Still a relatively new race to the HRRL calendar, Alresford Rotary Club play host to this annual fundraising event which has so far raised a brilliant amount of pounds for charities in the local community there.
This race however is always a bit of a difficult one for those of us who are Isle of Wight Festival goers, as it often tends to clash with that final day of partying, so to muster up the inner strength to refrain from going full throttle on the Saturday night, and then to actually get out of bed on the Sunday morning, deserves a medal all of its own! But that’s exactly what three of our truly saintly superstars managed to do.
Beginning at Arlebury Park, our trusty team of 3, Kevin Driscoll, Mike Upstell and Lisa Upstell, lined up alongside 450 others to embark on the 6 mile journey through the picturesque centre of Alresford before taking to the lanes surrounding the area.
They passed through the Watercress beds, before emerging on to the Avenue and returning to Arlebury Park to cross the finish line. With their well earned reward of an eco friendly wooden medal and a rather nice looking cookie, our three runners were all triumphant in their quest and ran brilliantly.
For Mike this was his first official race and also his first race as a Road Runner and he ran brilliantly to bring it home dipping under the hour mark, so a massive well done to him. And what a great inspiration he is for any of our members graduating from the Couch 2 5k programme.
Lisa later messaged me about the race to say “It was very lumpy, constant up and downs the whole way! Lovely route and we both enjoyed the day out.
It was mikes first race as a RR, he enjoyed it and came in under the hour!
We also saw Kev there too representing the RR’s.
All in all a great morning out.”
Very well done to all of you. xx
Kevin Driscoll 51:40
Lisa Upstell 56:55
Mike Upstell 59:48