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In the Beginning... A look at how Romsey Runners started

Lynne makes her debut

The RRR Ho’ Down and Pig Roast 2009 The annual awards dinner

Romsey Road Runners December 2009


Session Leader Report We are now on the Winter training schedule, which you can find in this newsletter, back to running around the various town routes. Welcome to the newer members who may not be so familiar with these routes, please ask if you are unsure. I would also like to welcome the new coaching assistants as announced at the AGM. Gill, Heidi, Iain, Matt, Nick and Steve will be helping out leading groups and sessions so please support them as much as you support me. Hopefully they will have some great ideas to keep us motivated! These routes hopefully provide a mixture of distances and flat and hill efforts. It is important to train for speed and endurance, even if you only race 5mile or 10kms. Hills will aid endurance and give you the ability and confidence to tackle even the biggest hill in a CC6 or a marathon. I often look at a hill in a race and think “that’s nothing compared to Richmond Lane or Cemetry Hill x 7 times”. Remember you need to train your mind as well as your body and positive thinking is very important. I have scheduled the first Thursday of December, January and February to be held at Mountbatten school tennis courts (floodlit) for some fun effort sessions including the bleep test and other relays and efforts – tennis balls required! The idea of these sessions is to run short sprints to help with race speed and your finishing line effort. The bleep test is a great marker to show progress and my database of results is showing this for a number of members (despite various outdoor weather conditions!) With the dark nights please remember that there are club Safety Guidelines in my folder on a club night or on the website – so please make yourself aware of these for club sessions and when you are training on your own. Fluorescent bibs are now needed, and I normally have spares if you forget. Keep running! Jane Carter

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Recent Results »» Katie Boyman 1:23:49 (181st AG)

Chippenham Half Marathon »» Ali Longworth 1:27:18 PB (75 ) th

»» Liz Slade 1:26:20 (24th AG) »» Sarah Thorn 1:33:42 (586th AG)

Solent Half Marathon »» Steve Reed 1:33:19 (41 )

»» Michelle Hughes 1:43:41 (1268th AG)

»» Janet Burnage 1:44:16 (4th F50)

»» Lindsey Dunford 1:43:58 (149th AG)

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Leicester Marathon »» Clive Hearn 3:32:22 Great Clarendon Marathon »» Ali Longworth 3:50:08 (78th) »» Clive Hearn 3:52:17 (87th) Great Clarendon Half Marathon »» Christopher Brown 1:40:51 British Masters 10 mile Championships »» Lynne Whitaker 1:09:58 (2nd V50) Stroud 1/2 Marathon »» Ali Longworth 1:28:27 Course PB (118th) Salisbury Half Marathon »» Tony King 1:37:45 PB The Stickler 10 mile XC »» Tamatha Ryan 1:32:51 »» Steve Davies 1:38:41 Course PB »» David Page 1:49:30 »» Wendy Cooper 1:57:19 »» Ruth Page 2:01:16 »» Derek Kelly 2:02:08 »» Gill Callus 2:11:50 Great South Run »» Amanda Hull 1:08:28 (7th AG) »» Lynne Whitaker 1:08:42 (1st AG) »» Paul Willis 1:12:45

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Lordshill 10 mile »» Ali Longworth 1:07:17 PB »» Lynne Whitaker 1:09:18 (2nd F45) »» Amanda Hull 1:09:44 »» Steve Reed 1:11:12 »» Paul Bradley 1:14:53 »» Jane Carter 1:17:19 »» Paul Cutbill 1:20:04 »» Janet Burnage 1:20:30 »» Penny Jennings 1:23:09 Endurance Life Coastal Marathon »» Tamatha Ryan 5:08:27 (3rd lady) Endurance Life Coastal Half Marathon »» Ian Ralph 2:14:57 (47th overall) »» Wendy George 2:49:51 »» Hazel Smith 3:15:43 Gosport Half Marathon »» Ali Longworth 1:28:44 »» Christopher Brown 1:28:56 PB »» Amanda Hull 1:31:30 »» Jane Carter 1:41:17 »» Janet Burnage 1:45:28 »» Tony Peelo 1:45:18 »» Heidi Williams 1:53:01 »» Liz Slade 2:05:02 »» Ned Awty 2:38:11

