HRRL Netley 10K, Ropley 10K and Yateley 10K (Race 1)
HRRL – Netley 10K
Nine ladies and seven men from Farnham Runners contested the last of the Hampshire Road League races in the pleasant surroundings of the Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley near Southampton. With both their A teams battling to stay in the first Divisions, the men succeeded but the ladies lost out to keen competition this year. They are already planning their campaign for promotion next year!
Andy Eakins, returning to top form, ran an excellent thirty-six minutes 30 seconds over the course, which although mostly flat is not regarded as particularly fast. Striving hard to keep up with him Ian Carley clocked 36.49 while Charles Ashby paced well for 37.45. Tim Cummins came close to his personal best in 40.30 and was delighted to make the A team (7th) and help clinch a series result of 8th. The 10th placed B team headed by Bob Brimicombe (40.53) included Paul Beesley (41.44) and Tim Withers (48.35) giving a series ranking 7th of 15.
Jane Georghiou (43.40), Emma Whittaker-Axon (45.08) and Angela Epps (46.19) gave the A team 7th (9th over the series), while Anna Hindle (46.19), Sue Boxall( 47.01) and newcomer Lucy Harris (51.23) made a boost to the B team for 5th on the day and 10th out of 15 for the series. Sylvia Harper (51.25) only narrowly lost out on a team placing with Caroline Freeman (53.01) and Diane Cox (58.22) also backing up the team.
Five Farnham Runners are listed in the individual totals for the series with their best scores of any seven out of the eleven races to count.
- Men: Ian Carley 13th, Steve Kitney 29th, Charles Ashby 53rd
- Ladies: Jane Georghiou 6th, Caroline Freeman 38th.
Both men and ladies Farnham Runners teams were delighted to come away from the recent undulating Ropley 10km with third team prizes. Mike Smith led them in (40.43), followed by Scott Salmon (42.56), Mike Walberton (45.48) and Rob Murdoch (47.34).
Sue Boxall placed an excellent third in her age category clocking 48.00, with Amanda Allen not far behind (48.32) and Wendy Carley in 54.34. Caroline Freeman recorded 54.53, Shirley Perrett 57.23 and Diane Cox 57.55, accompanied by Bob Brimicombe (57.56).
Yateley 10km Road Race Series – Race 1
On a warm evening twenty-eight members took part in the first of the 2010 Yateley 10km Road Races. Three were among the prizewinners while many also scored highly within their categories, many picking up their pace again after recent marathons.
Ian Carley (16th of 694) can be proud of his 3rd in the M40 group with 37.31 while Sarah Hill should in no way be disappointed with her splendid 38.28 as 3rd lady, 21st overall and first F35! Simon Loughnane also crept under a 40minute target with 39.28 (33rd 18th senior man). Strong performances were put in by Bob Brimicombe 40.41 (58th 19th M40), Steve Murphy 41.36, 73rd, Paul Beesley 42.01 76th, Tim Cummins 42.18, 83rd, Nick Hill 42.45, 96th, Martin Billett 42.58, 100th (9th M50), Mike Walberton 43.52 (11th M50), Terry Copeland 43.52 (12th M50), Chris Jackson 44.19 (14th M50), Jane Georghiou 44.11 (1st W55), Emma Whittaker-Axon 45.27 (7th senior lady), Dave Armstrong 45.14 (17th M50) Angela Epps 46.44 (4th F45), Sue Boxall 46.52 (5th F45), Chris Cramp 47.26, Nick King 49.45, Tim Withers 49.24, Emma Doven 50.49, Suzanne Munton 52.20, Wendy Carley 52.42, Kay Copeland (18th F45) 52.58, Caroline Freeman 54.30, Steve Payne 54.24, Diane Cox 56.30, Chris Lyne 70.28. (All times and positions given are based on chip results.)
A ladies’ club record was smashed by second claim member Claire Entwistle, who ran an awesome 34.56 among the elite ladies in the Manchester 10km.
Sarah Hill ran another splendid time of 3.03.26 in her second marathon in hot conditions in Prague.
A lack of fellow competitors meant Jane Georghiou only had to battle against the high temperatures during the 25 laps of the British Masters 2010 10km Track Championship in Oxford to claim an age group gold medal with a time 44.33.