The Solent Half is our half marathon held in the Autumn. It is a friendly race with up to 500 entries and a lovely course winding through the New Forest around Exbury and along the Solent shore at Lepe.
What a lovely day for a run. Thanks very much to everyone, organisers, marshals, bakers and other helpers, runners and supporters, who made it such an excellent race.
And here are a few pictures, taken by marshals, mainly of the children's races and at the Lepe and Cadland water stations.
Organisers Chris and Mick, write,
"A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make yesterday's Solent Half Marathon such a great success. That includes those who were not able to make it on the day but helped with pre-race preparation such as providing transport and delivering equipment.
Thank you to our many 'Bakers' and to Judy our Marshal Coordinator for her patience & efficiency.
Hardley Runners has a reputation as a friendly running club and this is reflected in the favourable comments yesterday and on social media.
Although we may lack the sophistication of some commercial races the Solent Half has its own charm and individuality!
Thanks also to Steve Henry for organising another enjoyable post race dinner at Seashells."
Nicky Musson adds,
"The cake stall raised £265:47 today ! Huge thanks to you all from me and Vicky Whitham, Chairman of our Hampshire fundraising group for Breast Cancer Now. We estimated that we sold over 500 pieces of cake and the comments about the cake were very complimentary indeed. Also special thank you to Solent Half committee for giving Breast Cancer now the opportunity to run the cake stall this year and help fund research to prevent 12,000 women dying every year from breast cancer!
Very many thanks again for your scrumptious contributions and all your help today."
Comments on social media include,
"Thanks very much to Hardley Runners for another brilliantly organised Solent Half, you even negotiated lovely weather this year too!"
"Well done to the organisers this morning. Seemed to go really smoothly. Great running by everyone who did it. Thanks for a fun morning!"
"Agreed fab organisation, beautiful weather and well marshalled."
All this is so encouraging that we plan to do it again next year!
Here's some background information about the race.
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