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England vest at last! Lynne Whitaker Having been selected as reserve for the England V50 team last year, I had set myself a goal of making the team in 2009. I increased the amount of “quality” (ie. hard!) training I was doing, as well as making sure I did one good long run a week wherever possible. As a result I had improved my times over 5 miles, 10k and 10 miles and was secretly hopeful that I had done enough to earn my place. I have to admit to being a little disappointed therefore when, in October, I was once again selected as reserve. However, three weeks before the race I got a call from the England team manager to say that a member of our team had pulled out due to a throat infection and that I was now one of four V50 women who would be representing England in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in November. The event has been taking place for 22 years and is for veteran athletes from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. There are medals for each 5 year age category from 35+ to 70+ and, although England often dominate the medals, there are top class athletes from every country, some of whom have raced at international level in their younger days. One problem with “Masters” athletics as it is now called, is that there is very little funding available and all athletes have to fund their own travel expenses. However we were all encouraged to stay at the same hotel, near Coventry, from which a coach had been arranged to take us to the race on the Saturday morning. Fortunately I had decided to travel to Coventry on the Friday evening rather than risk an early start on the Saturday – a journey which took 5 hours thanks to various traffic hold ups. My father, who had come to support, had arrived at the team hotel earlier in the day and had fortunately already collected my England vest and shorts – meaning I was able to wear one of the “small” vests, unlike some of my fellow team members who had to make do with larger sizes and a lot of safety pins! Saturday morning came and off we went by coach to Perry Park in Birmingham. The race headquarters were at Alexander Stadium, home to Birchfield Harriers whose past members include the likes of Denise Lewis and Kelly Sotherton. The weather by this time was awful – driving winds and rain – and we were torn between the need to warm up,

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and the obligation to remain near the stadium for the team photo which was due to take place just 45 minutes before the start of the race. Somehow we managed both, although I looked such a fright by this time that I decided not to invest in the resulting photo! The women’s race was the first of the day, consisting of 3 muddy laps around the park, a total distance of 6k. Our race also included the men 65+, with two separate races of 8k for the men 50 – 64 and finally the men 35-49. The weather seemed to be at its worst as we set off at a fairly fast pace and I was soon some way behind the leaders. The rest of the race was a case of mind over matter as I tried to keep pushing the pace against the driving wind and rain – to be honest I was more concerned with beating the elements than my fellow competitors! I finished 8th V50, the last of the England team to finish, but ahead of all the Welsh, Scottish, and most of the Northern Irish. The Republic of Ireland fielded a very strong team as well as the V50 winner, Carmel Parnell, who finished in 25m 39s ( almost 2 minutes ahead of my own time of 27m 30s) and they beat the England team by just one point to take the gold medal. After a welcome hot shower and a change of clothes, we attended the presentation dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. Here we collected our silver medals in an atmosphere of great camaraderie, and joined our fellow athletes on the dance floor to show that we hadn’t left all our energy on the course! How to get involved in Masters and Veterans Events: The British Veteran Athletic movement was founded in 1975 to encourage competition amongst older athletes – originally this was for over 40’s but today it caters for athletes of 35 and upwards. The name was recently changed to British Masters to tie in with the USA, where the term “veteran” tends to be used only for the military. However many competitors and regional bodies still prefer to use the word “veteran” over here. There are many races and championships which are held exclusively for veteran athletes, held at both regional, national and international level. If you are interested in taking part, you need to first join your regional veteran’s athletics club – for those living in Hampshire this would be the South West Veterans, where membership is currently £10 per year for athletes who already first claim members of another club. For further details visit www.bvaf.org.uk or www.swvac.org.uk

