Thu 8th Dec 2016


Fair conditions on this flat course allowed a good number of PBs and another strong result for our ladies teams in spite of a reduced turn-out.

After the relatively breezy conditions of the previous two Sundays at Gosport and Hayling it was pleasing to find that the morning of 4th December was calm and clear. It was a bit chilly but without the biting wind I don't think anyone can claim to have been hindered.

This is always a popular race (with parking issues to reflect) and speedy folk travel from far and wide to try to notch-up a PB on the flat course with an exhilarating start and finish on the athletics track at the Mountbatten Centre. Therefore the competition was always going to be strong for our eight ladies and seventeen gents. We had a few no-shows on the day from both genders and this unfortunately left us one runner short of a full ladies C-team.

Our first lady finisher was again Kath Bailey, winning the prize for the first F45 and repeating her success of just the week before at Hayling. Next, with a gap of only a few seconds between them, were Sam Parkinson (second F40) and Sarah Gurney, both running PBs and completing our ladies' A-team. Then was Lynne Whitaker who (again) picked up the award for the first F55, Glynis Sheppard with a great PB and Melissa Callister making up the WADAC B-team. Our incomplete C-team consisted of Marie Kille and Gill Goodwin (cheered on by husband Steve who is unfortunately out of action for a few weeks - hope to see you back up and running in the New Year Steve).

Southampton AC fielded some speedy youngsters so in a repeat of the Gosport Half Marathon their ladies' A-team actually finished ahead of WADAC. However in the league they are currently in Division-2 so of the ten teams in Division-1 our ladies again finished top, retaining their perfect score across all five of the races so far this season and so obviously keeping their significant lead in the league overall. (At the end of the season the top two teams in Division-2 will be promoted to the first Division and if the Southampton AC ladies (current second place in Div-2) go up then they might start to cause our A-team lasses a few issues in the 2017/18 season). Our strong ladies B-team finished top of the B-Division in the league stats and although our C-team was incomplete it was still placed fifth out of the fifteen clubs in that Division thanks to the performances from Marie and Gill. It is a bit of a shame to halt the run of four perfect first and second placings for the WADAC ladies' B and C-teams respectively but even after this very minor hiccup both teams obviously still have a commanding lead at the top of the B-Division in the league.

The first WADAC gent to finish was Chris Powner, who with an incredible time of 25:10 won the prize for the fifth male finisher overall. James Moore picked up another PB by taking further seconds off his (already sub-30min) time from the Overton 5 back at the start of the season. Marius Kwint was next as the second M50 finisher and our gents A-team was completed by Bruce Ayling. Ed Gurney kicked off our B-team finishers by running a 5 Mile PB, hotly pursued by James Webster. Next came Joe Chick and then George Belfield with another PB. Our gents C-team consisted of Steve Oliver, Colin McManus, Saul Duck and Robert Bryan. Saul and Rob finished with an identical chip time though Saul was definitely first over the line. Colin ran yet another PB but to be honest I'd save on typing this season if I only reported when Colin doesn't get a PB.

Our gents A-team came seventh out of the ten league teams in A-Div-1, leaving them fourth overall after the first five of this season's races. And in further reflection of the strength of the competition on the day, our B and C-teams finished seventh and fourteenth respectively of the fifteen teams in B-Div-1 and so currently reside fourth and thirteenth overall. We really need a good turn-out for the remainder of the races in this season - if our gents C-team slip just one more place then they will be in the relegation zone to go down to B-Div-2 next year.

A massive thanks to everyone that ran, especially those committed folk that had also competed at Gosport and Hayling, and well done for all the PBs.

The next race is the Stubbington 10k on 15th January which is already fully booked. After that is the Ryde 10 Mile on the Isle of Wight on Sunday 5th February. We really need lots more WADAC people to sign up for that one - we currently have just one lady and two gents! Remember the club will pay for your ferry ticket - all you need to do is book yourself into the race and then come and run up and down a few hills.

Results

Name

Cat posn

Chip Time

Name

Cat posn

Chip Time

Chris Powner

5

00:25:10

Kathryn Bailey

1

00:30:17

James Moore

46

00:29:19

Samantha Parkinson

2

00:32:42

Marius Kwint

2

00:29:25

Sarah Gurney

4

00:32:54

Bruce Ayling

8

00:30:15

Lynne Whitaker

1

00:34:40

Edward Gurney

13

00:30:37

Glynis Sheppard

4

00:34:48

James Webster

9

00:30:40

Melissa Callister

7

00:39:30

Joe Chick

82

00:31:26

Marie Kille

4

00:39:30

George Belfield

87

00:31:49

Gill Goodwin

7

00:46:45

Steve Oliver

6

00:31:53

Colin McManus

91

00:31:59

Saul Duck

19

00:32:59

Robert Bryan

21

00:32:59

Pete Curtis

28

00:33:20

Matt Lane

25

00:33:35

David Walker

35

00:36:02

Jonathan Kane

3

00:38:25

Adrian Field

43

00:41:21

 

Cheers,
Saul.