Sunday saw the start of the Hampshire Road Race League season hosted at our neighbours Overton. This was the the 29th running of the 5 mile race, the second time on the new course.
Normally late summer sunshine awaits the 468 runners, but today dark clouds and heavy drizzle welcomed the runners.
Spirits couldn't be dampened though for the 5 veteran Andover athletes who turned out for the mighty Blue & Whites. First Andover home in his first ever competitive road race was Gareth Copping, in a sizzling 30:46 and 5th MV50. That's 6:09 minutes per mile if you don't want to do the maths. Next in 59th was Steve Brett in 31:04 closely followed by returning to form Chris Dewey in 31:34 and 7th MV50. Rounding up the A team was Rob Cliffe in 83rd position in 32:20 and 10th MV50. Finally, after a long journey back from injury was evergreen Dougie Brisco, knocking out an amazing 32:38 in 92nd place taking 3rd MV60 place. Well done guys, good to keep the flag flying.
The Solent half is the next HRRL race on Sunday 24th September
The second race of the Hampshire Road Race League took place in the beautiful settings of the New Forest with the Solent Half Marathon. A relatively small race with only 500 entrants sees the runners set off from Gang Warily Leisure Centre, through the forest past Exbury Gardens and down to the Solent shores at Lepe, before climbing back up to the finish. The Andover men's team saw Steve Brett first back in 1:27:35 in 38th position and 3rd MV45. Chris Dewey was next in 1:32:15, 72nd overall and 6th MV50. Dougie Brisco was 1st MV60 in 1:32:53 and 77th with Rob Cliffe securing a full scoring A team in 79th, 8th MV50 in 1:33.04. The team effort sees Andover retain top spot in Division 3 ahead of rivals Netley.
Sheila Oldacre was the Andover sole lady representative, having a hard race she finished 7 minutes under her goal time in 2:23:33 and 8th FV60 in 412th place. Well done Sheila.
The next race in the league is 8 weeks away on Sunday 19th November with the flat & fast Gosport Half Marathon. This is followed by the Hayling 10 mile on 26th November and the Victory 5 mile on Sunday 3rd December.
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