January the 18th saw the running of the Stubbington Green 10K road race. This is one of the most popular road races on the calendar for the three main Island Road Running Clubs, coming as it does as the first road race of the New Year and also a Hampshire Road Race League event.
As a result a totally unprecedented entry of 55 Island Club Members were registered to run ( 24 Women and 31 Men with ages ranging from early twenties to late sixties). The three clubs joined together to travel to the event by shared coach, a first made possible by the growing enthusiasm of Island Runners.
This year the event in its twenty-fifth year was run over a revised route for the first time. Those runner who feared a much loved local event was about to be spoilt had nothing to fear. The new rural route proved to be a great success and very popular with the Island runners, possibly due to the very Island like terrain.
The West Wight Road Runners men’s team were lead home by Andrew McEwan 86th in the men’s race in 39m03sec, 23rd M40. Next came Will Ambrosini 119th place in 40m03sec, 65th snr, third placed was Gareth Knight in 148th at 41m24sec and 19th M50. Fourth placed and completing the road race team was Ian Jolliffe 186th in 42m28sec and an excellent 6th in the M60 category. Paul Sciver was next 267th in 44m35sec and 92nd m40, followed by Brian Amy 55m01sec 607th and 110th M50, Victor Loveday was 609th in 55m07sec and 29th M60 with Stewart Cox finishing in 55m21sec, 613th and 219th M40.
The West Wight ladies team were lead in as ever by Madeline Goodman in 52m09sec 151st women runner and a fantastic 4th in the W60 category. Chris Amy was next in 53m44sec, 173rd and an excellent 8th W55. New West Wight Runners Hayley Waite and Claire Hopkins were 219th and 244th respectively in 56m03sec and 56m59sec finishing 63rd and 70th snr women. Samantha Harrison finished in 1h13m51sec making a welcome return to running in 449th and 173rd W35.