Southern Inter-Counties 10K Road Race
Sunday 18 November 2018
incorporated into the Brighton 10K

Hampshire Women's 10K team at BrightonHampshire women's team for the Inter-Counties 10K held at Brighton

A well supported Inter-County race was incorporated into the Brighton & Hove City 10km road race on Sunday 18th November which proved successful for Hampshire.

For this, the inaugural year, there were eight county teams who accepted the invitation to take part, plus a non-scoring B team from Sussex, so nine teams in total but only eight of these scoring in the match. Counties taking part being Sussex, Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Kent.

Teams comprised four male and four female athletes from which the first three to cross the finish line scored. All awards were based on finish times rather than places and there were five trophies in total, these being for first individual male and female along with first male team, female team and first mixed team. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to all four athletes in each team and hence eight athletes in the mixed teams.

Sussex's Adam Clarke won both the inter-counties race and the Open race with a time of 30:24, some 20 seconds ahead of Ross Skelton, also from Sussex. Third place went to Jonny Roberts from Hampshire in a personal best of 30:47, just 3 seconds back with Philip Sewell (Hampshire) also in a personal best of 30:51, Archie Davies (Sussex) and Alex Pointon (Hampshire), again in a personal best of 30:55 completing the top six in the inter-counties race and in fact the top seven in the race as a whole, all of whom recorded sub 31-minute finish times. Clearly it can be seen that the inter county team race was a close fought battle between Sussex and Hampshire with the first six places being taken by just those two counties, the result being a narrow victory of just 30 seconds for Sussex in 1:32:03. There was an equally tight battle for the bronze medals between Essex and Surrey where Essex just pipped Surrey by 40 seconds in 1:36:18 cumulative times. For Hampshire Richard Waldron completed the men's counters in 26th place in a time of 32:28.

As for the women's race, Beth Kidger from Sussex mirrored the achievements of Adam Clarke in winning the race outright with an excellent time of 34:30, in her case however the winning margin being some 41 seconds over 2nd placed Liz Davies (35:11) from Essex with Victoria Pritchard (Hertfordshire) 3rd in 35:39. Essex won the ladies team race, albeit by just over 30 seconds from Sussex in 1:48:02. Surrey ladies came home 3rd with 1:50:15 while a tight battle between Kent and Hampshire for 4th and 5th with just 1 second splitting them on gun times or 5 seconds on chip time. For Hampshire Helen Cozens finished 12th in 36:47, Rhiannon Dunlop equalling her personal best of 37:29 in 15th place, Charlie Metcalfe close behind running a personal best of 37:30 in 17th place and Sarah Winstone 1 second outside of her personal best running 37:52 in 20th place.

The 'main event' of the day was the mixed team race and this was again a close battle, particularly for the silver and bronze medals but as for the gold, Sussex came out on top in 3:20:33, almost 4 minutes ahead of Essex who totalled 3:24:20 and in turn were just 34 seconds ahead of 3rd placed Hampshire 3:24:54.


Men's teams

1Sussex A1:32:02
 3Jonny Roberts(Southampton)30:47
 4Philip Sewell(Aldershot, Farnham & District)30:51
 6Alex Pointon(Aldershot, Farnham & District)30:55
 18Richard Waldron(Southampton)32:28
4Sussex B1:36:38

Women's teams

2Sussex A1:48:10
 12Helen Cozens(Fleet & Crookham)37:03
 15Rhiannon Dunlop(City of Portsmouth)37:29
 17Charlie Metcalfe(Ryde Harriers)37:30
 20Sarah Winstone(Lordshill Road Runners)37:52
7Sussex B1:54:23

Mixed teams