Sunday 3nd February saw 483 finishers take part in our annual Ryde 10 Mile Road Race. The biggest field ever recorded for the event with a huge 50 Ryde Harriers taking part themselves.
The undulating course started from Ryde canoe lake at 11am and took in the beautiful scenery of Ryde, Nettlestone, St Helen’s, The Duver and Seaview. The weather was a perfect mix of sunshine, blue skies and a slight chill in the air. Even Brian was in a good mood as he re-enacted his lucky pre-race routine on the start line.
I’m always mindful not to make these race reports sound like my own personal blog (which I’m sure you’d all love to read!) but I’m not sure I always succeed! However, I was, for this occasion, accompanied by the beautiful and bubbly Carolyn Ward and the stunningly demure Hannah Walker and together we made a pretty impressive trio of ‘Redheads in Red’! Carolyn is quite the whip-cracker and even improved Simon Levrier’s minute per mile performance across The Duver by singing at him. He was obviously so moved by her performance that it energised him to shoot off past us towards the finish. You’re welcome Simon. Hannah was full of quiet encouragement and her poker face was extremely impressive when I was griping about all the hills! Trevor again proved why he is such a superb Team Captain by meeting us at the top of the last hill and running with us to the finish, offering to take on the babysitting duties in case Hannah and Carolyn wanted to run their own race for the last mile. Thanks Trevor!
The battle for first Harrier home was between club legend Adam Tuck and newcomer Dave Hunt. Dave took the title in an outstanding first performance, promptly ending his ‘Club Probationer’ status and cementing him into Joy’s good books (For now. Just don’t turn up on a Tuesday during the Winter Series without a white top and Hi-Vis vest Dave!!)
All 50 Harriers ran an outstanding race, special mentions for Catherine Young for being first Harrier female home, Les Cupis for a new M55 record, Flynn Powell for a new JM record and to all the organisers, marshals and volunteers who freely donated their time so we could all run safely – you are all amazing!
All times can be seen on the results page of the website.