HRRL Ryde 10 miles and Kelly Storage Guildford 10k
HRRL Ryde 10 miles
Pictured in front of a palm tree and beneath a clear blue sky, it may look as if some Farnham Runners were off on a tropical holiday jaunt but appearances can be deceptive and a temperature of minus 4 degrees C was recorded on the outward journey.
This was the annual “overseas” trip to the Isle of Wight for the scenic Ryde 10 miler. Unlike last year there was no wind but a hillier route was used for the second time, adding to the challenge.
With an early start to catch the 9:15am ferry the day after the club’s Awards Dinner, only ten members made the trip but they had a very positive effect on the club’s positions in the Hampshire Road League. The men’s A team now lie 8 points clear at the top of Division Two, with a second place at Ryde, the sixth of twelve events in the 2018-19 series. The ladies’
A team came an impressive 5th of 10 clubs in Division One, raising them to 5th on aggregate.
First back for Farnham was James Clarke in a fine 1 hour 3 minutes 41 seconds for 28th place overall. Next Neil Ambrose, 9th to finish in the M40 category, clinched a new personal best ten mile time of 1:07:28. Harvey Wickham was 12th M45 in 1:08:08 and newcomer David Roy secured a place in the team with 1:10:21 in his debut at the distance.
Men’s captain John Phillips wasn’t far back in 1:11:38 to lead in the B contingent that, although incomplete with only three runners, achieved a 9th place of 15 clubs in B Division One to raise the aggregate position to 10th. He was followed by Richard Frost (1:17:38) and Ali Hardaway (1:18:48).
First Farnham lady Linda Tyler was also first F55 in 1:18:55. Emma Russ, in 1:19:05, took a last minute opportunity to take part and made a huge contribution to the team that was completed by Anne Snelson, 4th F50 in 1:24:18.
Kelly Storage Guildford 10k
On the 16th February, nine members of Farnham Runners ran in the Kelly Storage Guildford 10k race supporting the charity Oakleaf Enterprise in their efforts to raise an astounding £17,000.
Jacquie Browne ran a personal best and Kate Marshall completed her second 10k in style, while other members, Vicky Goodluck, Jackie Wilkinson, Helen Bracey, Linda Tyler, Nicola O’Connor, Susan MacKenzie and Claire Mills added the miles, some to their marathon training plans.
They found this to be a well organised event, taking runners around the university campus, past the cathedral, county cricket club and along the canal, going up and down more than a few steps! Fun was had by all.