WADAC's Martin Mannion runner up in shopping centre 5k

Basingstoke's Festival Place shopping centre provided an unusual venue for the Brackenwood Festival 5k on Sunday (20th July). Three WADAC runners joined a sea of locals from Basingstoke & Mid Hants, Chineham, Hatch Warren and Sherfield Park clubs.

As soon as the air-horn wheezed out a muted tone, Winchester's Martin Mannion hit the front. He spent the race battling for the lead with Basingstoke's Brendan O'Connor.

The two were inseperable, and completed the race just 10 seconds apart with Martin coming in a brilliant second place with a time of 17:20.

Following in Martin's wake were WADAC's Ian J Berry (7th, 18:51) and Andrew Runnacle (43rd, 22:41).

A total of 207 runners completed the course and collected a nice bespoke medal and technical t-shirt.

More details of the event may be found on their website: 

(Photo credit: Brackenwood Festival 5k)


A big congratulations to Malcolm Green

Malcolm finished the West Highland Way 100 in 23 hours and 29 minutes. What a fantastic achievement, Malcolm's target was 'less than 24 hours', having previously taken 26 hours and 59 minutes in 2011.

Photos here:

See the start video here to get a feeling of the atmosphere, See Malcolm at 2 minutes in to the video, there is no mistaking that running style:


We dropped Malcolm at the start just outside Glasgow at 12.30, watched the start at 1am on Saturday morning. 9 hours later we met Malcolm at the 40 mile feed station, then again at 50 miles, where Steve Goodwin ran with Malcolm for 10 miles. Meanwhile I (Marc Lyne) went to a local cafe to pick up soup and chips as instructed to then give to Malcolm 3 miles later. I then sped ahead and got ready to run at Bridge of Orchy, and collect coffee and a food bag as instructed for the 60 mile feed station. I ran with Malcolm for the last 35 fantstic picturesque miles to Fort William.

What a day, fantastic weather, great trails and great company, a real privilege.

Steve drove ahead, checked in to the B&B, then ran 8 miles back up the trail to meet us. Malcolm was looking just as strong as he had at the start (just a little blood shot in the eyes because of his contact lenses), he was fully conversational and talking as if he was in the middle of a normal Sunday run. If I tell you that I believe we all ran the last Km in less than 4 minutes, it will give you an idea of just how strong Malcolm finished, unbelievable. The right training and great planning are definitely 2 attributes needed to deliver the right result.

Well done Malcolm.


Grand Prix Awards 3 July

The Grand Prix awards for the 2013/14 Hampshire Road Race League season will take place on 3 July at the Queen Inn, Kingsgate Street from 8 with awards at 9.00pm.  Food will be available to purchase until 9.

This is an opportunity for everybody who ran in this year's league to reminisce about the season and to congratulate the prize winners in senior and veteran categories as well as those who managed to compete in all 12 races.  The names of all prize runners can be found in the Grand Prix section of the website.  The most improved runner will also be announced.


2014 Commonwealth Games - Louise Damen Selected

Big congratulations to Louise Damen who has been selected to represent England in the Marathon at the Commonwealth Games 

Marathon - Women: Louise  Damen, From: Winchester, Trains:  Winchester, Club: Winchester, Coach: Self, PB: 2:31.00, SB:2:32.21



HRRL Grand Prix – End of Season

The Grand Prix pages have been updated for the D-Day 10k which was the last race of the season. Congratualations to all the prize winners. Men:Ryan Snell, Simon Stevens, Ian Debnam, Martyn West, Steve Oliver (two prizes), Jonathan Kane and Steve Goodwin. Women: Natalie Cain, Lynne Whitaker, Kathy Bailey, Jo Curtis, Shirley Dyson-Lawrie and Karen Hazlett. An extra prize for the most improved runner will be announced on the award night (date still to be decided). Andy Carton