Members of the Love Running Tuesday Nighters wrapping up ahead of the BUPA Great South Run on Sunday.
GREAT SOUTH RUN
THE Island’s top runners — together with those who just have a passion for pounding the pavements — battled the elements for the BUPA Great South Run on Sunday.
Running club members, triathletes and members of the popular Love Running Tuesday Nighters took on the ten-mile course with a smile, despite the last two miles being some of the most gruelling in the event’s 24-year history.
Fastest IW runner this year was IW Road Runners’ Simon Randall, who had planned to run in under an hour, but was slowed to 1.03.21 by the gusts.
"I’ve run many ten-mile events over the years but that was by far the hardest," said Simon. "Anyone who finished it has done a great job."
In the face of the impending St Jude storm, some runners even managed to achieve PB times.
From the IW Road Runners there were plenty of great times. Nick Kenney was next to finish behind Simon in 1.07.30, with Steve Rumsey finishing in 1.13.01 despite carrying an injury. Georgina Newnham was the club’s other huge star, running a PB time of 1.50.16 despite fracturing her foot just a mile in.
The other club runners were Steve Bennett, Kev Rann, Hayley Baxter, Kev Winchcombe, Elaine Harris, Roger Merry, Dan Shortman, Sheldon Broadbridge, Sarah Langbourne, Sally Trotman, Simon Richardson, Keith Wolton, Clare Newman, Sarah Turtle, Mark Turtle, Sue Hunter, Shelley Harris, Pat Harris, Elaine Jones, Sharon Merry, Jo Randall and Nicola Henry. You can find all their results below, Tracey Houdoire and Hayley Baxter.
Eight Ryde Harriers took part, led home by Dominic Jacobs in 1.12.24, and Julie King — the first IW woman — in 1.15.06. Other Harriers who completed the course were Mandy Womack, Emily Wildon, Jane Magregor, Brian Warren, Elaine Dove and Hayley Tutton.
Three West Wight Road Runners also took part — Julian Trout in 1.23.37, Nils Joliffe in 1.25.25 and Julia Trout in 1.40.05, while four runners represented Wight Tri, all running terrific times.
Peter Wilkinson was first in 1.14.27, with John Holbrook a minute behind in 1.15.38. Sarah Forster was next in 1.25.22, with Claire Holbrook completing the quartet in 1.28.19.
More than 40 of the runners were from the Love Running Tuesday Nighters, and of those 15 were fully representing the group as they are not part of another running club. These were Matthew Rackett, Dave Smith, Arielle Elton-Walters, Julie Lavell, Nicky Thompson, Simon Richardson, Vicky Walker, Claire Frisby, Matthew Wade, Steve Horsey, Lisa Taylor, Cathy Litrizza, Stacey Gough, Kirsty Jones, Rachel Johnson and Katy O’Connor.
• More coverage of the Great South Run, including full results and three pages of reports on charity runners in the Friday, November 1, County Press.