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In the Beginning... My family and I moved from Petersfield to Halterworth Lane , Romsey in April 1985. I had started to run a few years before this, having been inspired by the first London Marathon. In order to give me the incentive to keep going my wife Lesley entered me for my first race in Oct. 1984; the Butser Hill Fell Run!! I was not deterred and even ran a 10 mile road race on a section of the M25! Before it was open to traffic of course. On moving to Romsey I began to explore the lanes and footpaths, and met up with Frank Martinelli. We soon began to run out together on a regular basis and decided that it might be a good idea to form a club. We placed advertisements in various shop windows and were subsequently contacted by several like minded people. We began to meet up on Sundays at The Dog and Crook and then at The Hunters Inn, to run routes out in the lanes beyond Braishfield. Then a date was set for the Inaugural General Meeting. This meeting was held at my house in Seward Rise on 20th November 1985 and everyone attended; all six of us! Prior to this meeting a few of us had thought that the club could be named Halterworth Harriers!! However at the meeting it was decided that this sounded too elitist, and would put people off! The name ‘Romsey Road Runners’ was formally adopted. I became the first Club Chairman, with Frank Martinelli as Treasurer and Steve Lees as Meets/Fixtures Secretary. The summer of 1986 saw RRR grow by leaps and bounds. One Thursday night for the first time, double figures were achieved and the place was buzzing! Membership jumped to 41 of which 19 were ladies. A further sign of the clubs development was the publication of first newsletter by Alan Chatfield, and the first dinner dance event held at The Dolphin Hotel in November. (now part of Bradbeers store) Although we were a ‘road running’ club we felt Keith Stone, Lesley Stone, Ray Masters, David Nixon and June Lees in photos. Recognise any more? Any guesses on 229 and 213??!

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it important to give members the opportunity to try other aspects of athletics including cross-country, ultra distance, and track running. I tried it all except for the ultra distance! My one and only marathon was London in 1989 (3hrs 59min!) after which I switched my attention to 10K races with the target of getting under 40min. Never did: My best official time was 40min 6sec! My most successful running has been on the track as a Vet. While in the M40 category I managed to run the 1500m in under 5min on several occasions. I soon realised however that I was at my most competitive at even shorter distances. In June 1991 I entered as an M45 in the South West Vet T & F Champs at Exeter. I crossed the line first in a time of 61sec. Five years later I became the South West of England Champion over 200m as a M50 in a time of 27.9sec. I have slowed down a little over the years since but still enjoy track running. Greg Rawlson even persuaded me to make a ‘come back’ this year at the Vets meeting in Basingstoke. I ran the M60 200 on virtually no prior training and finished 5th out of 8 in a time of 33sec . OK enough from me although Greg and I have been talking recently about having a club Track and Field meeting sometime. Anyone interested? Keith Stone

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The RRR Ho’ Down and Pig Roast 2009 The wild coyotes of Ampfield howled

in place. Some had taken the chance to dress

mournfully at the pale moon, their only

up for the occasion with notable characters

company lost and forlorn bundles of

such as Paul “Amigo” Bradley, Greg and his

tumbleweed which skittered across the dusty

good lady “His and Hers Matching Sheriff

car park of the Ampfield Golf Club. Startled,

Outfits” Roulston, and Steve “YMCA” Reed.

they bolted off into the night as they heard

With a mixture of cultures of the hired

the approaching noise of the motorised horse

band that had their roots in the Austrian

carriages arriving containing the intrepid

Alps and the theme of the Wild West, the

guests in anticipation of this year’s Romsey

tables soon began to fill up quickly. The

Road Runners Presentation Evening, aka the

smell of roasting pork wafted in from

long awaited Pig Roast and Ho’ Down!!

outside as the ex-Piggy was done to a turn

The lights burned brightly within the

and carved up ready for the hungry guests.

building encouraging the assembling guests

Noting the hungry and dangerous glint

to brush off the dust from their long travels

in the guest’s eyes it was decided to move

and enter into the warm abode of the Golf

quickly onto the presentation section as

Club and take the welcome opportunity to

the “Host with the Most” Bradley took the

quench their parched throats by receiving

megaphone and soon rapturous applause

their free drinks voucher as they surveyed

was resounding off the walls as the well

the long tables and decorations already put

deserving members of the Club went up for

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the various awards and recognitions for the

speed was attempted. Being an observer,

year!!

