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Cyprus Challenge - November 2014

Mick Anglim reports, "Have just completed the 4 day Cyprus Challenge which celebrated its 10th year with 4 very different races in Coral Bay, Paphos and the rugged Akamas peninsula. The two Akamas trail races would appeal to the Hardley off-road runners.

Thursday afternoon saw the 180 runners on a 6km road Time Trial starting at 10 second intervals in alphabetic surname order.
Unusually the finish was alongside a modern ship wreck, the Edro III.

Friday morning was a mass start on a rocky beach track with over 600 metres of track climb in 11kms. The finish in the churchyard at Pano Arodes was a welcome sight!

Saturday morning involved a long coach trip to the northern end of the Akamas peninsula near Neo Chorio for a trail Half Marathon with a difference! The first 10kms climbed 300m with spectacular views of the Akamas coastline. The next 9kms were downhill on rough, rocky trails which allowed no chance of admiring the views. The beach finish was close to the beautiful Lara Bay on the south of the Akamas peninsula.

Sunday morning saw very tired competitors take on a road 10k starting and finishing in Paphos harbour.
I was first M65 in all four races and won overall by over 15 minutes in 3hrs 57m from the German M65 winner of the past 2 years.
Pleased with 33rd position out of 169 finishers."

The picture shows Mick with the M65 trophies for Overall, the Half Marathon and 10k wins with the Edro III shipwreck in the background.  Full results are at a  Photos at!/index

Peter Lindsell RIP

To all friends and colleagues of Peter Lindsell we very sadly have to inform you that he passed away suddenly on the 22nd November whilst on holiday in the Canaries with his wife Kay.

Brockenhurst parkrun move

The normal venue is at the Brockenhurst College playing fields which are now too saturated for safety so from this Saturday 15th November, the event will move to a 5km, single loop, gravel track course through Wilverley Inclosure. The start and finish are at the west end of the long car park between the Inclosure and Wilverley Plain.

The ethos of parkrun is that everyone is welcome to take part in a 5km run at any one of the 300 venues in the UK. In England and Wales the runs start at 09.00 and in Scotland and Ireland the start is at 09.30.

The events are free to enter and simply require a one off registration. That provides each runner with a personal barcode which must be printed off before your first run and is scanned at the end of each parkrun. You should put your barcode in a plastic bag or you can order 3 small, durable plastic tags for just over £4 from the parkrun website. The strict policy is; No Barcode, No Result!

parkrun started in Bushy park, London, 10 years ago and there are now over 570,000 people registered in the UK alone. The concept has now spread to every continent so if you're going on holiday you can use your barcode at any parkrun worldwide.

You do not have to be a member of a running club and can take part as long as you can complete 5kms. If you are likely to take more than 50 minutes it would be helpful to inform the organisers before the start.  Every parkrunner who has registered is eligible for a free technical parkrun T-shirt once they have completed 50, 100 and 250 parkruns.  There are also 10 Club T-shirts which are awarded to those runners in a junior age category (aged 17 and under by the 10th run).

Please note that all under 11s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the run and/or when volunteering.

The events are organised by volunteers so if you don't want to run you would be very welcome to sign up for a volunteer role through the Brockenhurst parkrun website.

Another Gold for Mick - National Cross Duathlon Championships - Nottingham - Saturday 8 November 2014

Hardley President, Mick Anglim, triumphed at the Evil Sheriff Off-road Duathlon which hosted the 2014 National Cross Duathlon Championships.  He survived crashes and sapping conditions to become National M65 Champion and to beat all of the over 60s to win the M60 Open trophy.
The event was held in Sherwood Forest in wet and extremely muddy conditions which resulted in a huge drop-out rate. Of the 460 starters only 333 completed the event.  The first 5k and final 3.6k runs were mainly on forest tracks but the 20k mountain bike course was on muddy, narrow and technically difficult paths.
Unusually the under 50 men's race was held first at 8am which meant that the two lap bike course was horrendously churned up by the 250 youngsters before the over 50 men and all the women competitors started in pouring rain at 10.30.  The photograph shows a muddy and weary Mick on the final run.

