Southampton Half Marathon 26/04/15

Whilst our past and present run captains Tom and Farid were tackling the London Marathon, 23 SUTRI members were preparing for the brand new event, ABP Southampton Half. This distance is becoming increasingly popular as it is a step up from 5 and 10k races, but comes without the gruelling training plan required for a marathon. This sell-out event and its 10km counterpart built up a wave of excitement in the local running community, as well as a new sense of fear for Burgess Road…

Race day was cool and cloudy – pretty much perfect for running. Hoglands Park was transformed into the race village, where you could (slightly weirdly) collect your finisher t shirt in advance, and wear it for the race if you were feeling optimistic. The parade to the starting pens was more casual than some large races, as you could choose which timing pen to start in. We were held for a fairly long time listening to Matt Le Tissier being interviewed, but finally got underway a few minutes after 10am.

Immediately after crossing the start line, the adrenaline kicked in as the local support was outstanding. After a few moments of trying to spot familiar faces in the crowd, it was time to focus on the first challenge: the Itchen Bridge. The race organisers had decided to include a split for this section, called ‘beat the bridge’. For the competitive minded, there was temptation to pick up speed during mile 3, which we could pay for later on. I was personally worried about the bridge, but the atmosphere was fantastic and the winds weren’t too strong. As we had to run along the bridge and back again, we were distracted by spotting our team mates coming the other way. As I came onto the bridge, I spotted the lead bikes coming the other way, and it wasn’t long before spotting the speedy guys of SUTRI.

After the bridge, it wasn’t long before we came up to St Mary’s stadium, and a well-placed water station. A relatively dull mile followed with less support than earlier on, but the 10km marker came around soon enough, with many of the guys coming in sub-45 (sub 40 for Pete) and girls between 45 and 55. Riverside park was a lovely flat section with lots of support, but we all knew what was coming next. After another water and gel stop, it was time for the hills. Luckily for us, the yellow SUTRI banner was soon within sight and the support of the team (see pictures below) was enough to get anyone round – it gave everyone the boost we needed at a tough point in the course, so thank you guys!

Soton Half 2 Soton Half

Picture Credits: The Tab Southampton

After running through Highfield campus and seeing some more familiar faces, we soon reached the common for a lap of parkrun (albeit the wrong way round) and the long downhill was a relief on the legs. After a few unexpected corners in the town centre, we finished in Guildhall square to large crowds and an interesting recovery drink.

For several members, including Frankie, Grace and Becky, this was their first half marathon and they did incredibly well! It was also, maybe slightly unexpectedly, a big PB smashing event (see times below!) – Probably due to the amazing support around the course from the saucepan-smashing SUTRI guys and our friends and families. Hopefully there will be an even bigger SUTRI representation next year, as the event is set to increase in size. We’ll enter once we get our London ballot rejections…

Flo Greatrix

SUTRI Members and Times
Pete Fuller: 1:23:05
Mark Fuller: 1:26:32
Stephen Collins: 1:29:28
Oscar Miles : 1:29:42
Shiriam Sunder: 1:31:07
Christine McCullough: 1:38:13
Ollie Cooper: 1:41:08
Joe Lawson: 1:41:14
Flo Greatrix: 1:42:15
Verena Tobert: 1:42:47
Alex Jackson: 1:44:27
Shuaib Meghji: 1:45:07
Becky Petley: 1:48:09
Maeve Corry : 1:53:33
Frankie Finch: 1:53:36
Jo House: 1:53:39
Tamsyn Smith: 1:55:14
Barney Symons: 1:58:21
Grace Phillips: 2:01:39
Hannah West: 2:01:54
Pip Shanklin: 2:05:51
Adam Grundy: 2:16:38
Hugh Stirling: 2:28:09

London Marathon 26/04/15

This year marked the 35 year anniversary of the London Marathon. Around 37,000 runners pounded the streets of London, cheered on by tremendous support from the spectators every step of the way. Paula Radcliff, the greatest womans’ marathon runner in history bid a final farewell to what has been a glittering career. So it was only fit that two SUTRI Run Captains embraced the streets of London on a overcast April morning to take part in what is widely regarded as ‘the greatest race in the world’.

