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Brighton Marathon 2016

With a successful club turn-out for the 2015 Brighton Marathon we had an even bigger contingent of IOWRR’s complete it this year – 36!


Clear blue skies and sunshine for spectators and racers, with low temperatures making it perfect marathon weather.


The Brighton Marathon is the second largest 26.2-milers in the UK. With a stunning backdrop of the sea in one of the country’s most vibrant cities, the race gets bigger and better every year.
Renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and roaring crowd support, the course winds through the city streets, taking in some spectacular sights.
The race starts at Preston Park, goes down to the seafront and back up to The Level, and then south again before heading our eastwards to beyond the Marina and turning back Westwards as far as Shoreham power station, and then finishing at Madeira Drive on Brighton Seafront:
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We had numerous more IOWRR’s come along to support the runners – a massive thank you for your amazing support!
112 352 Stephen Rumsey 48 Male 03:00:16
515 141 Phil Mannall 49 Male 03:20:22
864 17005 Steve Bennett 58 Male 03:29:10
880 11324 Garry Sharp 47 Male 03:29:23
958 2085 Tim Cordery 47 Male 03:31:02
1037 17006 Keith Masterton 56 Male 03:33:30
1240 1977 Dave Cass 50 Male 03:38:02
1381 1792 Dean Pike 34 Male 03:40:47
173 9026 Trish Train 49 Female 03:41:44
1732 9027 Steve Webb 49 Male 03:46:45
2192 7228 Stephen Hickman 56 Male 03:53:59
2221 9025 Kevin Rann 40 Male 03:54:31
2435 11014 Andrew Tapsell 47 Male 03:57:10
507 15087 Elaine Harris 51 Female 03:58:00
563 11010 Karen Phillips 45 Female 03:59:11
688 3821 Louise Dover 27 Female 04:04:52
2965 17220 Danny Blunden Male 04:05:05
734 11639 Claire Howard 52 Female 04:07:03
799 11799 Jane Andrew 54 Female 04:09:30
880 11017 Sarah Holmes 40 Female 04:12:02
972 11205 Julie Salter 50 Female 04:15:21
978 11793 Alison Batchelor 48 Female 04:15:25
3682 17577 Kevin Winchcombe 47 Male 04:18:58
3847 1363 Adam Morris 33 Male 04:21:54
3858 11012 Keith Ruth 53 Male 04:22:00
1225 5832 Tarnia Eldridge 44 Female 04:22:46
1284 5846 Julie Ray 47 Female 04:24:53
4577 7695 Mike Kimber 48 Male 04:36:18
4630 17578 Glen Jones 45 Male 04:37:06
1742 6019 Calli Sharp 19 Female 04:37:31
4788 17579 George Butler 22 Male 04:40:58
2080 8185 Sarah Sharp 44 Female 04:48:12
2424 20062 Bridget Keyte 47 Female 04:57:42
3741 16166 Sharon Smith 38 Female 06:11:41
3986 19868 Shannon Brennen 42 Female  06:03:00
6756 17563 Tim Howell 33 Male  DNF

Lots of first timers and PB’s achieved – well done IOWRR’s!!



BM10k was the exciting curtain raiser to the Brighton Marathon, which saw thousands of people running 10K along the first part of the Brighton Marathon route.
The race started at 8.30am ahead of the Brighton Marathon at 9.15am. The 10k course is fast and flat and was the second fastest in the UK in 2014. Starting in Preston Park with entertainment, warm-ups, music and amazing crowd support, the route winds through the city streets before finishing on the spectacular Brighton seafront.
We had one IOWRR complete the 10k and achieve a PB:
189th – Dave Smith – 0:46:42

Ashford and District Marathon and Half Marathon

After a successful debut the Ashford & District Marathon & Half Marathon returns to Kent for a second year. This rural marathon and half marathon uses the quiet lanes surrounding Ashford, Westwell and Charing with a section along the Pilgrims Way. The marathon is a two-lap scenic multi-terrain course with half marathon runners covering a single lap. We had Michael Coultrup complete the full and Steve Hickman the half. The course is undulating but fast.

