A very wet day at Popham Airfield for the 2nd Hampshire League match. Robbie, still suffering with a slight sprain in his hamstring only raced due to the fact that this event is the Hampshire Team selection race for the Southern Inter-Counties, wasn’t expecting to do very well, but hoped for top 8 in Hampshire to ensure that team slot. As things went, Robbie was the forth AFD runner, 10th overall and 4th Hampshire runner over the line, so mission accomplished despite the injury, which was evident in the performance. Still we are expecting a fairly swift recovery from this one and hope he will be race fit for the next race, district schools championships and selection for the district team on Tuesday 24th November.
Individual Results (Top Ten)
1st Matt Rawlings (Reading) 18:13
2nd Jack Boswell (AFD) 18:21
3rd Sam Rodda (Reading) 18:29
4th Sam Costley (Southampton) 18:32
5th Micheal Lennon (Reading) 18:42
6th James Beeks (Basingstoke) 18:46
7th Alex Rodrigues (AFD) 18:48
8th Dominic Willmore (Poole) 18:50
9th Ollie Percival (AFD) 18:56
10th Robbie Coupland (AFD) 18:59
Team Results (Top 3)
Leading group splashing in the mud.
Ok… So I am very slow, but there was Rugby, and Beer and other stuff that got in the way…
Anyway, a day off work to spend in traffic jams driving to Nottingham was a wonderful start to the weekend, The XC’s kicked off great for AFD, getting team Gold in Event 1 (Junior Women), Event 2(U17 Women), Bronze in Event 3 (Junior Men) but for AFD the U17’s Men’s race was the first non-medal event of the day. Robbie didn’t have a great start, and to be honest never looked like pulling it in, he looked tired and disheartened as he ran, performing well, but no where need his top level capability, finishing Leg 1 in 25th Place in a time of (09:37). Jack Boswell took over and stormed the second leg to come in as fastest runner for his leg (09:15) and bringing AFD up to an amazing 6th place. Jack handed the proverbial baton on to Jake Cvetkovic who despite weeks of disrupted training due to injury smashed the last leg (09:13) and brought AFD up to 4th place, an excellent finishing position in a major national event, just a shame that medal was out of touch.
A special mention to the AFD U13 Boys who finished 1st and 2nd. Well done boys.
Overall a good day for AFD, and not a bad result for the U17 Men, but Robbie needs to pull something out of the bag to stay up there with the top runners, and ensure his place in the AFD A Team.
Leg 1 – Robbie – Floating Downhill…
The Hampshire League Cross Country League’s is one of the strongest leagues in the country, the name comes from the fact that it is Hampshire Athletics Association who organise the league, but the league is not restricted to Hampshire athletes, it attracts a large and strong field with teams and individuals coming from Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset and the Channel Islands.
Today saw Robbie in his first U17’s XC race, though the race was only 4.7k, not the expected 6.0k it was still a hard course and an interesting opportunity. Reading, who proved very strong in the road relays this year had a large team entered in the U17’s and are pushing for a team gold in the league this year, trying to topple AFD from the top spot.
The race kicked off fast, then settled down some on the first hill, the top 5 places soon formed and hardly changed for the whole race, a fast finish from the two top Reading runners (Peter Cook and Matt Rawlings) saw those individuals pushing away from AFD runners (Jack Boswell and Robbie Coupland) to secure 2nd and 4th Place. Still AFD had the best of the day, with Jake Cvetkovic in 1st, Jack in 3rd and Robbie in 5th three runners in the top 5 looks good for the team results. It looks very much like this year’s Hampshire League is going to be a close fought battle between reading and AFD. Well done to everyone who ran today, a special mention to Niamh Brown, still eligible to run U17 but finishing the day as the winner of the Senior Women’s event and to Judith Squibbs in her first ever Hampshire League, the AFD vest suits her well.
Provisional U17’s results (Top 20)
1st Jake Cvetkovic AFD 16:26
2nd Peter Cook Reading 16:39
3rd Jack Boswell AFD 16:42
4th Matt Rawlings Reading 16:55
5th Robbie Coupland AFD 16:58
6th Dominic Willmore Poole Runners 17:01
7th James Beeks Basingstoke 17:12
8th Sam Costley Southampton 17:22
9th Toby Roe Portsmouth 17:24
10th Luke Powell Southampton 17:24
11th Joe Steveni Reading 17:24
12th Jamie Domoney Salisbury 17:32
13th Sam Rodda Reading 17:32
14th Sam Metcalf Isle of Wight 17:33
15th Michael Lennon Reading 17:39
16th Piers Copeland Wimborne 17:48
17th Keir Sullivan Winchester 17:58
18th Isaac Farnworth Reading 18:05
19th Alex Rodrigues AFD 18:08
20th Shreyas Kanyady Reading 18:13
U17 Men – AFD off to a Flying Start
U17 Men – Top of the Hill at Farley Mount
Lovely weather in Sutton Coldfield for the National Road Relays, and some great performances. The AFD U17 women getting team gold and winning by 50 seconds with Niamh Brown getting 3rd fastest overall and Lucy Pygott getting 4th fastest overall it is hardly surprising. Well done Ladies.
The AFD U17 men also managing to medal though not quite so spectacularly, still a bronze team medal at a National event is a great achievement, congratulations to winning team Tonbridge, and silver medalists Reading on excellent performances. Although Tonbridge didn’t win by the huge gap that they won the Southerns in, they still had a convincing lead.
Robbie started AFD off in the first leg managing a credible 13th place (26th fastest overall) in 12’22”, handing over to Jack Boswell who stormed at the runners before him taking AFD up to 4th place in a 2nd leg fastest time of 11’57”, with the Nationals only having 3 legs it was up to Jake Cvetkovic to make the final push to get AFD in the medal positions which he obviously did finishing 3rd overall, with the 3rd leg second fastest time of 11’53”.
