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.
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.