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European Gold for Jappas - September 2019

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Jappas Du Preez of Hardley Runners had an fabulous result in last weekend's European Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Almere, Holland. He not only won the M35 Gold but he was 6th fastest of all of the Age Group athletes and faster than many of the Elite Triathletes.

The event consisted of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run in and around Lake Weerwater in the Netherlands.

Jappas completed the swim in 1h 01, the bike in the fastest time of 4h 36 and the marathon run in in the 2nd fastest time of 3h 12. His combined time of 8h 55min 51sec was the fastest M35 time by over 8 minutes securing him the European Championship title in his category.

It wasn't all plain sailing though, after losing the lead at 18km on the run, Jappas stuck to his race plan to retake the lead in the last 10km of the race.

The result is even more impressive as Jappas will be moving into the M40 category in January and was therefore one of the oldest competitors in the M35 category.

The full results are at

https://www.triathlon.org/results/result/2019_almere_amsterdam_etu_challenge_long_distance_triathlon_european_champi/339372

Jappas had also won M35 Bronze in the World Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Northern Spain in May and has now qualified to represent GB in both the 2020 European and World Long Distance Triathlon Championships.

Copythorne Success for Beginners' Group

Chris Kidd reports, "Tonight, 10 June, 8 of us from the beginners' group alongside Andy Mansfield completed the Copythorne 5km eleven weeks after starting the sessions.

I managed it in 28:30 but watch said it was 4.85km so did a couple of laps of the car park to take it over 5km!!! Thrilled to have got under 30 mins for 5km for the first time in years.

I know it’s not a lot compared with Henley 24 and Man v Horse but thanks to all of you for your encouragement and support."

Well done all!

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A Scilly Swim Run - 'ÖTILLÖ World series

Ian Smith reports, "On 9th July John Robson and I  raced the 'ÖTILLÖ World series Swimrun on The Isles of Scilly'

The clue is in the name you swim between and run around the Isles the total distances involved a 8.5K of swimming in 'fresh' temperature water and 33K of what I would call technical trail running with scrambling over a few boulders getting in and out of the swim sections.

You race as a pair, must be no more than 10 meters apart at all times and for the majority of the race we were tethered together with a circa 3m stretch cord. You run in a wet suit and swim with your shoes on, its compulsory you carry a compass, trauma bandage and your own drink flask. In the swim phases most competitors use hand paddles and what is known as a pull bouy to help offset the drag caused by wearing shoes in the swim section. All this you are carrying.......

So the gun went and we started our first run of 2800m a sprint! First 2k was road/ good trail last 800m we then climbed on a grass foot path up to a headland followed by a 500 meter snake down to the beach, 20m scramble over the pebbles while rapidly getting goggles on, hand paddles on, tethered and floats in position for the swim. We briefly paused to agree a sighting point for the swim which was a 2000m one across to the first Island, while crossing we took  turns leading of the front and when we could drafting other faster swimmers (like cycling there is a big gain to be had by drafting faster competitors). We hit the beach with and elapsed time of just under 50 mins, not bad for a 2.8 run and 2k swim, the next 5 hours was spent much like that, swim, run, swim, run swim run and so on for various distances. The shortest run was 400m, longest 7.7K, shortest swim 400m longest 2.5k to give you a feel for the randomness. The swim was punctuated by the odd entanglement in weed beds, the runs by a couple of falls each, nothing too serious.

John and I have been friends since late teens and been trying to do one of these for the last 15yrs, which wasn't helped by him moving to Australia 20 yrs ago! I saw this Scilly (and it is!) race and said 'we have to do this if you comeback on a holiday sometime soon', he said 'I will comeback especially to do it', not too much pressure to make sure I was in decent race shape!

While we hadn't done one of these before but we had prepared quite well, so the race went much as expected. The biggest lesson for me was how and when to slip the top of you wet suit down so as to keep cool and getting it back on while running ready to swim again without losing more time than you gain through better cooling! Easier said than done while tired, wearing a bib and crossing boulders at race pace..

We finished in 6hrs 29, 43rd team overall 28th in our category of 64 teams, I would highly recommend the race concept and the Scilly Isles as a venue to race in, get your entries in!

Here's a link if you want to know more and see pics of the race https://otilloswimrun.com/races/isles-of-scilly/

Paddy's longest run ever

Paddy Butler reports, "The SILVA GL3D http://www.greatlakeland3day.com/ is a three-day mountain marathon held annually at different locations in the Lake District with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  You get your map on arrival on the Friday night which tells you which points you need to reach and where you'll be camping each night - your bag/tent being transported for you. Participants can choose from either the Expert, Wainwright, or Café course which vary from very hard to hard to fairly tough.

