In contrast to our local weather, pocket rocket Daniel Faulkner enjoyed a balmy 18c on his way around the Malta Half Marathon on Sunday.
A large field of 4500 runners started both the full and half marathon races which ran concurrently. Starting in the Medieval town of Mdina the course wound its way along to its coastal finish line in Sliema.
Danny finished in a cracking 93 minutes. Well done Danny!!
Stinger by name, Stinger by nature. This off road marathon is not for the faint hearted. Set in the beautiful South Downs between Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea, the name Stinger refers to to the 4 stings (hills), on route resulting in a hefty 2714ft of elevation. In it’s 16th year, this “undulating” course is a favourite for our marathon king Steve Hickman. Our superman has run this epic race a staggering 15 times.
Dreadful conditions greeted the 250 strong field as they lined up to start. Wind, high winds, deep mud and hailstones battered the already challenged runners, as they made their way around the brutal course.
Despite the weather, our trooper made it to the finish line in 5.37.16 bringing his marathon tally upto an unbelievable 133!
“It was awful. Underfoot was a major problem. Slippery, deep mud”
Will he be back to run it a 16th time?
Knowing our Steve, he’ll have signed up already.
The 3rd and final race in the Ryde Harriers Cross Country series took place on Sunday. 29 Roadrunners lined up for the Arthur Biggs Handicapped race. The course was a repeat of the previous weeks, with 5 miles for ladies and 7 for the fellas. The mid week downpours had refreshed the mud perfectly to ensure the runners did not get an easy ride. No team prizes available at this race, so no club kit was required. However many club members opted to wear their unofficial official kit for the local off road gang and purveyors of all things purple, the Godshill Massive.
The aim of this XC series is to run your fastest times over the first two events and then improve once more for the final event. Competitors start at intervals based upon their finishing time in either or both of the previous races in the series. Congratulations to Rachel Dempsey and Misha Hetherington who both improved on their previous course times the most, resulting in being placed 2nd and 3rd overall. Well Done ladies.
Finishing Times – Men
S.Riley – 48.07
M.Fletcher – 49.30
G.Mucklow – 50.34
M.Coultrup – 50.41
D.Williams – 52.46
G.Sharp – 54.19
T.Keyte – 54.35
J.Winchcombe – 55.20
G.Butler – 57.12
K.Winchcombe – 57.50
N.Scott-Denness – 58.21
K.Rann – 59.10
I.Dyer – 62.30
N.Stilwell – 69.05
I.Williams – 70.23
H.Baxter – 42.08
J.Salter – 46.12
C.Williams – 46.13
Z.Sherwin – 46.50
T.Eldridge – 48.03
J.Ray – 48.21
C.Stevens – 50.00
J.Rasmussen – 50.51
M.Hetherington – 51.32
R.Dempsey – 53.54
S.Sharp – 54.38
B.Keyte – 55.27
S.Brennen – 65.07
L.Snow – 69.47
We were lucky enough this week to have our track taster session taken by renowned coach Geoff Watkin. Geoff’s alumni include Team GB Cross Country twins Joe and Tom Wade and Rio Olympian Jess Andrews.
The focus of the session was performance and recovery. The Roadrunners were encouraged to push faster than their normal race pace through intervals of 1600m, 800m and 200m with 1 minute recovery in between.
Hugely positive feedback from all that participated, many seeing their mile averages significantly faster than usual.
Our Men’s captain Darren Cole takes our club track sessions every Tuesday night at The Fairway in Sandown. After this taster session, his job is about to become a whole lot busier with roadrunners bitten by the track bug.
Set in the Southdowns National Park amid a beautiful historic estate, Temple Valley Brutal 10k was a sell out. Unusually, this event had a Canicross race, (that’s dog and handler peeps!) and our experienced Brutal runner Jodie Wilmott took her year old Miniature Schnauzer Schnu along with Glossopdale Harrier and East Cowes girl Claire Campbell and her dog Callie.
The course was hugely challenging with farmland, maize fields, vast muddy bogs and motocross jumps. “It’s the hardest brutal I’ve done” said Jodie. And if she says it was tough… then it was definitely tough. Super Schnu excelled in his race debut to bring his owner home in 1.28.15. 14th overall and 5th female.
Dean Pike was the lone Roadrunner entered into this well organised West Wight event.
Perfect conditions of calm, but overcast skies saw him emerge the triumphant winner in this nominated 5k-20k-2.5k race, finishing only 1.53 away from his estimated time.
He completed the first of the 2 run elements a whole 3 minutes ahead of the rest of the field in 21.30 mins. However his cycle section felt tough due to lack of bike training so far this year and he lost his lead and dropped back into 4th place. Not letting this deter him, he picked up the pace on the final run and finished 2nd overall.
Great Result Dean – Well Done!
