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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


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.

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!

New York Marathon

New York, New York! Land of the Skyscraper and home of the American Dream. 5 boroughs and 8.5 million people….. All watched over by the glorious Lady Liberty. Its bigger, bolder and brasher than you can possibly imagine. 

It’s little wonder that it has become host to the world’s biggest, brashest marathon too.

Founded in 1970 by Fred Lebrow, just 55 runners embarked upon the course which took them around and around Central Park costing just a dollar to enter. It wasn’t until 1976 and the US bicentenary celebrations that they decided to take the course through all 5 boroughs of the city as a one off parade. Over a million people lined the street that year making it an unforgettable spectacle that the city had to adopt. It’s remained the same ever since. 

Steve Hunt was lucky enough to get a place on the public ballot

“I applied through the ballot on the off chance thinking I wouldn’t get in. I’d only ever wanted to do London which I was already doing this year, so I really didn’t think I’d get in”

Jane Andrew made the Tranatlantic trip to run with son in law Richard Clark in memory of her sorely missed late husband and fellow IWRR Darren.

“It was the one marathon that Darren really, really wanted to do”

Jane, her family and many of Darren’s friends have been embarking on all sorts of sporting challenges raising a phenomenal £13,000 to date for the ICU unit at St Mary’s and raising awareness for the importance of organ donation. Rich had taken one of Darren’s club vests to wear on race day as a beautiful tribute to his memory.

They all arrived a couple of days early so they could explore the city and excitedly collect their numbers.

Steve’s first port of call after getting his number was the 9/11 museum, paying his respects to those who died in the city that fateful day, before he started having fun

Race day arrived and they excitedly made their way to the start.

“They has free tea at the start” said Jane

And we all know how much our Jane loves her tea! 

A clear blue sky shone above them as they lined up in their start corrals in Fort Wandsworth on Staten Island. The course goes straight over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in what can only be described as one of the greatest sporting sights known to man.

“The Verrazano Bridge looked daunting” said Steve “but there was so much energy in the air that you didn’t really notice the climb. Once you stepped off into Brooklyn you were hit by a wall of noise”

Once over the bridge the runners enter the second borough of Brooklyn. Known for its creativity and entrepreneurship, this borough is the most populated. Through the neighbourhoods of Bay Bridge, Sunset Park, Williamsburg and Greenpoint they ran, cheered on by some of the 2 million spectators that now line the route. 

They all tried to settle into a steady rythmn and not get swept up in the excitement of the occasion… or in Steve’s case trip over and manholes! 

“I couldn’t believe it. I was 2 years ago exactly to the day that I fell over and broke my nose on the Hayling 10!”

But he got up, dusted himself off and carried on

Halfway point. And the runners cross the Polanski Bridge into Queens. Despite being the largest borough, the course only takes in 2 and a half miles of it as it soon reaches the Queensboro Bridge. Briony and Charlotte caught sight of Jane, Rich and friend Paul but despite their screams the trio didn’t hear them amidst the noise. 

“The support was amazing” Jane tells me “The Police and the Fire departments were all out in force cheering, the entertainment, the gospel choirs, it was all just fantastic” 

And then…… Silence…. The Queensboro Bridge. Taking them over the East River, crossing over the top of Roosevelt Island with only sound the metronomic sound of trainers hitting tarmac and the swirling wind. 

“That was a real uphill struggle” said Jane “It seemed to go on forever”

“I hated it too” said Steve “but I knew my wife was just on the the other side, that kept me going”

On the other side they emerge into the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the 16 mile mark. This is where Steve indeed managed to find his wife Donna in the crowd. 

1st Avenue took them north through the Upper East Side before crossing the Willis Avenue Bridge into The Bronx, ticking off the final borough. 

After only a mile and a half they made the turn for home as they crossed the Madison Avenue Bridge and the 21 mile mark. 

Only 5 and a bit to go…. 

Through Harlem they went. At last the sight of Central Park looms before them but they are by no means out of the woods. Just under 4 miles are still left to go. 

After a mile on the periphery they entered this iconic park at 23.5 miles. The ups and downs of the park taking their toll but softened by the huge level of support from the crowd. Jane spotted the girls this time and Steve randomly high fived Santa before they finally reached Colombus Circle and the 385 yards to the finishline outside the famous Tavern in the Green.  

Jane Andrew – 5.03.16

Steve Hunt – 5.12.43

Dedicated to the memory of Darren Andrew 

23.05.1965 – 09.01.2018