The triathlon season may have ended, but that doesn’t mean Andover Triathlon Club members have gone into winter hibernation just yet. It’s been a busy few weeks for many club members on the Autumn running scene.
First up was The Andover Lake Run which is a new 10k run in aid of the local food bank. The run starts on the running track in Charlton, heads out to and around Anton Lake before retracing its steps to finish in front of the Andover Athletics pavilion. Familiar territory for anyone who has done Andover parkrun! This year the event was started by celebrity runner and Radio 2 personality Vassos Alexander. Kayla Davies, Derek Vinten and Peter Whent took part. The event was a big success and will certainly be back in 2017.
Two weekends later Peter Holt and Derek Vinten ran the Basingstoke Half Marathon. Whilst this is not a flat fast race, it is growing in popularity. Peter and Derek had a good day with Derek getting ever-closer to his sub 2-hour goal.
On the same day Jacqui Taylor and Peter Whent ran in the Clarendon Half. This off-road race follows the Clarendon Way from Broughton to Winchester, which locals will know means hills! It was Jacqui’s first ever half marathon and she took it all in her stride crossing the line at Kings School Winchester looking strong.
Jacqui and Peter were given great support by Simon and Kayla Davies and Neville Breach. Kayla even brought her running shoes and kept Jacqui company for the last five miles.
Jacqui enjoyed her day at the Clarendon Half so much that she was back in action just a week later at the Salisbury Half Marathon. The was the first year of a new course for the race which now finishes in the spectacular setting of Salisbury Cathedral.
Jacqui had a fantastic run and broke the two-hour barrier. A great achievement in just her second half marathon.
There was good turnout from the club at the Great South Run at the end of October. This iconic race is one of the biggest in Britain and attracts 25,000 participants. It is run along the seafront in Portsmouth. From Andover Tri were Kayla Davies, Chris Edwards, Peter Holt and Paul Venus.
Conditions were almost perfect with good Autumn sunshine and a light easterly breeze, which on this course resulted in a tailwind on the final stretch. Everyone from the club made it round successfully.
Next up for the club’s runners is the Downton Half Marathon in Wiltshire at the end of November. It already looks like there will be a good turnout from the club, but anyone who wants to make room for a few more calories at Christmas is welcome to come along. There are still places!