Mon 10th Oct 2016

A bright, cool day with some great individual performances.

Sunday 9th October brought the second gathering in HRRL season - the Solent Half Marathon. We had a solid turn out of 12 ladies and 15 gents all enjoying the scenic route in the crisp autumn sunshine.

There were some truly fabulous individual WADAC performances, lots of prizes and plenty of well-earned PBs but somewhat frustratingly these didn't translate into the team success that I was expecting.

Sam Aplin was the first WADAC lady, forth female finisher overall and first in the F25-29 category. Her amazing time of 1:25:48 was obviously a PB because being our duathlon champ it's one of the few races she's done without insisting on adding a cycling leg! Sarah Shedden picked up the prize for the first 40-44 female with a PB of 1:31:40 and our ladies A-Team was completed by Lynne Whitaker posting a cracking time of 1:32:12 which convincingly won her the F55-59 first prize, being a good ten minutes ahead of anyone else in that category. Surprisingly the New Forest Runners just pushed us out of the top spot so our ladies had to make do with the second team prize.

Susy Perry collected the second prize in the F35-39 category, Sarah Gurney the first prize for F45-49 and together with Caroline Carr they made up our ladies B-team. Our C-team consisted of Jo Curtis, Joy Radford and Sally Easton with Jo also picking up the award for the second female finisher in the 55-59 group. Shirley Dyson-Laurie was also the second lady to finish in the 65-69 age category.

In the men's race James Moore continued his ascent, running a great PB of 1:21:44. Not far behind was Joe Chick, with Mark Curtis and Chris Setters making up our A-team and Mark winning first place in the 50-54 age category along the way. Our gents B-team consisted of Bruce Ayling, George Belfield, Colin McManus and Richard Shingleton-Smith. Colin ran a significant PB and only two races into the season seems to already be vying with James Moore for the "most improved" award in our Grand Prix.

Steve Goodwin finished very strongly and didn't seem at all drained by recent multiple marathon events. Saul Duck, Paul Oxley and Mark Wilson joined him in our men's C-team with both Paul and Mark gaining Half Marathon PBs. The amazing Jonathan Kane also won the award for the first M70-74 finisher.

Unfortunately some of the other clubs had some strong team finishers so I think our gents were a little way down the team rankings.

Many thanks to everyone that took part and congratulations to everyone that won a prize, got a PB or simply had a great run.

Full results can be found here:

The next race is the Gosport Half Marathon on 20th November so please get yourselves signed up for that. It's a relatively flat course that can offer PB potential if the coastal breeze is kind.