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Great West Run

Exeter’s Arena was the setting for the start of the Great West Run. 2500 runners all taking on the 13.1 miles in the beautiful County of Devon

Father and son duo James and Dave Shoulder took on this sold out half marathon alongside other members of their family.

Starting at the Exeter Arena, the runners ventured out into the city centre. Lined with supporters cheering and shouting, our dynastic duo made their way out toward the beautiful country lanes of Stoke Woods. Onward they ran onto an out and back section which bought James and David back toward the city, this time skirting the University campus before returning the way they came and finishing in the arena.

Despite suffering a bad blister from mile 7, our plucky James continued on at an amazing pace to finish in just under 1hr 50 mins, a road PB for him with dad a tiny bit behind to enter the stadium half an hour later to gain his glory and his medal.

James Shoulder – 1.49.57
David Shoulder – 2.36.48

 

The 61st Isle of Wight Marathon

Perfect marathon conditions greeted runners as a record number of Roadrunners signed up to tackle this infamous 26.2 mile adventure.

First held in 1957, this is the longest running (pardon the pun), marathon in the country. Steeped in history, this marathon has seen triumph over the years. From world records set, (pioneer female Dale Grieg in 1964), to the inaugural women’s marathon championship in 1978, this marathon is a unique and special challenge.

Fast forward to 2017 and a coolish but clear morning. Nerves jangling, there was an air of anticipation as our intrepid roadrunners arrived one by one to collect their numbers and make their last minute preparations. Nervous gulping at bottles of water, nails being bitten, lots of pacing up and down, from the experienced marathoners to the debutants, the team knew this wasn’t going to be easy.

Famous for its undulation, this course is no walk in the park. Starting at the Isle of Wight Community Centre in Cowes, the rollercoaster trip out to Porchfield doesn’t feel too bad on fresh legs. It’s all smiles as the runners conquer the first 5 miles or so.Onward they ran toward Shalfleet where they made the turn toward Yarmouth. Elevation starting to level out a bit, the runners started to settle into a rythmn. Bedding in to the metronome in their heads.

Yarmouth arrived and the 11 mile mark passed as they powered on to the cycle path along the river

At the end though, is the very welcome halfway point, drinks, familiar faces and Afton- the turn for home. For those with an eye on their times, a valuable measure of how they are progressing. For those running their first marathon a real mental milestone passed.

“In the first half I got happier and happier” Lucy Deville tells me. At 65 she took the massively brave step over the threshold from runner to marathoner. “The niggly aches and pains melted away and I felt ridiculously youthful. Midway I started plunging mentally telling myself this is a stupid , ultimately risky thing to be doing at my age, but the wonderful supporters kept me going”

Turn left, turn left and turn left…. homeward bound. Onward they went, temperatures creeping up.


Thorley and Wellow. The flattest part if the course but strangely where the hurt starts hurting and the self doubt starts creeping in.

Having run it twice before, Roadrunner Glen Jones knew how mentally challenging this part of the course can be

“You’ve come so far, but yet so far yet to go. I know how this section can play with your head. I decided to set up “The Music Bus” to give the team a lift!”

And what a great idea that was. Joined by lots of supporters the “Music Bus” was blaring out requests from the runners, providing that extra welly at 18 miles that all they all needed.

None more so than ladies captain Julie Ray, who, until just 2 days before the race had decided to pull out.

“I just didn’t feel ready, but I changed my mind at the last minute. I gave Glen my song request and like the best DJ in the world he played it upon my approach”

Yes that’s right, at 18 miles she sat down for a chorus of “Oops Upside Your Head” before continuing onward. And that’s the beauty of running your local race. It’s run by your friends, supported by your friends and run with your friends. Beautiful.

It was at this point though, at the business end of the race, that the fun was definitely fading. For the front runners and the chasing pack, things really got interesting.

