Saturday 9 January 2016
The 2016 Championships took place at Fairthorne Manor near Botley, about eight miles to the east of Southampton.
Although Fairthorne Manor has already played host to a few cross-country races, e.g. for the RR10 League, the Championships used a new and varied course taking advantage of the whole estate and using all its facilities.
Fairthorne Manor includes a former golf course and is now run as a Family Park and Campsite by the YMCA. As it is private property, the general public cannot access the site other than for organised events.
It has been pointed out that Hampshire Athletics have failed to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of our senior Veteran runners. This is an oversight on our behalf and to rectify this situation, it has been decided to award the following additional medals:
- M65: Mick Anglim (Hardley Runners)
- M70: Malcolm Renyard (Hardley Runners)
- W60: Virginia Collins (Totton RC)
- W65: Penny Forse (Stubbington Green Runners)
It is hoped to present these medals at the final Hampshire Cross Country League fixture at Dibden Inclosure on 13 February.
In order to encourage senior Veteran runners to compete, we will continue to award medals up to the M70 and W65 categories in future.
On behalf of Hampshire Athletics, I would like to thank all who made our Championships such a success. A special thanks needs to go to Jon Osman and his Club colleagues from Eastleigh Running Club, who not only helped to set up the course on Friday in the pouring rain, but came again on Saturday and marshalled all the races. Athletes, coaches and parents should be aware that without such dedication as this by volunteers, we would not have a competition.
We have received some feedback on the day, with suggestions that we will consider for the future. All those concerned with the Championships take the role seriously and wish to improve what we offer to the athletes in the way of a Cross Country experience.
Thanks to all of you for making the day so successful.
|Under 11 Boys||Under 11 Girls|
|Under 13 Boys||Under 13 Girls|
|Under 15 Boys||Under 15 Girls|
|Under 17 Men||Under 17 Women|
|Under 20 Men||Under 20 Women|
|Senior & Veteran Men||Senior & Veteran Women|
Paul Hammond, from Eastleigh RC, took over 5000 photos of the event and they're all available for you to see. You're welcome to download them for free, but if you'd like to make a donation to the charity that Paul supports please do.
The course is based on three laps:
- The Arena Lap, a loop of approximately 1200m on sloping grassland, which can be seen from the main spectator area at the start and finish.
- The Medium Lap, approximately 2500m long, which leaves the Arena Lap via the woods and uses part of the former golf course
- The Full Lap, approximately 3500m long, which adds to the Medium Lap by taking in a circuit of the Campsite field.
Various modifications have been made to adjust the race distances for each age group.
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