Southern Road Relays 2014

Robbie’s 6th outing in the Southern Road Relays for AFD, sees him anchoring up the U15 A Team. A strong field of young men, with an exceptional team of boys from Shafstbury sees Robbie start his 4th leg in 4th position, well behind the Shafstbury leading team, and some seconds behind the 2nd and 3rd place runners. Robbie starts of hard and is quickly closing down the gap between him and 3rd place, but Chey Kemp of Reading, in 5th place is closing the gap to Robbie even quicker, and as they disappear behind the second row of trees Chey is right on Robbie’s shoulder. A large loop later and the boys come blasting back in to the arena, Shafstbury still way out in front, but now Robbie is in second place, with Chey Kemp happy to sit on his shoulder, the down hill stretch, and the road to the finish begins, Chey overtakes Robbie but no one else is close so it becomes comfortable Bronze for the AFD boys. Looking at the talent available, getting a medal of any form was a real bonus. Well done AFD.

AFD A Team – (Order of appearance – times approx. not official)
Ollie Percival (9’47”)
Will Brockman (10’14”)
Billy Smith (10’11”)
Robbie Coupland (9’42”)

Final Team Positions

Robbie’s Winter 2014/15 Event Timetable


Robbie’s Winter 2014/15 Event Timetable
This page should form the definitive statement of events and results for Robbie in 2014/15. As dates change I will update them here, as results come in I will add them here.
A one stop shop 🙂

Date Event Location Ind. Pos. Team. Pos.  Time Dist Awards 
20/09/2014 Southern Road Relays Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot L4-3
3rd 9:41.0 2.99 Team
05/10/2014 National Road Relays Sutton Park, Birmingham L3-5
8th 12:48 3.86
11/10/2014 Hampshire League (1 of 5) Farley Mount, Winchester 4th 2nd 15:15 4.0
01/11/2014 National XC Relays Mansfield L3-8
6th  6:35.3  2.0
08/11/2014 Hampshire League (2 of 5) – County Selection Goodwood 2nd 1st 14:29 4.0
18/11/2014 Senior District XC Championships Lord Wandsworth College (14:00) 3rd N/A 14:08 3.4 Individual
29/11/2014 BA UK XC Challenge (1 of 4) Liverpool 11th N/A 9:57 3.0
06/12/2014 Hampshire League (3 of 5) Popham Airfield, Basingstoke 5th N/A 12:49 4.0
13/12/2014 Southern Inter Counties XC Horspath, Oxford (12:25) 12th 3rd 15:41 4.0 Team
26/12/2014 AFD 5k Handicap Aldershot 11th
N/A 16:37 5.0  
03/01/2015 Hampshire County XC Championships Fleming Park, Eastleigh 3rd N/A 15:10 4.35 Individual
10/01/2015 Hampshire League (4 of 5) Prospect park, Reading 6th N/A 13:23 4.0
17/01/2015 Hampshire Schools XC Championships Southampton 10th 1st 4.4 Team
07/02/2015 Hampshire League (5 of 5) Kings Park, Bournemouth N/A 3rd N/A N/A N/A
07/02/2015 Hampshire League N/A 5th 1st N/A N/A
Team Gold
Ind. Bronze
21/02/2015 English National XC Parliament Hill, Hampstead 40th 12th 17:08 4.5
07/03/2015 BA UK XC Challenge (4 of 4)
Inc. English Inter-Counties 
Cofton Park, Birmingham 22nd 3rd 17:56 5.0 Team Bronze


AFDAC – The John Hewitt Memorial – Junior Club Championships

Sunday 7th September saw the first ever John Hewitt Memorial – Junior Club Championships, the championships devised by the AFDAC Young Leaders was hosted in remembrance of John Hewitt who died earlier this year. John has been involved with Athletics, local community and AFD for a long time, and the Young Leaders felt that something should be done to remember him. With that in mind they set about devising, planning and ultimately hosting the first ever Championships.

The day was great, weather was excellent, organisation exceptional. Robbie entered the U15 Boys 1500m Championship Race, on the day the 1500m was run as a single race incorporating U15 boys, U17 boys, U15 Girls and U17 Girls. Robbie went off from the start with a deep intent to ensure that he won, and more importantly beat all the girls 🙂 An aim he managed to succeed in. Ultimately the time wasn’t spectacular 4’30.8″ but given that he’d run in excess of 20k during his morning training session it was pretty good.

Congratulations to all the AFD Champions on the day, and to the team that organised the event it was an excellent day out for everyone.

If you’ve got time to look at your watch, you aren’t trying hard enough.