most laps in the shortest time, a full hour quicker than his nearest competitor. Yes!  that’s right, he repeated his win at July’s Cider Frolic to emerge victorious… HE WON!… AGAIN!!!! Showing that he is a true master at these events.

Well done Dan!

Reykjavik 10k

It seems that the warm air of the Atlantic jet stream hadn’t reached all pockets of Europe this summer. Despite much of the UK, Spain and France having their hottest Summer since 1976, unbelievably Iceland has had their coldest for 100 years. That didn’t deter Jan Hurt from making the trip across the Atlantic, accompanied by some of her pals from West Wight. 

The 35th Reykjavik marathon festival saw 14000 Runners congregate in the city to embark on 1 of the 4 distances on offer taking the competitors on a relatively flat tour of the beautiful city and surrounding area. Luckily the sun was shining setting the tone for the day ahead.

Jan picked the 10k race, which kicked off at 9.30am on Lekjargata and took Jan south toward the coastline. A sharp turn took Jan out West before skimming alongside part of the harbour and returning back to Lekjargata.

“The atmosphere was fantastic” Jan tells me “There were lots of live bands and all the locals were standing outside their houses cheering us on. There were even children banging saucepan lids! I ran the whole way with my daughter which was nice. I really enjoyed it, it’s my first run in about 2 years”

Sounds like she had a blast. Time to enjoy the evenings “night of culture” entertainment culminating in a spectacular firework display.

“It’s a run that should be on everyone’s bucket list”

Isle of Wight Half Marathon

The heatwave of previous week’s continued to abate as 32 roadrunners lined up for this year’s Isle of Wight Half Marathon at Appley on Sunday. In fact the weather was quite the opposite, with a blustery wind and some drizzle showers in the air. 

Famously undulating, the course meanders from the park along Calthorpe Road and along Bullen Road before turning into Attrills Lane and then toward Nettlestone and then up Pondwell Hill. 

It then turned back up Bullen Road for the second time before turning onto Beeper Shute before turning onto a welcome bit of downhill in the shape of Carpenters Road and onto St.Helens. 

They then turned back onto Attrills Lane, Bullen Road and Calthorpe Road for the equally undulating return journey before they finally reached the finish back at Appley Park.

Cole Pearce was the first Roadrunner across the line in 1.21.52, shaving 12 seconds off last years time to give him a fantastic 8th overall. Next was Sean Williams, he ran a blinder! In his first road half, he managed to take a massive 10 minutes off his previous PB, giving him 12th overall and 1st V45. Stuart Backhouse was our next white vest home but not so much dry, giving him 14th overall, 2nd V45 and giving them the first place team medals.

Ross Wilkes continued his good form with another PB, sneaking into the top 20 under the finishing arch. Steve Rumsey and Matt Fletcher both achieved 3rd place in their age categories with Richard Harvey 4th in his. Pete Sexton was the top dog in his category and newcomer Paul Muffett made a spectacular club debut to finish 2nd in his. Also gaining PBs were Steve Horsey and Darren Dollery. Brian Canning made his debut over the distance

“I hurt…. a lot!” He quips on Facebook later on

For the ladies, Holly Newton was the first across the line in 1.41.14 knocking 40 seconds off last year’s time powering her way to a magnificent 4th female overall. Lizzie Pilcher ran a fantastic race to finish a cracking 10th. Julie Dixon was the third girl from the team in white to cross the line having run the entire race with husband Peter.

“That was a tough run” Pete says on Facebook later “I felt a bit sick in the last couple of miles”

But they soldiered on and got the job done, bagging Julie a 2nd place team medal in the process and 4th in her age category. Besties Julie Salter and Sally Trotman got 3rd and 4th respectively in theirs. Sue Hunter and Lucy Deville powered their way to the top spots in theirs, pictured here with Cherry Owen of West Wight Road Runners, who was the winner of the V70 award.

One by one they crossed the line, all exhausted but all with a sense of triumph. Medals earnt, time for cake.


