Hampshire Road Race League

Each year Victory AC takes part in the Hampshire Road Race League (see www.hrrl.org.uk). This is a set of 12 races from September to March, covering distances from 5 miles to half marathon.


How to Enter
Most races now take online entries. Click on the link below to take you directy to the entry page. 

We encourage members to take part in these events, and our Road Race Captains are sure to encourage you to enter as this will assist the club's rankings in the league - as well as your personal league ranking. 

You can contact the Road Race Captains via email at: roadrace@victoryac.org.uk 

Men's Captain: Terry Healy 
Women's Captains: Beth Pirie and Bridget Main 

Runners should wear their club vest when participating on HRRL races in order to qualify for club and individual points.


This Season's (2018/19) Races


Sunday 2nd September 2018 - Overton 5 miles  

Sunday 29th September 2018 - Solent 1/2 marathon 

Sunday 18th November 2018 - Gosport 1/2 marathon 

Sunday 2nd December 2018 - Victory 5 

Sunday 13th January 2019 - Stubbington 10k 

Sunday 3rd February 2019 - Ryde 10 mile 

Sunday 17th March 2019  - Fleet 1/2 marathon 

Sunday 14th April 2019 - Salisbury 10 mile 

Sunay 12th May 2019 - Alton 10 mile 

Sunday 19th May 2019 - Netley Royal Victoria Country Park 10k 

Sunday 16th June 2019 - Alfresford 10k 

Sunday 30th June 2019 - Lordshill 10k  


Race Reports

OVERTON 5: 2nd September 2018

Ladies and Mens Team Reports   Beth Pirie

The Overton 5m road race was the opening event for the 2018/2019 Hampshire Road Race league. 

We have always struggled to get the numbers for this race due to it still being the summer holidays, runners preferring to take part in the Beast and the unpopular time of day for the race, 2pm. 
Nevertheless, I am very pleased to say that Victory AC had enough ladies for all 3 teams; it’s a real shame that a club that has over 240 paid up members could not pull together a team of 4 men. 
However, Ali McNiff, Will Hahn and Neil Blanchard were enthusiastic and put in a great effort on the day despite knowing they were one short for the team. 

We all gathered before the race to pick up our numbers, have the obligatory team photo etc. and frantically put on sun cream as it was unexpectedly very hot with strong sunshine; fortunately, someone had factor 50 for Ali! 

A 10-minute walk uphill to the start was followed by a short wait in the holding pens (based on expected times) and then we were off. 

The last time I did this race it was two laps; the new course is very different, with 3 significant climbs before a very generous down-hill finish. 
Everyone worked really hard in the heat and pushed hard across the finish lines so well done to everyone and congratulations to Ali who achieved a personal best for the 5-mile distance. 
The highlight of the day was when all of the Victory runners were lined up and ‘high fived’ Mary with lots of cheers as she approached the finish line; it was fantastic and truly showed the true team spirit of Victory AC.

VAC Results 
Name : Gun Time : Age Cat : Cat Rank : M/F Rank : Overall Rank 
Ladies A Team 
Gemma Corbett : 0:32:34 : FV35 : 4 : 8 : 81 
Beth Pirie : 0:38:50 : FV45 : 5 : 51 : 252 
Lucy Cowlin : 0:49:14 : FV45 : 16 & : 138 : 424 

Ladies B Team 
Bridget Main : 0:58:18 : FV50 : 185 : 482 
Lesley Allen : 0:59:18 : FV55 : 16 : 188 : 486 
Deborah Clarke : 1:01:03 : FV55 : 17 : 190 : 489 

Ladies C Team 
Sara Heath : 1:02:17 : FV40 : 43 : 193 : 493 
Hazel Jenkinson : 1:02:38 : FV55 : 19 : 194 : 494 
Mary Short : 1:07:10 : FV55 : 20 : 497 

Men’s (incomplete) Team 
Alistair McNiff : 0:39:27 : MV35 : 35 : 201 : 249 [PB]
Will Hahn : 0:39:45 : MV45 : 39 : 212 : 265 
Neil Blanchard : 1:01:50 : MV45 : 48 : 300 : 491


SOLENT HALF MARATHON: 29th September 2018

Mens Team Report  Terry Healy

Race two of the HRRL saw us all at the Solent Half on Sunday 24th, on a lovely if rather hot day. 

The route is very scenic tracking through the New Forest around Exbury.....ponies and 'chocolate box' cottages galore. A section by Lepe Beach offering a cooling breeze, and with the tide out, some wonderful marine smells! 