Rather than complex navigation, the emphasis is on long mountain journeys, spectacular scenery and you travel mostly on mountain trails and footpaths, along ridges and through valleys, rather than contouring, bee-lining and fighting through bogs. You can either self cater or buy from the catering vans at the camp each night and there is even a bar for local beer.

You can change which course you do daily depending on how you have fared the day before or try to stick with the same level each day. I plumped for the Wainwright each day which required 96 km of running over 3 days with 3500 metres ascent.

217 people started the Wainwright course on the Saturday morning and 137 completed all 3 days - I came 42nd overall and 15th male veteran. My position improved on the last day thanks to retirements of others and a surprisingly strong day from me with a finishing position of 35th that day.

It was my longest run ever and I'll probably be back next year - the whole event was so well organised and the atmosphere was great with a mix of champion ultra runners training for the Dragon's Back race and people who just wanted to spend a few days wandering around the peaks, looking at the lakes with a map and compass in their hands."

Vicki's parkrun A to Z

I think Vicki Clarke is the first Hardley member to complete a parkrun A to Z but please let me know if I'm mistaken.  Well done Vicki.  Here's here report

A386938 – A seemingly random number?

But no!

Collected over 6 years ago, this is my parkrun barcode number.

Dictating the demise of my weekend lie in, sparking an obsession that will take me all round the country, and even abroad.

Every Saturday, thousands of people worldwide, line up at 9am at hundreds of different, timed, 5k runs.

Free and accessible to everyone, this is parkrun!

Going back to my story, I was encouraged into parkrun by a running friend, who dragged myself and my husband James, nervously along to our first event at Frimley lodge.

Having completed this event in 26 minutes, I was now hooked.

I found myself returning week after week, trying to improve on my time, loving the friendly atmosphere, enjoying the statistics, and challenging myself – so soon Saturday became “parkrun day”.

Just as I thought I’d be running round Frimley forever, someone suggested tourism, with visiting Alice Holt and Basingstoke, and our obsession grew.

Knowing we were visiting family up North, a quick google found Preston parkrun a short drive away, and the 1st 4 letters of the alphabet were ticked off.

Later weeks would find us both travelling specifically to a place for a parkrun (Southsea, Queen Elizabeth, Havant, Upton Court) and incorporating weekends away with parkrun (Medina I.o.W, Exeter Riverside, Lincoln, Rosliston).

Meeting people has always been one of favourite aspects of parkrun, and along the way we’ve met so many lovely people, even seeing the same tourist faces crop up in different corners of the country!

Nearing summer 2018, we realised we only had a few letters left to go to complete our alphabet.

Oxford and Didcot in quick succession ticked off a few challenging letters.

Putting in the hours to drive to Tilgate near Gatwick in a thunderstorm got the tough T.

Quitting by this point wasn’t an option, so we were up at 5am to get to Victoria Docks in London pre a family party for that illusive V.

Reading into the last final letters, made us see that we’d have to go abroad to get the final Z.

So flights were booked for Poland in March!

Travelling knowing we were so close to completing our challenge made the excitement levels grow.

Unfortunately, Air France, managed to lose our luggage, but we’d planned ahead with our running kit, bar codes and “Cow cowl” (a specially designed parkrun tourist buff) in hand-luggage…just in-case.

Virtually everything else slotted into place, and knowing I’d, cumulatively, over my parkrun tourist career, travelled 22523km, the end was in sight!

We set off on the start line, with some lovely locals and fellow trepid tourists, and we’re off! *.

YES….and just 22 minutes later…I cross the finish line as first female, with James as first male, and we’re done.

Zielona Gora was an amazing finish to our alphabet challenge…..now onto the next….!

*X was purposefully left out of the making of this article, as it as yet, doesn’t exist….but may form the basis of a future holiday if it does arise!

You can see Vicki's parkrun stats here.  She's on 246 at present.  Maybe we should make an outing to share her 250th.  Oh and I think her next target is 100 different parkruns.

2018 Solent Half Gifts to Charity

The race was sold out which enabled the 2018 Solent Half to make charitable gifts as follow

Oakhaven
£1,000
https://www.oakhavenhospice.co.uk/
Back-Up Trust
£500
https://www.backuptrust.org.uk/
Southampton Women’s Aid
£500
https://www.southamptonwomensaid.org.uk/
Breast Cancer Now
£380
https://breastcancernow.org/
Honeypot
£250
https://www.honeypot.org.uk/
Girlguiding
£100
 
Countess Mountbatten Hospice
£50
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hammy8241

You can see the thank yous here        

Publicity

Publicity Office, Claire Aplin, writes,

Calling all Hardley Runners...

