Round three of the Ladies Hampshire Cross Country league saw three Bordettes try their hardest over an uninspiring grass course on Saturday 30th November. Amanda Marden, Nuria Martinez-Wallas and Annalisa Alexander were flying the flag for HBAC at Popham Airfield in the early winter sunshine, supported loyally by Lorraine and the men’s team. The race was a two-lap (7km) zig-zag over the airfield with some long, dragging ascents through thick grass and a few short, sharp ups and downs for good measure. The pace was crucifying as the field of runners was lead by the younger members of the category but Amanda, Nuria and Anna held their own in the middle coming home in 41st (30.48 mins), 43rd (31.17 mins) and 50th (34.42 mins) positions. This was Nuria’s maiden cross-country run and she put on a tremendous performance. For Amanda, it was a crucial run following a careful rehab for an injury but she kept up the pace and had a fantastic race. Anna was particularly grateful to the fabulous Dave Bateman for running alongside her over the final stretch when her back seized after a stumble. She crossed the line in tears but learnt a valuable lesson in recognizing her own limits. The club was positioned 11th out of 17 after Popham which was pretty good considering how fast the three had to push themselves for half an hour!
On a bright and breezy morning, several runners took to the south coast once again to compete in the Hayling 10 organised by Havant AC.
During the pre-race team talk… Steve K was reminded by his team mates not to get all chatty with other runners and focus on the task ahead to get that all important personal best time. Other than that the Bordettes and Borders were primed not pimped and ready for action and made there way from the warmth of the clubhouse to the start line near to the Beachlands car park. At the sound of ready steady go… there was a frantic rush and Sally used her tactic of running, in fact almost sprinting hard to show real intent to other ladies competing, showing she meant real business. However Sally was never going to match Juan (have to be at the front) Selles in getting to the first corner in the lead. Also towards the front hot on Sally’s heels was Donna Read followed closely, in unfamiliar territory, by Dave B and Alex Croucher. They were both soon to be surprised at the early pace, as after 1 mile they found themselves running at 6.30 mile pace.. so quickly slowed down to a more sensible pace… Not to be outdone… and as a follow up to his first 10 mile race at the Great South Run, Barry Cannon thought it was a good time to have another crack and ran alongside Steve King for the early part of the race … probably to make sure Steve didn’t start talking to anyone ! As the race route switches back on itself a few times on the sea front, it was a good opportunity to see those in front coming back the other way. So we all gave encouragement to each other as we passed. I tried counting the ladies that were leading, and at first thought that Sally was second overall… but I missed one… but even so… it looked pretty good early on that the Bordettes were on for the team prize… as Sally was 3rd, then Donna 5th and Alex was just behind me in 6th place. Incredibly all 7 of us achieved PBs and were very pleased with our mornings work… and to top it all the ladies won the team prize, each getting a bottle of wine at the prize giving. Sally was 3rd overall and 2nd in her age group. Donna was 6th overall and 4th in her age group. Alex was 7th overall and 5th in her age group.
Results as follows.
Juan Selles 25th 64:03 P.B.; Sally Goble 37th 66:57 P.B.; Donna Read 73rd 70:10 P.B.; Dave Bateman 84th 70:52 P.B.; Alex Croucher 88th 71:13 P.B.; Barry Cannon 152nd 78:38 P.B.; Steve King 164th 79:36 P.B.
Ladies Team 1st ; Men’s Team 16th
The Magnificent Seven !!!
On a bright and beautiful morning, the Couch to 5K group who have been training hard for 10 weeks under the careful watch of Becca (supported by Dave and many other Borders/Bordettes throughout their course) graduated today (Saturday 23rd November)at the Alice Holt Park Run. The course was a tough multi-terrain trail run, with two laps through the woods and up a couple of quite steep inclines but the girls did themselves proud and all crossed the finishing line with smiles on their faces. A HUGE well done to each and every one, you’ve all worked incredibly hard and are now officially hard-core runners. We really look forward to welcoming you all to the club training sessions now – there’s no turning back!
