Hadleigh Hares Athletics Club Established 1984
Celebrating 28 years of road running - athletics - cycling - triathlon
Hares news ► 2009
Thirty Hadleigh Hares (and friends) visited the Manchester Velodrome over the weekend of the 14th / 15th November to watch some high class racing and to try the track for themselves. On Saturday evening the Hares joined 10,000 other excited spectators at Revolutions 25 - a night of high octane racing featuring many current and future UK and International stars. A great night was had by all with some excellent racing whetting the Hares appetites for the taster session the following day. Excitement was tempered however when several Hares looked over the edge of the track and saw the almost sheer drop of about 10m upon which they were expected to cycle the following day.
Several Hares admitted over breakfast on Sunday that they had had little sleep and were terrified of the coached taster session to come at lunchtime, and with good reason. The walls of the velodrome are steeper than a black run and the bikes that are used are single fixed gear with no brakes. This means that a cyclist cannot free wheel and has to pedal at all times or faces being thrown off the bike. Cyclist are clipped into the pedals, so quickly removing the feet from the pedals in case of emergency is also not an option. After the coaches introduction to the bikes and the track there were several pale, nervous looking faces amongst the Hares as they began to wobble slowly around the track. True to form however, the Hares got into the swing of things very quickly and were soon rising up the banking and swooping down at speeds of over 30 miles per hour. After 20 minutes, most athletes had managed to reach the top of the banking and were confident they could be the next Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton.
After 30 minutes, obviously recognising potential new talent for the 2012 Olympics, the coach decided to test the Hares sprint abilities with a timed flying start 250m sprint. This allowed one lap to build up speed from the top of the banking, followed by a timed lap of lung bursting extreme pain as the athlete attempted to round the track in the fastest time possible. All Hares were up for the challenge - no one wanted to spurn the chance of being the fastest Hare alive on two wheels, and no one wanted to embarrass themselves in front of an expectant crowd of partners and family. Whilst no one received a tap on the shoulder after the event, the Hares acquitted themselves well - no one fell off and all athletes managed to complete the course. With only half a second separating the first 8 competitors it was a very close event. Leading the pack with the fastest time was Tim Bowman with a magnificent 17.85 seconds. Fastest female was Marianne Aitken with a time of 21.31 seconds. The other results are shown in the table below. To put the times in perspective, a new British U16 record was set at the races the previous night for the same event and the new record holder clocked a slightly faster time than the Hares of 11.30 seconds. With some way to go, the Hares vowed to get closer to the elites on their next visit.
Male 250m sprint results
Pos Name Time ------------------------------ 1 Tim Bowman 17.85 2 Matt Shotbolt 17.97 3 Karl Purdy 18.06 4 John Baker 18.13 5 Matt Gant 18.15 6 Neil Crisp 18.21 7 Doug Grimwade 18.28 8 Mark Chisnall 18.37 9 John Chisnall 18.84 10 Steve Bowen 19.10 11 Martin Alabone 19.25 12 Chris Dye 19.97 13 Randall Dawson 20.38 14 Bob Vanhinsberg 21.16 ------------------------------
Female 250m sprint results
Pos Name Time ------------------------------ 1 Marianne Aitken 21.31 ------------------------------
It is fair to say that all past, present and future Hares owe a great debt of gratitude to the founders of our club. Back in the spring of 1984 Robert Carr and a small group of fellow enthusiasts (Roger Sweatman, Gary Scott, Julian Allen and Julie Green) held a meeting at East House about starting a running club. Mr. Carr was elected Chairman and the rest, as they say, is history! From those humble beginnings the Hares have multiplied and we now have approx 100 senior members and 46 juniors.
Over the years the club has introduced the ever popular Hadleigh 10 road race - now a key part of the local race scene and the Hadleigh Cross Country race - an important event in the 53-12 Cross Country league. Always, looking to expand whilst serving the local community, in recent years the club have also introduced a junior section and a thriving triathlon section.
The club’s success is the result of many volunteers working tirelessly over the years and we are eternally grateful for all the hard work they have put in.
Well done to all those who turned out to support the annual club awards night held on Friday 4th September This year’s event was held incorporating a fun 2k run in which our junior hares competed. The night was great success enjoyed by members & their families. Senior Awards as follows:
Most improved beginner (Monday) Debbie Stewart Most improved lady (Tuesday) Helen Norman Most improved athlete (Club night) Corinna Hussey Cross country champion Debbie Stewart Road race champion Brian Airlie Hadleigh Hare of the Year Trudy Avis
Congratulations to all!
The prestigious Hadleigh 10 Mile Road Race and its smaller brother the Junior 2km Fun Run are now accepting on-line and postal entries. The Hadleigh 10 Mile Road Race has been organised by the Hadleigh Hares for many years and always attracts a large crowd of athletes wishing to test themselves on the undulating terrain of the beautiful Brett Vale in Suffolk. In addition to the 10 mile race the Hares also organise a Junior 2km Fun Run which takes the junior athletes on and off road through local country roads and parkland.
The races take place on Sunday, 22nd November 2009. The Hadleigh 10 Mile Road Race starts at 11:00 and the 2km Junior Fun Run at 11:05. Advance entry to the Hadleigh 10 costs £10 for affiliated athletes and £12 for unaffiliated athletes. On the day entries cost an addition £2. All entries to the Junior 2km Fun Run cost £2. Online entries are being accepted at the Runners World web site or you can post your entry.
More details on entry are available on our race entry page.
Eight Hadleigh Hares took part in a the local 'Suffolk Coast' charity ride to raise funds for leukaemia suffers through the Anthony Nolan Trust. Starting and finishing at the elegant Elizebethan mansion of Glemham Hall, the ride headed north through Sibton to Covehithe before returning along the coast via Southwold and Dunwich. Taking part for the Hares were Marianne Aitken, Jonas Grist, Alex Embiricos, Doug Grimwade, John Baker, Ryan Clemson, Martin Alabone and Richard Hanley who all safely completed the 58 mile course in glorious sunshine, raising over £150 for the charity.
Several of the riders treated this as a hard training session in preparation for the Vitruvian half Ironman event in which they are competing in September. Having completed the ride in just over 3 hours they then went for a 30 minute run in 26 degrees heat. At the end of this torture, a plate of ham, egg and chips and a couple of pints at the local pub seemed a fitting reward.
Hadleigh Hares have launched a new web site (www.hadleighhares.co.uk) to help communicate with their existing members and hopefully entice new members to join. The web site expands on earlier designs and aims to provide up to date information in the following areas:
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