A fantastic turn out of 26 Roadrunners lined up on the start line of Sundays open Cross Country Competition at Smallbrook Stadium. Although slightly soggier than the previous outing on this course, the runners were treated to otherwise perfect conditions. 7 miles for the men and 5 for the ladies sound easy enough, but the boggy conditions never fail to disappoint, making it tough going despite the lack of undulation.
This year though, 3 was definitely the magic number! With 3rd places being awarded to Roadrunners in both men’s and ladies individual competitions AND the men’s and ladies team prizes (spooky eh?)
Massive congratulations to both Tom Forster and Abigail Farwell for scooping the individual 3rd place prizes. Weirdly both the mens and ladies teams were both pipped from 2nd place to 3rd by 1 point, both by teams from Wight Tri.
In the Age categories, the 3 theme continued with only Abi bucking the trend by taking a victorious 1st place in the Senior Womens. Hayley Baxter was 3rd V35, Jodie Wilmott 3rd SW, Simon Riley taking 3rd place in the V40 category, Michael Coultrup 3rd in the V50.
Men’s 7 mile
T.Forster – 46.27
S.Riley – 46.44
N.Kenney – 48.47
A.MacArthur – 49.11
M.Coultrup – 49.14
G.Mucklow – 59.34
D.Faulkner – 53.23
T.Keyte – 54.16
J.Winchcombe – 56.56
G.Butler – 57.28
K.Winchcombe – 59.23
N.Stilwell – 1.10.32
I.Williams – 1.14.07
Ladies 5 Mile
A.Farwell – 40.52
H.Baxter – 42.26
J.Wilmott – 43.48
C.Williams – 45.12
T.Eldridge – 46.40
J.Salter – 48.00
Z.Sherwin – 48.29
J.Ray – 49.04
C.Stevens – 51.16
J.Rasmussen – 51.38
S.Sharp – 55.17
B.Keyte – 55.18
L.Snow – 1.08.48
3rd Forster Riley Kenney
4th MacArthur Coultrup Mucklow
9th Faulkner Keyte Winchcombe
14th Butler Winchcombe Stilwell
3rd Farwell Baxter Wilmott
5th Williams Eldridge Salter
6th Sherwin Ray Stevens
7th Rasmussen Sharp Keyte
Great muddy fun was had by all! Can’t wait for the final race in this series of 3.
Perfect conditions greeted the awesome 8 on this surprisingly warm February morning. Popular as a good marathon training marker, this concurrent 2 lap 10 or 20 mile race was a sell out. Winding through the country lanes and forest tracks of this beautiful village, Bramley 20/10 is a relatively flat and fast course. Though trepidatious, our team members were all hoping for good performances, despite its early appearance on the racing calendar.
As it transpired, there was no need for those pre race nerves. On her official club debut, Ashleigh Douglas smashed her 10 mile PB by 3 minutes as our only entrant in the single lap 10 miler. Well done girl! What a way to make an entrance! Looking forward to seeing greater things from this athlete in the making.
Her husband Michael lead the Roadrunners home in similar style on the 20 miler in a stonking 2.08.27 and 42nd overall. A hugely competitive field and his first race at this distance. Go #teamdouglas
Trish Train did it again and won her V50 age category with an amazing 2.26.18. Her first ever race over this distance, she excelled to finish 23rd female overall. This will increase her standing from 16th fastest woman of her age in the country further.
PBs were also achieved by Sarah Holmes, Julie Dixon and Pat Harris. James Shoulder and Elaine Harris also gained confidence from their performances with regard to their upcoming London Marathons in April.
M.Douglas – 2.08.27
T.Train – 2.26.18
S.Holmes – 2.56.22
E.Harris – 2.57.40
J.Dixon – 2.59.07
J.Shoulder – 3.10.50
P.Harris – 4.01.33
A.Douglas – 1.17.24
Nick Kenney continued his preparations for the Island Games with this weekends duathlon on the chilly hills of Chillerton.
This nominated Wight Tri event saw competitors elect which distances (from a choice of 2) that they would like to attempt in the run, bike, run competition.
Nick selected the longest distances in all 3 sections of the event of 5.8k, 28k, 5.8k to really test himself on this unforgiving course. He managed to place 4th overall, a cracking result for him.
Our very own marathon legend Steve Hickman was the only intrepid Road Runner in this closed road race. Having run an incredible 132 marathons, this should seem like a walk in the park for Steve. But a nasty glute injury incurred after running 5 marathons in 5 days (Yes!! You read that right!!), back in 2015 has seen Steve battling to get back to full race race fitness ever since.
A bracing sea breeze and light sleet flurries made this race all the more challenging this year, but Steve completed the course in 2.01.22.
Fantastic to see him getting back to full fitness with this fantastic performance.
Well Done Mr. Hickman.