Southern Cross Country League – New Venue

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Alton Runners would like to welcome you all to the 5th round of the Southern Cross Country League, which will take place in Chawton House, Chawton, near Alton on Sunday 20th January. This will be the first time at this venue.

The headquarters for the race is situated at the Barn, Chawton House, which is approx a mile south west of Alton off the A31. The address is Chawton House, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ.


From Winchester\Farnham follow the A31 towards Alton and when you come to the roundabout junction with the A32 take the exit for Chawton Village and follow the brown signs for Chawton House.

From the A3 take the B3006 and go through Selborne and as you get towards Alton take the left turn to Chawton Village which is opposite the junction with the A31 (Southbound). Follow the road into the village and then follow the brown signs to Chawton House.

To enable everyone to enjoy the day, please ensure that all competitors have noted the following:

• The race start will be within Chawton House estate. There is a short walk from the race HQ.
• The race starts at 11am.
• Please DO NOT leave baggage at the start as the race finishes at the Barn. Bags can be stored in the Barn at the owner’s risk.
• There will be a designated area for tents and flags near to the Barn.
• The 5 mile course follows a variety of undulating tracks, paths and trails around the estate.
• There is one small section of road which leads to some houses on the estate. Traffic movement will be controlled along that section.
• The grounds are mostly closed to the public, however there is one public footpath that the course crosses a couple of times and there is a chance that you may encounter walkers. Please look out for these and observe common courtesy when passing them.
• Please obey any and all requests by race marshals as you progress around the course.
• Look out for and follow the arrow signs and red and white strip tape along the route.
• Look out for tree roots on the course and low-hanging branches on either side of the paths.
• The course is not suitable for spikes. ‘Trail’ or ‘off-road’ shoes are recommended.
• Runners take part at their own risk.
• The finish to the race will be close to the Barn.
• There is one large car park on the estate, where there will be a charge of £2 per car, which will go to the Trustees of Chawton House. Please follow the marshal’s instructions when parking.
• Please do not park on the road leading up to the house or anywhere else in the Chawton Village.
• There will be signage out for the car park on A31 and the B3006.
• There will be refreshments of sandwiches, rolls, cakes, tea and coffee available for the fee of £2.00 at the barn.
• There will be tea and coffee available before the race at 50p per cup.
• To help to reduce the use of plastics please bring along a mug for your tea and coffee. We will have some spares just in case!
• There are no changing rooms available.
• There will be 6 portaloos and 1 men’s urinal unit.
• Please ensure that all runners wear their club vests. Runners not wearing club vests will be pulled out of the race.
• Please observe the time-limits – No men who have run faster than 5.30min/mile over a measured race of 5 miles or longer in the twelve months prior to the start of this season. – No women who run faster than 6.00min/mile over a measured race of 5 miles or longer in the twelve months prior to the start of this season.
Finally, we look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 20th January 2019 and we hope that everyone who attends enjoys the day, has a good race and some fun too!

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Boxing Day Handicap

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All club members are invited to the Boxing Day handicap.  Distance is just under 2 miles and being a handicap race means that anyone can win it.  The run is along the sea front on Hayling Island and the first runner sets of at 11am.  Meet in the car park to the right of the fun fair by no later than 1030am, this will allow the handicappers to sort out the running order.  No entry fee and lots of prizes.  All ages and all abilities welcome.  If you need any more details contact Mike Williams.

If you have any suitable gifts we can use as prizes it would be very much appreciated.

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Awards Evening

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A very successful awards evening, well done to all award winners and nominees.  Thanks to Sue Dewar for presenting the awards, Pete Spencer for stepping in at the last minute to do the announcing and to Julie and Hayley for organising the whole event.  A special thank you to Corin for the hours she spent in preparing the power point presentation, unfortunately this was unable to be shown on the big screen due to a technical problem!

Award winners can be downloaded here: 2018 AWARDS

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40th Havant AC Anniversary

Havant Park Pavilion – 12th October, 2018

The address considered too long to be delivered on the night; shortening not an option.

Thank you all for coming and showing that you have found friendships and shared so many pleasant Club memories over the decades, and that there was little fear of starvation if we were to be locked in the pavilion for a week or so, with the large amount of food brought, well done everyone, and thanks Sue Hitchings for the magnificent cake.

On the 12th October 1978, a few parents of athletes put their hands into their pockets at Dave Ellis’s home in Warblington and the Club began, training at Warblington and Hayling Secondary Schools, with immediate success. The idea arose as athletes from the two schools were already showing their local prowess, and hopes were realised in the sudden expansion of this new Clubs profile.