A few performances of note, Darren with a PB in one of his first Half's a welcome return by Malcolm Hagen running under the magical 2 hrs and another sterling run by the legend that is Jim Clow, second in his age category.

Mens Times 
Darren Knight : 1.41.50
Andrew Flynn : 1.42.26
Jim Clow : 1.44.24
Terry Healy : 1.48.41

Dave Lown : 1.50.08
John Cowlin : 1.57.39
Malcolm Hagen : 1.59.09
Martin Coles : 2.14.57


GOSPORT HALF MARATHON: 18th November 2018

Team Reports  - Race reports and results to come


VICTORY 5: 2nd December 2018

Mens team  Ali McNiff 

There was a fantastic turnout from victory for the 72nd Victory 5 mile race. 

This was a nice race laid on by Portsmouth AC with a 2 lap fast flat course that was perfect for a PB or two. 

The weather was “ok” at best with wind in your face in parts of the course but luckily no rain as predicted earlier in the week. The race took in parts of the lakeside parkrun course but run in the opposite direction, so fairly familiar to most of us who have run the parkrun. 

Some Fantastic times as shown below and a couple of PB’s by Richard Turner, Andrew Flynn, Simon Oakley, Mark Cooter, Will Han & Ali McNiff.

Mens Times 
Pos : Chip Time : Name : Race No : Cat : Cat Pos : Gen Pos 

  57 : 00:29:33 : Paul Mitchinson : 97 : Sen Male : 38 : 52 
147: 00:32:41 : Richard Turner: 319 : Male Vet 50 : 11 :131[PB] 
198 : 00:33:54 : David Lown : 87 : Male Vet : 40 : 29 : 176 
215:00:34:24 : Andrew Flynn : 350 : Male Vet 50 : 14 : 190 [PB] 

222 : 00:34:41 : Simon Oakley : 138 : Sen Male : 99 : 195 [PB] 
290 : 00:36:23 : John Marenghi : 397 : Male Vet : 55 : 23 : 244 
339 : 00:38:03 : Will Hahn : 118 : Male Vet : 45 : 38 : 273 [PB] 
343 : 00:38:10 : Ali Mcniff : 396 : Sen Male : 115 : 276 [PB] 

369 : 00:38:53 : Terry Healy : 342 : Male Vet 60 : 16 : 291 
379 : ;00:39:04 : Jim Clow : 61 : Male Vet 65 : 2 : 297 
475 : 00:41:46 : Mark Cooter : 190 : Male Vet 55 : 42 : 337 [PB] 
523 : 00:43:28 : Gary Heather : 437 : Male Vet 55 : 45 : 356 

596 : 00:46:21 : Peter Bone : 55 : Male Vet 60 : 25 : 385 
636 : 00:48:54 : Kevin Leighfield : 367 : Male Vet 60 : 26 : 397 
647 : 00:49:45 : Roger Brummell : 361 : Male Vet 60 : 27 : 400 
663 : 00:50:42 : Howard Wright : 141 : Male Vet 75 : 5 : 407 
715 : 00:58:11 : Neil Blanchard : 334 : Male Vet 45 : 64 : 421 
720 : 01:00:33 : Paul Smart : 372 : Male Vet 50 : 43 : 422 

Ladies team  Beth Pirie

After Storm Diana brought in heavy rain and high winds during the week, Saturday’s rain potentially was causing a risk to the Victory 5m course, with the threat of it turning into more of an off-road wet and muddy run along the back of Lakeside. 
Fortunately, by the time Sunday morning arrived, despite being a bit drizzly with a slight headwind depending which way you were running, the conditions were reasonably dry and certainly not cold. 
There were some big puddles to avoid or just slosh through and the headwind certainly picked up on lap 2, however it was evident by the effort shown over the finish line that every runner really worked hard in this race, so well done to all. 

Victory AC had an outstanding 36 runners on the start line, with 15 females making it the most well attended race of the Hampshire Road Race League so far. 
We had more than enough runners for our A, B and C teams to get points in the league. 
The Victory 5 results have yet to be added to the league tables. 
Currently the ladies A team are 6th in Division 2, the B and C teams are 6th and 7th in Division 2 in the B team league.

