HRRL Netley 10k and White Peak Trail and Edinburgh Marathons
HRRL Netley 10K
Farnham Runners ended the Hampshire Road Race League season on a high note as the ladies stayed in Division One and the men won promotion back to the top flight, the final tally of the best nine races showing them to be just one point above Eastleigh Running Club.
Andrew Ellison underlined his present form as first Farnham Runner in four of this year’s league events. His time of 36-21 placed him 19th of the total 424 runners and 4th in the M40 category. With his second best performance to date, Mike Walberton was pleased with 39-05 for 51st and 5th among the M50s. Nick Hitchcock paced well for 41-30, followed by Chris Cramp, who is getting back to faster shorter distance running after his recent marathon in 45-46. This A team came 5th in Division 2 but this was not one of their nine scoring races. Backing them up were Phil Masters (48-46) and Peter Strange (52-48).
Susie Chan led in the Farnham ladies with a fine 42-24 for 11th place of 170, with Gabi Hitchcock 16th in 43-31 and Jane Georghiou 30th in 45-21. This gave them 5th on the day, equalling their best series score. On aggregate they placed 8th of the 10 teams in the top division, comfortably 8 points above the next team.
An excellent B team score of 2nd in the top B division (aggregate 7th of 15) was secured by Lindsay Bamford 46-46, Wendy Carley (47-41) and Gemma Del Campo (50-17) in her debut for Farnham.
Having completed at least 7 races of the series four Farnham men were placed according to individual scores over the season: Charles Ashby 27th, Mike Walberton who completed 11 of the total 12 events, 38th, Ian Carley 40th and Peter Strange 117th.
White Peak Trail and Edinburgh Marathons
Two completed the tough but scenic White Peak Trail Marathon in Derbyshire much of it along the Tissington and High Peak trails, both disused railway lines. New member Steve Nichols continued his challenge of running 12 marathons in 2012 coming 9th of 180 in 3-09-39, while James Finney in 33rd recorded a fine 3-26-24.
Susie Chan and Alistair Wilson completed the Edinburgh Marathon in very warm conditions and yet took massive chunks from their personal bests: Susie 18minutes for 3-30-51, and Alistair 10 minutes for 4-18-51.