Dorking Ten 2014 Race Report
The 29th Dorking 10 Mile Road Race was held on Sunday 1st June and was once again blessed with warm, sunny weather. By 7.00 am, the Big Field and DRFC was bustling with activity as race preparation got underway. This includes setting out the PA system, putting up signs, setting up tables and the numbers and timing chips to be collected by the runners, organising the car park, putting the water urn on in the kitchen, unloading the catering supplies, building the start up on the green and also the finish funnel on the Big Field. Meanwhile, the course marshals were busy setting out signs and others were filling up cups at the three water stations around the route. Marshals were briefed, runners issued with numbers and by 08:45, everyone was heading up to Brockham Green for the start at 09:00 when around 580 runners set off up the road towards Strood Green. Entry numbers were up this year compared to the previous 5 years and the age range went from 17 to over 70 both for the male and female competitors.
This year’s race was as exciting as ever with the race reporter sending back the news that a pack of three male runners had taken the lead right up to mile 8 when the eventual winner, Andrew Maud of Clapham Chasers RC managed to pull away from his two rivals and complete the course in a time of 53:09 minutes, the second fastest Men’s time for this challenging course. Alex Milne of Enfield and Haringey AC came 2nd in 53:40 and Joseph Morwood of Aldershot Farnham and District AC 3rd in 54:17. Other notable performances in the men’s race came from Stuart Major (South London Harriers), former 6 times winner, who was 8th overall and won the 40 age group category in 57:10, Gordon Hennessy and Mark Constantinou both from Collingwood AC who were 1st and 2nd in the M50 age group in 1:02:26 and 1:02:32, Ian Kitching 1st in the M60 in 1:02:44 and Chris Ford V70 in 1:21:22.
In the women’s race, Lisa Harris of Croydon Harriers triumphed in a time of 1:02:36, two minutes clear of 2nd place Lauren Stewart of Ranelagh Harriers 1:04:36 with Rachel Glidely of Striders of Croydon coming 3rd in 1:06:49. Laura Hales of Woking AC won the W40 age group and was 10th lady overall in 1:10:12. In the W50 and W60 age groups, two ladies who have won prizes in several previous Dorking Ten races were Dee Smale of The Stragglers RC (1:12:18) and Jane Davies of Epsom and Ewell Harriers (1:16:47). This year, there were two V70 ladies competing and Jackie Stallwood of Datchet Dashers beat Jeanette Giles of Istead & Ifield Harriers by 1:47:04 to 1:55:47. The slow but steady increase in the older ladies age groups indicates the growing number of women who are taking up running and continuing to participate in later years.
One of the main features of the Dorking Ten is the Teams competition. Many of the local clubs enter enough runners to field several teams of 4, with solid support as usual from Reigate Priory AC who had 36 runners competing this year. Other highly represented clubs were South London Harriers, Stragglers RC, Clapham Chasers, Ranelagh, Wimbledon Windmilers and Collingwood AC who all had over 20 runners entered. This resulted in over 40 Men’s teams with South London Harriers in 1st place, Clapham Chasers 2nd and Tadworth AC 3rd (pipping Reigate Priory in 4th place by 2 points). There were over 15 teams in the women’s event which was won by Guildford & Godalming AC, South London Harriers in 2nd place and Clapham Chasers 3rd.
Dorking and Mole Valley AC have their own club competition for which the trophy is named in honour of Stuart Furness who was a founding member of the race. This is awarded to the best age-graded performance by a man or woman and this year has been won by David Moore (M40) with a grading of 79:09 for a time of 1:01:38. The first DMVAC man home was Stuart Prentice in 48th place with a time of 1:03:11 and the first lady was Vivien Victor in 1:28:07.
Many thanks to all the runners, volunteers and helpers, contributors of home-made cakes, our sponsors RunToLive, Sussex Sports Photography and the Red Cross who all make this such a popular local running event.
1st Man to finish: Andrew Maud, Clapham Chasers RC, 0:53:09
2nd Man to finish: Alex Milne, Enfield and Haringey AC, 0:53:40
3rd Man to finish: Joseph Morwood, Aldershot Farnham and District AC, 0:54:17
1st Lady to finish: Lisa Harris, Croydon Harriers,1:02:36
2nd Lady to finish: Lauren Stewart, Ranelagh Harriers, 1:04:36
3rd Lady to finish: Rachel Glidely, Striders of Croydon, 1:06:49
1st Man 16-29: Ryan Evans, South London Harriers, 0:55:35
2nd Man 16-29: Nathan Smeaton, Clapham Chasers RC, 0:58:08
3rd Man 16-29: Peter Mills, Tadworth AC, 0:58:51
1st Lady 16-29: Rachel Newstead, South London Harriers, 1:07:59
2nd Lady 16-29: Natalie Gentry, South London Harriers, 1:10:05
3rd Lady 16-29: Frances Crozier, Clapham Chasers RC, 1:10:29
1st Man 30-39: John Kettle, Herne Hill Harriers, 0:55:53
2nd Man 30-39: Phil Killingley, Ranelagh Harriers, 0:56:24
3rd Man 30-39: Wayne Bell, South London Harriers, 0:56:49
1st Lady 30-39: Megan de Silva, Ranelagh Harriers, 1:07:11
2nd Lady 30-39: Caroline Pleasance, Guildford & Godalming AC, 1:08:14
3rd Lady 30-39: Jaydee Peters, Woking AC, 1:08:41
1st Man V40: Stuart Major, South London Harriers, 0:57:10
2nd Man V40: Paul Cheetham, The Stragglers RC, 0:58:19
3rd Man V40: David Freeman, Tadworth AC, 0:59:10
1st Lady V40: Laura Hales, Woking AC, 1:10:12
2nd Lady V40: Jay Hadfield, Elmbridge Road Runners, 1;12:29
3rd Lady V40: Pippa Major, South London Harriers, 1:12:37
1st Man V50: Gordon Hennessy, Collingwood AC, 1:02:26
2nd Man V50: Mark Constantinou, Collingwood AC, 1:02:32
3rd Man V50: Philip Cross, Woking AC, 1:03:52
1st Lady V50: Dee Smale, The Stragglers RC, 1:12:18
2nd Lady V50: Annette Helliwell, Collingwood AC, 1:15:16
3rd Lady V50: Merilyn Davis, Elmbridge Road Runners, 1:15:16
1st Man V60: Ian Kitching, South London Harriers, 1:02:44
2nd Man V60: Peter Rand, Tadworth AC, 1:06:38
3rd Man V60: Mike Guess, Sandhurst Joggers, 1:11:30
1st Lady V60: Jane Davies, Epsom & Ewell Harriers, 1:16:47
2nd Lady V60: Katehrine Ind, Elmbridge Road runners, 1:27:15
3rd Lady V60: Mary Matthews, Tadworth AC, 1:27:30
1st Man V70: Chris Ford, Road Runners Club, 1;21:22
1st Lady V70: Jackie Stallwood, Datchet Dashers, 1:47:04