Bespoke medals and finish line goodies for all finishers.

Mick – 7th – 03:30:19 (Out of 82 competitors)

Steve – 53rd – 01:55:58 (Out of 144 competitors)



Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris

IOWRR Danny Faulkner travelled to France to partake in the 40th Paris Marathon, one of the largest marathons in the world.Paris-Marathon-551x220.focus-none.width-800

This mostly flat picturesque marathon attracted a phenomenal 46,200 runners, a massive 140 nationalities represented. The weather was perfect; bright sunshine and mild temperatures. The race starts at the avenue de Champs Elysee, with the masses queuing up to an hour to cross the start line. Then the runners head down the Rue de Rivoli, and to the outskirts of east Paris into the nicknamed “Paris Lungs”, finishing in the leafy Bois de Vincennes, which is also Paris’ largest park. Runners are treated to an incomparable backdrop, with spectacular views and historic landmarks, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Arc du Triomphe, and the Tuileries tunnels mile 17.

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Danny completed Paris Marathon with a PB time of 2 hours 57 minutes and 2 seconds – amazing running, well done Danny! Which was a 628th.



Vitality Reading Half Marathon

Steve Morris partook in the Vitality Reading Half Marathon. The new faster flatter course of 2015 was utilised again due to popular demand.

Runners commenced the race in the stunning parkland of Green Park and continued round the highlights of the town centre of Reading experiencing huge crowd support whilst also passing through beautiful grounds of the University campus. The final straight took them into the magnificent Madejski Stadium where they experienced a finish like no other.


The race is perfect for both the experienced athlete looking for a new PB and the complete beginner looking for a friendly safe and fun environment to run in. The new course from 2015 with minor undulations, being very conducive to PB’s, attracts a field of 19,500 runners with one of the largest elite fields another attraction being the biggest individual prize pot in UK road racing with a guaranteed prize fund of £30,000.


Steve finished in a time of 01:54:21 in 3870th position – brilliant!

Cardiff Half Marathon World Championship

One IOWRR, Darren Cole had the chance to run in the footsteps of some of the greatest and future stars of our sport. He took part in the Cardiff Half Marathon World Championships, which was set to be one of the most prestigious and enthralling UK endurance events of the year. There were a massive 54 countries represented and 16,000 participants to include elite men and women.

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The race started outside Cardiff Castle before runners then head down past Cardiff City Stadium on the way to Penarth. They take in the glorious Penarth Marina before crossing the barrage and heading to Cardiff Bay. Runners run right through the heart of the bay taking in the Norwegian Church and Wales Millennium Centre. The course then heads towards the north of the city with runners completing a loop of the beautiful Roath Park Lake before the grandstand finish on King Edward V11 Avenue amid a number of Cardiff University’s most impressive university buildings.


The weather was atrocious with high winds and torrential rain. A few undulations but lots of support from the crowds of Cardiff. All televised on BBC1.


Darren completed in a time of 1:39:53 in a position of 2013 – a superb run in tough conditions, awarded with an Adidas Welsh T-shirt and Cardiff Castle medal.


Three Hills

The final Easter Weekend race again hosted by Ryde Harriers this time traversing to the other side of the Island with the start and finish of the Three Hills being the sports fields of West Wight Sport Centre in Freshwater. Storm Katie had luckily subsided mostly for the midday start, with winds gusting up to 106 mph off the Needles at 5am.


