VICTORY 5

On a breezy and chilly morning, fifty-three CoSARCians took part in the 75th Victory 5 Mile Road Race round the car park of Lakeside North Harbour writes Vasen Moodley

A splash of Blue (credit Carol Chlebowski)

There were fabulous performances all round, with PBs for Claire King, Sarah Brewster, Ollie Stone (first race for CoSARC), Jason Bennett, Andy Makin and Charlotte Ingram. The event was superbly organised with a team of friendly marshals giving encouragement to all the runners.


The Aldershot Cross Country Juniors’ Race was held on a cold and muddy course. There were brilliant performances from Quad Kids Indigo Badger on her debut U13 race, Isabel Grover U11 and Humphrey Habert U11 in his first XC race.


Chris Simm competed in the Southampton Common 10K, on a flat and fast course. Despite the cold and wind he managed a PB by 17 seconds in a time of 40:19.


CoSARC were represented in the Maple Durham 10 Mile by Steven Mitchell 1:23:54, Mark Goulding 1:25:38 and Peter Manning 1:29:44. On a chilly winter’s morning the going was soft, slippy and filthy, conditions which the runners revelled in.


Phil Perry notched up his 81st marathon at Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit. Despite lack of sleep from a late night out and a horrendous headwind on the day, he set a very respectable time of 3:48:08 {Ed, the Club does not promote "a late night out" before running a Marathon}


Two members with a curious love of courses that involve mud, water and freezing temperatures competed in The Grim Challenge. The event was run over 8 miles on a military training ground in Aldershot. Kathryn Dreyer 1:54:23 and Jeanette Hardiman 1:54:24 had a super time, even though they couldn’t feel their toes and the freezing water was 3 foot deep in places.

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