Southern Road Relays – 2013

Another excellent day for the Southern Road Relays, it’s been 5 years for Robbie, and still no sign of rain. I’m sure we will make up for that during the Cross Country season though.

The teams stayed pretty much as given on my previous post, which has now been updated with the runners times. For those who can’t be bothered, or haven’t got time to look back a post, Robbie ran an excellent time finishing the 3k course in 10:10, setting a good pace, time and position for the AFD A team who finished in 3rd place overall thanks to an outstanding performance from Anchor man Jack Boswell. Team time was 39:57, with Tonbridge winning in 38:15, followed by Bedford in 39:05.

A busy start to the race, shows the difference in size and stature of the boys and a deep concentration on Robbie’s face as they storm away from the line.


And they’re off..

The next view of Robbie is as he comes down the hill on to the corner by the AFD tent, fondly dubbed the flying corner as all previous years we have managed to photograph Robbie storming round the corner with both feet in mid air, and this year we did it again.

Float Like a Butterfly, run like a Cheater.

And with the race finished, the boys step up to collect their Bronze medals. Well done AFD U15 Boys, a great performance from everyone in the club, with some excellent times all round. Medals were short on the day, but determination, desire and effort were in full force.

U15 Boys – Southern Road Relay Bronze Medal Winners 2013


Southern Road Relays – 1 Day to go.

Looking forward to the big Winter start day tomorrow.

Timetable is set …

Time Race Format
11:00 Girls Under 13 3 x 2291m
11:35 Boys Under 13 4 x 2997m
12:30 Girls Under 15 3 x 2997m
13:15 Boys Under 15 4 x 2997m
14:10 Women Under 17 3 x 2997m
14:55 Men Under 17 4 x 3851m
15:55 Senior Women 4 x 3851m
15:55 Veterans (Over 40) 4 x 3851m

Teams are drawn up …

U15 Boys:

First Name Surname Team Leg Time
Robbie Coupland A 1  10:10
Tom Fitch A 2  10:27
Jake Cvetkovic A 3  10:00
Jack Boswell A 4  9:20
Ollie Percival B 1  10:19
Harry Grace B 2  10:42
Matt Murphy B 3  10:53
Sean Pocknee B 4  11:15
Reece Webber C 1  11:11
Sam Foreman C 2  11:51
James Hier C 3  11:58
x x C 4

They think it’s all over, and now it is….

The Alder Valley League Finals completes the track season. Robbie did run in the 1500m which was won convincingly by the favourite James Beeks of Basingstoke AC. Robbie finished 3rd, being pipped on the finishing straight by Reading AC’s A runner. A good race and a very respectable time for Robbie of 4’37” (2 Seconds short of his PB).

Robbie Finished a respectable 3rd in the AVB finals at Readings Palmer Park Stadium.

Not quite over….

Alder Valley Boys track meet next weekend, thought it was all over, but maybe not. Waiting to hear if Robbie is running, if he is we hope he’ll be doing the 1500m. Event to be held at Palmer Park Sports Stadium, Reading.

The Saturday after, winter season begins, kicking off with the AFD hosted Southern Road Relays at Rushmoor Arena. Going to be a hard year for the relays, Tonbridge have a lot of very good runners in the Boys U15’s.