A hardy 22 IOWRR took part and were triumphant in their medal haul also:

Chip Time Name POS GEN
0:57:13 FORSTER, Tom 16 M
0:57:21 FLETCHER, Matt 17 M
0:57:36 KENNEY, Nick 20 M
0:59:57 MACARTHUR, Andrew 27 M
1:03:22 MUCKLOW, Gordon 40 M
1:04:41 DOUGHTY, Jason 43 M
1:05:18 WILLIAMS, Daniel 46 M
1:09:36 RANN, Kevin 68 M
1:10:03 RUTH, Keith 70 M
1:11:24 MERRY, Roger 77 M
1:11:51 HOLMES, Sarah 80 F
1:12:38 MORRIS, Adam 84 M
1:12:52 SCOTT-DENNESS, Nick 85 M
1:14:58 WINCHCOMBE, Kevin 88 M
1:15:39 WALKER, Victoria 92 F
1:15:59 HORSEY, Stephen 93 M
1:16:46 HICKMAN, Stephen 98 M
1:21:40 TOSDEVIN, Fay 111 F
1:23:12 RASMUSSEN, Julie 114 F
1:26:32 DEMPSEY, Rachel 118 F
1:30:57 HARRIS, Pat 119 M
1:35:07 RANDALL, Jo 122 F

So age category-wise:

Matt 3rd V40, Roger 2nd V60, Sarah 1st V40, Victoria 3rd V35,  Fay 1st V55.

We also had teams 5 mens teams of three and 2 womens teams of three – brilliant work!!


Newport to Ryde

The first race of the Easter Weekend was hosted by Ryde Harriers. The course is an undulating one following mostly paths and tracks starting from the Council offices in Newport and finishing in Ryde High School playing fields:


We had 20 IOWRR’s turn out to race with lots more helping Ryde Harriers and supporting the runners.

Chip Time Name POS GEN
0:44:15 CAMERON, Paul 2 M
0:50:34 SEXTON, Peter 12 M
0:51:55 FLETCHER, Matt 13 M
0:52:02 MACARTHUR, Andrew 14 M
0:54:21 MUCKLOW, Gordon 18 M
0:54:40 SHARP, Garry 19 M
0:57:46 BENNETT, Steve 26 M
0:58:47 DOUGHTY, Jason 32 M
0:59:20 WILLIAMS, Daniel 35 M
0:59:41 COULTRUP, Michael 38 M
1:01:28 DYER, Ian 46 M
1:02:21 SCOTT-DENNESS, Nick 53 M
1:05:22 NILAND-MURPHY, Margaret 66 F
1:08:39 TRUCKEL, Sara 72 F
1:11:57 SHARP, Calli 81 F
1:14:24 RASMUSSEN , Julie 86 F
1:16:33 SHARP, Sarah 91 F
1:19:53 HARRIS, Pat 97 M
1:20:36 HUNTER, Sue 98 F
1:40:27 SNOW, Lyn 110 F

A huge well done to Paul for 2nd Man home and 1st in the V40 age cat. closely followed by Pete Sexton 1st V50, Andy McArthur 2nd V45, Garry Sharp 3rd V45 and Steve Bennett 3rd V55. For the ladies Margaret came 2nd V50, Calli first Junior Woman, Julie Rasmussen 2nd V45, Sarah Sharp 2nd V40 and Sue Hunter 1st V60. Team-wise we got 1st, 4th, 6th and 8th Mens Team and 3rd and 4th Womens Teams. A superb set of results and brilliant team turn-out!


The Rog Run

This was the second year of the Memorial Rog Run. It was another blustery one for those braving the elements to complete the hilly Ventnor run.


The rain ceased for the 11am departure from the seafront, the route continued up to the top of the downs and back to the seafront via Bonchurch.

We had trophies for the closest Male and Female to their estimated times for the 7.5 mile course. Also a team trophy donated by Rogers family for the closest combined three. A pair of Hoka shoes for the closest male and female with Easter eggs going to the first over the line and top team.

