Fifteen members of Winchester & District ventured to Salisbury on Sunday 19 October to take part in the British Masters Half Marathon Championships.  The Championships are open to any athletes aged 35 and over who are members of a regional Masters club, which exist to promote competition amongst older athletes.

Whilst all competitors run together, there are medals for those who excel in each age category (which are in 5 year age bands from 35+, 40+ and so on, up to 75+)

 The course was testing to say the least – bright sunshine was tempered by strong winds and the hilly route seemed to have far more “ups” than “downs” – but the endless hill training on a Tuesday evening bore fruit as no fewer than thirteen of our athletes won medals.

There were team gold medals for the Ladies V45 team (Rachel Byers, Sally Easton and Jackie Ducker); the Ladies V55 team ( Lynne Whitaker, Jo Curtis and Joy Radford).  For once the men were not to be outdone and they also collected team gold in the V35’s (Simon Stevens, Chris Setters, Warren Jackson-Hookens) and the V45’s (John Gore, Steve Oliver and Andy Gannaway). 

Individual gold went to Lynne Whitaker ( 1st W55) and Chris Setters (1st M35); silver to Sally Easton (2nd W50); Jo Curtis (2nd W55) and Joy Radford ( 2nd W60); and bronze to Simon Stevens ( 3rd M45); Carrie Oliver (3rd W50); and Steve Goodwin (3rd M55).

As one of the officials was heard to say: “There seems to be a theme here – if you want to win a medal, you should think about joining Winchester & District A.C.”!


HRRL Grand Prix – Solent HM 

The Grand Prix pages have been updated for the Solent HM.

These pages can be found at any time by following the menu path: SENIORS - WADAC HRRL Grand Prix.


James Webster, Clarendon Half-Marathon Winner

Yesterday's Clarendon Marathon was quite a WADAC party, with several relay teams competing and dozens of black and gold vests running completing the marathon distance from Laverstock to Winchester's Kings' School.

While much of the attention was rightly focused on WADAC's Steve Goodwin and his 100th marathon, in the half-marathon James Webster blasted up and down the hiliest 13.1 miles imaginable to take victory in the Clarendon Half-Marathon - in a stunning 1h28m.

Well done James!

(Photo with grateful thanks to Paul Hammond:


100 Marathons

Many congratulations to Steve Goodwin on completeing his 100th Marathon yesterday 



Have you again experienced that dreadful thump as the VLM rejection package hits the doormat?  

Are you a first claim member of WADAC and regularly out there racing in the Black and Gold?  

Then don't despair you are already three parts of the way to being included in the ballot for club places.  Only two more steps to go.....firstly we have to be lucky enough to be allocated some club places by the organisers and secondly you have to let the secretary ( know you wish to be included in the club ballot.  

It's as easy as that!  


Please note winning a place in the club ballot is every bit as tough as winning a place in the public ballot but still having some chance is better than having none.