The race began earnestly at Greenwich park, at 10:10am meridian time, weaving its way across some of the most popular sites in London, including the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, along the Embankment to the Houses of Parliament and down the Mall in front Buckingham Palace, where in 1908 Queen Alexander is said to have requested the distance to be extended to 26.2 miles so that the royal children could watch the race from their nursery. There was a wide range of runners from Sonic to SpongeBob to Captain America to Spiderman to a man dressed in hardly anything, all the way through to a man dressed as Jesus on the cross, all hoping to raise money for charitable causes. Running the Marathon really gives you a much broader sense of the city, even for someone who grew up just down the road.

The crowds were simply spectacular along the way, shouting words of encouragement and applauding the runners, the highlight being giving high-fives to little spectators lining the course. Tom, our outgoing Run Captain ran a superb race, finishing with a PB of 3 hours and 15 minutes! I was admittedly very nervous as this was my first marathon, however I was very pleased to have finished in 3 hours and 2 minutes. Next year I have set myself the target of breaking 2 hours 50 minutes where I hope we can have more of our members achieving even greater success at what is truly the greatest race in the world.

Farid Alimi (Run Captain)

Farid London Marathon

Finishing sprint down the mall – 3 hours 5 minutes

Photo Credits: MarathonFoto.com

Tom London Marathon

Tom looking great at about mile 10 – 3 hours 15 minutes

 

Lordshill 10 Mile Road Race 2/11/14

Rain tapping against your bedroom window – the sound no runner likes to hear the morning of a race. For once, the weather reporter was right. The rain came… and there was a lot of it. Breakfast was a miserable affair. Sitting eating my porridge glumly watching the puddles form. I contemplated the possibility of the race being cancelled, the possibility of returning to bed – alas, runners are made of sturdier stuff – come rain or shine! After sourcing some waterproof trousers and making sure my bag was packed, we set off towards Nursling and the race HQ. The downpour ceased, the weather was on the mend – a miracle! Nothing worse than being wet to the bone before a race has even began.

The race start and HQ was situated in the modern Oasis Academy. Plenty of space for bag storage and a large number of toilets – no waiting around for the pre-race, nervous toilet trip! Many of the runners present were of club standard and this was demonstrated by the overall finishing times. Multi-coloured running vests everywhere, spanning form the Isle of Wight all the way to Basingstoke.

The 10mile course follows a course predominantly in the country roads that lead towards Romsey. Surprisingly flat with a delightful downhill stretch at the backend of the first 5km. I speak for all the SUTRI competitors when I say the first 5km were fast.. Unsustainably so! Hats off to Peter Fuller for smashing a 5km PB in a 10mile race! The support around the course was brilliant with interspersed cheering and shouts of encouragement. After a brief stint through a random industrial estate, you find yourself very close to the start and the end. With some pats on the back and words of congratulations, we were all handed a foil cape and a much needed cereal bar for our troubles.

Overall, a brilliant race that is well organized and marshaled. The course is great for a PB and the technical T-shirt is a keeper. With a price-tag of £16, it’s a bargain. Hopefully, it will become a bigger event for the SUTRI calendar in coming years!

Tom Gillespie (Run Captain)

 

Peter Fuller gassing his way to the finish – 1.04.05

Photo Credits – Hammy8241

Slogging to the end – 1.06.22

 Photo Credits – Hammy8241

Mark Fuller finishing with a PB and smile on his face – 1.07.09!

