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European Sprint Duathlon Championships - Ibizia - 20 October 2018

There were two Anglims competing in the European Sprint Duathlon Championships this year.  The event consists of a 5K run followed by a 20K bike ride and a 2.5K run.  Brendan was 17th in the M45 in 1:02:41 and Dad, Mick won the gold in the M70 in 1:09:12.  Well done both.

Here's a photo album.  The hills look just a bit challenging.  And here's a video (this is a Facebook link so you may need to be on FB to see it)

You can see the full results here.

World Ironman Championships 2018 - a PB for Jappas

On 13 October Jappas Du Preez completed the Ironman world championships in Kona! Finishing 61st in his age group with an amazing time of 9:21:47. A PB for Jappas on a very hot day!  Well done!

You can see Jappas's splits here and read more about the event here.  By way of background ...

The inaugural KONA race was held in 1978 as a way to challenge athletes who had seen success at endurance swimming and running events. Honolulu-based Navy couple Judy and John Collins proposed combining the three toughest endurance races in Hawai’i—the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon—into one event.

On February 18, 1978, 15 people came to Waikiki to take on the IRONMAN challenge. Prior to racing, each received three sheets of paper with a few rules and a course description. The last page read: "Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!"

In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Along the Kona Coast, black lava rock dominates the panorama, and athletes battle the "ho’omumuku" crosswinds of 45 mph, 95-degree temperatures and a scorching sun.

On October 13th, over 2,000 athletes embarked on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN.

Family Fun Evening - Tuesday 7 August 2018

Coach Chris Harris writes,

"An energetic and fun evening was had by one and all at the Family Fun Evening on Tuesday. Many families took part, it was encouraging to see our new members take up the challenge!  This year we formed two mixed teams, Team Andy and Team Emma, there were 4 different games using the cones and newly acquired agility ladders! Our young people demonstrated both interactive and proactive skills, the evening finished with the boys running a fast lap of the track & the girls a gymnastic display! The rapidly changing cool down was lead by Poppy, Ruby and Lilly. We finished with ( what else ) delicious cakes!

Thank you everyone for coming, next year the plan - to make it the first week of the school holidays! Chris"

Awards BBQ - Sunday 8 July 2018 - Lepe

Sunday was the annual Hardley Awards event with a difference, a BBQ, bring your own food and drink, so a more informal event than in the past. All those who attended, even though not necessarily receiving an award thoroughly enjoyed the event, organised by Ann and her team.  Thanks very much to them all, and especially laying on the ideal BBQ weather for the UK.  With the BBQ starting at approximately 2pm or should I say a bit later by the time the coals where ready to cook on, the awards presented at 4pm by our Chairman Adrian Mudle went to the following:

Hardley Handicap

Overall winner (closest to predicted time) - Dave Wilson

Lantern Rouge (furthest from predicted time) - Tiff Hanley (actually 10 minutes faster)

Club Championship

Men's Open - Tim Anetts

Men's Age Related - Malcom Renyard

Women's Open - Natalie Green

Women's Age Related - Jane Hodge

Geoff Mills Trophy

Women's - Vicki Clark

Men's - Mick Aglim

RR10 most improved Runner

Simon Ibbotson (for the second year)

Mile of Miles

While not an official Hardley trophy, and with Alice not present this was handed over for safe keeping until next year, to Mark Causebrook, in recognition of the final mile where the effort he put in, was astounding, leading to Hardley reclaiming the trophy after a few years absence

Navigator's Hat

While the hat was not available on the day, the only nomination we have for this would be for the runner changing over in the relay during the Endure 24 run, in Reading, who on handing over the baton, promptly ran off in the wrong direction, no names mentioned but you know who you are.

Anyone not present on the day please get in touch with Adrian Mudle to collect their trophy

Inter Club Paarlauf Session - June 2018

Coach Chris Harris writes,

"The Inter Club Paarlouf Session with New Forest Runners, was a huge success with approximately 40 runners taking part. Mr Colin Goater did us proud by hosting a lively, interactive but tough session. There was a strong and fast opposition but Hardley Runners were the stars with Brendon Harbut & Ian Craddock being the winning pair. Although everyone worked hard, it appeared some had to really dig deep, due to a reduced recovery, then matched with an above average runner! But this made for a memorable evening, which was jolly good fun!"

Click on the picture to see a full size version.

Our CC6 - Sunday 5 November 2017

What a lovely morning and what a great turnout.  The report on the CC6 website is very positive. 

"Many thanks to Hardley Runners for hosting another brilliantly muddy cross country race! The weather played along nicely, with rain filling up the puddles on Saturday and bright sunshine warming up runners on this chilly Sunday morning. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with lots of smiles and praise for the excellent cake at the finish line!"

CC6 Captain, Simon Ibbotson writes,

"I would like to express my thanks to all of you that were able to help at our CC6 race today in Dibden inclosure. It could not have been done without you!

Once again I received positive comments about the course and marshals from the runners. So our excellent marshalling reputation is fully intact! Well done.

I would particularly like to give my thanks to my lead marshals, everyone that helped with set-up and close-down and to Adrian, Steve Bennett and Mick for all the assistance they provided.

The cake table was very popular and I must give a big thank you to everyone that contributed their bakes.

Everything went very smoothly, including the weather!  Well done to all."

Here's a photo album

Test Way Reccy and L2SOTM - 12/13 August 2017

For many years we organised the Test Way Relay and a tradition grew up of reccying the route a month before the race.  More recently the reccy was limited to the upper reaches of the path and finished with a barbie at Jeremy's as he conveniently lives on the route at Longparish.  Although the TW Relay has not happened recently that does not stop the reccy which has morphed into a circular route with various refreshment stops as a pleasant way to celebrate Ray's birthday. 

