Race 4 SXCL – Manor Farm Country Park

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It's almost time for the penultimate race in the Southern Cross Country League! This one is **this Sunday** 24th January, hosted by Stubbington Green Runners at Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, Bursledon SO31 1BH

The race starts at 11am as usual, but as it is a bit of a mission to get there - and parking is limited - we suggest meeting at Woolmer Hill School (the lower car park) for a car share at 9.15am. The country park have kindly agreed that runners only need to pay £1.50 rather than the usual £3.50, so bring some change for that, plus £1.50 for refreshments!

As always, the more the merrier, and please wear your club vests. The forecast at the moment is 4.5 miles of mud and rain, so trail shoes are advisable (but not obligatory).  It really is always fun, and every runner counts. Warm, dry clothes and footwear are also advisable for the journey home; plus an old bag to put muddy stuff in and/or a bin bag or similar to sit on.  Supporters, photographers, offspring, cheerleaders all very welcome.

Hope to see lots of you on Sunday. Ask one of us at training if you have any questions, or email Sian or Andy W

P.S. Marathon training is no excuse - do your long run on Saturday, or run two laps of the course, or run over there...or something 😉


Trail Races Calendar

Some people have been asking about trail races for next year. There are loads around but you do need to do some digging on the internet to find them, so I'm posting some of the longer and more local ones that I know of. Most are reasonably priced as they are run by local clubs. Becca does a lot of trail races so she may wish to add some, and if anyone else has some to share it would be great if you could add them as well. (excuse the format but the way to display the table is very limited)

Meon Valley Half and Marathon 22/11/2015 13/26m
Tadworth 10 03/01/2016 10m
Meon Vally Plod (Portsmouth Joggers) 21/02/2016 21m
CTS Beachy Head 19/03/2016 13/27/33
Coombe Gibbet 03/04/2016 16m
Exmoor Coastal Trail (CTS) 09/04/2016 13/26/34/45m
Three Forts Challenge (Worthing) 01/05/2016 13/26m
Weald challenge (Sussex) 29/05/2016 13m/19m/50k
South Downs Way 18/06/2016 13/26m
Hampshire Hoppit 19/06/2016 13/26m
Stansted Park Slog 12/07/2016 13m
Harting Trail Race 02/08/2016 10m
Farnham Pilgrim 11/09/2016 13/26m
Beachy Head Marathon 29/10/2016 26m

Southern Cross Country League – Race 1, Pamber Forest, Sunday Oct 11th @ 11am


The start of the cross country season is upon us... and the rain we are getting.. means it will be wet and muddy ;o)

It takes a good hour to get to Pamber Forest near Basingstoke... so we will be leaving the Woolmer Hill bottom car park at 9am. That will give us enough time to set up the event shelter get the flag set up....warmed up etc etc etc.

For those of you that haven't tried one of these races before.. have a look at last years race report just below in this post ;o)

Some things to think about before the event.

What you will need is a Club Vest ... let Sian and Andy know if you haven't got a vest... ideally you will also need to think about getting some trail shoes. Trail shoes will help you stay on your feet if it is very wet and muddy...

Also remember to bring dry clothing to change into plus a clean pair of socks and spare shoes...plus a bin liner to keep your spare clothes and shoes DRY if its raining... You will also need £2 to get some food and a cup of tea/coffee laid on by the hosts Basingstoke and Mid Hants after the race ;o)

Finally no one is too SLOW... there is just a speed limit on being too FAST... for example... Luke S is now too FAST, thanks to his superb time at last weeks Battersea 10K.... but thats good news for Sofia... as Luke can look after the family while Sofia runs ;o)

Last years report is here Pamber 2014 . so have a read ...

Sian and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday... it will be great to see some new faces running for HBAC... Come and talk to us at training if you have any questions.

C'mon Border...

Andy (ouch me legs) Wareham

Southern Cross Country League – Race 1

Whoop whoop the cross country season is finally back and it's not long til the first race in the Southern Cross Country League: 11th October at Pamber Forest, Basingstoke. Full details here.

We are suggesting a meet of 9am at Woolmer Hill School (lower car park) the race is five miles-ish, it's fun, it's friendly and it's free too....come and have a go.

Any questions, grab one of us at training or catch us via email Sian or Andy W

Alice Holt Juniors 3km and 1km races

Saturday 5th September proved to be a successful day out not only for our Seniors but also for our HBAC Junior team who managed to make it onto the podium and produce some excellent results.

3KM Girls 
In the 3km event 43 children between the ages of 9-12 years old took part.  Representing the Border girls were Chloe Dellar, Rebecca Pennant, Isabella Croucher and Tiffany Read. Tiffany ran an excellent race overtaking rivals from some strong clubs and was not only the first Haslemere Border to cross the line but also the first female overall. She  made running look  very easy as she made her way over the finish line.  She was closely followed by Isabella Croucher who again fought a good battle overtaking the competition and coming in 3rd girl overall.  Next in were Rebecca Pennant and Chloe Dellar, finishing 8th and 15th respectively in the female category  and still with smiles on their faces. All the girls made a superb effort and this was reflected in their great times, especially for a XC race.
3km Boys
The boys 3km race was represented by Danny Hamilton, James Davies and Sean Read.   All three boys ran very strongly with James coming in first for the HBAC boys and 8th in the boys category, closely followed by Danny in 13th and Sean in 15th place.  Sean had broken his toe two weeks previously so did very well to even take part and run such a great race.
1km Race
The 1km race 5-8 year olds, was clearly a favourite with 70 children on the start line ( and a few eager parents holding the hands of the younger age group). Representing the girls were Sophie Croucher and Isabel Jennings.    Sophie, who prefers sprinting and not endurance running, had her work cut out with some strong female runners ahead and put in a fantastic performance to come in 3rd girl and 9th overall.   Isabel, who is new to the club and has been joining us for summer training sessions,  ran equally as well and came in 9th girl , 24th overall.   This was a terrific result from both girls.
In the boys team we had Ollie Hamilton, Emil Shearring and Henry Davies.   All the boys did our club proud by coming in the top 11 of the boys category with Ollie narrowly missing a podium place by coming in 4th place for the boys . Emil, clearly taking after his parents after having watched them run earlier in the 10k  finished the race in 10th position for the boys with a super fast sprint into the finish line looking very at ease.  Henry followed close behind coming in 11th place.
It was great to see the juniors taking part and enjoying the races and having lots of fun cheering everyone on.
 Isabella 3rd girl alice hold Tiffany 1st Winners 1km Chloe, Isabella and Becky All kids,