Cole Pearce – 1.21.40

Sean Williams – 1.24.59

Stuart Backhouse – 1.26.11

Ross Wilkes – 1.27.17

Steve Rumsey – 1.30.04

Matt Fletcher- 1.30.16

Richard Harvey – 1.31.03

Peter Sexton – 1.34.52

David Blake – 1.36.32

Paul Muffett – 1.38.19

Holly Newton – 1.41.14

Richard Bezer – 1.42.08

Tim Keyte – 1.43.34

Darren Dollery – 1.45.08

Lizzie Pilcher – 1.45.08

Brian Canning – 1.47.05

Kevin Rann – 1.49.08

Steve Horsey – 1.53.05

Julie Dixon – 2.02.53

Pete Dixon – 2.02.54

Julie Salter – 2.03.31

Sally Trotman – 2.06.43

Tarnia Eldridge – 2.10.00

George Butler – 2.10.01

Fiona Attwood – 2.14.34

Alison Butcher – 2.22.08

Sue Hunter – 2.25.15

Emma Muffet – 2.29.37

Lucy Deville – 2.43.59

Jo Randall – 2.44.03

Lyn Snow – 2.56.34


Donkey Sanctuary 5k

Despite the rest of the day’s events being cancelled due to the weather conditions, the 5k race to the Obelisk went ahead. Organised by our very own Michael Coultrup, this fundraiser was meant to be part of the sanctuary’s “Day at the Races” family fun day, but a bit of rain is not enough to put off our hardy runners and the rest of the infamous Godshill Massive as nearly a hundred of them turned up in the rain to run up this short but steep course. 

Over stiles, through steams and crossing bridges they finally started the upward journey to the Worsley Obelisk on Stenbury Down. Originally erected in 1774, this memorial is a favourite haunt of the running community, although normally taking an easier path. Michael had secured passage through private land to form a more direct and steeper climb upto the monument. 

This didn’t detract from the fun and frolics along the way.

Contentiously Harry Rann was the first IWRR back to the Donkey Sanctuary after taking the wrong route back. Stu Backhouse was next, having taken the correct route upon his return. Dan Williams was next closely followed by Ian Russell. Tim Howell was next followed by Dallas Price and the 1st place Dog Tilly.

In the ladies race, Hayley Baxter reigned supreme, maintaining her continued run of success. Jodie Wilmott was 2nd lady home along with 2nd dog Schnu. Next IWRRs home were Sarah Holmes in 7th and Lou Howell in 11th, Sarah Ward in 13th and Charlotte Williams in 14th. 

Everyone returned to the Sanctuary for a well earned cup of tea and a piece of homemade cake and of course the presentation of the bespoke “golden carrot” trophies.

The event raised a fantastic £711 for the charity…. that should keep the donkeys in carrots for a while.

Yarmouth Carnival Funrun

A flat 4 mile fundraiser was a runaway success for team IWRR. 

Run as a fundraiser for the Yarmouth Carnival Association, the scenic course straddles the River Yar, firstly taking the cycle path before crossing near Afton and returning via the fields and footpaths near Norton before returning to Yarmouth. 

Bill Goozee was the first IWRR across in finishline in 3rd overall with Pete Wilmott not too far behind him accompanied by Schnu retaining his champion dog title from the previous 2 years. 

In the ladies race, it was a clean sweep for team IWRR with Zoe Elliot clinching the ladies title, with Alison Butcher in 2nd place and Julie Salter in 3rd.

Also a big well done to Sally Trotman in 4th place and Steve Hickman finishing alongside her.

Milton Keynes Track 5000m

An afternoon and evening full of 5000m races at Stantonbury track, the home of Marshall Milton Keynes AC promised much. A competitive field in each race, graded according to ability, run under UK Athletics Rules with a photo finish, the chances of running a PB were good. 

Anyone with a validated time of under 22 minutes within the past 18 months could enter, a prerequisite that our speed demon Michael Douglas had no trouble satisfying.

The rain held off nicely and perfect conditions prevailed as Mike took to the track for his late afternoon race. He started with intent, determined to make the most of the occasion and go for a cheeky PB.

His first mile clocked the 2nd fastest he’s ever run, with the second and third miles only a second slower. A beautifully consistent pace with a flourish in the last 100m as Mike had to battle hard in the final stages to take 4th place. The battle was truly worth it though as the super speedster took a massive 26 seconds off his PB to finish in 16.56.

One happy runner! Well done Michael!

Hart 4

Our super speedster Ross Wilkes was back out on the startlines this weekend, but he wasn’t alone. He, along with 3 friends, was part of a mixed team to  partake in the Hart 4 relay.

4 hours to complete as many laps of a 4km course in teams of 4… get the theme here? 

Based on MoD land at Minley Manor near Fleet, this family orientated fun day has a festival feel with face painting, balloon modelling and music. 

10.30 came and Ross took the teams baton first around the undulating loop through woodland, gravel paths and grassland.