“After the first mile a significant gap was opening up between me and the front runners, so I knew it was going to be a long, lonely afternoon. However, I tried to keep my cool and stick to a sensible pacing strategy. After 19 miles I started gaining on people ahead of me, which was encouraging, and I managed to move up several places between miles 23 and 25” said Danny Faulkner

“It felt like it was anyone’s race” said Bill Goozee, champion at both Dorchester and The New Forest Marathons this year. “With the hills of the last 6-7 miles it felt like no one was moving that fast. It’s nuts seeing people walking in front but you ain’t got nothing yourself”

Several places indeed, for our Danny, along with Ryde Harrier Adam Tuck, managed to edge their way through the rest of the field in those last few miles to find themselves finally at the front and within touching distance of home. Adam pulled ahead for the well deserved win, but Danny stayed strong and kept edging ahead to retain a triumphant second place overall.

In the women’s race, it was approaching judgement day too. Roadrunners Hayley Baxter and Judy McCabe had both maintained strong starts over the course.

“I was in about 4th place but I worked my way through the field” said Hayley Baxter ” I gained the lead at around 14 miles. I felt really strong until I got back to Porchfield. I felt a bit wobbley but I knew I was so close to home that I had to keep going”

And keep going she did. With a pb and good for age time in her sights, she embarked on the most challenging part of the course. Hill after hill after hill at this point in the race, it’s a big ask, but she hung in. She delivered. She proved that she was back to her best. Through the pain, the tears and the doubt she showed that her class had finally returned as she powered ever forward to cross the line, the champion, the victor, the winner .

Meanwhile back out on the course, the rest of the team were battling their way around. The last miles starting to hurt for some, not so much for others.

The support on on the course was unprecedented. Pockets of family and friends peppered the course. No too much distance passed between someone’s nearest and dearest being there, residents standing out in their front gardens, IWRRs manning an aid station or club members cycling past on their bikes providing a mobile support crew.

“As cyclists we tried to cycle up and down the route to support as many runners as possible” Vice chairperson Sarah Sharp tells me “It’s quite difficult covering 26 miles and seeing everyone but we definitely saw everyone at least once, offering words of encouragement and even busting a few moves at “The Music Bus” at Wellow. We loved supporting “team awesome” today”
My daughter had a cup of tea ready for me at mile 21″ said Jane Andrew “I was ready for that”

As the miles ticked by and the day began to draw to a close, the runners began to tackle the dreaded final 4 miles and the accompanying hillfest. After the welcome sight of the aid station manned by our very own IWRR aid angels, the marathon and all its challenge really started to kick in.

Bunts Hill into Thorness into Rolls Hill into Palance Road. Punishing hills on tired legs and the order of play changing from mile to mile. The last 4 miles of any Marathon are tough but these are brutal. But as they began to conquer that final Hill and with 1 mile left to go they picked up and the will to finish kicked in to bring them home.

In they came, crossing the line triumphant, one by one, two by two and in little flurries. Some breaking their own course records, some breaking their all time records, some actually breaking the course records and some breaking the biggest record of all…. running their first marathon. All stretching themselves beyond the comfortable, beyond what they though possible…. being heroes… just for one day.

Prizes a plenty, too many to mention. Suffice to say that the Roadrunners ran. Ran themselves to glory. Ran themselves proud. A fantastic day of achievement, of unwavering support and of being a part of the best running club in the world.