Ladies Times 
Chip Time :  Name :   Cat :  Gender Position :   Gender Pos
00:31:57 : Gemma Corbett : Senior Female : 13 : 8 
00:36:50 : Jo Gilholm : Female Vet 45 : 48 : 8 
00:38:29 : Beth Pirie : Female Vet 45 : 73 : 9 

00:40:57 : Linda Pukinska : Senior Female : 121 : 62
00:41:34 : Helen Whiting : Senior Female& : 123 : 63 
00:44:37 : Lucy Cowlin : Female Vet 45 : 183 : 26 

00:44:47 : Rachel Jarvis : Female Vet 60 : 186 : 8
00:48:10 : Clariece Warrior : Senior Female : 228 : 98 
00:49:33 : Nicola Stott& : Female Vet 50 : 245 : 33

00:52:03 : Amanda Rudkin : Female Vet 55 : 265 : 25
00:54:14 : Marilyn Crocker : Female Vet 70 : 3
00:54:47 : Lynne Meredith : Female Vet 60 : 280 : 13
00:54:59 : Bridget Main : Female Vet 50 : 281 : 37
00:56:41 : Raman Sangha : Female Vet 65 : 290 : 9
00:57:44& : Sara Heath : Female Vet 40 : 293 : 41
00:58:00 : Debbie Clarke : Female Vet 55 : 294 : 30
00:58:36 : Hazel Jenkinson : Female Vet 55 : 296 : 31
01:01:00 : Mary Short : Female Vet 55 : 300 : 32


STUBBINGTON 10K: 13th January 2019

Ladies and Mens Team Reports   Bridget Main

Sunday dawned mild but with a wind chill factor which cut through you. 
However, this was clearly an advantage being behind us as we made our way along the sea front. 

There were certainly some very impressive performances at Stubbington 10K and everyone who ran in club colours did the vest proud. 

Congratulations in particular to Simon who beat the club male O40 record and all those who achieved PB's. 
Simon Gill PB & MV40 Club record; Matt Suter PB; Peter Bond PB; Karl Western PB; Andrew Flynn PB; Lynette Meredith PB; Victoria Beadle PB; Marie Mitchinson PB

Well done to all. A very impressive turn out and a very impressive set of results. 

VAC Results 
Position : Name : Gun Time : Chip Time 

Ladies 
  186 : Gemma Corbett : 40.01
  379 : Christine Riddington : 44.11
  403 : Jo Gilholm : 44.41

  488 : Zoe Gill : 46.30
  592 : Beth Pirie : 48.29
1000 : Linda Pukinska : 55.32

1172 : Rachel Jarvis : 58.32
1280 : Lucy Cowlin : 1.00.16
1449 : Nicola Stott : 1.04.10

1480 : Marie Mitchinson : 1.05.05
1552 : Amanda Rudkin : 1.07.25
1654 : Bridget Main : 1.12.40
1667 : Lynne Meredith : 1.13.33
1673 : Sara Heath : 1.14.04
1676 : Victoria Beadle : 1.14.09
1710 : Amanda Coles : 1.18.26
1711 : Hazel Jenkinson : 1.18.30
1721 : Dee Sims : 1.20.21
1734 : Mary Short : 1.24.58
1735 : Tracy Long : 1.24.58

Men 
    13 : Simon Gill : 34.09 
    62 : Paul Mitchinson : 36.35
  265 : Matt Gill : 41.58
  273 : Matt Suter : 42.14

  304 : Peter Bond : 42.44
  306 : David Lown : 42.45
  325 : Simon Oakley : 43.01
  354 : Karl Weston : 43.35

  367 : Andrew Flynn : 43.15
  378 : Simon Turner : 44.06
  535 : Jim Clow : 47.25
  610 : John Marenghi : 48.41

  646 : Mark Hay : 49.17
  653 : Will Hahn : 49.23
  730 : Terry Healy : 50.46
  793 : Matt Cornford : 51.38
  924 : Mark Cooter : 53.58
1000 : Linda Pukinska : 55.32
1288 : Gary Heather : 1.00.22
1443 : Roger Brummell : 1.03.54
1481 : Graham Foden : 1.05.05
1718 : Neil Blanchard : 1.19.45


Ryde 10: 3rd February 2019 

Ladies and Mens Team Reports  

Sunday morning saw freezing temperatures continue and although it was -4 when we left to get the ferry to the IOW, the sky was blue and the sunshine was glorious. 
The ferry was lively with lots of mainland runners with all the local clubs well represented. 

A nice warm up along the seafront made a few of us discard the long-sleeved tops and before we knew it, the race had started and we were off, making our way up the first long climb out of Ryde. 