Results as follows:

Name Estimate Time Difference
Ian Russell 01:03:00 01:03:03 00:00:03
Johnathon Robbins 00:56:43 00:56:49 00:00:06
Elaine Harris 01:32:17 01:32:49 00:00:32
Sally Trotman 01:18:03 01:18:46 00:00:43
Steve Hickman 01:11:04 01:10:18 00:00:46
Stu Backhouse 00:56:30 00:55:34 00:00:56
Garry Sharp 00:58:00 00:58:59 00:00:59
Sarah Holmes 01:12:29 01:13:37 00:01:08
Glen Jones 01:12:30 01:13:38 00:01:08
Mick Coutrup 01:20:03 01:18:53 00:01:10
Lisa Upstell 01:19:59 01:18:48 00:01:11
Callie Sharp 01:20:05 01:18:47 00:01:18
Roy Young 01:15:30 01:14:05 00:01:25
Matt Fletcher 01:02:00 01:03:27 00:01:27
Nick Scott-Denness 01:06:25 01:07:53 00:01:28
Lou Dover 01:06:00 01:04:07 00:01:53
Ali Batchelor 01:11:00 01:08:49 00:02:11
Gordon Mucklow 01:05:00 01:02:46 00:02:14
Shannon Brennen 01:29:59 01:32:13 00:02:14
Deb Joy 01:30:31 01:32:48 00:02:17
Jo Randall 01:30:30 01:32:48 00:02:18
Paul Cameron 00:49:00 00:51:21 00:02:21
Sarah Sharp 01:22:30 01:19:53 00:02:37
Simon Riley 00:56:00 00:52:58 00:03:02
Tim Keyte 01:01:36 01:05:05 00:03:29
Simon Randall 00:58:00 00:54:22 00:03:38
Ian Dyer 01:22:34 01:18:51 00:03:43
Trish Train 01:08:00 01:03:59 00:04:01
Steve Bennett 01:08:30 01:03:58 00:04:32
Dave Cass 00:52:27 00:57:09 00:04:42
Lucy DeVille 01:29:50 01:24:49 00:05:01
Jane Andrew 01:19:00 01:13:51 00:05:09
Peter Willmott 00:59:00 00:53:44 00:05:16
Sue Hunter 01:25:00 01:18:47 00:06:13
Andy McArthur 01:01:00 00:54:45 00:06:15
Tom Martin 01:05:30 01:12:01 00:06:31
Tonya Walker-Read 01:25:00 01:32:13 00:07:13
Laurie Woodford 01:40:00 01:32:42 00:07:18
Ben Johnson 01:03:21 00:55:58 00:07:23
Julian Trout 01:29:30 01:19:14 00:10:16
Kev Winchcombe 01:18:00 01:07:17 00:10:43
Julia Trout 01:30:05 01:19:15 00:10:50
Dave Williams 01:18:00 01:06:58 00:11:02
Arielle Elton-Walters 01:19:00 01:07:20 00:11:40
Les Cupis 01:12:25 00:57:36 00:14:49
Aaron McHugh 01:15:00 00:58:23 00:16:37
Harry Rann 00:56:29 00:00:00 00:56:29
Gill Bushell 01:31:00 00:00:00 01:31:00

So first home was Trish Train and Paul Cameron with the winners of the nominated times being Ian Russell and Elaine Harris, with winning team “Snot Rockets” consisting of Lou Dover, Matt Fletcher and Nick Scott-Denness.

There was no entry fee just donations which are to be split between Rogers chosen two charities – Macmillan Cancer Support and SSAFA. A massive £355 was raised – thank you all, also a massive thank you to those who helped time keep, back-mark and marshall. A great day I’m sure he’d be proud of.


Vitality North London Half Marathon

Club Secretary Keith Ruth travelled to London to partake in the second Vitality North London Half Marathon. This event takes place across the London Boroughs of Brent and Barnet.


13.1 miles of closed London roads, a few undulations starting from Bridge Road, Wembley travelling as far as Allianz Park, home of the Saracens Rugby, and then back to finish inside Wembley Stadium with an expected 8,000 runners.


keith half


Position: 2182 – Chip Time: 01:48:35

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