Danny Faulkner – 2.55.39 – 2nd overall – 2nd SM
Bill Goozee – 2.57.37 – 5th overall –
Tom Forster – 3.16.14 – 8th overall –
Michael Coultrup- 3.17.22 – 9th overall – 1st V50
Dan Williams- 3.30.45 -1st V40
Simon Randall – 3.32.12 – 2nd V40
Hayley Baxter – 3.43.03 – 22nd overall – 1st Female – 1st V40
Harry Rann – 3.45.58 – 1st Junior Male
Ross Wilkes – 3.46.24 –
David Blake – 3.47.27
Matt Fletcher – 3.47.44 – 3rd V45
Tim Cordery – 3.50.05 – 4th V45
Tim Keyte – 3.54.55 –
Tim Howell – 3.56.24
Sarah Holmes – 3.57.31 -5th Female -2nd V40
Gordon Mucklow – 3.59.19
Steve Bennett – 4.05.06 – 3rd V55
Judy McCabe – 4.05.06 – 7th Female -2nd V35
Kevin Rann – 4.06.15
Paul Butcher – 4.12.37
Tom Grand – 4.15.11
Donnacha Deasy – 4.19.20
Claire Howard – 4.28.13 – 2nd V50
Julie Salter – 4.28.14 -3rd V50
Jane Andrew – 4.28.14 – 2nd V55
Karen Phillips – 4.35.49
Julie Ray – 4.35.50
Sue Hunter – 4.50.16 – 1st V60
Peter Dixon – 5.03.04
Tarnia Eldridge – 5.15.30
Lucy Deville – 5.46.07 – 1st V65
Pat Harris – 5.52.19
Coral Leach – 5.53.57
Lyn Snow – 6.51.09

Team Results
Men’s
1st – D.Faulkner, B.Goozee, T.Forster
3rd – M.Coultrup, D.Williams, S.Randall
4th – H.Rann, R.Wilkes, D.Blake
6th – M.Fletcher, T.Cordery, T.Keyte
8th – T.Howell, G.Mucklow, S.Bennett
9th – K.Rann, P.Butcher, T.Grand
11th – D.Deasy, P.Dixon, P.Harris

Ladies
1st – H.Baxter, S.Holmes, J.McCabe
2nd – C.Howard, J.Salter, J.Andrew
3rd – K.Phillips, J.Ray, S.Hunter
5th – T.Eldridge, L.Deville, C.Leach

PBs
Danny Faulkner
Michael Coultrup
Simon Randall
David Blake
Hayley Baxter
Tim Keyte
Paul Butcher
Sue Hunter

Debut Marathons
Tom Forster
Ross Wilkes
Tim Howell
Tom Grand
Lucy Deville
Lyn Snow

Course records smashed
Harry Rann -Junior Mens
Lucy Deville -FV65

Royal Parks Half Marathon

So popular, all places are either balloted or for charity. This half marathon is a treat of a race touring the green spaces of our capital and some of Londons most famous streets.

This year marked the 10th running of this race, with 112000 runners crossing the finish line and over £30 million raised for charity over the years. Organised by the Royal Parks Foundation, the race raises money to maintain the 5000 acres of green spaces across the 8 royal parks in our iconic capital.

2 lucky roadrunners, Sally Trotman and Zoe Sherwin secured places in this fantastic event.

Starting and finishing in Hyde Park, the runners leave the park passing Wellington Arch before entering Green Park and into St.James Park. Ducking under Admiralty Arch, they headed down Whitehall before moving onto an out and back section along The Strand. A fantastic run down The Mall toward the beautiful Buckingham Palace was a highlight before they headed back to Green Park, traversing Hyde Park once more before commencing the final leg of their journey through Kensington Gardens, past the Royal Albert Hall and across the finish line.

“It was so scenic” said Sally who ran it with her daughter Charlotte “It’s a great alternative to the London Marathon”

“It’s such a lovely race” said Zoe having run it with her step brother Ross

They both ran for charity. Sally for The Royal Marsden Hospital and Zoe for Save the Children.

Zoe Sherwin – 1.55.07
Sally Trotman – 2.14.05

Pyjamathon

You would think that for Steve Hickman that after 141 marathons there would be nothing about a race that could be new, different or exciting. But that was what Saturdays pyjamathon was in more ways than 1. Aside from the obvious addition of bedwear it was a momentous occasion for Steve Hickman because it would be running with his son Ricky, who was running his very first.