The expectation and excitement of the new Club was ably captured in the monthly newsletters circulated by Mary Batson, a secretary at Hayling School, the information holding the same interest as a weekly comic, and with so many fundraising projects, Mary Davis’s jumble sales, Anne Sainty’s boxing evening, discoes, etc. The ground-breaking efforts of our athletes, coinciding with the acceleration of the world running boom. Whilst the UK had world leading athletes coming through, like never before: Coe and Ovett, Daley Thompson and Alan Wells, we were relating to the hype with our extraordinary young team of winners and champions. The thrill of competing and team work, and the work behind it.

From those early days parent recruitment was exceptional, particularly with four sets of parents both coaching, officiating at matches or/and present on the committee, and lasting till their 80’s, and hopefully here tonight. Joan and John Gale, Maureen and John Popplewell and Yvonne and Malcolm Tipton; what a remarkable and long committed service and how very extraordinarily lucky we were. Similarly, about 4 years later we were joined by senior coaches Mary and later Colin Goater, Mary being that much younger……., they managed to last up to the present with Mary coach mentoring still, Colin just having given up the directorship of the Great South Run over many years, and still involved in assisting the Club’s finances with his involvement in the Lakeside 5k Series and Hayling 10.

Malcolm, coach, and Pam Rogers, both officiating for decades, assisting our reputation for exceeding our club responsibility with athletic competitions, Pam to UK’s highest level.

So many people have played their parts in creating so much general athletic enjoyment over the years. Only a book will serve to do them all justice! Not only our Olympian Tom Buckner, but Zara Hyde and Debbie Noy in the Commonwealth Games and Cathy Bailey as an International, all coached by Colin, but the efforts of all our coaches and athletes.

Also, our main statisticians, the late Mark Cawte, and Mike Lloyd, producing the high standard of the Members Guide, recognised as surpassing any other Clubs efforts, as well as editing our monthly Track Record at different times. The MG (not Mary) needs to be up-dated, any offers? And Alan Ive, ex-athlete, coach, officiating and producing our monthly Track Record for so many years. Our ultra able secretary Mike Williams, coach, and warm weather training organiser continues to lead us well, and over so many years now.

Another great stalwart was Christine Weeks, who finally sadly succumbed to cancer this summer, who was our so competent Treasurer until fairly recently, the eulogies all mentioning her grace, positivity, and always recognising the good in people.

Chairman Mark Scarborough, the only person to have competed for the club for the complete 4 decades, well, except for Vicki Spencer, addressed our 40th party, speaking of any Club’s peaks and troughs and the almost family atmosphere. Yes, we need coaches for the long term, and 50 marshalls at the Hayling 10 on Sunday the 4th November, please. And a synthetic all-weather track would be nice, and so hopeful of it being sooner than later.

Time and hecklers won’t allow so many people that have served the Club, so well, to be mentioned, but you, and those out there, know who they are. Please sign up for the 50th and 100th Anniversaries now, to avoid disappointment on the night, as communication will be much improved by then, you’ll probably only have to think of a person to Skype them. Don’t forget, it’s a Thursday, 12th October, 2028. It’s been so enjoyable making the contacts during passing on the word of this gathering tonight. Mainly people who can’t make it, and with the flimsiest of excuses, Jonny Ev in Bangkok, Pat Gale quibbling over the air fare from Cork, Andy Jacob’s at a wedding, Steve Eyre in Albania, many like the Farnhams’ enjoying their holidays.

The idea was to finish the speeches with yet another awful inappropriate joke from our first President, Nigel Gordon Rae, as he cut Sue’s cake. A plan that worked out well!

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Great South 5K and Junior Runs

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Well done to the Havant athletes who ran in the Great South Run 5k and Junior races.  In the 5K Joe Wiggins ran well to finish in 48th place with a time of 21:27.

In the Junior Boys race Onjoro Sumba had a fantastic run to finish in 8th place with a time of 8:23.  Alex Smart finishe in 39th place with a time of 9:24.

Chloe Parfitt ran in the Junior Girls race and finished in 31st place with a time of 11:35.

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Havant Open

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A big thank you to all helpers and officials at todays Open Meeting.  We were blessed with good weather and a very good entry.  Thanks also to all athletes who entered, some having travelled some distance, we appreciate your support.

Full details are now available on the RESULTS page.

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