Tue 22nd Nov 2016


Blustery, breezy, blowy and bracing.

The third race in the HRRL season, the Gosport Half Marathon, fell on a gusty Sunday 20th November. I guess we should be thankful that it wasn't raining but the wind was bitingly cold and made the outgoing legs on each of the two loops of the course along the seafront of Lee-on-Solent particularly hard going.

WADAC had a good turnout of 20 gents and 17 ladies in a large field of just over 1500 finishers, so although we had some really good performances we were always going to be up against some strong competition from other clubs in this popular race.
I know it's a flat course but I am still amazed at some of the performances of our team members who seemed un-phased by the squall and many of whom achieved PBs.

Sarah Shedden was our first lady home with a top-notch PB of 1:30:35 and earned the prize for the first F40-44 finisher. Helen Oliver was hot on her heels with another PB and the A-team was completed by Sam Parkinson who rarely competes at this distance so definitively achieved a PB and picked up the prize for the third F40-44 finisher. With such impressive A-team performances it is a little irksome that in the league results our ladies were pushed into second place behind the Southampton AC team but like I said, the competition was strong.
Our ladies' B-team consisted of Sarah Gurney (PB), Susy Perry (who got the prize for the second F35-39 finisher) and Lynne Whitaker (who got the prize for the first F55-59).
Emma Carter, Penny Freeman and Caroline Carr composed our strong C-team. Jo Curtis collected the award for being the third F50-54 finisher, and Shirley Dyson-Laurie added to her ever-increasing collection of category awards by convincingly being the first lady home in the F65-69 band.
With B and C-team results of that calibre it is no surprise that our ladies came first and second of the B-Division finishers in the league.

A couple of things worth noting (particularly for number-crunching stat-fans):
1) The Winchester ladies actually won the Gosport Half team award. This is because the ladies team award from the race organisers (not the league) was based on a team of four runners instead of three, so when Sarah Gurney was included with the other three members of our A-team they proved to have a stronger combined finish than the first four Southampton AC finishers - well done ladies!
2) Although when it came to the league the Southampton AC team of three ladies finished ahead of WADAC they are actually in the ladies A Division-2. So of the ten teams in the ladies A Division-1 we were deemed as finishing top. Which means yet another perfect score for our ladies with the A, B and C-teams coming first in A Div-1 and first and second in B Div-1 respectively. Can't get better than that!

The gents were up against even stiffer competition so our men's teams finished a little way down the rankings. However that should not detract from some great individual performances.
Andrew McGhee was our first chap to finish with a suitably impressive PB of 1:22:29. Joe Chick was next with another PB and our A-team places were filled by James Moore and Chris Setters all putting in notably wind-defying times.
WADAC men's B and C teams were comprised of Matt Grote (PB), Bruce Ayling (PB), George Belfield (PB) and Ed Gurney, and Steve Oliver, Colin McManus (PB), Patrick Warburton and Saul Duck respectively.

Many thanks to everyone that ran and particularly well done to those that won prizes or gained PBs in such less than ideal conditions.

Our next races are the Hayling 10 Mile on 27th November and the Victory 5 Mile on 4th December. The Victory 5 is still open for entries for just a few more days so if you haven't signed up and are able to run then please enter as soon as you can - the more the merrier.

Results

Name

Cat posn

Chip Time

Name

Cat posn

Chip Time

Andrew McGhee

44

01:22:29

Sarah Shedden

1

01:30:35

Joe Chick

49

01:23:13

Helen Oliver

9

01:30:43

James Moore

54

01:24:16

Samantha Parkinson

3

01:30:58

Chris Setters

14

01:24:27

Sarah Gurney

4

01:31:46

Matt Grote

18

01:26:09

Susy Perry

2

01:31:55

Bruce Ayling

10

01:26:44

Lynne Whitaker

1

01:36:31

George Belfield

90

01:28:52

Emma Carter

10

01:37:39

Edward Gurney

26

01:29:19

Penny Freeman

10

01:38:38

Steve Oliver

5

01:30:19

Caroline Carr

11

01:39:24

Colin McManus

106

01:30:29

Joanna Curtis

3

01:45:18

Patrick Warburton

124

01:32:23

Sally Easton

5

01:46:19

Saul Duck

40

01:36:44

Carrie Oliver

6

01:51:00

Steve Cluett

42

01:37:47

Jackie Ducker

21

01:53:08

Paul Oxley

181

01:38:24

Shirley Dyson-Laurie

1

01:54:50

David Walker

56

01:40:50

Melissa Callister

11

01:54:28

Mark Wilson

69

01:42:18

Leanne Cameron

54

02:01:49

Rick Munro

89

01:49:16

Charlotte Sharman

17

02:03:14

Nicholas Waddell

32

01:51:52

Jonathan Kane

5

01:52:29

Barry Dewey

126

01:54:36