The Solent Half is our half marathon held in October.  It is a friendly race with up to 500 entries and a lovely course winding through the New Forest around Exbury and along the Solent shore at Lepe.

This page gives results for previous races.

Sunday 9th October 2016

Results

What a lovely day for a run.  Thanks very much to everyone, organisers, marshals, bakers and other helpers, runners and supporters, who made it such an excellent race.

You can see the results here and here are the official pictures (over 1,500 of them!)

And here are a few pictures, taken by marshals, mainly of the children's races and at the Lepe and Cadland water stations.

Gifts to local charities. 

The 2016 race made a surplus of£3710  This went to Oakhaven 1500, Back Up Trust 1000, Breast Cancer Now 250 plus the 263 from the cake stall. Minstead Trust 200, Waterside Cancer Trust 200, Friends of Beaulieu School 150, Guides 100, Hythe Scouts 100, Badgers Holt care home 160 and £50 to the preschool nursery that isn't a charity but let us use their parking area and they treated the kids at Christmas.  Here are the thank you letters (4MB PDF)

Thank you

Organisers Chris and Mick, write,

"A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make yesterday's Solent Half Marathon such a great success. That includes those who were not able to make it on the day but helped with pre-race preparation such as providing transport and delivering equipment.

Thank you to our many 'Bakers' and to Judy our Marshal Coordinator for her patience & efficiency.

Hardley Runners has a reputation as a friendly running club and this is reflected in the favourable comments yesterday and on social media. 

Although we may lack the sophistication of some commercial races the Solent Half has its own  charm and individuality!

Thanks also to Steve Henry for organising another enjoyable post race dinner at Seashells."

Nicky Musson adds,

"The cake stall raised £265:47 today !  Huge thanks to you all from me and Vicky Whitham, Chairman of our Hampshire fundraising group for Breast Cancer Now.  We estimated that we sold over 500 pieces of cake and the comments about the cake were very complimentary indeed.  Also special thank you to Solent Half committee for giving Breast Cancer now the opportunity to run the cake stall this year and help fund research to prevent 12,000 women dying every year from breast cancer! 

Very many thanks again for your scrumptious contributions and all your help today."

Comments on social media include,

"Thanks very much to Hardley Runners for another brilliantly organised Solent Half, you even negotiated lovely weather this year too!"

"Well done to the organisers this morning. Seemed to go really smoothly. Great running by everyone who did it. Thanks for a fun morning!"

"Agreed fab organisation, beautiful weather and well marshalled."

Sunday 27th September 2015

Your feedback has been good.  We are glad you enjoyed the event.  You can see the full results here.

Thank you

Here's a message from Chris and Mick,

Dear Everyone, thank you for your help, patience and time on Sunday morning, which all contributed to make this year’s Solent Half Marathon such a success.  A special thank you to Judy Bannister who spent weeks organising the volunteer roles.

There were 407 entries and 352 people ran on the day, winning and overall times were admirable.

Unfortunately there were not enough Hardley Runners (ladies & men) to make A and B teams in the HRRL, I’m sure next year this will be different.

The sunny weather most certainly helped, also bringing along 77 youngsters to take part in the Children’s race, a significant number whose parents are Hardly Runners.

Thank you to all those non Hardley Runners .who kindly made up the marshalling numbers, on the race route and at drink stations. Not forgetting Rhiannon Bennett, Josh and Lucy who were kind enough to take on the challenge of the Baggage store.

Again Tiff and her cake stall excelled, this year raising £135, thank you to all the ladies and a few gentleman who were able to bake a cake! This sum plus all profits from the event will go to charity (see below for the outcome).

Finally a huge thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to make the Solent Half Marathon such a popular event in the racing calendar. Without your help it would not happen.

Kind Regards

Mick and Chris.

The 2015 race made a surplus which has enabled us to donate £2,000 to charities including Oakhaven Hospice, The Backup Trust, Honeypot, our local Girlguiding, the Friends of Beaulieu School, Alzheimer's and AChanceforCharlie

Sunday 28 September 2014

What a lovely day for a run.  Thanks very much to all the marshals and helpers who made it possible.

You can see the results here.