“The course was a lot harder than we thought. I think we all underestimated it” Ross says 

But that didn’t stop rocket Ross from giving it his usual 100%. He managed to clock the second fastest lap of the whole competition in a cracking 14.22

“I can normally find a pace and stick to it in races but it was like doing a challenging parkrun. It was really high intensity, fast pace on a really difficult course” 

The rain did nothing to aid Ross and his team as they completed loop after loop of the course. Instead of having a cooling effect, it created high humidity in the large areas of woodland. 

Ross’s team ran well completing 14 laps between them, 5 of them attributed to Ross. This gave the team 13th place in the mixed category. 

Bembridge Trail 5

Who’d have thought that after the longest, hottest heatwave in 20 years, that this year Runners would wake up to gale force winds and torrential rain.

That didn’t deter some of our members as they forwent their wellies in favour of their running shoes to show their support for this well organised local event, part of Bembridge Youth and Community Centre’s Festival of Sport.

Raising money for the aforementioned Youth and Community Centre, a fantastic turn out of club members stood on the startline to support this run despite the weather.

5 miles through the countryside around the surrounding area, the course winds its way around Bembridge Down, continuing on to Bembridge Farm and finally along the cliff path at Whitecliff Bay were runners were treated to some blasts of wind from across the Channel. 

As if the weather wasn’t challenge enough, the course was not an easy one. Sprinkled generously with hills, gates, steps and stiles, it was quite a challenge.

It proved no obstacle for our soggy speedsters as they blasted around the course. Ross Wilkes was the first IWRR across the line in a fantastic 3rd place, with Stu Backhouse not too far behind in 6th to claim the top spot in the V40 category. Darren Dollery ran a great race to finish 3rd V50. A special mention goes to Michael Coultrup for running the race despite having participated in a midnight marathon less than 12 hours earlier.

Ross Wilkes – 33.14

Stuart Backhouse – 34.14

Darren Dollery – 39.46

James Shoulder – 43.59

Michael Coultrup – 45.04

Claire Harvey – 48.13

Laura Holme – 50.45

Julie Salter – 52.35

Dave Wilcock – 52.47

Sally Trotman – 52.52

David Shoulder – 53.10

Ian Williams – 53.42

Alison Butcher – 57.09

Sue Hunter – 57.28

Lucy Deville – 1.03.21

Lyn Snow – 1.13.47

Midnight Marathon

Unfinished business was the order of the day as Ian Russell returned to the Queen Elizabeth Park in Petersfield for the Midnight Marathon. Who could forget last year’s memorable outing with Ian getting massively lost and having to get a taxi back to the finish line.

Alongside best running buddies Dan Williams and Michael Coultrup, Ian made the journey across the water to revisit this race.

Starting at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, this out and back follows the South Downs Way. The runners had to follow the existing public signs for the ancient trail, easy to do in daylight, but tricky in darkness.

The 9pm start gave the troublesome triplets half an hour of daylight before it dipped below the horizon and the real test started. After the first few initial miles around the country park the course then led our tenacious trio on to the the chalky climbs on the South Downs Way, nearly 4000ft of ascent before them. 

“The conditions were perfect” Michael tells me “It really set us up for a good run”

They all started off well, making the most of the flatter section before beginning the ascent on to the ancient ridges. 

“I took a gamble and pushed on from the start” said Dan 

He found himself up in 3rd place where he stayed for the majority of the race.

Heading toward Buriton, Ditcham and South Harting, they reached the halfway turning point at Cocking for the return on this out and back. It was here that Michael took a tumble. But he dusted himself off and continued on his way.

He wasn’t the only one to lose his footing as Dan also managed to fall at around the 18 mile mark tweaking his hip. But that turned out to be the last of his worries as an attack of runners belly struck 

“I came over all hot and queezy” Dan tells me “I couldn’t regain my pace after that” 

He finished a cracking 9th overall in 3.54.51, giving him 3rd V40. Michael was next across the finish line in 4.11.26 and 21st place and 3rd V50

“I ran without my watch” said Mick “I wanted to run to feel which made for a really pleasant night. The company of my 2 fellow marathon goons made for a brilliant vibe” 

Not far behind him was Ian in 4.18.59 and 33rd overall. 

“I still had Snowdon in my legs which slowed me down near the end, but I didn’t get lost this time so I’m happy” 

The triumphant three did so well they managed to bag the second place team position. 

St.Georges 10

The fourth running of our only official club race was certainly record breaking. It wasn’t the course records that were shattered this time it was the thermometers! A sweat inducing 32c was melting the Mercury as the brave, the fearless and the determined donned their running shoes on Sunday morning to take on this beastly dragon of a course. 

