The annual Bench-to-bench run starting on Ranmore is held every summer to commemorate Mike Horner who was a much-loved member of DMVAC. Anyone who went out running with the Mike can relate a tale, usually about his cheerful optimism and under-estimate of the distance to be covered… I can remember the evening we set off for run into the Surrey Hills (only about an hour!) in a group led by Mike. We got lost and just about made it back to Pixham Lane before dark. I wasn’t a happy bunny at the time but I forgave him after I did my best ever 3km time on the track two days later. There was never a dull moment when you went running with him and the annual run in the Surrey Hills from Ranmore to Leith Hill is a fitting tribute.
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For the first time in its 32 year history, a cut-off time was introduced for the Ten Mile Race which resulted in a shorter 9Km route. This was offered as a separate race which proved to be popular with female runners and allowed Dorking and Mole Valley AC to test out the running of two concurrent races. As the Ten Mile race is the main event and also the Surrey Road Race League Championship race, 464 runners set off at 9:00 from Brockham Green in cool, sunny conditions. The lead was soon taken by Phil Wicks of Belgrave Harriers who came in ahead of the second placed Jake Waldron of Ranelagh by over 3.5 minutes and Ollie Garrod of Epsom & Ewell Harriers in third place six seconds later in a time of 54:52. Phil set a course record in 2011 of 49:11 and although a couple of minutes slower at 51:11, it was a highly impressive performance.
The first lady home was Alice Germana of Sutton Runners in a time of 53:58. She was followed in by Jess Fawcett of London City AC 49 seconds later with Jaydee Peters of Woking AC in third place with a time of 65:54. Other notable performances were Gary Lloyd of DMVAC who completed the course in 1:28:00 to take the gold medal in the V70 age category and Sue Garner of Lingfield, also V70, whose time was 1:25.41. Jane Davies of Epsom and Ewell Harriers and winner of the V60 age category had the 2nd overall best age=related performance after Phil Wicks.
The winning men’s team was Reigate Priory closely followed by Ranelagh and Croydon Harriers and in the women’s race Guildford and Godalming were thrilled to take first place with the Stragglers RC in 2nd place and London City AC third.
The 9Km race set off at 09:40 with 44 runners who joined the main race around 1km down Middle Street. Andy Melrose of London City Ac won in a time of 37:50 with DMVAC runner Howard Jones in second place in 38:39 and Gavin Heaton third in 43:48. The women’s race was won by Caroline Nicol of British Military Fitness in 42:37 with Leigh Collins of Stragglers RC second in 43:41 and Anna Steere third in 44:39.
The general consensus was that both races had been highly enjoyable and the Club had benefited from the experience of the 9Km race to help the launch of a licensed concurrent 10Km race with the main 10 mile event next year which will be Sunday 3rd June 2018 – the day after the Derby.
Results are posted on the Sportsystems website.
Dorking 10 Mile race: https://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/results/Dorking 10/3210
Dorking 9Km race: https://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/results/Dorking 10/3213
Note that the results are based on the ‘gun’ times and not the chip times – the Sportsystems website which include the age group results.
Sussex Sports Photography have also uploaded all the pictures taken at the race: http://sspimg.com/Dorking10-Gallery-2017
Trionium race organiser Rob McCaffrey has also made a video which you can view at:
Director’s Prize list
On Sunday 5 June, Dorking and Mole Valley AC organised and executed yet another stellar Dorking 10 on its 31st occasion providing a 10 mile route of outstanding beauty (to compensate for the horrible climbs) for close to 500 athletes.
As the competitors congregated at the start of the course and club chairman, John Jelly, spoke words of wisdom and encouragement, 5 minutes prior to the official start Gary Donald, the race’s solo wheelchair competitor, and blind runner Louise Simpson and her guide set off to rapturous applause from the runners and spectators.
As the beaming sun shone over the roads of Dorking and Brockham, the Dorking 10 would bring to light a new Surrey 10 Mile Men’s Champion, as John Sanderson of Guildford and Godalming, last year’s winner, did not take part. This year’s race would be one to be remembered.
Right from word ‘Go’, Ben Savill of Croydon Harriers and Jack Parslow of Dacorum and Tring burst their way to the front of the field, passing the first mile marker in 5:20. As the race proceeded, the tactics became apparent: the long strides of Parslow tucked in behind the short, rapid steps of Savilll This partnership passed the half-way point in 27:28 and later reached mile 7 in 38:21 when the surge of Andrew Brooker, MABAC league supremo, saw him come within about 100 metres of the leaders.
