Hambledon Hilly
   Saturday 22 September  2018
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The Hilly 2017 returned on 16 September for the third and biggest event so far with well over 100 children competing in the Mini Hilly 1k and 2.5k races, and more than 80 adults running in the 10k. £900 was raised for Hambledon Primary School.
This year, the Hilly awarded more trophies by age category and this included a new trophy in the 60+ category donated by Bella Birdwood in memory of her wonderful husband 'Fluffy' (Gordon), who completed the race in 2016. It was a privilege to have Bella and her daughters attending the event and presenting the trophy to Michael Stares, from Gosport Road Runners.

The Mini Hilly was an especially wonderful sight with so many children running around the challenging course up on Speltham Down where John Fox-Robinson donned his usual pink tutu as the designated race pacemaker. The 1k race was won by Rosanna Fox-Robinson with Charlie Rowland the leading boy. In the 2.5k race, an absolutely brutal route on Speltham Down, Elliot Lewis from Kingscourt School romped to victory. 

In the 10k race for those aged 15 and over, we had course records for both men and women runners. Julian Manning defended his crown again in 37:45, carving out an even greater gap between him and the rest of the field. Matthew Houlberg, 15, achieved yet another stunning second place in 41:02. In the women's 10k race, we had an impressive new winner in Polly Keen, who destroyed the previous course record with a time of 41:10 and was third in the entire field. 
The Friends of Hambledon laid on the fabulous post-race merriments at the Village Hall race HQ. We are hugely grateful to Kate Magee and the rest of the team for making this event such a massive success.

Moreover, a big thank you to the many volunteers and race marshalls that gave up their time to help the Hilly run so smoothly. We did though manage to make one mistake in not registering Evie Tester as the leading girl in the under 10s 2.5k race. Evie has subsequently been presented with a trophy, but we are sorry that she didn't receive it on the day and bask in the glory that she so richly deserved.
A final thanks to our anchor sponsor Eric Robinson Solicitors and Patrick Hunter for handing out the trophies. Thanks also to Rhian from Rebalance Pilates for doing the race warm-ups and after race massages, to Hartridges for the soft drinks and Hambledon Vineyard for being part of the 10k race route.


               ​​   Course record

             Men:  J Manning  37.45
          Ladies:  Polly Keen  41.10

                                    Group results
                    1st                 2nd                3rd
Men Overall:         Julian Manning          Matthew Houlberg             Matt Cheney
Women Overall:    Polly Keen                  Catherine Seager                Sarah Stovell
Men Senior:        Matthew Houlberg         Matthew Cheney            Gary Armstrong
Men Vet 40:         Julian Manning               Chris Gibson                    Paul Davies
Men Vet 45:            K Houlberg                    Ben Marsh                    Jamie Borman
Men Vet 50+:       Clive Hutchinson            Jon Hutchings                   Andy Fleck
Women Senior:       Polly Keen                 Catherine Seager        Carmen Pasamar-Marquez
Women Vet 40:        Vi Clark                     Emily Maskell                  Kate Roland
Women Vet 45:    Stephanie Cleife          Joanna Thompson
Women Vet 50+:     Sarah Stovell                  Sarah Rithie                  

Our first ever entry:      Darren Hansford

In June 2015 my daughter had her 7th birthday party.  As usual the kids had some relay races followed by the dads.  A cheer went up when I lined up with the dads. Embarrassingly I took part. I knew I was too unfit to do a kiddie relay race because of my inactivity since leaving a very active army life behind in 1997.

I decided there and then a change is needed. Joe told me about the Hilly and said just to do as much or little as I could fit in initially.  In September 2015 I ran my first ever timed race in Hambledon and finished in a respectable 57 minutes!  My life has restarted. I am now doing a number of races per year and have completed all the Hillies so far. I still ache a bit but now it is for the right reasons! 

Darren Hansford, Bournemouth.

​Julian Manning: Male winner

    Polly Keen: Ladies winner

Michael Stares: Winner of the Men Vet 60+ and first winner of the Fluffy Birdwood Floating trophy

Elliot Lewis: Winner of the 2.5 km Mini Hilly

"I will break 1 hour in 2018!!" Gemma Clements

​Deciding on an appropriate caption failed me.....