A looped course, this event takes in the banks of the iconic River Thames. Starting at Elmbridge Leisure Centre in Walton-on-Thames, runners dressed in their bed attire, can run as many loops as they want in 6 hours. It’s pancake flat, so is perfect for a first marathon.

The pair started off in their pjs, but Steve swapped his for his MND Vest after one circuit and Ricky after 4, wanted to raise awareness for this cause very much close to their hearts.

They both ran 8 circuits of the course to bag their marathon times and the worlds biggest medal.

“Proud Daddy day. Marathon number 142…. done”

Time for a pint ……

Clarendon Marathon

Wet, Hilly, Windy and Muddy. Are the four words our Chairman, Pat Harris,used to describe his experience at Clarendon marathon.

This point to point Marathon follows the Clarendon Way from Salisbury to Winchester. An ancient track of trail and footpath and is largely unchanged from the days it was used to transport the Kings and Queens of England across the county.

Beginning in historic Winchester the course winds its way toward King’s Somborne, before continuing to Houghton, Broughton and Middle Winterslow before making the straightish journey to Milton before turning for the final leg to Salisbury. The course is virtually all off road with some hefty elevation thrown in along the way, just to make those narrow footpaths even more difficult to tackle after the recent rainfall.

“It was brilliantly organised” said Pat “I loved the staggered starts with the walkers first, slower paced runners going off next and the speedy types an hour later. At about 13 miles the lead runners start coming through, obviously you never see them in a traditional marathon, but this way its great to give them shout outs & to receive plenty in return”

“I have to say I enjoyed it, I’m glad to have done this one. I would do it again definitely”

He finished wet, tired and muddy in 6.16.09

Queensgate

A fantastic turn out of roadrunners swept the board at the 5th running of the Queensgate Primary School fun run.Despite the soggy conditions, they turned out in force to help raise funds for an outdoor learning environment at the school.

With 2 distances on offer, the event appeals to all abilities. In the 5k, some roadrunners ran with their children making this a real family event. The course takes them out onto local roads with a cheeky hill or 2 thrown in.

“It was great to be back doing the Queensgate Run” Glen Jones tells me “I ran the first one in 2012, but this year I did the 5k with my son Luke, he has just left Queensgate to go to ‘big school’, so was nice for him to go back and visit. I must remember to run that sprint finish out of him next time though!”

The 10 mile course has unprecedented access to the private estates of Osborne House and Barton Manor before taking the runners out to Wootton before returning to East Cowes via Brocks Copse and Alverstone Road before crossing at The Forge passing Whippingham Church and back to the school.

The heavens opened shortly after they crossed the startline, making conditions difficult at times.

Danny Faulkner absolutely stormed the course. The hills, puddles and driving rain proving no obstacle as he crossed the line the champion in just over 65 minutes. Harry Rann was less than 2 minutes later to take 2nd place and newcomer Ross Wilkes soon after to take 3rd.

Jodie Wilmott made a fantastic racing comeback to take 3rd lady and 15th overall. A marvellous result after undergoing 2 knee operations last year.

“I am happy with that” she beams.

And so she should be. The road to recovery can be a long and frustrating one, but one she has hopefully come to the end of.

In they came, one by one, all a bit soggy, but all with big smiles on their faces, having enjoyed the interesting and otherwise inaccessible course.

5k
Charlotte Williams – 24.04
Glen Jones – 25.43
Ian Williams – 27.15
Adrian Burroughs – 29.37
Kim Hulacka – 29.37

