Well, as Your Humble Race Reporter gets #TotesEmosh to 90s power ballads, it’s only the second time today when she’s been brought to tears. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I watch the London Marathon, it still remains one of those events that words just can’t explain. From the inspirational stories of those running for a cause or a loved one, through to the absolutely breathtaking performances from some of our very own Chiltern Harriers, it is always a day to remember.
But before we get onto that emotional rollercoaster, a somewhat gentler start with yesterday’s parkrun reporting: there was a first place for Adam Day at Black Park in a fab time of 17.02, meanwhile Rich Lloyd came away with a course PB from Ricky (26.27) and Isaac Jessop-Tranter, one of our Spirit of Harriers awardees, - an all-time parkrun PB at Cassiobury (18.03).
Moving on to today, Sunday 3 October, Sylvia Moss was first (first female, Sylvia, the suspense is killing me?!!) at the Abbots Langley Tough 10 (k), in a time of 46.31, and earning herself a very very big cup in the process, whilst husband Richard clocked a fab time of 41.49.
In Thruxton, Neil Turner took part in the Mass Attack Duathlon (2.3 mile run, 11.7 mile bike, 2.3 mile run), earning himself a brilliant 2nd place in a time of 1.00.33 in tough, windy conditions.
In today’s marathon news, Rik Edwards took on the Dorney Marathon, finishing in 4.20.50, whilst Matt Channer did two marathons in one - both the Phoenix Running ‘Not the London Marathon AGAIN’ and the virtual London Marathon - on the banks of the Thames, in a time of 3.57.54. And now, drumroll please, the London Marathon mass participation event…..
Aran Davidson was the first Harrier home, and 67th overall, in a PB time of 2.28.42. There were also a number of Harriers within the top 100 for their age categories: Miriam Kempson (a PB of 3.48.02); Ali Young (3.06.54); Christine Burroughs (PB - 3.13.41); Sue Elliott (a PB, surely? - 3.28.54); Barbara Ralph (4.35.58, and the female with the MOST ever London Marathons); and David Walker, one of those elusive ever-presents (6.23.00). With equally awesome performances, PBs for Tom Powell (3.17.41) and Ed Wright (3.28.59), and stunning runs by: Roger Ellerby (4.07.22); Alan Hornibook (3.37.15 - his last run as a Harrier - thank you for all your positivity, creativity and speed over the years, Alan!); Tamsin Finch (4.09.05); Fiona Kelleher (3.57.59); Tim Hipgrave (4.00.56); Mark Redmond (4.18.31); and Steve Field (5.22.25). Huge well done to all of our London Marathon-ers and all our runners this week!
COMING UP LOCALLY: Buford Bolt 10k, Henley Half Marathon, Chiltern League Match 1 and the Southern Cross Country Relays. Check out the Club Calendar for more.