A record field of 308 runners completed the challenging Ryde 10 mile HRR on Sunday February 3rd. On this third year of the race a crisp, breezy morning greeted the runners, with the forecasted rain holding off until later in the day. The quality of the race is evident with a new course record by over four minutes from the winner who cruised home in 50.45.
Whilst most of us can only admire such running there were some fine performances from the seven WWRR’s competing. If the ladies teams could comprise of one runner, the club would achieve great things. How Madeline must long for some female club runners to join her. Nonetheless, she ran extremely well for 54th lady, finishing in a time of 85 minutes & 46 seconds, achieving 4th lady V55 category.
The men’s team was led home by Simon McMorran in 26th place, and running his fastest time on the course of 63.12. Simon held off Kris Rowden from Ryde to achieve first Islander to finish. Andrew McEwan ran strongly for 63rd place in 67.33, this being after a twenty mile training run the previous day. Close behind was Ian Jolliffe in 75th place in 68.49. Ian, running probably his best race for a while was rewarded with 2nd V60, only being beaten by a course record by Pete Young of Ryde. Fourth team scorer was Danny Mannion who came home in a good time of 69.07 for 79th place. Close behind was Gareth Knight in a time of 70.09 for 89th place. Gareth is both new to the club and relatively new to running and this was a splendid performance. Vic Loveday ran a solid race coming in 244th in a time of 88.03, which also gave him 11th V60.
The team also equalled their best performance of the season in finishing 5th in their division, raising them from 9th to 6th. On this occasion Ryde pipped us by a mere seven points. The lower half of division two is extremely tight and we can hopefully enter full teams for the remaining four league races and stay in the division for another season.