10 mile
Danny Faulkner – 1.05.44
Harry Rann – 1.07.09
Ross Wilkes – 1.08.27
Dan Williams – 1.17.50
Tom Grand – 1.21.02
Jodie Wilmott – 1.21.16
Richard Bezer – 1.22.07
Dave Cass – 1.25.33
Katie Mackenzie – 1.31.56
Karen Phillips – 1.34.51
Emma Ford – 1.36.58
Julie Rasmussen – 1.38.49
Karen Buck – 1.39.29
Sue Hunter – 1.39.50
Michael Coultrup – 1.42.10
Paul Butcher – 1.48.27
Alison Butcher – 1.48.27
Tracy Pole – 1.48.27
Julie Salter – 1.48.27
Bridget Keyte – 1.48.28
Tanya Clifford – 1.57.02
Lyn Snow – 2.20.14

Berlin Marathon

Whilst it was dry and sunny here on Sunday, the weather in Germany was not so kind. 99% humidity was reported in the startline in the Tiergarten area. With the air being described as “like soup” by one online reporter.

Started in 1974 by small Athletics club SC Charlottenburg, the marathon was run through the forested areas around the city with only 286 entrants. Upon unification in 1990, the event had grown to 25000 runners. All of them flooding through the Brandenburg Gate, some for the first time, many with tears in their eyes. It was in this year that Berlin became known as a fast course as the world lead time (2.08.16) was run on this new course.

Fast forward to 2017 and almost 44000 runners lined up to begin their epic journey around this iconic city. Roadrunner Mike Berry was one of them.

From start to finish, the course takes in iconic sights, such as the Seigessaule (The Victory Column) and of course the Brandenburg Gate at the finish.

The rain began to lash down, hampering conditions on the city streets. Slippery underfoot and the continuing humidity made conditions hard. Our Mike battled his way around the course. He paced himself well, conquering each 5k in good consistent splits.

He triumphantly crossed the line in 5.03.58.

Gut laufen Mike!!

The Great North to South Run

A 20 mile run for fun. For FUN!!!
But that is exactly what this is. It’s a day away from the pressure of running personal bests and racing. It’s a run just the joy of running.

Started in 2012 by Richard Pearson of the Isle of Wight Hash House Harriers. It was intended to be run every other year, but it’s year on year growth in popularity has put it on the annual calendar.

From the furthest point on the North in our Island (Egypt Point) through to the most Southerly at St. Catherines Lighthouse. This event is in the format of a hash. That is, minimally marked, unmarshalled and water stops in the form of Pubs on the route.

No fewer than 30 roadrunners assembled at Egypt Point for the 5th running of this event. Some runners are fluent at this sort of distance, for others, it was their first ever 20 mile run, many however using this as a part of their marathon training.

The first leg of the journey takes the runners from the seafront straight up the sharp incline of Egypt Hill and along to Northwood where it steps onto trail. Through Parkhurst Forest before emerging the other side and on to the first stop at the Blacksmiths Arms on the Calbourne Road. The first 7 miles behind them.

After the first hydration stop of the journey, the continued up and over the Tennyson Trail, through Bowcombe, Gatcombe and Chillerton. Poor Alison Batchelor had a tumble along this leg (no pun intended)

But she managed to pick herself up and continue along to The Chequers Inn at Rookley at the half marathon distance.

Onward they went on the third leg. Only 4 miles to the next stop. Running through Roud and the aptly named Nettlecombe.

“There was a ridiculous amount of stingers on the 3rd leg” said ladies captain Julie Ray “my legs have never tingled so much”

The White Horse in Whitwell was before them before they knew it.

Only 2.6 miles left to go to make it to the Lighthouse.


For those that weren’t adequately “hydrated” on the way, celebratory drinks were flowing in The Buddle Inn afterwards.

 

Ironman Emilia Romagna

An Ironman. A man made of Iron. Tough, unyielding, immovable. Built with strength, resilience and determination.

It’s not hard then to imagine how much grit and determination it takes to be crowned one. A massive feat of endurance, of will and of courage.

But that is what Nick Kenney became on Saturday. Years of multi disciplined training, hours of blood sweat and tears all came to fruition as he achieved his ultimate goal.

