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.
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.
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.
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).
Dorking and Mole Valley Athlete Elsa Palmer capped a successful season of competition by winning individual Silver and Great Britain team Gold at the Biathle World Championships in Batumi, Georgia. Biathle is a continuous run-swim-run event and Elsa, who is also a member of Leatherhead Swimming Club, competed over 500m/100m/500m event. Her GB team triumphed over the South African (silver) and Russian (bronze) teams. Also in the GB team was her father, Mark Palmer (also a DMVAC member), who won Masters GB team Silver and placed 5th individually. 35 countries and over 500 competitors competed at the World Championships. Nationally, Elsa placed 2nd in the GB Biathle Championships series, held at various venues around the country.
Most recently, Elsa won her age category at the Hever Castle Triathlon Festival, with her brother Joseph Palmer coming 2nd in his race category. There were races for all adult and childrens’ age groups (aged 8 and over) at several different distances. The triathlon festival claims to hold the World Record for the largest children’s triathlon.
Earlier in the season, Elsa competed in the prestigious English Schools National Track and Field championships at Gateshead International Stadium, placing 7th in the final. She followed her success at national level by winning Silver in both the 1500 metres and the 3000 metres track and field events at the South of England Championships, held at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium, home of Paula Radcliff’s athletics club (Bedford & County AC). She completed the track and field season in late August, placing 10th in the England Athletics Championships, also held at Bedford.
Elsa is now preparing to defend her titles, later this coming season, as current Surrey Cross-country and Surrey Modern Biathlon Champion.
The crew of the yacht Bagadeus sailed from the Hamble (near Southampton) across to the English Channel to the Channel Islands to compete in the Alderney Half Marathon (and 10k) on 5 September. Five of the crew were from Mole Valley, four of them running for Dorking and Mole Valley Athletics Club.
Left to right: Dave Sheridan (DMVAC, 8th in the half, 1:51:37); Nigel Green (Run to Live RC: 5th, 1:46:54); Rob McCaffrey (DMVAC, 3rd, 1:37:13); Becki Palser (unattached, 2nd lady, 1:56:59); Hamish Cardno (DMVAC, 27th in 10k, 56:12) and Stuart Aikman (DMVAC, 13th, 2:07:22).
The runners (sailors?) also visited the timeless island of Sark, and had a memorable night-sail back across the channel, under the Milky Way, using the stars for navigation, seeing the blood-red moon rising from the waters and with bioluminescent jellyfish lighting the yacht’s wake.
The three match dates and venues for the Ebbisham League have been confirmed as follows:
- 19 April: David Weir Stadium, Sutton
- 14 June: Woodcote School, Coulsden
- 2 July: Stompond Lane Stadium, Walton
There are track and field events in two scoring age groups:
- U15s (for lads in Years 8 and 9) and
- U13s (for lads in Years 6 and 7).
There are also non-scoring track and field events in U11s (a great chance for some of the younger lads to get experience of a track meeting) and U17s (i.e. Years 10 and 11).
In each U13 and U15 event there are up to 2 scorers per team, but we can enter any number of non-scorers as well which is an ideal opportunity for people to try a new event or to secure a PB in a favoured event even if they aren’t one of the two nominated scorers. Everyone can compete in a maximum of 3 events + the relay.
The Team Manager, Lawrence Bate (email@example.com), will be organising up teams and encourages non-scorers to join in as well. Venue details are included in the Fixture list match details.
Following last year’s highly successful re-location of this major meeting from Crystal Palace to our home stadium at Wimbledon Park, we will be staging it there again this year on April 12th. As always we look forward to a fun curtain raiser to the track and field season, with some keen competition for your athletes.
Now in its 34th year, the meeting includes events from U11 to U20. U20 men and women also have the rare opportunity to test themselves over the mile distance, in the Dave Clarke Mile (separate races for both men and women), for which there are cash prizes for the first three places. One of Britain’s finest cross country runners (representing GB eleven times), and the current Club Chairman, Dave is also one of Hercules Wimbledon AC’s best known track athletes, who set his best time of 3:56.95 for the mile at Crystal Palace in 1982.
- Double sided YAM entry forms (PDF) (Timetable on reverse side)
- YAM POSTER 2015 (PDF)
- YAM Timetable 2015 (PDF)
The closing date for entries is Friday, 20th March.
Athletes can enter and pay online via www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk (or download the printable form) and view the timetable there too.
Parking at the Stadium is limited, but it is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest tube station is Southfields on the District Line, and the number 39 and 493 buses stop just by the entrance to the Park on Wimbledon Park Road. See www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk for a map.
The Windsor MABAC 8 mile race was organised by MAGIC and saw the largest ever turnout with a field of over 300 runners. A minute’s silence was held before the race in memory of Ralph Henley, co-founder of the MABAC League, who died on Christmas Day. The Windsor Event was also established by Ralph. His son started both races, and MABAC will be making donations to the Progressive Supranuclear Palsey Association and Marie Curie (Berkshire and Surrey); Ralph’s family expressed their wish for a donation to these charities, in lieu of flowers.