Farley Mount – Hampshire League 1 of 5

On Saturday 11th October, whilst I sat in the airport in Alicante Robbie was beating the turf in the 1st Hampshire League match of the season, held at Farley Mount, Winchester.

From Robbie’s account the course was good, but hard on the legs, apparently his quads felt like lead post a hard hill session at his Thursday training. Even so he went out strong, battled hard and finished in a very respectable 4th place. An amazing run by Tom Bourne had him finishing the race 19 seconds in front of second place in a time of 14’44”. Congratulations to Zac Mahamed (2nd – 15’03”) and Chey Kemp (3rd – 15’09”) a good start to the season. Robbie’s 4th place time was 15’15”, 18 seconds in front of 5th place. Congratulations also to the other AFD runners, Ollie Percival (8th – 15’32”), Marcus Shantry (10th –  15’34”), Billy Smith (18th – 15’55”), Sean Pocknee (26th – 16’27”), Tom Naisby (32nd – 17’07”), Matt Oakley (33rd – 17’09”) and Oliver Farnfield (41st – 17’58”).

Overall a great club performance (first 3 club runners count toward the team score) with the following standings across the age groups.

U13 Girls – 4th
U13 Boys – 1st (Special mention for Luke Van Oudtshoorn, AFD, who finshed 35 seconds in front of second place)
U15 Girls – 3rd
U15 Boys – 2nd
U17 Women – 4th
U17 Men – 1st
U20 Women – 1st
U20 Men – 1st
Senior Women – 1st
Senior Men – Div 1 of 3 – 2nd
Veteran Women – 4th
Veteran Men – Div 1 of 2 – 1st

Picture to follow. (Sorry Martin I keep losing them.)

National Road Relays 2014

After a great performance in the Southern Road Relays AFD headed up to Sutton Park in Birmingham to try for a repeat performance. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, despite some good performances they ultimately finished 8th on the day. Some excellent performances swayed the overall results with the top three performances on the day coming from Callum Abberley from Burton AC(12:20), Chey Kemp from Reading AC(12:27) and Joseph Pollard from Charnwood AC (12:28). Robbie anchored the AFD A team making 5 places up on the 3rd and final leg to secure the 8th place position, finishing with a time of 12:48, making him the 5th fastest in the 3rd leg, and 15th fastest overall. Altogether a good performance, but more is yet to come, roll on the National XC relays.

Robbie in his War Paint entering the final straight.