“The race is just the end of a very long journey” he tells me

Nestled between Ravenna, Forli and Rimini on the Adriatic Coast lays Cervia. An ancient fishing village nicknamed the City of Salt. It is here that Italy staged its first ever ironman competition. 2500 hopefuls, all wishing to test their metal in this ultimate test.

Before him lay 226k (140 miles) of continuous exertion. A 3.8k sea swim, straight into a 180k bike ride followed by a marathon to run and all within the cut off time of 16 hours. The marathon is something we know Nick is more than competent at but the swim and bike distances were measures that Nick had not completed individually, let alone in direct succession, so it really was stepping into the unknown. He’d spent years racing triathlons, building his core strength and pushing his endurance levels to prepare himself for this.

Race day.
Perfect conditions
Air temperature 21c – Sea temperature 18.4c

“I arrived at Race HQ and watched the Sun rise over the sea as I put on my wetsuit. It was daunting to think that that same sun would have crossed the entire sky and set by the time I would finish”

After what seemed like an age, waiting for his staggered start, Nick got his 3-2-1 GO! And he was off! Into the water, into the unknown.

The swim, by Nicks own admission, is his weakest element. But he went in, and went for it. Following the trail of swimmers in front of him he soon started to pick them off one by one.

“I couldn’t believe how well I was swimming, all those hours spent in the water at Totland Bay were paying off”

70 minutes later he was back on dry land having smashed his predicted time and feeling he could have gone quicker. This really filled him with confidence as he knew his better strengths were still to come. Transition onto the bike was seamless and buoyed along by the presence of Nicks girlfriend, Julie Rasmussen, in the crowd.

“I was thrilled to see her”

The bike leg was 2 laps of a 90k course. Beginning and ending amongst the cheering crowds of Cervia, the route was mostly out on the winding roads and countryside of the surrounding area. Quiet and peaceful with only the steady whir of chains rotating on cogs and wheels rotating on tarmac.

“I just got into my aero position, eyes fixed on the road and thought only 6 hours of this”

His peace was disturbed somewhat as he was hauled into the “sin bin” penalty tent for a frustrating 5 minutes as he was penalised (unfairly in his opinion) for drafting another competitor. Triathlon rules state that to not have an unfair advantage, you must remain 12m away from your next competitor. A rule very difficult to adhere to in a busy event

But he took his punishment and set back out on the road. His energy levels starting to diminish by this point and his output beginning to slow.

“I was feeling tired approaching the town for the last time. The thought of having to run a marathon was daunting to say the least”

He was still on target for his sub 12 goal. He just (JUST!!) had to get through the last 26.2 miles on foot without hitting the dreaded wall. A difficult ask in any marathon when your energy tank is full at the start, but to ask this from your body when you are already on empty is brutal. And he only had 4hrs 15mins left to make it under his target time.

4 laps of a thankfully shady 10k loop of Cervia that’s all that stood between Nick and the finishline. Crowds were lining the streets the whole way, willing on these remarkable human beings. It is with no question that this is the leg of the journey that makes or breaks the race.

“It was without doubt the toughest and most painful run of my life”

As the laps ticked by, the scene became more and more like a scene from the walking dead. Those bright eyed warriors, full of adrenaline, that graced the beach at sunrise were reduced to lurching zombies at sunset. Their stares fixed, their feet metronomic. One foot in front of the other, desperately trying to keep going.

Nick kept going, his quads searing in pain with every step, his stomach lurching with nausea and cramp. Treading a frightening path of hypoglycaemic shock as his glycogen reserves were long gone.

The final lap. 10k left.

“For one last time, I took the right turn away from the finishing straight knowing that next time I saw it I would be turning left towards glory”

Despite all the pain and discomfort he was still working his way through the field, overtaking competitors as he went. A quick glance at his watch. The 4 hour marathon was still on. All he had to do was hold on. His stomach still bloating and causing him great distress. He knew he couldn’t swallow any more sickly gels. This last hour was going to be mind over matter.