it was interesting to note the looks of

By this time, the hungry glints had

wonderment/confusion, glazed expressions,

intensified, so Piggy was served with salad

and hurried downing of copious amounts

accompaniments and a hearty selection for

of hard liquor as the steps were called out.

the vegetarian contingent. Afterwards with

Then it was off and the dance floor became

appetites sated and jostling room only at the

a melee of whirring bodies and flailing arms

bar as the whiskies and beer were refilled,

and torso’s.

came the highlight of the evening - the Ho’

This was going to be the gist for the rest

Down!! Guests quickly helped to clear back

of the night and a huge well done to all those

the tables, brush away the sawdust and pack

who persevered, expending enough energy

the spittoons so there was enough room for

comparable to a hard run half marathon as

the dancing.

the sweat was flowing and Paul “Amigo”

Now it started to get complicated!! The

Bradley metamorphosed into Paul “Whip

instructions for the first dance were relayed

Master” Bradley to entice the dancers into

to the guests, and keeping in mind that this

yet faster routines!

may have been the first time line dancing

Soon however the dawn began to show

had been tried a simple dance was chosen

across the rocky mountains of the Test Valley,

which appeared to go off well with only a

so the tired guests bade each other farewell

few trodden toes and bumped elbows. Now

and started the long treks back to their

it was time to crank it up and the instructions

respective ranches and cattle farms tired but

were relayed with slow time manoeuvres

happy.

enacted to try and get the idea before full

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Winter XC League Table CC6 R1

R2

HXCL

Total

CC6

R1

Pts

R1

R2

Pts

Nick Berryman

1

3

20

Jim Wright

13

19

18

R2

Women Wendy

Total

Men 57

68

110 115

26

Cooper 10

11

19

Steve Reed

21

23

16

Lynda Brown 16

16

17

Chris Brown

24

40

14

Julia Abab

27

33

14

Paul Willis

37

49

11

Amanda

1

10

Tony Peelo

66

65

8

Greg Roulston

73

77

6

Jane Carter

Hull Karen Keane

51

Anna

51

9

Matt Hurst

28

49

7

David Page

79

Paul Cutbill

63

Keith Stone

86

Duignan Penny

19

Hannah

50 30

4 4

93

2

Derek Kelly

92

2

6

Peter Ide

95

1

7

Jennings Diane Cross

6 78

5

Ian Whyton

98

Knowles

Raymond Masters

104

1

Ruth Page

4

Roger Pleasant

94

1

55

1

Awards Winners Well done to the following: RRR of the Year -

Ladies' Cross Country -

Wendy Couper

Sally Sillence Award - Alistair Longworth

Men's Cross Country -

Nick Berryman

Chairperson's Award - Jeremy Hartley

Ladies' RR10 -

Amanda Hull

Ladies Pentathlon -

Jane Carter

Men's RR10 -

Matt Hammerton

Men's Pentathlon -

Nick Berryman

5k handicap -

Wendy Couper

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Winter Club Schedule 2009/10 December Mon 7th

C3 Halterworth/Inds Estate

Mon 14th

C4 Woodley/Campion Drive

Mon 21st

C1 Halterworth/Tadburn

Mon 28th

C2 Cupernham/Fishlake

Thurs 3rd Mountbatten school session Thurs 10th Route C Cemetry Hill Thurs 17th Route D Tadburn Road Thurs 24th No Club Christmas Eve Thurs 31st Route E Chambers Ave

January Mon 4th

C3 Halterworth/Inds Estate

Thurs 7th

Mon 11th

C4 Woodley/Campion Drive

Thurs 14th Route A Romsey Inds Estate

Mon 18th

C1 Halterworth/Tadburn

Thurs 21st Route B Fishlake Meadows

Mon 25th

C2 Cupernham/Fishlake

Thurs 28th Route C Cemetry Hill

Mountbatten school session

February Mon 1st

C3 Halterworth/Inds Estate

Mon 8th

C4 Woodley/Campion Drive

Mon 15th

C1 Halterworth/Tadburn

Mon 22nd C2 Cupernham/Fishlake

Thurs 4th

Mountbatten school session Thurs 11th Route D Tadburn Road Thurs 18th Route E Chambers Ave

