West Wight 3 Hills Race Report

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With the worst of the weekends storms passed an intrepid band of New Forest Runners took the short ferry journey from Lymington to Yarmouth and then onto freshwater for the Wight Wight 3 Hills 8 mile mixed multi terrain race.

The 100 mph winds that had battered the island the day before had spared the majority of the route meaning that the race started on schedule under blue skies and with only the occasional gust of wind to contend with. Conditions were good underfoot (although not without challenge, especially on the descents) and at the start line there were 4 new forest runners Kirsty Aplin, Chris Aplin, Darren Price and Matthew Cafferky

The first mile or so was easy enough, a simple trail route uphill and a descent before heading onto tarmac for a slow ascent towards the needles park. Once sheltered from the wind the temperature could almost be described as 'warm' in places, a welcome change from the rain and hailstorms of the previous day.

The ascent of Tennyson down was, a usual, pure joy and not at all a harrowing slog up the side of a hill! once the ascent was complete we were, as always, rewarded by a spectacular view of the island and the solent. A good strong tailwind pushed us on upto the Tennyson memorial and then two miles of wonderful descent was our reward for the slog to this point.

The two miles of descent then gave way to a quick final stretch of tarmac and then back into the west Wight Sports Centre to finish. The Results for New Forest were as follows:

No Time Chip Time Name Club POS GEN GEN POS CAT CAT POS
119 01:02:03 01:02:01 APLIN, Chris NEW FOREST RUNNERS 36 M 35 SM 15
125 01:06:31 01:06:29 APLIN, Kirsty NEW FOREST RUNNERS 52 F 3 SF 2
18 01:06:57 01:06:55 CAFFERKY, Matt NEW FOREST RUNNERS 53 M 50 SM 22
129 01:15:09 01:15:01 PRICE, Darren NEW FOREST RUNNERS 89 M 78 M40 11

A special well done to Kirsty for her third place finish, narrowly being piped for 2nd. The Men were the only complete Non-Isle of Wight based mens team, not a bad day out overall.

This is a lovely race and well worth the annual trip to the island, the Needles XC Half on 29th of May see's us return to freshwater, yet another classic in the race calendar and I heartedly recommend it to everyone who fancies a lovely day out of the island.

Matthew Cafferky