Sue Renyard has been our dedicated Publicity Officer for some time. Week on week she's written and distributed press releases detailing race reports and results, ensuring that we have received plenty of welcome publicity for our wonderful club.

Sue has now hung up her Publicity boots which I'm endeavouring to step in to. I'll be keeping an eye on the race reports that Jeremy posts to the website in double-quick time, and I'll be reviewing the Run Report that you all submit to on Facebook. But if you have additional information that you'd like publicised either in the press or online please do let me know. The sorts of things I'd love to hear about are:

Thanks in advance - your contributions will always be welcome.

Send info via Messenger (including pics), email clairekip AT hotmail.co.uk or call/text 07751 CA 121439

Lee blasts off in Bournemouth

Lee Micheal Maunder of Hardley Runners beat a whopping five of his PBs during the Bournemouth 10 mile race on Sunday 24 February. Completing the race in just over 1 hour 19 minutes, Lee is proud to have run his best race yet.

As  you may know, Lee is training to do the APB half marathon in May and new forest marathon in September to raise money for the British lung foundation as his Dad had copd and passed away in January this year. If you'd like to sponsor him please use the link below

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lee-maunder6

 

Hardley Runners take to the Tyrrell

Saturday morning was pretty gloomy, with a thick layer of fog hiding the New Forest landscape as a group of Hardley Runners travelled to the Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre. As they neared the centre the fog began to lift, and with it their spirits. As the sun beat gently down, they prepared for the Hope Rising Tyrell Trail 10k.

Setting off at 11am, the course took them through two 5k loops of a challenging, but very lovely scenic route. The course wasn’t designed for PBs, but was a chalked up as a ‘must run’ for the future and they’d recommend it to all.

Hardley Runners enjoy some Parkrun Tourism

Saturday 23rd Feburary saw a merry band of Hardley Runners venture away from their home turf to undertake a bit of Parkrun tourism at Moors Valley Country Park.

The course was wooded and very scenic, mainly on gravel trails with a slight incline from the start over the first 1k, the rest of the course was fairly flat. There was a loop at the start and an out and back section midway round, passing a pond near the end and a few bridges. It was quite a big field with 562 runners. 

The Hardley mob featured the “Parkrun Volunteer Supreme” Mr Steve Andrew, who was jogging round encouraging all those in his sights finishing in 33 mins, Graham Robbins bang on pace at 20:00, Dan Latham 19:29, Simon Ibbotson smashing out a new PB in 19:18 and Ben Andrew 18:56. Graham and Dan both managed to get into 2nd place at some point getting a lesson in going off too fast!!!

There was family support from Ben’s wife Sam and their two kids, who gave a big cheer as they reached the final 1k.

This particular Hardley crew happened to feature a few speedy’s but obviously Parkrun is open to all and all abilities welcome. There are tail walkers now at Parkrun so absolutely anyone can do it, so long as you register and take your bar code. 

Overall a great morning. Hardley Runners are planning on making Parkrun Tourism a regular event, so watch this space for next instalment… 

 

Ray and Linda retire (but not from running)

Ray Noke has retired as Secretary of Hardley Runners after 35 years in this role. Ray was one of the founder members in 1984 and did not imagine how the club would grow and still be thriving all these years later.  There are now nearly 200 club members and over the years many runners have taken part in running events in this country and abroad. 
Hardley held their AGM last Monday and several club members of many years spoke of their running memories with Linda and Ray.  Phil Shearsmith made the introduction with Andy Suswain, Mike Delauney  and Sue Renyard talking of their memories, which included marathons in France, London, Wales, (Man versus Horse) South Downs trail of 80 miles, weekends in Cornwall, Lake District and many more.  Linda and Ray have always been so welcoming and encouraging to new runners and are still carrying out this role, and still running themselves.
They were presented with t-shirts to mark the occasion. 

Annie is Famous!

Dan Latham We were in the hospital and we saw this on the wall Annie Brucelow...you're famous :-)

Annie Brucelow thanks Dan. I have just received a phone call from the hospital to say that ABP want to interview me so just waiting for their publicity officer to phone. Would you like my autograph?

The Tandem Tart Challenge Weekend – 18/19 May 2019

Mary Corbett – ‘The Tandem Tart’ writes,

I am the Tandem Tart, not your run of the mill name I agree but one that is attracting much attention and has seen me time trial with 48 different Partners so far and a further 55 on my waiting list.  To date, I have raised £9,380 from this little pastime and my goal is to reach the £12,000 mark.  Let me tell you more with a couple of pictures!

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