“I knew I would either pass out with the other zombies lying on the side of the road or make it with pure determination”

Nick latched onto the back of an Italian competitor. He focused upon his stride and matched him step for step, keeping the rhythm, switching off the voices in his head telling him about the pain he was in.

Finally he made it to the turn off point. Left this time. Toward the cheers, toward the bright lights and down the red carpet . Arms aloft, eyes to the sky, he crossed the line to the immortal words

“Nick Kenney, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!”

“So many times in life the reality of a dream does not meet the expectation. Not this time however. My emotions heightened by physical exhaustion was an unsurpassed high. The feeling of relief, satisfaction, pride and just happiness was incredible.
Then i saw my finish time of 11:42 and another wave of joy swept through me. I battled through the crowds to find Julie for a very loving embrace and my race was complete”

A dream come true. An amazing feat of perseverance, determination, strength and dedication. I’m going to leave the last word to Nick, as his words were so humbling, so beautifully put, written as he was reflecting on his experience on the plane home.

“I have no doubt that many people go through far harder challenges than this in the world today, often just to exist on a day to day basis or battle against life threatening illnesses. I still don’t really know quite why i wanted to complete an ironman so much. Maybe it was vanity. I hope not. I’d like to think its because im fortunate enough to be fit and healthy and have time to devote towards achieving such goals rather than just exist.
Whatever the reason i am now an ironman for the rest of my life and actually feel some responsibility to behave how an ironman should, with humility and respect for all of humanity and never forgetting how lucky we are for having the opportunity to just do it”

One word…. inspirational.

HRRL #2 – Solent Half Marathon

A gorgeous Autumn sunny sky prevailed as our team of runners lined up for the second league race of the season.

Hosted by Hardley Runners, the 13.1 miles began at Gang Warily Recreation Centre in Blackfield.

A beautifully scenic course stretched out before them, taking in winding country lanes. The first few miles took them toward the edge of the New Forest, (complete with wild ponies wandering around) It was here that our Dave Wilcock interrupted his race. He saw a runner collapsed on the side of the road. As a nurse he couldn’t just run on by.

“It became obvious she was having an epileptic seizure. I stayed until the ambulance arrived”

Showing Roadrunner spirit, Dave sacrificed his chance of running a PB, to help someone else, a stranger. What an amazing thing to do, good sportsmanship on his part.

Onward the runners went heading toward Exbury then down to the shoreline at Lepe where the runners turned for home. More country lanes snaked before them taking them to Fawley and then finally returning to the recreation centre.

Cole Pearce was the first Roadrunner to cross the finish line in a fantastic 8th overall, just dipping under 78 minutes and winning his age group category and getting himself a PB. Simon Randall was next home in under 85 minutes and 2nd V40 followed by Tom Forster in 87 mins. Matt Fletcher and Michael Coultrup crossed the line together, Matt in 10th V40 and Michael 8th V50 and in another PB for him. Holly led the girls home in a blistering PB of 1.40.40 and 20th female overall. Kev Rann was next to finish in just over 1hr 45min, with Sarah Holmes not too far behind to claim 8th FV40 and a 7 minute PB. Zoe Sherwin also stomped home to a PB, sneaking just under 1hr 55m. Dave Wilcock was home next, cheered in by his team mates, with Jo Randall and Coral Leach turning into the home straight having run the entire race together, with beaming smiles.

Great performance by the IWRR in the league competition, maintaining a great start in the team competition overall.

Cole Pearce – 1.17.59
Simon Randall – 1.24.53
Tom Forster – 1.27.09
Matt Fletcher – 1.33.38
Michael Coultrup – 1.33.38
Holly Newton – 1.40.40
Kevin Rann – 1.45.31
Sarah Holmes – 1.46.27
Zoe Sherwin – 1.54.46
Dave Wilcock – 2.14.42
Coral Leach – 2.41.47
Jo Randall – 2.41.47