Three intrepid runners set forth on a cold and grey morning on Sunday 17th November to complete the gruelling 10 mile Bordon Turbo X. The terrain was tough, the mud pits were deep and cold and the infamous ‘Turbo Zone’ was a mile or more of thick, smelly bogs. Get the picture?! In all reality it was incredibly fun and Julia, Suzanne and Anna blasted round in bold and brazen Bordette style. Julia had an epic run, narrowly missing first place in her category by a few seconds, whilst Suzanne and Anna took their time to negotiate the obstacles (or rather, Suzanne had to forcibly drag Anna out of some particularly deep bogs – nice!) and staggered over the finishing line a little later. A good run by all and an awesome fun event for any mud lovers out there!
If an airfield-flat, good Personal Best potential, well-marshaled, virtually traffic-free half marathon is what you are looking for, Gosport Half Marathon will not disappoint. The course takes you through a section on the service roads of an airfield and along Lee-on-the-Solent seafront promenade, with some loops around the surrounding housing estates for good measure. On the airfield there is an encouraging samba band playing nice and loud, which you pass twice and can hear at various points along the way.
Sunday 17th November saw ten of us take to the airfield and three come back with PB’s. Of the runners who came back without one, most only missed by a matter of seconds but a good morning was had by all regardless. The weather was probably perfect for the purpose: overcast, still and cool. The recent winds and rain had taken a break for the day too.
Dan Allaway led the Borders home, and despite struggling with injury recently managed to get within seconds of his PB at 1.23. Next in was Bruce in 1.27, followed by a rare appearance in club colours by Chris Boulet at 1.32.
Amy Smith was our first lady home and within twenty or so seconds of her half marathon PB set in Bournemouth recently. She finished in 1.35. Hot on her heels, with a fantastic PB and a beautifully paced race was Dave B at 1.38. Sian came in next in 1.41.
Dom Perkins came in next and was very pleased with 1.45. This is the first race he has done since very sensibly resting properly following his Berlin Marathon effort.
John Dickinson had an operation on his ankle eleven days previously, and as the doctor had advised him he could do some jogging after ten days John decided he had overdone the rest and would use his Gosport place for recovery. His ankle was, “a bit sore, but the surgeon said that’s expected – it’s just where he cut into the bone.” That’s ok then. This recovery jog took John 1.50 and we all look forward to seeing him around more now this operation is out the way.
Next up was Steve King at 1.51, which was an impressive eight minutes quicker than last year. Disappointingly however he was 13 seconds off his PB and thinks that perhaps if he hadn’t talked the whole way round he might have smashed it.
The biggest grins of the day came from Lorraine Boberg and Kathleen Houghton, who ran together, laughed together, and brought home a PB each of 2.05.
Altogether a successful day was had by all and most importantly most of us enjoyed it, and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Six brave ladies sloshed through the mud at Goodwood for the second race of the Hampshire cross-country league on Saturday 9th November. The course was tough and extremely muddy. Torrential (and we are talking monsoon-like) rain was pouring down until ten minutes before our start but the sun came out just as the starting horn sounded. A tightly packed, fast-paced group shot off with our lead ladies, Jackie, Alex, Lara and Donna, in the thick of it, whilst Anna and Bryony valiantly held on to their places in the middle through the elbowing and stampeding. It was a hilly, muddy, 7km, three-lap course but the HBAC ladies did the club proud! Jackie was first across the line for us in 22nd place (24.05 mins), Alex followed in 48th position (26.11 mins) with Donna right behind in 49th (26.13 mins). Lara crossed the line shortly after in 59th position (26. 58 mins) with Anna and Bryony (119th and 123rd, 35.57 mins and 37.36 mins respectively) bringing the team home in fine style. A fantastic effort by all the ladies putting HBAC 6th overall out of 18 qualifying clubs – well done everyone! Huge thanks also go to Dave for erecting the monstrous but HUGELY appreciated rain shelter and for standing in the woods cheering us on.
We came, we erected a monstrosity of a tent, and we conquered. Well the ladies did. Twenty two Borders and Borderettes took to Queen Elizabeth Country Park on Sunday for the second in the Southern Cross Country League races.
Despite the torrential rain the day before, and the slight chill in the air, the day was in fact bright and sunny. Perfect cross country conditions. Following the minute’s silence we set off to face a long and muddy uphill slog – which felt quite honestly disproportionate to the overall downhill on the course – and 4.8 miles of mud, woodland paths and tracks and more hills. A challenging, varied and interesting race overall, with a brilliant downhill sprint to the end.