Thurs 25th Route A Romsey Inds Estate

Monday sessions

Thursday sessions

Course 1 Halterworth / Tadburn

Route A: Romsey Inds Estate

6 efforts: effort length 4200m: total distance 5762m

1000m efforts (10k pace)

Course 2 Cupernham / Fishlake

Route B: Fishlake Meadows: 666m effort

6 efforts: effort length 4400m: total distance 6080m

Route C: Cemetry Hill:

Course 3 Halterworth/ Inds Estate

Sustained 400m hill effort

6 efforts

Route D: Tadburn Road:

Course 4 Woodley/ Campion Drive

960m efforts (5k pace)

Hill effort loop

Route E: Chambers Ave: 650m hill climb Plus hill sessions when routes A, B & D scheduled

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December January February

Date

Time

Race

Sat 5

L 13:35 M 14:30

Cost

(Aff.) Entry

Notes

HXCL - Popham Airfield nr Basingstoke test

Free

n/a

HXCL Race 3 (10km M; 6km L) Undulating 5.3-mile xc

Sun 6

11:00

Tadley Runners Xmas XC 5.3

£7

2-Dec

Sun 6

11:00

Basingstoke Santa 5km

£10

28-Nov BHF Charity run

Sun 13

09:30

CC6 - Fritham Enclosure

Free

n/a

CC6 race 3

Sun 13

11:00

Believe & Achieve 5k Santa Run

£12

7-Dec

Flat, out&back run from Portsmouth RNLI

Fri 25

09:00

Basingstoke ParkRun 5km

Free

n/a

Need to pre-register

Sat 26

10:30

Round The Lakes Poole 10km (P)

£9

11-Dec

Four laps of the main lake.F97

Fri 1

11:00

Broadstone Quarter Marathon £8

20-Dec

New Year race in Bournemouth

Sun 3

11:00

Somerley 10k

£7

Sun 3

10:30

Tadworth 10

£9

31-Dec

Epsom race course

Sun 10

10:00

Stubbington 10km (P)

£12

1-Nov

HRRL Race 6 -FULL

Sun 10

11:00

Rough 'n' Tumble 10

£8

7-Jan

Challenging off-road event

Sun 10

11:00

Plumpton Classic 7.5k

£3

11-Jan

Three-lap course within race course and bridleways.

Sat 16

13:35

Hants XC League - Reading

Free

n/a

HXC race 4 (10km M; 6km L)

Sat 23

08:00

Portland Endurance Life CTS

£30

Sun 24

10:30

Romsey 5 (p)

£10

20-Jan

Five-mile road race.

Sun 24

09:30

CC6 - Badger's Farm

Free

n/a

CC6 race 4

Sun 31

11:00

RiotRunner 7

£20

25-Jan

Gruelling XC - enough said

Sun 31

10:00

Heartbreak Half

£14

9-Jan

Undulating half at Sandy Balls!

Sun 7

11:00

Ryde 10 (P)

£8

30-Jan

HRRL race 7

Sun 7

10:30

David Lloyd 5km

£9

Sat 13

13:35

Hants XC League - Salisbury

Free

n/a

HXC race 5 (10km M; 6km L)

Sun 14

10:30

Bramley 10/20 (P)

£18

1-Feb

HRRL Race8 -Enter early!

Sun 14

10:30

Lytchett Manor 10 (P)

£8

6-Feb

10miler near Poole

Sun 21

09:30

CC6 - Stoney Cross - HOSTS

n/a

CC6 race 5 - HOSTS

Sun 21

10:30

Coastal Half-marathon

£14

14-Feb

Flat out-and back, Portsmouth course

Sun 21

10:30

Winchester 10km (P)

£10

17-Feb

Undulating 1lap

Sun 28

10:30

Meon Valley Plod 20

£14

19-Feb

Long cross-country run

Sun 28

10:30

The Terminator (11mile trail)

£12

12-Feb

Mud, hills, water, mud, tears…

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Two-lap 5km race around

10km, 1/2 / full marathon

5km in Southampton

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