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Runners from Andover Athletic Club competed in November’s Hampshire Road Race League events. They were amongst 499 who completed the Lordshill 10 mile road race, mostly through peaceful scenic countryside, and 1604 who completed a new Gosport half marathon route, mostly along the sea front at Lee-On-Solent with many supporters and a band to cheer them on. Running conditions were good during both races, despite earlier heavy rain.

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At Lordshill Kay Noyce led the ladies home in 1 hour 10 minutes and 9 seconds (1:10:09 and 5th in age category) followed by Caroline Bennett in 1:29:16. Matt Dewey led the men’s team home with a PB of 57:57, followed by Dougie Brisco (1:02:53, first over 60 and a new club record), Rob Cliffe (1:03:12 and third over 50), Archie McKellar (1:03:46, third junior and club record), Chris Dewey (1:03:50) and Tim Bennett (1:12:20).

At Gosport Matt Dewey again led the men’s team home with a PB of 1:15:15, followed by Dougie Brisco (1:22:58, first over 60 and a new club record), Chris Dewey (1:24:36), Rob Cliffe (1:30:29) and Tim Bennett (1:34:02). The ladies’ team was led home by Janey Parker (1:52:38), followed by Caroline Bennett (1:59:47) and Janice Cook (2:04:52).

Andover AC ladies are ninth in division 2 of the Hampshire Road Race League and the men’s team is second in division 2. Training, based at the clubhouse near the Charlton Athletic track, is at 6 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The next league event is the Stubbington 10K on 18th January.