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Wed 30th Nov 2016


A huge haul of eleven individual vets category awards for team WADAC.

The Hayling 10 Mile was the fourth of this season's HRRL races and fell on Sunday 27th November. This was just a week after the Gosport Half Marathon so those dedicated folk that ran both events may have been yearning for a slightly longer recovery (I know I was - and don't even get me started on the Victory 5 being the following weekend). Conditions were fine if a little breezy and chilly along the coast but nothing to get upset about. This race was a new addition to the league for this season and other than being a bit of a trek to get to, the consensus seemed to be that it was a welcome change. The route had an interesting "off-road" section (thank goodness it wasn't raining) and a couple of nice loop-backs where you could see the race unfold and try to judge what overtaking might occur in the next stretch.

WADAC were a little thin on the ground with our gents turnout and our eight chaps were just able to fill an A-team and a B-team but no C. However we had fifteen ladies take part and as usual they proved a force to be reckoned with.

Our first lady home was Kath Bailey in an impressive 1:03:31 and she also picked up the award for the first F45 finisher. It was good to see Kath taking part in her first HRRL race this season. Out next lady was Sam Parkinson. She was the third lady home in the F40 category but collected the prize for second place in that band because the first F40 finisher was cheeky enough to be the third lady overall and you can't get more than one award. Sarah Gurney finished off our ladies' A-team and collected the prize for the second F45.

Susy Perry was the first of our B-team and she collected the prize for the third F35 finisher although she was the fourth finisher in that band because the overall winner of the ladies' race was in the same vets category. Next was Sarah Shedden, being the fourth F40 finisher but picking up the third place award thanks to similar shuffling. Natalie Cain completed our B-team and it was really great to see her running again after a bit of a break.

The ladies' C-team consisted of Lynne Whitaker (first F55), Abbey Conner and Emma Carter and with such strong performances from all three teams it's no surprise that our ladies again finished top in their respective league divisions. The provisional results from the race organisers had a few errors in them so after a bit of prompting and subsequent recalculating it transpired that Glynis Sheppard got the award for second F50, Jo Curtis second F55 and Shirley Dyson-Laurie was the first F60 finisher, so many congratulations all round.

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Simon Stevens was our first gent to cross the line in a cool 0:57:26 and picked up the award for the first M45. James Moore, still chasing a sub-1hr 10 mile, finished strongly as our second chap and Nick Wood and Dan Cunnington completed our A-team. Steve Oliver won the prize for the third M55 and made our B-team with George Belfield, Saul Duck and Mark Wilson. The men's A-team were again up against strong competition from the other clubs and finished fifth out of the ten teams in A-Div-1.

So that's a total of no less than eleven individual veterans category awards for our WADAC runners - excellent stuff!

Thanks to everyone that ran and a big well done to our numerous prize winners.

The next race is the Victory 5 Mile on 4th December and then there's a short respite over Christmas (thank goodness) before things kick-off again in 2017 with the Stubbington 10k on 15th January.

After four of the twelve races this season the WADAC ladies currently retain their perfect record with the A-Team topping A-Div-1 and the B and C-teams holding first and second place in B-Div-1. Our men's A-team are residing in fourth place in A-Div-1 with B and C-team placing TBC at time of writing, so all still to play for there.

Results

Name

Cat posn

Time

Name

Cat posn

Time

Simon Stevens

1

0:57:26

Kathy Bailey

1

1:03:31

James Moore

15

1:00:52

Samantha Parkinson

3

1:08:53

Nick Wood

5

1:01:25

Sarah Gurney

2

1:09:13

Dan Cunnington

26

1:02:51

Susy Perry

4

1:09:35

Steve Oliver

3

1:06:39

Sarah Shedden

4

1:10:00

George Belfield

42

1:06:49

Natalie Cain

7

1:11:44

Saul Duck

20

1:11:22

Lynne Whitaker

1

1:11:58

Mark Wilson

34

1:15:28

Abbey Connor

10

1:12:17

Emma Carter

7

1:12:34

Caroline Carr

9

1:12:57

Glynis Sheppard

2

1:14:45

Joanna Curtis

2

1:18:00

Sally Easton

4

1:18:22

Carrie Oliver

7

1:24:04

Shirley Dyson-Laurie

1

1:24:22