Striders had a large turn out with 16 runners taking part in this event. The course was a challenging one with very little flat ground to be found as it worked its way thought the forest in a 5 mile loop back to the start.
It was a glorious late summer day when messes Rabone ,Turner, Tullet and McGrath set out on another relay adventure with Karen Thomas tackling the solo 10k route in a pincer movement This event was local Arundel Cricket Club was the venue . The event was a 6.5 mile loop though the woods up hill and down dale back to the start for handover it was a lovely route with a constantly changing vista it offered a challenge with some fearsome steps halfway around . There was also a solo half or full marathon option with laps.
We set of in reverse order from last relay and all really enjoyed the event it was very social with other clubs and old friends there too and with a free burger and a medal at the end whats not to like i would recommend for the future
We all arrived on what proved to be a very chilly morning no one really wanted to strip off and start the race.. However it soon warmed up when we started. Striders where well represented in this event at all levels.
The course has changed for the better since i last did it 5 years ago and for the better a very flat fast course with brilliant support for the runners. For some strange reason i thought i would go for it i have been trying to get under 45 mins for manly years and have come so close many times. This time i was lucky and was able to take 50 secs of my time to get under the 45 so very happy . I know a few other club runner got PB and well done to them on there efforts
From Hannah Wise
New Forest Marathon, Sunday 8th September 2019
If you like the idea of running through scenic woodland and darting out of the way of a stampede of ponies then The New Forest Marathon is for you!
This is one of my favourite races because it offers some of the most beautiful running experiences in the UK. A mix of woodland enclosures and far reaching views and of course the famous ponies that like to roam around the villages stopping cars and runners in their tracks.
The main routes start and finish from New Park Showground, Brockenhurst and meander through the heart of the New Forest National Park. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to take part and there is a large variety of distances for both runners and walkers to choose from:
New Forest Marathon
New Forest Half Marathon
New Forest Health & Leisure 10k
Go Run For Fun 1k and 200m Junior Run
I’ve run the New Forest Half for the last couple of years so this year I opted for the 10k route.
I wanted to take the pressure off a little and enjoy soaking up the scenery on a different route,
I wasn’t disappointed.
On Saturday morning we (Darren and I) stopped at the Race Village en-route to our Aribnb in Brockenhurst to pick up my race pack.
I’d recommend picking up your race pack in advance. This year we got a fashionable florescent green t-shirt, no worries about getting lost on the woods! The Race Village is equipped with a stage and aspiring musicians to keep you entertained and places to grab a coffee and bite to eat (and lots of places to buy more running t-shirts!)
We enjoyed some lunch then went exploring on our bikes through the New Forest.
Sunday morning (race day) we cycled 15-20 mins through the Forest to the start. For me this is an absolute highlight. The woodland feels fresh in the morning and with the sun starting to shine through the tree branches everything glistens. The 10K route takes your through the heart of the Forest and makes you feel alive and invigorated. On my run we saw a stampede of ponies, all the runners had to dart off track to let them charge on! This was a real highlight and a magical sight. There were two water stations at 2.8k and 7.5k and you get a decent medal at the end!
We stayed Sunday evening (to avoid the traffic queues home) and drove to Milford on Sea for dinner and a beach stroll– well worth checking out if you have time.
I’ve already signed up for the Early Bird price for the 10k next year.
Top Tips for the Race:
Places to stay:
The cheapest option is to camp in the New Forest. There are some great campsites right on the doorstep of the start line, so you can take your time on race day and take a gentle stroll to the race village.
Stay in Brockenhurst (or that way).
There are some fabulous and reasonably priced Airbnb’s and BnB’s in around Brockenhurst.
If driving the traffic tends to pile up coming in from Lyndhurst – leave yourself plenty of time as you could find yourself stuck in traffic for a very long time.
Take your bikes! It’s really worth it! The New Forest is HUGE and getting around by bike to explore is so much fun – watch the streams if you’re cycling through them – pedal fast and don’t stop in the middle?!
Look after the environment: The New Forest Marathon is big on respecting the Forest. Don’t drop gel packets or tissues or anything en-route otherwise you might receive a DQ.
Carry your own water/ drinks whilst running.
There are water stations on the course with water in recyclable paper cups. You must drink the water at the station then bin the cups there.
It was a hot day and some runners needed more water than provided so it’s a good idea to take your bottle.
Get involved in the race warm up! Every distance has an organised warm up and it’s a fun way to feel part of a community of runners.
Take in the scenery – it is simply stunning!
Sign up for 2020 now if you want the Early Bird discount price.
From James ans Steve
The Junior wave which was my wave were scheduled to enter the water at 9am and start, the start was very hectic as everyone was fighting to get that front position, I managed to nesly myself between two swimmers so I was able to jetsteam off them, after around 200m I managed to get into my pace and start to really fight to gain some ground. The swim was shorter than I thought it was going to feel so I held back in speed which meant I went slower than I could have. I jumped out of the river and ran to transition my legs felt very odd as I was doing so, due to the very cold water, sadly my transition was a deadly slow 2:20! As I had a clothing malfunction. I then proceed to make up for the time lost in the swim and the Transition by making sure I paced behind two runners I thought had a good 5km pace/time.
The run itself was definitely not my best 5km, my time was 21:17 but still very happy with how I did. The run was hard as the strange feeling in my legs would not go but I fought through. I crossed the line and the sense of joy was great, I came 6th in the Junior boys Category which I know next year I can do better by cutting the time down not only in Transition but also in the swim and run but still happy with my result considering I was racing against as GB representative.
I would like to say a massive thank you to Stephen Feest for not only encouraging me to race but for also taking myself there as he was too competing, but for all the amazing tips and equipment he gave me.
The Arun river water was a bit colder than I expected, but I had a fair swim followed by a reasonable transition, out the River, into transition whilst getting wetsuit off and running shoes on.
I got into my stride and picked a few Age Groupers off (faster swimmers than me !!) to come 7th in the 60-64 year old age group.
The 5k run was on a closed road from the Black Rabbit nearly into Arundel, return and around the scenic Swanbourne Lake and to finish at the pub. My time for the 5km was 21:41
Great camaraderie from the other competitors and a well-run event, would recommend it if they run it again locally.
But, best of all, I beat my mate Glen Parissi of Striders to win a pint!
Aquathlon is a good way to enter into “multi discipline” racing without the need for a
As always we give out are annual awards at the AGM. As well as the normal awards this year we added some funny prizes to add some comic value, First the serious stuff.
Best male performance Mike Osman
Best female performance Becky Kipping
Most improved male Paul Hurley
Most improved female Gemma Wells
Club person was a tie between Tony Pearce & Jacky Brown
Special achievement award Rob Holmes ( completed 100 marathons )
The comical awards just for a bit of fun
Most stylish runner Mike Osman
Club Joker Kevin Valentine
Cake maker Mrya Jasper
Epic tumble Paul Hurley
Sprint finisher Sean Carter
Well done to the winner and i am sure that most of the members have scored there own little victory's in the last year just a shame everyone cant win .
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