And so, the race went on and fortunately, to the spectators’ excitement, the gap between Parslow and Savill was negligible going onto the field of Dorking Rugby Club, which meant only one thing; a sprint finish was afoot. Parslow, as if the first 9.9 miles were just a mere warm-up, found his sixth gear and brushed Savill aside in a truly Mo Farah-esque finishing kick to become Dorking 10 Men’s Champion in a time of 54:56, with a shattered Savill finishing 3 seconds back and Andrew Brooker taking the final position on the rostrum in a time of 56:10.
In the women’s competition, Annabel Granger of Bristol & West AC proved to the streets of Dorking that you didn’t need a sprinting kick to win as she blew away the rest of the field over the 10 miles, much like Georgie Bruinvels last year, to take the title in a time of 62:31 followed by Samantha Ludlow Taylor from Guildford & Godalming in 63:33 and Isobel Rea from West 4 Harriers in 64:17.
From Dorking and Mole Valley AC, the crowd were delighted to see twelve home club athletes finish with Stuart Prentice leading the men home in 64:48 and Louise Schlaeppi being the first woman home in 79:22.
If this year’s running of the event, so to speak, was anything to go by, Dorking 10 2017 should be an absolute spectacle.
Dorking 10 Final results from the race held on Sunday 5th June 2016. Note that the results are based on the ‘gun’ times and not the chip times – you can find your chip time from the results listed on the Sportsystems website which include the age group results.
Sussex Sports Photography take wonderful pictures of our event and individual runners can enter their running number to see themselves in action – and order a picture or two! See http://bit.ly/Dorking-10-Gallery-2016
The Surrey County Championship at Kingston was well supported as usual but not many DMVAC members competed. On the Saturday, Bruce Harrold (a veteran in track and field) ran a controlled 5,000m starting steadily and picking up runners in the second half to place 5th in 16 min’s 15.09 secs. Charlie Wyllie ran in the U/20 1500m being just unable to follow the pace on the last lap burn up, finishing 4th in 4 min’s 8 secs. Sophia Hervouvin was 6th in a heat of the ladies U/17 100m in 14.12 secs.
The only medal of the day was a bronze for senior Kasia Kublik-Okon with a season’s best discus throw of 28.77 metres. U/15 sprinters Marcus Austin and Thomas Hughes took part in the very competitive 100m with the former 6th in his heat 13.47 secs. Thomas won his heat in 12.56 secs, was 4th in semi-final in 12.35 secs and 5th in the final (12.16). On Sunday the boys were back for the 200m with Thomas Hughes again reaching the final. After coming 2nd in his heat (24.83 secs) he was 3rd in the semi-final in an identical time and 5th in the final (25.01 secs). Marcus was 5th in his heat in 26.85 secs.
Ben Brunswick cam back from University to run strongly in the U/20 800m being narrowly beaten into 2nd place for a well deserved Silver medal (1.59.07 secs). In 3,000m races Cameron Smith placed 9th out of 18 under 15’s in a time of 10 min’s 34.06, with Fred Geen 9th U/17 in 10 min’s 36:14. Ewan Bate ran really determinedly in the U/171500m to record a good PB of 4 min’s 21.75 secs in 4th position.
At the last week’s Surrey ladies cross country match at Esher under 17’s Hannah Morris and Lowri Morris (not related) ran really well in the senior race. Hannah (aged 16) was 1st DMV runner in 37th position with a time of 28 min’s 04 whilst 15 year old Lowri was 3rd scorer in 29.01 (60th). With her Guildford rival absent, Elsa Palmer had no difficulty in winning the combined U/15 and U/17 girls race in 16 mins 50 sec. Tess Johnson was 23rd (20.14) with the Schlaeppi sisters Holly and Leah 34th and 36th (22.11 and 25.53 with the team 4th on 94 points. An inexperienced U/13 team had Ella Morris in 41st position in 15.55 with Ellie Jordan timed at 16.21 (47th) and Amelia Brien 51st (17.05). Poppy Wakelin finished quickly in 17.18 with Ellie Ranger recording 18.18 and Grace Penfold 19.17.
The boys raced at Wimbledon Common with a good turnout especially of the under 13’s who unfortunately have to race with the under 15’s and under 17’s. Oscar Subh-Symons was first DMV runner home in 15.37 (7th U/17), with Ewan Bate 3rd U/15 in 15.53 and an impressive performance from Joe Palmer saw him placed 4th U/13 in 16.26. Jack Goodman was 17th U/13 in a time of 17.03 with under 15’s Cameron Smith and George Robert-Shaw 20th and 27th in their age group (17.34 & 18.23). Oscar Robert-Shaw was only 4 seconds behind his older brother in leading home a group of DMV U/13’s (32nd). Next to finish was Hal Johnson (39th in 19.36) with Jasper Spurden (42nd/20.01), John Spillane (43rd/ 20.09), Josh Earl (47th/20.52) and Noah Brown (51st in 21.59).