Feedback has been good but we had a complaint from a motorist about people who discarded the litter from their energy drinks and gels.  If you have to drop litter please do it at a water station or a mile marker so we can clear it up. 

Pictures

Here's an album of low resolution versions of a small selection of the pictures taken by Charles Whitton Photography.

Click on their logo below to visit their website and see the full set.There's bound to be a least one of you!

Thank you - a message from the organisers

A sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make yesterday’s Solent Half Marathon a great success. As well as contributing to the local running scene with over 440 entries we will also be able to make donations to local charities.

This year we were very fortunate with the weather which helped to make the race more of a community and social event. A bonus was Tiff’s cake stall which raised £124.84 so thank you to all the ladies and men who made such splendid cakes. Even the WI ladies couldn't match that standard of baking!

There were around 50 children taking part in the junior event, potentially the future generation of Hardley Runners.

As Judy has already said, many thanks to all our marshals, car parking teams, drinks station helpers and those who transported equipment, erected signs and gazebos etc.

A special thanks to Angie Simmonds and Guides, Paul Blundells's parents, Beaulieu School, Honeypot, the Gang Warily team, Fullon Sport, Race New Forest, Balmer Lawn Honda and Pam's massage team.

Finally thank you to those that were not able to come along but still made cakes for the occasion and those who found time to make signs for the main hall.

This year we are pleased to say there were no runners seen wearing headphones!

There was one running couple that had travelled from Nottingham rather than run their local Half Marathon "as the Solent was a smaller friendlier event, with a picturesque route"!

Yesterday was another successful Solent Half which would not happen without everyone's contribution.

Thank you all.

Chris, Ray, Judy, Mick, Adrian, Tiff, Sam & Jan

Feedback

Thank you for your feedback during the race.  Here are some comments made afterwards

From Runners' World

In short: My favourite race in the South
In full: I am always amazed why more people don't enter this race as its a fantastic half with amazing scenery. The course is mostly flat with some undulating bits, but nothing to strike fear into you, in fact, its what makes it a great race. All on country roads (which make it quick), through the open new forest, through tree lined shadey bits (near exbury gardens), past the coast, and back through hedged country roads to the finish. Well worth entering. I've done it 4 times and cant get bored of it. I got my PB last year.

By email

Dear Chris,

I just wanted to thank you and your team for organising such a fantastic race yesterday. Although we can barely walk today without grimacing and oohing - we really had a great day yesterday and fully understand these races are a lot of hard work and effort.

Thank you very much.
Adrian & Tereza Tennett

Charitable Donations

The race made a surplus which has enabled us to donate £2,000 to charities including Oakhaven Hospice, The Backup Trust and Honeypot.

2013 Results

Thanks very much to everyone who took part whether as runner, marshal, supporter  or sometimes even all three.

The weather was fairly indifferent but at least the serious rain held off until after the finish and a bit of dirizzle helped to keep the runners cool.

Here's what you have been waiting for.  The full results in an Excel spreadsheet so you can sort them to your heart's content. We regret that five runners were disqualified for wearing personal headphones.  We followed advice from England Athletics in having this rule which is for the safety of runners.

Paul Hammond took loads of smashing pictures which you can see here. What's more they are free for you to download but please do consider making a donation to Paul's charity.

Your feedback has been very heartening.  Here are some sample comments.

Junior Fun Run

The junior fun run went well and we had good feedback.  Thanks for supporting it. 50 children entered and 47 ran on the day. Our young Hardley Runners did extremly well.  Emily Mc Donagh was second girl & Matthew Mc Donagh was first boy. Well done!

2012 Results

What a lovely morning for a run!  Thank you very much to all the runners and also the marshalls and officials, most of whom did two jobs if not three!  Everyone really pulled their weight to ensure the event's success.  

Results

Here are the final results (Excel spreadsheet)

Pictures

And here are

Reviews

Here are comments on Runners World.  Glad you enjoyed it!

2011 Results

On a windy but sunny morning Andy Greenleaf won in 1:09:57 over 3 1/2 minutes clear of 2nd place Julian Manning and that after running in the London Cross Country League race the day before. The ladies' race was much closer with Laura Allen winning by only only 25 seconds from Emma Patel. 