Well done boys a very deserved medal in a very strong event.
1. Tom Dodd (Birchfield) 11:43
2. Alasdair Kinloch (Tonbridge A) 11:47
3. Tom Mortimer (Stroud) 11:51
4. Alfie Thompson (Leicester) 11:52
5. Jake Cvetkovic (AFD) 11:53
6. Ashley Brown (Cambridge) 11:54
7. Matt Rawlings (Reading) 11:55
8. Jack Boswell (AFD) 11:57
9. James Puxty (Tonbridge A) 11:58
10. Sam Crick (Tonbridge B) 11:59 …
26. Robbie Coupland (AFD) 12:22
AFD U17 men collecting their team Bronze Medals at the National Road Relays.
Well done to all the competitors in today’s Southern Road Relays, some excellent running and a great event to watch. Aldershot had a strong U17 men’s team this year, made up of Ollie Percival, Robbie Coupland, Jack Boswell and Jake Cvetkovic, but as always they were up against some very strong opposition including last years winners and favorites Tonbridge and last years 3rd place Cambridge, both of which looked as strong, if not stronger than last years teams.
As it went they both turned out to be very strong, with Tonbridge grabbing Gold, Cambridge seizing silver and AFD blasting out some excellent running to blag bronze.
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James Puxty : 11:57 : 3
Jamie Goodge : 12:00 : =5
Sam Crick : 12:17 : 14
Ali Kinloch : 11:51 : 1
Rob Huckle : 11:54 : 2
Jordan Wood : 12:18 : 15
Oliver Sewell : 12:29 :
Ashley Brown : 12:06 : 10
Ollie Percival : 12:34 :
Robbie Coupland : 12:26 : =19
Jack Boswell : 12:04 : =8
Jake Cvetkovic : 12:00 : =5
End of leg 2, the Beginning of Leg 3
Last years 3000m (U15) event saw a very special race with 5 of the top 6 runners getting PB’s and the results aligning exactly with the Power of 10’s rankings, mostly because the times set became the runners ranks. Robbie came 6th last year, as bottom age group he wasn’t expecting such a high finish this time round, but also wasn’t expecting quite such a disappointing run. The race started very fast, Robbie trying hard to settle down at his own pace still clocked up a fast 67 seconds first 400m whilst sitting at the back. As other runners started to slow Robbie stepped up and start picking off the runners in front of him until he found that the next runner was too far away to have a chance of catching. So, much like the Hampshire Grand Prix, Robbie found himself alone and with nobody to help drag him round, ultimately finishing in a disappointing 20th place in a time 11 seconds slower than his PB. We had hoped that this very competitive race would enable Robbie to improve his PB for the 3000m but it simply wasn’t to be. So the track season target of sub 9 minutes for 3000m never happened, and nor did the sub 4’05” 1500m.
Track season is now over for Robbie, Road Relays around the corner followed by Cross Country. We hope that the 2015/16 season treats him better than last year.
The only in-club event of the track season targets the junior sections, from Quad kids through u13, U15 and up to U17. Many of the events for the older age groups were a little light on entries this year, partially caused by the date clash with the U15/U17 National Championships. The 1500m was run as a single event for U15/U17 and both sexes. With Robbie running the 3000m at the National on Sunday, this was supposed to be a gentle run out to warm up the legs, only nobody told the other runners that. New boy Alex took on the charge and pushed out the pace from the start, though not exceptionally fast, it was still faster than initially expected, fortunately by the 600m point the pace settled, and Robbie slipped past and ran his own race finishing first in 4:22:00. A good run out and nice to see some new faces on the track.
John Hewitt Memorial – 1500m Medal Ceremony
The Hampshire Athletics Grand Prix races can be an excellent event for setting PB’s, this time however it didn’t look like it would help Robbie, with only two paced heats, one too fast and one too slow, there would be no real assistance from the pace makers for him. Race started well, Robbie running his own pace and letting everyone get on with it, often the right choice, but on this occasion it simply didn’t work out, leaving Robbie dead in the middle between two groups of runners, the main and faster group about 50m in front, the slower group about 20m behind. After 4 or 5 laps of running solo, and not really gaining on the leading group, the weather conditions and the solo run started to take their toll. Robbie’s pace slowed significantly, the chasing group split in two and the leading element stepped up, caught Robbie and went past him. AFD co-runner Bryn Smith ran an excellent race sat sweetly at the back of that chasing group and earning him not only a finishing place in front of Robbie but an excellent PB at the same time (U20M – 9:12.40).
U17 Men Results
1st Josh Shuter 9:09.42
2nd Robbie Coupland 9:17.24
3rd Kier Sullivan 9:37.98
Robbie was selected to represent Hampshire in this inter county T&F championships at the last minute when one of the team had to pull out due to injury. A fairly easy trip to Little Marlow in windy but sunny weather conditions, didn’t bode well for any fast times or any special results.
Hoping for a top 5 finish overall, but was scuppered on the day by the bad conditions, and getting stuck leading the chase to catch the break away group. Hard work pushing in to that wind, but it had to be done. Ultimately finishing 8th out of 18, not bad but was hoping for a little better, the slow time of 9’33” represents the conditions more than anything, the race was won by fellow AFD and Hampshire runner Jake Cvetkovic in 8’58” (PB is 8’39”). Slow results were clocked in the 1500m too, it simply was not a high performance day. Well done though to Robbie, it has been a while since he raced, so not a bad re-entry on to the circuit.
Robbie in the chasing pack at 200m in.