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Amsterdam Running Festival 2015

Eight IOWRR’s flew out to the Netherlands to participate in the Amsterdam Running Festival competing in the half and full Marathon. The majority of these runners were completing this for the second year.


The races are widely regarded as some of the most scenic road-running in Europe and the Amsterdam Marathon course begins and ends in the Olympic Stadium in front of a packed grandstand.

The stadium is a historic site, having been constructed for the 1928 Olympic Games. A significant portion of the 26.2-mile route is run alongside the Amstel river. The race in the Dutch capital takes in a number of the city’s most beautiful and recognisable areas.

The runners will take in the Vondelpark both in the early stages of the race and as they close in to the finishing line.

For the Half Marathon runners the course starts at the Stadionweg and goes through Churchilllaan, Rijnstraat and the Utrechtse Bridge over the Amstel river. You then run through Watergraafsmeer and Zeeburg. The rest of the course continues on the same route as that of the full marathon, finishing in the Olympic Stadium.

Keith Ruth and son Michael Ruth completed the Half in a time of 02:36:00, this being a debut half marathon race for Michael, to note poor Michael was in pain from about 500m into the race with knee pain – massive well done to you both!

Kev Fry and Dave Cass achieved PB’s in the marathon distance, brilliant! With some excellent running from everyone else:

Dave Cass – 03:09:38

Kev Fry – 03:57:49

Tom Martin – 04:39:47

John Dudock – 04:43:32

Mike Berry

Kev Winchcombe – IOWRR Chairman completed the marathon, struggling through indescribable pain and adversity.



59th Isle of Wight Marathon

The club had a record turn-out of 21 runners for the 59th IOW Marathon.


A massive 157 runners lined up for the start. A contributory factor to the enormous field was that Ryde Harriers race also hosted the national Police Championships.

As well as a huge number of entrants the course was supported with numerous marshals, water-stops, sponge givers, people cheering, photographing and we had a large contingent on bikes cheering on all the runners – thank you all!


Sunday was sunny and warm with some light winds, not hindering the runners as a course record time of 2:45:32 for the men and 3:00:32 for the women was achieved. The race commenced 11:30am from IOW Community Club in Cowes and finishes there too. The course is undulating covering Gurnard, Shalfleet, Yarmouth, Freshwater, then back via Thorley, Shalfleet, Corf and finally Cowes via the infamous 25 mile Pallance Road:



Four IOWRR’s completed their debut marathon; Pete Sexton, Bridget Keyte, Glen Jones and Sue Hunter (Bridget winning her entry at our club Christmas Party). A special well done to those four – an amazing feat on such a challenging course.



The club performed brilliantly  with lots gaining PB’s:

03:01:25 FAULKNER, Daniel 6 M 5
03:11:03 BACKHOUSE, Stuart 12 M 11
03:19:00 RUMSEY, Steve 17 M 15
03:27:19 SEXTON, Peter 26 M 21
03:40:16 MCCABE, Judy 36 F 7
03:56:08 COULTRUP, Michael 52 M 43
04:02:25 KEYTE, Tim 63 M 52
04:03:04 HICKMAN, Stephen 67 M 56
04:05:49 DIXON, Julie 70 F 12
04:13:05 CORDERY, Tim 75 M 62
04:22:32 HARRIS, Elaine 91 F 18
04:27:41 DYER, Ian 96 M 77
04:30:10 ABETO, Mazen 99 M 78
04:45:40 HOLMES, Sarah 112 F 25
04:55:09 ADAMS, Clare 126 F 29
04:59:50 JONES, Glen 127 M 98
05:20:34 BUTLER, George 140 M 104
05:31:42 KEYTE, Bridget 145 F 38
05:39:44 HUNTER, Sue 149 F 40

Unfortunately despite taking the lead from early on and maintaining an impressive speed, 6 minutes ahead at mile 23, Paul Cameron was forced to withdraw. Tarnia Taylor was also forced to withdraw from completing the marathon, she’d one week previously completed the Bournemouth Marathon. Commiserations to you both.

Danny Faulkner was the first IOWRR  and Isle of Wight man home coming in fifth male and sixth overall. His superb time of 3:01:25, was a PB. Judy McCabe  finished seventh and took the first Isle of Wight woman home. Excellent work!

IOWRR’s stole the show when it came to prizes this year:


First Island Man – Danny Faulkner

First Island Woman – Judy McCabe (her prizes above!)

1st, 3rd and 7th Mens teams consisting of Danny, Stu & Steve – Pete, Mick & Tim – Steve, Tim & Ian

1st and 3rd Womens teams consisting of Judy, Julie & Elaine – Sarah, Clare & Bridget

2nd SM Danny, 3rd MV45 Steve Rumsey, 2nd M50 Pete Sexton, 2nd F35 Judy McCabe, 3rd M55 Steve Hickman and 2nd F50 Elaine Harris.


Southsea Pirates – Pieces of Eight

Roger Merry and Lyn Snow travelled to Southsea to participate in the 5th annual 8 mile race. The course is a fast flat one run along the seafront, today’s bright autumnal day being perfect for this race.

All participants received this lovely medal:


Roger Merry – 01:07:57 – 63rd overall and 4th in the V60-69

Lyn Snow – 01:35:39 – 232nd


Brilliant Running!



Bournemouth Running Festival

Sunday was the final day at the Bournemouth Running Festival weekend. Culminating in a half and full marathon, we had IOWRR entrants in both these races.

Completing the half we had Michael Berry in 01:53:47, Fay Tosdevin 01:59:27 coming 12th in her age category and Tracy Pole in a time of 02:20:00.