This year the L2SOTM was next day so some people stayed over and helped or raced.  And Linda won Most Improved Woman.  Well done!

Here are some pictures.

Track Meeting 8 August 2017

Hardley Runners had a training session at Hardley School on Tuesday 8 August in which our friends from Netley Abbey were invited to come along and participate.

The session led by Hardley coach Chris & Chris (from Netley Abbey Runners) involved warm up exercises, children and adults together, then teams raced one another, doing 200m sprints, relays and an obstacle course.  The evening was enjoyed by all, with the children joining in with all the races and certainly having a good time.

This was followed by home made cakes, donated by Hardley and Netley.

Amazingly the weather was fine!

Click on Chris to see some pictures.

European success for Jappas and Hannah

A great performance by Jappas du Preez in the European Middle Distance Triathlon in Denmark.

He was 6th and first Brit in M35 and therefore qualifies for GB in the 2018 Championships.

Click here to see his splits  

Hannah also had a superb performance there in the Open race with 5:58.

Our RR10 - Blackfield - 31 May 2017

What a lovely evening and what an excellent event; a real credit to everyone concerned.  Thank you to everyone: helpers, runners and spectators alike.

You can see Marilyn's pictures here and Adrian's (taken about 1.5 miles from the finish) here.

Joint RR10 Captain Rob Wells says, "So another successful race completed by Hardley Runners and some outside help you know who you are. Dan and myself would like to thank all of you for giving up your time and making the event what it is. Some amazing feed back from other clubs and spectators, so thank you."

Awards Lunch - Bartley Lodge - 26 March 2017

It was a lovely day for a run and our annual Awards Lunch.  Thanks very much to Steve Henry for organising an excellent meal.   Click on the photo below to see our winners

Tinsel Run

Click on the little picture above for a bigger one.

Chris Harris reports, "As tradition calls, we started by entertaining our friendly receptionists at Applemore Recreation Centre. We received several interested & slightly amused looks from the clientele, however this did not deter the hardy carol singers as we sparkled our way to Hanover Court.

We were invited to sing at Hanover Court , following the presentation of a cheque towards a sign for the new conservatory / day room . All funds were raised by the people who live at Hanover Court. Last year the Solent Half Marathon donated £3,500 to charity, some national charities and local charities such as Hanover Court.

We then ran onto Bill and Linda Beardsmore, who once more made us extremely welcome, at the same time enthusiastically joining the carol singers.

Finally we set off to entertain Rachael and family, who kindly offered us delicious Christmas treats!

Thank you to all our hostesses and hosts for making us so very welcome. 

All things considered (with virtually no training) it appears we sang reasonably well, as we have been invited back to Hanover court for 2107!

Let's hope we will have more runners taking part in the Tinsel Run, this year!"

Club London Marathon Place

The club place for the 2017 London Marathon goes to Vicki Clarke who says, "Now I've got over the shock, I just wanted to say thank you for the marathon place. I'll give it my best. Kind of excited now! Let the training begin!"

An inspiration - Nicky Spinks does the double BG

Back in May Nicky Spinks became the second person ever to do a double Bob Graham Round in under 48 hours.  She also became the fastest.  You can read more and see a 40 minute film of her exploit here

Stacey Burrows and Lucy Pygott

The whole athletics world has been shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic incident which led to the deaths of two young Aldershot, Farnham & District athletes, Stacey Burrows and Lucy Pygott, on the evening of 8 November.

Stacey represented Hampshire and Hampshire Schools several times in track and field and cross-country from Under 13 to Under 17, the most recent occasion being the Under 17 Women's match at Bromley last July. She was also the current Hampshire 3000m Under 17 Women's champion.

Lucy, whose athletics career started at Fleet & Crookham A.C., also represented both Hampshire and Hampshire Schools, most recently when she and Stacey were part of the Hampshire Under 17 Women's team which finished in second place at the UKCAU Cross-Country Championships at Cofton Park last March. More recently, she won a 3000m bronze medal for Great Britain in the European Athletics Youth Championships at Tbilisi, Georgia.

A minute's silence was held at the Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex Cross-Country League matches on Saturday 12 November.

We send our sympathy and condolences to their families, friends and colleagues at Aldershot, Farnham & District AC.  You can read more in Athletics Weekly.

The Marcothon - are you up for the challenge?

The idea is very simple.  All you have to do is run at least 3 miles or 25 minutes every day in December.  It is not a competition; it is a personal challenge.  Hardley runners, David Gould and Jeremy Barber did it last year and are doing it again this year.  How about you?  You don't have to be fast; just persistent!  Instead of putting on five pounds over Christmas last year your webmaster lost two so there are immediate benefits.

You can see more on the Marcothon Facebook page.

If you decide to give it a go then maybe you might record your progress on our Facebook page to encourage others and keep you honest?

Our CC6 - Sunday 6 November 2016

CC6 Captain, Simon Ibbotson, writes,

Thank you very much to all of you that were able to offer your help and support at our CC6 today. It could not have been done without you!

I would particularly like to give my thanks to my lead marshals and car parking leader as well as Steve and Josh Bennett for all the assistance they provided. 

As usually the cakes table proved very popular and I must give a big thank you to everyone that contributed their bakes.

I received lots of positive comments for both the challenging but enjoyable course, and the friendly and helpful marshals.  For example,

So well done for keeping up our excellent marshalling reputation!

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