There is an article on the Triathlon England website.  The full results and information are here. Amusingly the video of the course from last year shows a dry easily ridden course!

Marathon Workshop - Monday 24 November

A Marathon Workshop has been organised on Monday November 24th at 7pm, studio 3 at Applemore Recreation Centre.
The workshop will be presented by Martin McCarthy, who has run an extremely impressive Marathon time of  2 hrs 11 mins.
Martin is a level 4 Endurance Coach, who many would have met when he visited Hardley Runners three years ago.
There are many people who are have run marathons previously, this year & many who will take on the marathon challenge next spring!
So don’t miss this opportunity to brush up on your knowledge, to run a Successful Marathon!
Would you please let Chris know if you wish to attend?

Contact info 07708 CH 118114  energybar6 AT

Gold for Mick at British Age-Group Duathlon Championships - Milton Keynes - Sunday 12 October 2014

It was a busy weekend for Mick Anglim with three races - the Boscombe 5K on Friday evening, the HCCL at Farley Mount on Saturday afertoon and the British Age-Group Duathlon Championships at Milton Keynes on Sunday morning. The race started with a 10K run, then a 40K bike ride (somewhat lumpy according to Mick), then another 5K run.  Despite freezing fog, Mick took gold in the M65 class with a total time of 2:22:55.  Well done!  You can see the full results and splits here.

Lunch Time Talk by Mara Yamauchi - Monday 3 November

Club Coach, Chris Harris, writes,

Hi All,

Mara Yamauchi, the British long-distance track and road running athlete, will be at Ordnance Survey Head Office in Southampton to give a talk to staff. OS are extending this invitation to members of Lordshill Road Runners, Totton Running Club and Hardley Runners.

Date: Monday 3 November at 12:15 (arrive 12:05 for a 12:15 prompt start)
Venue: Ordnance Survey Head Office, Adanac Drive, Nursling, Southampton, SO16 OAS

Mara currently holds the second fastest marathon time by a British woman, behind the world-record holder, Paula Radcliffe. Formerly a member of HM Diplomatic Service at Foreign & Commonwealth Office, she represented GB at both the 2008 Beijing and the 2012 London Olympic Games. Mara won the 2008 Osaka Marathon and was runner-up in the 2009 London Marathon.

Mara will be talking about her running experiences. She’ll also give you tips on training, nutrition and hydration, recovery, race-day preparation, strength and conditioning, and injury prevention. The talk will last 60 minutes, including time for questions.

I am aware that this workshop is not practical for many people at training , including those that will be running a marathon in the autumn & spring ! But another workshop has been organised for November 24th , this will be an evening & at Applemore Recreation Centre . Further details will follow this week.

Thank you Chris"

CC6 - Race 1 and Hardley Runners own Event

CC6 Captain, Ian Ordish, wrote on Monday 13 October,

"Hi All,
Well done to Eastleigh and Stubbington who yesterday hosted the first CC6 of the series. The event was friendly and well very marshalled, something I know that we will aspire to at our own next month. Conditions were ideal with the mild morning and soft going underfoot, which will no doubt change once we get onto the forest.
Thanks to everyone who attended, it was nice to see some new faces, with debut runs from Simon Ibbotson, Steve Bennett and Sally Kirk. There was a good turnout for the men with 16 attending. Sadly only four ladies were able to make it, unlike the 10 we were able to field for the same event last year. Hopefully we will see more ladies and our next competitive event at the end of November.
Congratulations to Lynn McDonagh and Jappas Dupreez who led the Hardley Ladies and Mens teams home respectively and a massive well done to everybody else who ran.
Both our teams hold 5th position at the end of the race 1.

