The second race in the Southern Cross Country League took place on 8th with at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
The day was overcast with light drizzle which was very different to the last few years where the weather has been sunny. Over 500 runners took part and before the start of the race a minutes silence took place to mark remembrance Sunday. The race got off to a slippery start on the exposed wet chalk track, but after a while the course turned off this track to start a long climb.
After the climb the route took a turn to go through the forest where you had to watch out for tree roots, mud and flint stones. The mud was quite thick after all the recent rain. There were a couple of more undulations before the route took a big ascent, which was a struggle for the runners.
However after this section the runners had to go down narrow paths which lead to the edge of the finishing field, but you had to go around the edge before coming into the field for the finish.
The first Alton man home was James Vann who came 48th and was followed by Alistair Morey 81st, Chris Sandy 151st, Philip Scrase 156th, Tiziano Tesolin 160th, Michael Pearce 178th, Richard Taylor 197th, Gary Thurtle 202nd, Jim Armitage 203rd, Joaquim Varela 243rd, Dave Molyneux 281st, Terry Newman 289th , Richard Scrase 292nd and Terry Blake 303rd.
The first Alton lady was Naomi Shaylor 34th and was followed by Debbie Rhodes who came 35th, Vanessa Lowe 55th, Jane Scrase 119th, Karen Heiller 150th, Elaine Molyneux 187th, Caroline Freeman 195th and Jenny French 205th.
The team came 12th in the race and are now 14th overall out of 23 teams.
The previous week the fourth race of the Hampshire Road Race League took place on Sunday 1st November and was held at Lordshill on the outskirts of Southampton. The route runs through Nursling and then north towards Romsey and taking in part of the Broadlands Estate. The weather was overcast and cool, which made it ideal conditions for running.
There were over 500 runners taking part and the first runner home for Alton was Adam Stonehill with a Hampshire Road Race position of 79th place in a time of 01:04:19 and he was followed by Philip Scrase in 121st in a time of 01:07:43. The first Alton lady home was Diane Byrne in a time of 01:12:32, 24th Hampshire Road Race women’s place, and was followed by Vanessa Lowe in 42nd in a time of 01:16:11. The rest of the Alton runners who took part were: Jim Armitage 01:13:54 185th, Jonathan Read 01:15:01 194th, Michael Pearce 01:15:21 200th, John Arbury 01:15:50 208th, Naomi Shaylor 01:19:43 55th, Fran Light 01:23:29 71st, Rosella Guidetti 01:27:42 84th, Clare Read 01:28:39 89th, Harinder Boparai 01:33:08 108th, Jane Scrase 01:37:07 120th, Ann Henshaw 01:40:05 127th, Caroline Freeman 01:55:06 146th and Terry Newman 01:55:06 285th.
The provisional team results are the Women’s A Team came 3rd in the race and are no 4th overall out of 10 teams in Division 2 of the A League. The Men’s A Team came 9th in the race and is 8th overall out of 10 teams in Division 2 of the A League. In the B league the Women’s B Team came 6th in the race and is 13th out of 14 teams in Division 1 of the B League. The Men’s B Team came 12th in the race and are now 11th out of 17 teams in Division 2 of the B League.
Alton Runners train on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6.45pm and currently meet behind the reception in the sports centre before going down to the Butts for a warm up. Come along for a taster all abilities welcome more information can be found on our website www.altonrunners.co.uk.