Preparation for this race was similar to that WWII film where a group of ne'er-do-wells are press ganged into going on an impossible mission. Tony Lees (in the Lee Marvin role) coaxed and cajoled a small team of unsuspecting runners into attempting the undulating course with the promise that "it isn't that hilly."
They soon found that they had been badly misinformed, but soldiered on regardless to produce some respectable times. Helen Wallington was our first runner home in 01:04:47 closely followed by Neil Vincent in 01:06:49 in an impressive 10 mile debut. The full results of the team can be found here.
Mission complete, the gang relaxed with their well earned medals and guzzled some form of unusual recovery drink.
Meanwhile, in the far south west corner of the county, another small Totton collective were about to take in some fresh sea air along the Hampshire coast.
Their goal was the Lymington 10K which follows the coastal path for a signicant portion of the route and was a bit on the breezy side. Although the wind was largely at their backs, the constant buffeting was probably not condusive to running a PB time. However, Alison Kaines managed to produce one regardless, knocking 33 seconds off her time from the same race last year.
Continuing the weekend tradition of ladies first, Amanda Kingsley was the first Totton runner across the line in a time of 00:42:30. Snapping at her heels was Jon Marsden, who finished a mere 14 seconds later.
You can watch their efforts in the video and check out the complete Totton results here.
Saving the most impressive sporting endeavour of the weekend until last, Jo Haley (one of our speedy runners from the CC6 2014/15 season) attacked the Mallorca Half Ironman on Saturday.
Her times for the individual sections (as shown below) would be impressive enough on their own. Indeed, her half marathon time is the 5th fastst ladies time by a club member this season.
Swim (1.2 miles) - 00:30:55
Bike (56 miles) - 02:56:18
Run (13.1 miles) - 01:37:05
Total (70.3 miles) - 05:11:13
Her not inconsiderable efforts were rewarded with 1st in her age group and qualification for the World Championships!