145 runners lined up under the golden arch at St. George’s School, baking hot already, 10 miles of testing undulation, interspersed with some nasty inclines laying ahead of them. 

11am and they were off! Beginning as they were to go on, with the rather cheeky uphill start into Watergate Road before they embarking upon the first nasty climb in the shape of Nunnery Lane. 

Carisbrooke Castle greeted them at the top of the hill as they enjoyed a little flatter section as they continued out toward Gatcombe and the welcome sight of the water station at Whitecroft Park.

The array of different colours on the course was fantastic, with runners coming from different Island clubs and organisations, unattached lone wolves and plenty of vests from clubs over the water in En-ger-land too.

Temperatures were rising with every second that passed and the challenge was getting harder and harder, but that didnt deter the runners as the real business began as they arrived in an extremely sunny Chillerton. All they had to do way get to the top of this beast of a hill (all 2 miles of it), and they’d be making the downhill turn for home. 

At Berry Lane the insurmountable hill had been conquered by all. Each one of the runners slaying their own dragon as they reached the summit. The drinks at the top were a sight for sore eyes, as was the view, as the runners then descended back toward Gatcombe.

Although the race was half run and the worse of the ascents behind them, the continuous ups and downs of the last few miles was draining for most of our plucky competitors as the humidity and the ridiculous temperature had started to take its toll. But they all soldiered on, battling their way through to the end.

This year’s winner was David Baker from Southampton AC, just dipping under the hour in 59.56 with Ben Pitman of Lordshill in 2nd. Our very own Cole Pearce ran a phenomenal race to repeat his 3rd place performance from last year to finish in 1.04.01. 

Simon Pilcher also ran a blinder, to finish in 5th place in just under 65 minutes. A flurry of crossed the finish line Michael Douglas was next over the line for the warriors in white in 8th place, Stu Backhouse in 9th to take 1st V40 and Steve Rumsey in 10th also bagging himself the top spot in his V50 category. 

It wasn’t long before the next band of brothers returned as Simon Randall took 13th place and 2nd V40, Pete Sexton was 14th and 2nd V50 and Richard Harvey 15th to take 3rd V40.

In the ladies race it was a win for Ryde Harriers Wonder Woman Charlie Metcalfe, blasting around in 68 minutes. In 2nd place was our super trooper Trish Train that made it over that line in a fantastic 76 minutes, giving her 1st place V45 also. Ex club member and daughter of Peter, Rosie Sexton made a fantastic return to racing to finish 3rd overall.

Jodie Wilmott continued her return to form with a fabulous 4th place, giving her 2nd V35. Zoe Sherwin and Sarah Ward completed the ladies team with a joint time of just over 90 minutes. 

In they came one by one and two by two, some using each other as a support system to drag each other through this gruelling race. All hot, all exhausted but all triumphant. 

“That my first run as an official IOWRR” said new member Simon Paul “I hated and loved it in equal measure!!!” 

A special mention goes to Fay Tosdevin and Sue Hunter for finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively in their V55 category. Well done ladies.

All that was left to do was present the hard earnt trophies, munch on all the homemade cake and swear never again…… well until next year….

Cole Pearce- 1.04.01

Simon Pilcher- 1.04.59

Michael Douglas- 1.06.04

Stuart Backhouse- 1.06.20

Steve Rumsey- 1.08.13

Simon Randall-1.09.57

Pete Sexton- 1.10.37

Richard Harvey- 1.11.07

Simon Riley- 1.14.58

Trish Train- 1.16.09

Harry Rann- 1.16.47

Steve Bennett- 1.20.08

Richard Bezer- 1.20.11

Jodie Wilmott- 1.20.53

Darren Dollery- 1.22.05

Tim Keyte- 1.23.04

Kev Rann- 1.23.11

Brian Canning- 1.23.42

Dave Cass- 1.24.03

Zoe Sherwin- 1.30.04

Sarah Ward- 1.30.04

Simon Paul- 1.30.08

Julie Dixon- 1.31.27

Giorgio Marinelli- 1.31.28

James Shoulder- 1.33.06

Lisa Upstell- 1.37.16

Peter Dixon- 1.38.00

Julia Parker- 1.41.35

Matthew Wade- 1.43.27

Julie Rasmussen- 1.45.46

Bianca Johnston- 1.46.20

Fay Tosdevin- 1.49.09

Sue Hunter- 1.54.31

Nick Carter- 1.55.21

Lyn Snow- 2.32.12

As always, a massive thank you to every single person that’s helped behind the scenes to make this race happen.

Full results are available here

Particular thanks to Peter Billington and Dave Samuel or their wonderful photography