The Reigate Priory Holly Run continues to be popular especially for the under 11’s and senior men. In the former category there were 105 in the boys race and 94 girls both racing over 1 mile. Oscar Robert-Shaw was 2nd in 6 mins 39 with John Spillane 15th (7.23) and Dan Phillips 26th (7.37). Other DMV boys taking part (there is no longer age limit) were Justyn Moore (41st in 8.02), Alexander Robert-Shaw (60th in 8.35) and Edward Phillips (67th in 8.45). There were only 3 girls with Katie Newman 13th (8.03), Imogen Smith 44th (9.32) and Milly Manning 50th (9.41).
DMV runners were rather thin on the ground in the junior age groups, Cameron Smith was 2nd in the under 13 boys race in 11.36 with George Robert-Shaw 5th (11.46) and Alex Friend 11th (12.42) and the team 1st. The under 15 boys and under 17 men ran together with Fred Geen 7th Under 15 in 18.35 and Tom Lowry 3rd Under 17 in 18.49. Elsa Palmer won the under 15 girls in 11.35, and in the under 13’s Maddie Phillips was 12th (13.27) with Tess Johnson 19th (14.47). Under 17 Hannah Morris was 5th (2nd Under 17) in 27 mins 36 secs.
Alister Masson is not only a good orienteer he showed he is a strong runner by placing 5th in the senior race (1st under 20) in a time of 34 mins 05 secs for 6 miles. With Michael Alwin 10th (35.06) and Alex Ward 17th (37.13). The team were 2nd. Others appearing for DMV were Stuart Prentice 21st (37.56), Gareth Stace 22nd (38.03), M50 Howard Jones 27th (39.02), John Baker 63rd (45.26) and Tim Godwin 72nd (48.23) with M60 Kevin Irvine 77th (50.46). 2nd claim member Andy Fay was 1st M50 in 38.15 with Alister’s father Keith 2nd M50 (38.21).
Elsa Palmer had possibly her best result yet in the Southern Inter-Counties Championships at Oxford. The Dorking and Mole Valley athlete placed 4th in the under 15 girls race in a time of 16 mins 39 secs leading the Surrey team to a convincing victory. Bea Allan was 39th in (18.14) out of the 87 runners. Hannah Morris finished 56th in the Under 17’s in 18 mins 49 secs, and in the mens under 17 race Charlie Wyllie placed 33rd (2nd Surrey) in 14.59 in a field of 82. Former DMV member Georgie Bruinvels was 2nd in the senior ladies event timed at 21 mins 15.
REPORT BY DAVE STEAD.
Dorking and Mole Valley AC ladies turned out an all-time record 17 runners in the 2nd match of this season’s Surrey League at a sunny Nonsuch Park and were rewarded with 1st place in division 2 with 86 points. However the individual performance of the day came from under 15 Elsa Palmer who won the combined U15/U17 race in good style recording a time of 18 mins 29 secs for 4kms. Bea Allan was not far behind in 7th position overall (5th U/15) in 20.01 with Lowri Morris in 21.01 (10th U/15). Sole U/17 Hannah Morris was 19th (5th U/17) in 21.22.
The combined Division 1 and Division 2 race for seniors had 379 finishers of whom 189 were in Division 2. Although the course was considerably shorter and flatter than she is used to, fell runner Hannah Jarvis ran strongly to place 15th overall (3rd Div 2) in a time of 24 mins 40 secs for 6.1kms. Sharon Walker finished just ahead of a fast finishing Rebecca Black (both V40’s) in 15th and 17th positions (26.58 and 27.10). Fiona Blagg was 23rd (27.36) with W40 team captain Louise Ionascu completing the ‘A’ team in 28.14 (28th). The ‘B’ team were 9th out of 35 teams with 317 points led by W45 Louise Schlaeppi who finished in 28.44 (32nd). Rachel Brunswick celebrated her 50th birthday by recording 30.03 (55th) with newcomers Fiona Sweny and Esther Purdy 61st and 76th in 30.26 and 31.27 respectively. Good support was provided by some fit veterans – Vivien Victor (32.15), Jill Hudson (32.18), Sue Phillips (32.32), Jayne Weeden (33.17), Jane Busby (34.04), Jane Morris (39.10), Louise Parker (40.27) and Zahra Sharples (40.43).
There were 59 runners in the Under 13 race over approximately 3kms with the DMV ‘A’ team 3rd and the ‘B’ team 11th of the 19 teams. Maddie Phillips placed 20th in a time of 13 mins 08 secs with Emico Salvi not far behind (23rd in 13.21). Next in was Holly Schlaeppi in 31st position (13.38) with Ella Morris 40th (14.05). The other girls finished in a small group with Tess Johnson 43rd (14.22), Evie Parnham 46th (14.26) and Amelia Brien 47th (14.27).
