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Wednesday
Aug132014

Hampshire Road Race League

The 2014/15 Hampshire Road Race League kicks off on Sunday 7 September with the Overton 5. On-line entries can be made here.  It is then followed by the Victory 5 one week later (here) and the Solent Half on 28 September (here).

The table below shows the dates of the other races in this road race season.  Remember these are open road races and a great opportunity for you to structure your training and represent the club. Apart from the first 3 races, only Gosport seems to have entries open at the moment. I have put the link to the race entry system below.

For all races, assume no entries on the day. The exceptions from memory are the Overton 5, Ryde 10 and Netley 10K.  Do check with the relevant websites before deciding to leave it late.

Those that fill early are: Gosport Half and Stubbington 10K.  It is advisable to enter these at least 2 months before the race to guarantee a place. Eastleigh 10K used to fill early but now seems to have extended its entry limit sufficiently.

And remember to look at the Grand Prix pages to see how you are comparing with others in the club after each race.

Looking forward to seeing you all at these races.

2014

1

Sun 7 September

Overton 5

2

Sun 14 September

Victory 5

3

Sun 28 September

Solent Half

4

Sun 2 November

Lordshill 10

5

Sun 16 November

Gosport Half

2015

6

Sat 18 January

Stubbington 10k

7

Sun 1 February

Ryde 10

8

Sun 8 March

Salisbury 10

9

Sun 22 March

Eastleigh 10k

10

Sun 17 May

Alton 10

11

Sun 24 May

Netley 10k

12

Sun 7 June

D-Day 10k

Tuesday
Aug122014

Jo Meek to represent GB in 100K World Champs

Winchester & District AC athlete Jo Meek has been selected to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the IAU 100km World Championships.

 

Jo will join Bournemouth's Steve Way in the British team at Doha, Qatar, on 21 November 2014.

 

To read more about the team, visit this link.

 

To learn more about Jo's amazing story, visit this link.

 

Jo's achievement reinforces the strength in WADAC's senior ultra-running.  She is the second WADAC runner to represent Great Britain at the 100km World Championships in recent years.

 

 

 

Friday
Aug082014

Magic Mile is on 19th Aug - open to all members

How fast can you run a run a mile on the track? The Magic Mile is coming to WADAC on Tuesday 19th August.

We'll do several waves so that runners of similar pace can run with (race against) each other.

If you'd like to run, please email Lou Walker (lou@louwalker.com) with your name, age category (U17, V40 etc) and estimated time (as accurate as possible). The age category is in case we are able to submit the times to Power of 10. This may be possible but only if we have qualified officials timing etc.

We also need volunteers to help on the night.

If you are a qualified track official or would like to time, marshal, help with registration etc, please also contact Lou asap.

More details to follow.
Monday
Jul212014

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:
http://www.destinationbasingstoke.co.uk/?page=BrackenwoodFestival5 

(Photo credit: Brackenwood Festival 5k)

Tuesday
Jul012014

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: http://www.wadac.org.uk/photos/west-highland-way-100/#gallery1115439

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: http://westhighlandwayrace.org/

 

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.