Weekend wash up: 23-24 November 2019
'I don't run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days' – Ronald Rook
It's that time of the week when we wash up after the weekend, so thanks for stopping by as we check in with our clubs and what they've been up to despite the persistence of the bold November rain...
Athletics took on Southampton at the Weekend in their XC Cross Country event, with the result carrying forward to forge part of their overall Varsity result. Though Pompey won the Women's Race, through Hannah Barnard, with Sarah Hall coming in third, the other Top 10 placings all went to Southampton. In the Men's event, Southampton secured the top 4 places, with Cameron Maguire best placed for Pompey in 5th, and so Southampton took the overall win on the day. Here's how the Pompey runners got on in the Top 10 finishing positions for the Women's event and the Top 20 for the Men's –
- 1st – Hannah Barnard – 21:46
- 3rd – Sarah Hall – 22.58
- 5th – Cameron Maguire – 38:25
- 8th – Charles Taylor – 39:30
- 9th – Cole Lakin – 40:35
- 10th – Karl Erik-Laid – 41:14
- 11th – Ben Saunby – 42:08
- 12th – Simon Slattery – 42:36
- 16th – Marcus Harding – 49:57
- 19th – Anish Gurung – 56:34
- 20th – Rafael Hernandez – 56:50
– next up we have a report from Adam Dart, about how he got on at BUCS Duathlon this weekend –
'In one word it was Brutal. Not completely happy with my performance, but gave it my all. The race was shortened due to a medical emergency in an earlier race so the bike course was cut to 3 laps, just 6 miles. The first run was crazy and super hard as it just went off so quick and by halfway most athletes were starting to blow up, including me. I felt good in the bike and moved up the field, but with only 3 laps it was hard to make a difference. I also had to be very careful as well not to be disqualified for drafting – which meant I had to do quite a bit of slowing down and accelerating again to avoid being behind people in their draft. I moved up more places on the last run but by the time my legs properly warmed up into it the race was over. Overall I finished 89th.'
The 2nds remain unbeaten in league and cup, as they inflicted a first defeat of the season upon Roehampton 1sts in their Tier 3 clash at Spinnaker on Sunday. Man of the Match, Dan Allen impressed with a hat-trick and two assists as Pompey stretched their lead at the top. Tima was also on hand with a hat-trick with other goals coming from Captain, Andrea Xeureb, Lewis James, Harry Bailey, Alex Younge and Lopen Louis. Assists on the day were from Tima, Xuereb, Younge and Louis. This, their 3rd win of the league campaign sees them 6 points clear after 4 matches in SE3A, with a trip to Kingston 1sts in the Conference Cup next on the agenda, for the high-flying 2's.
It was bad news for Men's 1sts though as they suffered their first defeat of the season going down by the narrowest of margins 11-10 against Surrey. Benjamin Chevreau  Alex Mills and Tonye Sotonye  Argemiro Sassa, Cormac McAinsh and Captain Patryk Cekus  got the goals, with assists from Chevreau, Mills, Sotonye, Sassa, Marwan Kisserwan and Josh Barrett. Pompey still sit top of the Tier 2 table, 3 points clear of their promotion rivals, Surrey, who have a game in hand. Pompey will be looking to get back on track when they host Brunel in a fortnight in the league, but next up they take on St. Mary's 2nds in the next round of the Conference Cup at Spinnaker.
Golf continued their great work in the community, as they took on U.S Portsmouth Cricket Club in the inaugural, BI-Annual Cleveland Cup event at Meon Valley on Sunday. Played over 27 holes, in a Ryder Cup style format, the teams were underway early at 7:45am for the Doubles tournament. After the three Doubles encounters, U.S. Portsmouth edged things 2-1, but it was fair to say the better golfers did not have luck on their side. Things remained tight during the late morning Singles with the two teams locked in competition, right until the final match. Eventually the Singles competition resulted in a 3-3 tie, with U.S. Portsmouth victors on the day, by the narrowest of margins [5-4] to take the trophy. A great day of competition, matching up the undoubted quality of the low-handicap University Golf Club against the steady higher-handicap golfers of U.S Portsmouth. Giving up a shot a hole to your opponents in match play is never easy, but it's a system that levels the playing field enough to produce what was a thoroughly entertaining afternoon of golf. The two teams will go again in the Spring, where U.P.G.C will be looking to get their hands on the trophy.
Cleveland Cup result:
- University of Portsmouth Golf Club 
- United Services Portsmouth Cricket Club 
Doubles: Valley Course -
- Gareth Toms and Andrew Lilley [USPCC] Won 3 and 1 v's Stephen Williams and Max Walmisley [UPGC]
- Nick Roebuck and Dan Colman [UPGC] Won 1 Up v's Barney Toms and Harry Harris [USPCC]
- Tim Gadd and Tom Harris [USPCC] Won 1 Up v's Iain Clarke and Sean Doyle [UPGC]
Singles: Meon Course
- Nick Roebuck [UPGC] V's Harry Harris [USPCC] - Match Finished All Square
- Max Walmisley [UPGC] V's Barney Toms [USPCC] - Max Walmisley Won 1 Up
- Stephen Williams [UPGC] V's Tom Harris [USPCC] - Tom Harris Won 5 and 3
- Dan Colman [UPGC] V's Andrew Lilley [USPCC] - Match Finished All Square
- Iain Clarke [UPGC] V's Tim Gadd [USPCC] - Iain Clarke Won 3 and 1
- Sean Doyle [UPGC] V's Gareth Toms [USPCC] - Gareth Toms Won 3 and 2
So that is 'about that,' as Mrs. That said to her neighbours whilst showing them Mr. That's biography...
And I'll leave you with some Celebrity gossip as you may have heard in the press, about the Axl Rose impressionist who burnt his hand on some cutlery in the gutter outside his favourite restaurant. When questioned, he stated that in his defence... 'It's hard to hold fork handles in a cold November drain...'