It was again mud all the way for runners at the South of England Cross Country Championships on Hampstead Heath, culminating in a cloud burst at the end of the senior men’s race with thunder and lightning torrential rain and swirling winds – traditional cross country.
Dorking and Mole Valley AC had two runners in the Under 13 girls race but Elsa Palmer ran very well to take a good 11th place in a field of 292 timed at 13 min’s 13 sec’s for the 3000 metres. Daisey Riley finished plastered in mud after a fall but still smiling, 215th in 16:17. There were 284 runners in the boys’ race as DMV were led by Fred Geen who was in 53rd position timed at 12 min’s 56 with Ewan Bate following closely in 13:05 (63rd). First year runners in the age group Cameron Smith and George Robert-Shaw did well to finish in 131st (13:42) and 174th (14:10) respectively. Seven DMV girls ran in the Under 15 race over 4,000 metres with Bea Allan 74th (17:25) and Hannah Morris 101st (17:49). Also enjoying a good run out were Megan Winslade (179th in 19:13), Ellie Parnham (197th in 19:33), Alice Blair (219th – 20:12), Lucy Brett (224th – 20:17) and Sophie Hosking (268 – 22:12).
The under 15 boys were one short of a team with Tom Lowry 66th in a time of 17:44, followed by James Kelly 169th in 19:12 and Oliver Appleby 237th(21:21) as 258 completed the 4,500 metres course. There were 208 finishers in the Under 17 men’s race over 6000 metres with DMV 12TH team out of 22 complete teams. Alistair Masson did very well to place 38th in 22:36, the conditions probably suiting his orienteering skills. Ben Brunswick and Charlie Wyllie finished in the top half of the field 86th and 103rd respectively in 24:06 and 24:27, with Oliver Baker recording 25:38 (153rd).
Nearly 500 ladies of all standards turned out for their 8km race with DMV having 6 runners. Two weeks before her National Championship Badminton Star Georgina Bland placed 58th in 35:44 with W40’s Rebecca Black and Louise Ionascu134th (38:01) and 167th (39:17) respectively. Louise Schlaeppi (W45) was 289th in 43:55 with Agnes Molendowska in 386th position (49:26) and Zahra Sharples 460th in 61:08. The team were 31st out of 72 complete teams. There were approximately 1,000 runners in the senior men’s race over a strength sapping 9 miles. Michael Rolfe (M40) ran impressively to record a time of 59:32 in 143rd position with Surrey M45 Champion Fraser Dawson 246th in 63 min’s dead. Youngsters Daniel Jeffries and Nathaniel Booker were timed at 64:17 and 65:21 respectively, 285th and 329th. Team captain David Moore was in 374th position timed at 66:23 just ahead of fellow M45 Gareth Stace 418th in 67:22. Rob Russell was 1st ‘B’ team runner in 68:45 (475th), followed by M45’s Rob Gill 542nd position in 70:24 and Kevin Stroud not far behind approximate time 71:00. After his lay off Bruce Harrold was 582nd (71:44) with M50 Graeme McKay in 615th (72:25). Completing the DMV contingent were Rob McCaffrey (M45) who was 709th (75:16), Patrick Martin (M55) 804th in 79:05 and Kevin Irvine (M60) 952nd in 91:20.
DMVAC GRAND PRIX 2014/15
The first club GP competition has now drawn to a close. Well done to the handful of Dorking runners who competed in the Richmond 10k last weekend. Especially to Lawrence Bate – fresh from running the Comrades Marathon. Please find final results attached.
Thank you to all those who have been kind enough to give positive feedback. There have been fine performances which have seen both mens and ladies cross country teams promoted and hopefully some of you have tried your hand (feet?) at races you had not previously attempted. And there are prizes, see below.
The honours in each category go as follows:
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4||Group 5||Group 6||Group 7|
|1. Nathaniel Booker||1. Lawrence Bate||1. Brian Kerr||1. Paul Allen||1. David Phillips||1. Vivien Victor||1. Cath Bate|
|2. Dave Moore||2. Dan Jefferies||2. Gayle Banks||2. Glen Morris||2. Bob Feltham||2. Emma Crayton||2. Zahra Sharples|
|3. Bruce Harrold||3. Howard Jones||3. Chris Lazenby||3. John Phillips||3. Kevin Irvine||3. Jo Luckman||3. Gail Wilson|
Download the full results: DMVAC Grand Prix Results Table 2014-2015 Race 12.