Captain’s Report – January 2020

Posted by Ladies Captain Nat Rose

Firstly sorry for the very slow posting of January’s report, please forgive me this is my first Captains report.

Team Harriers have had a great month, hitting the ground running as we start the new century.


Starting out on a surprisingly dry cross country course, the Harriers team were out in force at the Hampshire Cross Country Championships, held at Fairthorne Manor. Running over a semi-flat but fast course, we finished in great times with both Men’s and Women’s teams.

Men’s 12km

Adam Tuck                          44:57

Trevor McAlister               51:11

Nigel Eldridge                    53:11

Ken Beak                              59:01

Glenn Sharman                 61:38


Women’s 8.4km

Charlie Metcalfe               33:19 (1st Vet 40)

Jodie Wilmott                    39:05

Claire Campbell                 42:38

Rosie Eldridge                    47:23

Natalie Rose                       47:59

Sarah Probert                    53:05

Samantha Fancourt         53:05

11th Team of 21

7th Vet Team of 14

With Sam rising to the challenge of guiding Sarah over a technical course.

Great running by team Harriers!!!


January 12th – In a sea of red! team Ryde Harriers found themselves, at the regular meeting spot of Ryde pier head (at a silly time of the morning, some would say), on route to the start of the Stubbington 10k.
58 Harriers took on the field of 2,000 runners on the flat fast course (flat for Ryde Harriers that are used to the hills of the Ryde 10m and Tuesday evenings Dover Street and Well Street 10k).

There were typical pre-race discussions taking place amongst the harriers about the importance of base layers, stretching, and the all important best time to join the toilet queue.

However, many PB’s were achieved this year at Stubbington.

The full report of Stubbington 10km can be found Here.

Highlights, for the men:

Joe Wade led the race from the start to the finish, winning the race over all

Dave Hunt had a fantastic run, finishing 13th over all

Peter Jolliffe great running finishing 4th vet 70


Highlights, for the Ladies:

Charlie Metcalfe 1st vet 40

Jodie Wilmott 3rd vet 35

Sally Roberts 4th vet 55

Bridget Lewis 5th vet 55


In the team results Ryde Harriers achieved:

4th Ladies

5th Vet Ladies

10th Men’s

13th Vet Men’s

Great work teams!


January has also seen some harriers cross the water, and run a number of different Half Marathons.
Whilst in Marrakesh, Stuart Barton proudly represented Ryde Harriers in the their local Half Marathon, finishing in 02:46:14. Well-done Stuart.

Peter Young ventured to Farnborough for their Half Marathon, running an outstanding time of 01:35:19, giving him first V70. Above all, this gave Peter a qualifying time to represent England, in the Fleet Half Marathon in March. Good luck to Peter Young and all the Ryde Harriers at this years Fleet Half Marathon.


Well-done team Harriers, a great month of running and fantastic results

P.S. I promise to make progress at doing reports and get them out quicker

Regards Captain Buzz