For those that had not run this race last year, they were surprised with the new route and could have been pleasantly fooled when the 3rd long climb back through St Helens was not included. 
Instead we were treated with a beautiful down-hill route, with outstanding views beyond Bembridge, towards the coastal path that led us through the St Helens Duver National Trust area that headed towards the sea. 
With no wind and bright sunshine, it really was stunning and running along the shore line was just so uplifting. 
However, the route then turned left and everyone knew that their lungs would soon be busting and their legs would be like jelly by the time they made it to the top of the long climb through the Nodes Point Holiday park. Boy, that was a toughie! 
As runners recovered the route negotiated its way back down-hill and then on an undulating route though Nettlestone and Seaview. 
Turning left back onto the coastal path, we were rewarded with the knowledge that there was less than a parkrun distance left to do, despite the infamous last hill that is not long steep in place but almost a long before taking you to towards the down-hill to the finish. 

This race is certainly a tough one, however with its beautiful views and a cracking medal, the hills are worth making the ferry trip over to the island. 
No wonder it was a sell-out this year. 

We had a fantastic contingency of VAC ladies, enough for 2 teams to score. 
Congratulations to Jo Gilholm who won a trophy and prize for being 1st lady in the F45 category, and Beth Pirie who won a prize for 2nd F45.

Unfortunately, despite a male membership of 121, only 3 men ran on Sunday, therefore missing out on the 5 required to score for the team. 
However, many congratulations for the runner up in the M65 category, Jim CLOW, another prize winner. 

Men:

For the Ryde 10 results (not the HRRL), they did count the first 3 for men and women for the team results. 
Victory AC men therefore came 53/68 (Denmead and Fareham both had 5 teams of 3 each being recorded!). 
The women A/B teams were 11/48 and 31/48 respectfully. Denmead ladies were first, our A team were just below Stubbington but above Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth…hooray! 

VAC Results 
Time  : Chip Time : Name    :      Position : Sex : Gen Pos : Cat : Cat Position 
1:19:16    1:19:07     GILHOLM, Jo     179     F     29     F45     1 
1:22:42    1:22:18     CLOW, Jim     226     M     180     M65     2 
1:22:55    1:22:34     HEALY, Terry     231     M     184     M60     11
1:23:08    1:22:47     PIRIE, Beth     234     F     48     F45     2 
1:25:23    1:25:03     BUTLER, Michelle     255     F     56     F50     6 
1:28:16    1:27:55     COWLIN, John     289     M     216     M45     46
1:32:33    1:32:12     BOILING, Helen     333     F     98     F45     11
1:33:33    1:33:13     PUKINSKA, Linda     348     F     108     SF     24
1:41:02    1:40:40     JARVIS, Rachel     404     F     149     F60     3 
2:01:23    2:00:54     CROCKER, Marilyn     479     F     210     F70     3 
2:02:27    2:01:48     MAIN, Bridget     481     F     212     F50     28


Fleet Half Marathon: 17 March 2019

Victory AC was well represented with 16 runners; 8 men and 8 ladies and some great individual performances.

ChIp time results were:

Men:
Paul Mitchinson: 1:17:46
Matt Gill: 1:30:13
Richard Turner: 1:32:04
Simon Oakley: 1:33:22
Andrew Flynn: 1:37:07 PB
Terry Healy: 1:45:23
John Cowlin: 1:49:02
Willy Hahn: 1:53:43

Women
Jo Gilholm: 1:40:43
Zoe Gill: 1:44:17

Beth Pirie: 1:48:45
Michelle Butler: 1:54:42
Linda Pukinska: 1:57:36 PB
Helen Boiling: 1:58:15
Rachel Jarvis: 2:09:05
Bridget Main: 2:40:55


Salisbury 10: 14th April 2019

Ladies and Mens Team Reports   Bridget Main

The conditions were almost perfect for today’s HRRL ten mile race in Salisbury. Although there was much discussion as to whether a vest on its own was too cold!

A beautiful undulating course with views across Wiltshire countryside and wildlife including black swans and alpacas, what else would you want to do on a Sunday morning? So having run ten miles there were some impressive results from all and it was great to see full teams for both men and women. Congratulations  to Jim and Marilyn who were third and second in their age categories respectively.  For those who have not done this race before, it is definitely one to be recommended.

Chip Times:

Simon Turner 1:11:09, Andrew Fuller 1:12:14, Simon Delves 1:12:36, Dave Lown 1:13:15, Jo Gilholm 1:15:16, Jim Clow 1:18:59, Darren Knight 1:20:40, Terry Healy 1:20:51, Michelle Butler 1:21:48, Beth Pirie 1:23:17, Linda Pukinska 1:28:00, Mark Cooter (PB) 1:28:04, Helen Boiling 1:30:47, Peter Beachill 1:39:36, Nicola Stott 1:48:46, Marilyn Crocker 1:58:09, Bridget Main 1:59:01

Great running everyone!

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