For some of the course runners enjoyed the spectacle of a stampeding herd of New Forest ponies which added to the atmosphere!

As usual Hardley Runners marshalled enthusiastically and there was much positive feedback from the competitors after the race.  Winner, Andy Greenleaf says, "Many thanks to you and your team for putting on another great event this year. The organization was top notch and very efficient. Despite not living down in Hampshire any longer, I still like to make the effort to come down and race the Solent Half as there aren't many races in London that have quite the same scenery! I look forward to the 2012 race."  For more comments see Runners World.

Here are the results.  They are an Excel spreadsheet so you can sort them to your heart's content.  If you don't do Excel then they are also available as a PDF.

2010 Results

10:10 on 10:10:10 was clearly an auspicious time.  It was a lovely day for the race and competitors enjoyed some beautiful views of the New Forest and the Solent.

Thank you very much to all of the competitors and the Hardley Runners and friends who helped to support the event. Thanks also to our partners Race New Forest, FRS Systems, Up & Running, Hythe Police and our hosts Gang Warily Recreation Centre.  

Feedback on Runners' World was excellent - just the sort of encouragement we needed to do it again.

Here are

There is some very detailed analysis by teams on the HRRL site.

Pictures

Here's an album of pictures taken mainly at the drinks station at Mile 4 with some at the finish when we got there after tidying up.

2009 Results

It was an overcast morning but the rain held off and conditions were good for a fast race.  Reports on Runners World suggest that competitors enjoyed it which makes it worthwhile organising it!  Thanks very much to everyone who helped behind the scenes and on the day.  You did a great job.

We have the individual results in two formats

There is a very useful analysis including overall positions, pace, team results and stats on the HRRL site

And in case you want to re-live the experience, here are some pictures taken at the water station at mile 4 and at the finish.

2008 Results

The race referee and organisers were assessing whether the race start might have to be delayed as the early morning mist drifted over Gang Warily playing fields. The conditions inspired some very positive reviews on the Runners World website concerning the contrasting in scenery between the misty New Forest and the sun drenched boats on the Solent.   The later runners had to contend with unbroken sunshine and 21C temperature which did not affect the faster runners as much.

Tony Lambert of Winchester & District AC led from the gun and time trialled to a very respectable time of 1:09:20. Tony's winning margin over his team mate Andy Greenleaf was over 2 minutes with third placed Paul Cameron of Isle of Wight Runners less than 30 seconds later in 1:12:04.  

The Ladies race was won even more convincingly by Winchester's Michaela McCallum who had also won the first race of the Hampshire Cross Country League less than 24 hours earlier! Michaela finished in 13th position overall in a time of 1:22:07 with a winning margin of over 10 minutes from Victoria Lincoln, an unattached visitor from London. Third placed Rachel Byers was close behind in 1:34:15 and helped Winchester to the Ladies team race. New Forest Runners were 2nd Ladies team with Winchester B in 3rd spot.   The Men's Team race was won by Winchester from Alton Runners with Winchester B in third place.   There were 372 finishers who enjoyed one of the most scenic courses on the South coast.

Thanks very much to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a good event.

Individual results

We have the results in two formats

Team results

If you have any photos which we could add to our album please contact us.  Thanks.

More details and background information about the race are here.

2007 Results and Pictures

Thanks very much to everyone who helped with the planning and on the day.  A huge amount of work went into putting on the event and it is another wonderful example of the way in which runners help each other.  Over 300 runners enjoyed an excellent run through the New Forest and by the Solent at Lepe. The men's winner, by a fantastic three-minute margin was Richard Gowen from Alton Runners in 1.11.33.  First lady was Shona Crombie-Hicks from Winchester & District AC in 1.20.48.  Kevin King in 20th place was first Hardley man and Fionnuala Poynter was first Hardley lady in 8th place (85th overall).

You can see all the results here (PDF 35K).  If you prefer a spreadsheet so you can sort them to your heart's delight then here's an Excel spreadsheet (78K)  

We have pictures of the men's and women's winners and the most of the Hardley team. 

2006 Results

The previous race was on 15 October 2006 when the race was under its former name of Hardley a Half. Here are the results.  Note this is a 10 page Acrobat document so it make take a little while to load if you don't have broadband.

 

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