Our CC6

As you will all be aware the next race, on November 9th, is our own. To date I have only 15 names offering to marshal and 4 offers of cakes. Please don’t assume that I know you will be there, drop me an email and put my mind at rest that we will provide the level of cover that runners have come to expect from us.
Thanks and regards
CC6 Captain"

VLM logoThe London Marathon - 26 April 2015

Did you get a place in through the ballot?  If not there are other options

Club Places

Clubs are allocated places depending on how many members are registered with England Athletics.  Last year we were allocated two places and we awarded them to members using a points system. This year the system will be the same.  Here's the form if you'd like to apply for a Club place.  It is not compulsory to have entered the ballot but you get extra points if you did.

Charity Places  

Lots of charities buy places in the London Marathon and you can get one by paying a fee or deposit (which may be refundable if you are successful in fund raising) plus agreeing to fund raise on behalf of the charity.  For example, we have been approached by Health Poverty Action as follows

"My name is Jessica and I am the Community and Outreach Fundraiser at Health Poverty Action.

The reason I am emailing you is I am looking to recruit a number of London Marathon Runners for April 2015. Please do get in touch if any of your runners are interested?

We are a very small charity and so do not have the funds to advertise the places and as such we rely completely on word of mouth. If you wouldn’t mind passing my details across that would be super.

Any help you can give us would be greatly appreciated!!

Have a lovely day.


Jessica Scott | Community and Outreach Fundraiser | Health Poverty Action
Ground Floor, 31-33 Bondway, London, SW8 1SJ | Tel: 0207840376"

You can read more about their London Marathon places here

parkrun in the USA

Steve Bennett and his son Josh did a parkrun a bit further from home than usual.  Here's his report.

"It was with great interest I read your recent park run summary. It was parkrun where I first met the likes of Messers Mudle, Earney and Fox. It was parkrun that ultimately led to me being a Hardley Runner. I was impressed by how Hardley Runners seemed to have completed parkruns all over the UK, but not it appeared the world. A family holiday to the USA beckoned - perhaps we could change that.

A quick check shows only 3 races in the entire US, but luckily one at Lake Minneola in Clermont, just west of Orlando where we were staying. So myself and my 10 year old son Josh climbed into the Chevy and set off.

So what's different in the US? Firstly it's hot the race starts at 7am in the summer. I'm well known for arriving at Brockenhurst early but this was something else. Secondly it's very hot - there's a water station at 2 miles. Thirdly there is an insurance liability waiver to sign - welcome to America. Oh - did I say it was hot?

But so much is identical to the UK. People of all ages, of all backgrounds and all abilities coming together to enjoy each others company and to run 5km. Clermont is beautiful and the Lake as the sun rises is breathtaking. I'd never have seen that part of Florida without my interest in running or joining parkrun. So if you're on holiday, even in the UK, find the local parkrun and see another small part of the planet. If you're not on holiday, come and see us at Brockenhurst. I can't promise post race waffles, but Mick Anglim will have the kettle on!"

World Duathlon Championships - 1 June 2014 - Silver for Mick

Mick Anglim of Hardley Runners won the silver medal in the over 65 category at the World Duathlon Championships in Pontevedra, Northern Spain.

Mick took part in the Sprint Distance Championships which consisted of a 5km run through the medieval city centre followed by a 10km climb on the bike with a 45mph plus descent back to the city and a final 2.5km run through the narrow alleys.

Despite being out of International competition for over a year due to a knee injury and subsequent operation, Mick came within 6 seconds of another World title but was beaten by a newcomer to the Over 65 ranks.  You can see the full results here.

Mick also won a Bronze medal at the recent European Long Distance Duathlon in Horst, Netherlands. There Mick completed a 15km run, 60km bike and 7.5km run around the windy town.

The Pontevedra result provides Mick with automatic GB selection for the 2015 Worlds in Adelaide.