George Butler, Tarnia Taylor and Dave Cass completed the marathon race:


Dave Cass – 03:14:13 – PB! 73rd and 12th in age category.

George Butler -05:17:13 – Debut Marathon

Tarnia Taylor – 05:17:13- First race of her 100 miles in October


MBNA Chester Marathon

One IOWRR travelled to compete in the multi-award winning and UK’s only international marathon from the historic Roman/Medieval international destination City of Chester.

Runners leave the racecourse and head into the City centre passing the Town Hall, Cathedral, split level Middle Ages “Rows”, Eastgate Clock, Amphitheatre and through the Roman Walls before heading out of the City across the Old Dee Bridge.

The route then leaves Chester past the Duke of Westminster’s estate, through Pulford, before crossing the border into Wales and the villages of Lavister and Rossett.

Keeping to the rural lanes runners complete a small loop before entering the historic village of Holt. Then crossing the ancient Roman bridge at Farndon to return to England and the home stretch running through Churton, Aldford and Huntington.

On re-entering the City, runners pass the River Dee along the Groves and Castle Drive before a triumphant finish at the racecourse!


Steve Rumsey – 03:16:52


Brilliant well done Steve!

Queensgate 10

Lots of IOWRR’s entered the local Queensgate Primary School 5k and 10 mile races on Saturday, although the 10 miles was actually 10.78 due to some signage problems.

The route is an undulating one taking in some beautiful scenery to include Barton and Osborne Estates starting and finishing at the school:


Danny Faulkner came in first, Harry Rann second and Tim Cordery in third. Everyone was awarded a medal and lovely cakes baked by Sarah Holmes.

We also had lots of IOWRR’s helping and cheering the runners along.


Fell Series 2015

A bright sunny Ventnor was the backdrop for the 2015 Ryde Harriers Fell Weekend.


A total of three races are run commencing Saturday with the St. Boniface fell – 3.8k and 235m of ascent, second was the Ventnor Horseshoe – 12k and 443m of ascent and finally ending with the Wroxall Round on Sunday a distance of 21k and 487m of ascent. Participants can complete any number of races but obviously the more that’s completed the better the result.

BACKHOUSE, Stuart 3 74
SALTER, Julie 3 90
FLETCHER, Matthew 3 177
COULTRUP, Michael 3 206
DYER, Ian 3 263
HICKMAN, Stephen 3 316
MUCKLOW, Clare 2 64
MACARTHUR, Andrew 2 121
HARRIS, Elaine 1 27
CAMPBELL, Claire 1 33
CHANDLER, Dustin 1 52
KEYTE, Tim 1 58
RUSSELL, Ian 1 86


With the following times for each race:

NAME TIME3 TIME2 TIME1 Overall M/F Position
BACKHOUSE, Stuart 01:34:38 01:01:53 00:20:05 23
SALTER, Julie 02:16:18 01:27:28 00:28:39 27
FLETCHER, Matthew 01:48:45 01:09:55 00:24:54 49
COULTRUP, Michael 01:55:07 01:16:23 00:23:53 58
DYER, Ian 02:11:13 01:19:59 00:25:49 72
SCOTT-DENNESS, Nick 02:14:00 01:31:02 00:28:12 80
HICKMAN, Stephen 02:25:10 01:32:19 00:30:02 83
MUCKLOW, Clare 01:30:27 00:29:10 48
MACARTHUR, Andrew 01:13:09 00:23:20 95
HARRIS, Elaine 02:10:18 55
CAMPBELL, Claire 02:17:34 59
CHANDLER, Dustin 01:50:51 116
KEYTE, Tim 01:53:33 118
RUSSELL, Ian 02:05:39 125

We managed to make the following mens teams:

130 BACKHOUSE, Stuart FLETCHER, Matthew COULTRUP, Michael



Solent Half Marathon

Three IOWRR’s travelled to participate in the Solent Half Marathon. The lovely course winds through the New Forest around Exbury and along the Solent shore at Lepe.

The course takes in some beautiful scenery with a couple of undulations thrown in to make it a challenging half.

Judy Mccabe – 114th – 3rd F35 – 1:36:01

Paul Martin – 144th – 1:39:42

Kev Rann – 154th – 1:41:36

The event was chip timed and a total of 352 completed the course, excellent times from our IOWRR’s with today being a lovely bright sunny day making it perfect racing conditions.

BMW Berlin Marathon

Pete Wilmott travelled to Germany to participate in the 42nd Berlin Marathon. Joining 41,224 runners from 127 nations.

Berlin marathon is part of the marathon series, world marathon majors, together with Boston, Chicago, London and New York. Spectators surpass the million mark cheering participants on the flat single loop course winding through the streets of Berlin:


Weather conditions were perfect for Pete to achieve a new marathon PB!


Summer Series

Thursday saw the end of the 2015 Summer Series. 

96 IWRR’s nominated over the series, some more successfully than others, along with many IWRR’s who run but don’t nominate & guests who ran with us.

Thursday was a 6 mile nominated run from Newport Football club. This final night of running saw Abi, Steve Bennett and Sharon score the highest points. Points are awarded from 35 for the closest to their time on the night right down to 1, which is also the lowest you can score. Maximum points are also awarded to those back marking and time keeping as a thank you!

This meant that the summer series ended with:

5th Kev Rann – 183 points
4th Julie Ray – 185 points
3rd Shelley Harris – 186 points
2nd Tim Keyte – 209 points
1st Trish Train – 227 points

Well done to Trish who now is the current holder of both summer & winter series shields at the same time. Only the second person to do this – Karen Phillips also managed this feat a couple of years ago.