As always it was so nice to see such a variety of runners – new and more experienced, all running together. Massive congratulations must go to Jackie who actually came in 1st overall for the ladies, something she has never achieved before; and something to give us all hope as she came 45th in the first one she did! Hot on her tail and with another personal best of 2nd overall was Katy, and not to be outdone Sally came in closely behind at 4th. What an incredible performance from all three. Sofia Shearring and Sian together were next in for the girls, elbowed at the finish to 41st and 42nd place respectively by a very enthusiastic rival runner; Jules next at 49th, Janice 68th, a storming debut from Becky T at 105th and Abi at 112th. This of course left the ladies in first place overall.
Luke Shearring (so nice to see both he and Sofia competing together) led the gents home with a very strong 18th position, followed by Dan Allaway at 35th. Juan Selles followed at 52nd and Rich T at 58th (another running couple hurrah) and Rob Jenkinson at 64th. We had a massive turnout for the gents: Dave B 122, Jonathon Barker (another debut performance) 128, Dave Rutter 148, Steve Currie 177, Rupert Raymond 180, Barry Cannon (another debut?) 211, Steve Loveday 225, and Dave Card at 271. This put the men’s team at 7th.
Overall, Haslemere Borders were placed 4th, our best performance this season. Thankyou so much to everyone who came, see you all at Bourne Woods on 8th December ……
It’s that time of year, following a break at the end of the season it’s time to dust off the turbo trainer and get some mid-week cycling into our legs. To help you in your endeavours there is a session you can follow below and one will be provided every week throughout the winter. I’ll also be including some additional information some weeks about cycling which will be particularly useful for any novice’s. Please be careful when setting up your bike ensuring you’ve read the manufacturer’s instructions and only mount the bike when it is secure.
If you have any questions about the season ahead or training through the winter do ask. The Tri training schedule for the winter is also attached don’t forget the X-Country this Sunday.
Matt and the HBAC Tri Coaching team
Cycle training week 1 (pdf)
Cycle Training week 1 (word)
Over twenty HBAC juniors braved the windy conditions over at Lord Wandsworth college last Sunday and were able to field full scoring teams in the U9s Girls, Boys and U13 Girls category. The U9 Boys had the best result of the day finishing the day in second place behind the very strong Young Athletes Club and ahead of massive clubs such as Aldershot Farnham and District, Bracknell and Basingstoke. The U9 Girls fought strongly and achieved a well-deserved fourth place again claiming the scalp of the mighty AFD! The U13 girls finished the day with a creditable sixth place led home by Olivia McDonald in a superb second place against athletes some of whom were a year older, HBAC old girl Charlotte Griffiths, running for Guildford and Godalming this year made her intentions clear for the season with a hard fought fifth place again competing against significantly older athletes. There were representations in the U11 boys race with some fine individual efforts from Dominic Stagg (14), Alex Hughes (20) and Max Brockdorff who competed in the previous days time trial (69) who needed one more to achieve what would have been a very fine team score against some very big names.
The club is showing the a much bigger presence than last year if this race is anything to go by said Paul Fleming who accompanied the team on the day. I really believe that we can demonstrate our ability in terms of scores if we can turn out a few more in the under 11 category and give the other runners in the team the support they deserve. I am looking forward to the next race at Guildford on the 15th December, keep your diaries free.
For those of you who couldn’t make it last Sunday due to other sporting etc. commitments, there is the opportunity to accompany the seniors to the Hampshire league event in Goodwood, the following junior races will be offered:
11:30 U11s (May be split into boys and girls depending on the number of athletes) – 2km
1200 Under 13 Girls 3.0km
1215 Under 13 Boys 3.0km
1230 Under 15 Girls 4.0km
1250 Under 15 Boys 4.0km
1305 Under 17 Women 4.0km
The races are free to enter and the U11s race is open to years 5 and 6, if you think that your son or daughter might be interested in taking part then please could you let Paul know as Dave has kindly offered to be there to ensure that you have your numbers and a club vest on the day if you don’t already own one so go along and keep him company as he will need to hang around in the cold for a long time before his race takes place. Details of the event are athttp://www.hampshireathletics.org.uk/events/hxcl_goodwood.html If you need any more info then please don’t hesitate to drop Paul a line