30th Anniversary Awards Lunch - Sunday 27 April 2014

It is 30 years since we started.  To mark the anniversary there was an excellent turnout of members new and old including most of the original committee one of whom (Ray) is still on the committee!

There was a selection of runs and walks with lovely spring scenery, some mud and a nice drop of rain to help the flowers.  Then came an excellent lunch followed by presentation of the awards.

Here is the slide show of the first 30 years.  And here are some pictures of the lunch and the presentations.  If you would like full size (about 3MB) copies of any of the pictures please email our webmaster, Jeremy Barber (see Contact Us tab above).

We were delighted that Geoff Mills' daughter, Carol and Sarah and partner Diana made the presentations and spoke.  Geoff was a great racer and turned out for lots of local races so it is fitting that the trophies go the the people whoturned out most in the four leagues RR10, CC6, HCCL and HRRL which we take part in.  They went to Annie Bruce-Low and Mick Anglim.  Well done both!  Here is a thank you message from Annie.

Other awards were as follows.

Club championship (decided at the Salisbury 10)

Hampshire Athletics awards

Stonehenge Stomp award for devotion over and above the call of duty - Andy Kellaway

Club Handicap

RR10 Most Improved Runner - Ian Ordish

The Coveted Navigator's Hat was awarded to Terry Earney who managed to get lost on the way to a training session.   Terry is a fitting successor to Jane Hodge who got lost on a football pitch.

Sue Renyard issued a press release which you can see here.

2015 Virgin Money London Marathon Ballot

The public ballot entry system for next year's Virgin Money London Marathon will open to all applicants on Tuesday 22 April 2014 at The ballot entry system will close when they have received a total of 125,000 applications. Last year the ballot reached this maximum in just 11 hours and 25 minutes, so get your application in fast! If you get accepted that's brilliant.  If you get rejected then you rejection slip will give you extra points when the club places are allocated.

New Forest use survey

PhD student, Arjan Gosal would like our help.  He writes, "I am a PhD student at Bournemouth University currently trying to get local people to help me with some important research by collecting the valued opinions of the community which reside and work in and around the New Forest National Park, or have recreational interests in the area.

I have designed an online survey tool can be completed at and you could win one of two £20 Amazon vouchers.

The survey data will be used to determine which services and habitats are most important to different groups of people. This information will then be incorporated along with the online mapping exercise data into geographic models to show ecosystem service values within the New Forest National Park.

Would it be please be possible to have this email forwarded on to your members and colleagues in the area? The opinions of The Hardley Runners would inform my research into the local area greatly. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and would help me out immensely.

Thank you,

Arjan Gosal

Conservation Ecology and Environmental Sciences Group, School of Applied Sciences


Polar Bear runs Grizzly - Sunday 9 March 2014

Norbert running as a polar bearIMG_7659I blame Sue Sleath and Martin Loveless as they persuaded me (your webmaster, Jeremy Barber) to run The Grizzly.  That led to the Lakeland 50 and that gave me the confidence to do the Everest Marathon. There I met Norbert Zeppitz who saw I was wearing a Grizzly survivor Tee-shirt and asked me about it.  And that led Norbert to come from Austria for the 2014 Grizzly. 

In the meantime he became the Guinness world record holder for the half marathon dressed as an animal (in his case a polar bear) in 1:32. That record was beaten at the Gosport Half and again at Reading but by other animals so Norbert is still the world's fastest polar bear over 13.1 miles.

Norbert is a member of LG Suedkaernten (scroll down to read more about his record) . He trained on snow covered alps as there aren't any suitable beaches in Austria, and is clearly worked as he was 45th in 2:50.

Well done Norbert.  It is great that our friendship has resulted in you coming to England for this lovely race. 

Norbert tells me that in Austria the fell races mainly just go up and stop at the top so you don't have to run down.  That sounds like quite a good idea.

Just click on one of the photos above to see the Grizzly album


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