Photo Credits – Hammy8241

With a 1.15.00 prediction, George Payne hammered home – 1.08.19

Photo Credits – Hammy8241

Shriram Sunder cruising in – 1.13.56

Photo Credits – Hammy8241

 

 

Training Times

Monday

Running 18:30-19:30 (Cowherds)

Tuesday

Strength and Conditioning 0730-0830 (CrossFit Solent SO15 1GZ) (sign up Friday 1800) £2*

Spinning 18:45-19:45 Jubilee Sports Centre (sign up Sunday 19:00) £1

Coached Swim 20:00-21:00

Wednesday

Personal Swim 07:15-08:45

Running Track Session (Southampton Athletics Track) 1400-1500

Group Ride 1400-1600 (see details on Facebook)

Club Social Night (see details on Facebook)

Thursday

Strength and Conditioning 0730-0830 (CrossFit Solent SO15 1GZ) (sign up Friday 1800) £2*

Spinning 19:00-20:00 Jubilee Sports Centre (sign up Sunday 19:00) £1 (will be changed to a turbo session within the next few weeks)

Friday

Coached Swim 20:00-21:00

Saturday

Park Run 09:00 Southampton Common

Sunday

Group Ride (see details on Facebook)

 

*Crossfit sessions start week beginning 5th October, and will run for 5 weeks.

SUTRI Goody Bag

With many thanks to our sponsors, joining SUTRI before 26th October this year will get you your very own FREE SUTRI drawstring bag full of the following goodies:

  •  9bar seeded energy bar
  • 2 packets of Mornflake superfast oats
  • Gluco energy tablet tube
  • a TryTri mug, coaster or buff
  • leaflets about our sponsors, including dates of events next year with TryTri 

 

Find SUTRI at the Bunfight

Come along to this years Bunfight on Wednesday 24th September at the Students’ Union, where you’ll find the SUTRI stall with our committee members on hand to tell you everything you’ll need to know about the club.

This is a great opportunity to ask any questions, find out what membership has to offer, and get in the know about upcoming events in the club, including our meet and greet social at The Stag’s. Sign up to the mailing list too to make sure you get all the details!

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So look out for our bright yellow banner and be sure to come say ‘Hi’ and introduce yourself to the committee, who look forward to meeting you all and welcoming you into the club!

2013-14

BUCS Duathlon

Male

Run 1 Bike Run 2 Total
Fernando Medrano  10:13  23:27 10:46  45:54
 Michael Layland  11:01 24:10 11:21 48:37
 Chris Dormenval  11:04 23:36 12:15 48:40

Female

Run 1 Bike Run 2 Total
Hayley Preston 13:16 26:38 13:45 56:03
Anna Morris 12:18 29:12 13:11 56:25
Lucy Rickett 13:09 31:03 14:28 1:01:00

2012-13

BUCS Duathlon

Male

Run 1 Bike Run 2 Total
Christophe Dormenval  10:23  23:31  11:29  46:42
 Alex Clayton  11:30 22:37 12:44 48:51
 Michael Layland 10:56 25:22 12:04 50:18

Female

 

Run 1 Bike Run 2 Total
Hayley Preston 13:06 28:34 14:01 57:36
 Lucy Rickett 13:37 30:04 14:59 1:01:05
 Amy Prime 13:44 29:27 15:52 1:91:39

BUCS Sprint Triathlon

 Male

Swim Bike Run Total
Chris Dormenval 11:32 41:38 23:11 1:19:31
Michael Layland 10:19 45:17 23:02 1:21:26
Huw Fryer 12:19 43:04 23:53 1:22:25

Female

Swim Bike Run Total
Hayley Preston 11:30 49:18 25:54 1:29:57
Natalie Moore 10:58 53:05 30:20 1:38:02
Emily Mayo 16:10 50:58 28:23 1:39:18

BUCS Olympic Distance Triathlon

Male

Swim Bike Run Total
Conrad Manning 29:32 1:19:10 55:21 2:48:35
Adam Higgens 31:17 1:25:58 49:21 2:49:36
George Johnson 31:35 1:31:17 44:03 2:49:49

Female

Swim Bike Run Total
Emily Mayo 32:55 1:33:55 47:55 2:58:32