HRRL Solent Half Marathon and Pilgrims Half & Full Marathon

HRRL Solent Half Marathon

Just one week after thirty-three members ran either the Farnham Pilgrim’s marathon or half marathon, Farnham Runners achieved good results in the third Hampshire Road League event, the Solent half marathon. The men’s A team crept up a place on aggregate to 8th in the top division, finishing 7th on the day, while the ladies “A”s, even though fielding an incomplete team of two came 6th on the day, keeping the aggregate position of 4th out of 15 clubs in Division 2, just 2 points below 2nd .

James Clarke made it a hat-trick of firsts for the club this season with a fine personal best run for 27th place in 1 hour 24 minutes 29 seconds. Richard Lovejoy put in an excellent performance in the warm conditions for 1:26:27 (39th) Mike Walberton (1:34:47, 9th M50) and Matt Dellar (1:36:48, PB) were pleased to make the A squad. Achieving new personal bests were Ian Marshall (1:39:03) and John Phillips (1:39:53). Neil Ambrose followed in 1:45:53 for an incomplete B team that was 10th of 15 and maintained 7th slot on aggregate.

Lindsay Bamford (1:50:29) enjoys this course so ran after running the Pilgrim’s half the previous week. Vicki Clarke (1:51:34) in her first 13.1 miler was close behind in 1:51:34.

Pilgrims Half & Full Marathon

Sarah Hill yet again showed her class with an emphatic win for the ladies by twenty-five minutes in the Pilgrim’s marathon, finishing 5th overall in an impressive 3:15:15, her best time so far. In the half marathon Charlie Hill-Venning was first Farnham Runner back in 1:34:05, followed by Rob Gilchrist (1:34:46), John Hill-Venning (1:37:59) and newcomer Stuart Haig (1:38:20). Ultra-runner Susie Chan was fourth lady in 1:42:37.

Further club results

Marathon: Philip King 4:04:34, Carlos Garcia 4:08:43, Mike Taylor 4:28:56, Paul Mackie 4:46:33, Hillary Carter 4:49:50 (his 150th marathon!), Chris Beattie 4:54:49, Shirley Perrett 5:03:30 (first in her category), Alistair Wilson 5:11:36, Ian George 5:25:47, Craig Tate-Grimes 5:33:59, Peter Strange 5:52:31.

Half Marathon: Mike Ashworth 1:41:27, Colin Addison 1:42:06, Ian Marshall 1:42:37 (debut), John Phillips 1:47:05, Terry Copeland 1:47:34, Darren Carins 1:49:42, Lindsay Bamford 1:56:54 (15th lady, 3rd F45), Billy McCulloch 2:00:11, , Tina Harrison 2:01:39, Simon Brander 2:01:37, Jane Mezzullo 2:03:45, Becky Martin 2:06:07, Wendy and Ian Carley 2:23:32, Helen Scullard 2:29:01.