It was great to be back at a Watford Wednesday open after a hiatus of two years.
Chiltern athletes were involved in 200m, 1500m and 3000m races and there were several great performances in still, mild conditions.
U13 Ellie Danner looked strong in race 1 to be second in a PB of 29.59. U13 Felix Danielli was eighth in race 3 in 29.40.
In a race where all ten athletes ran PBs U15 Olivia Clarke ran 5.19.38 and U13 Marlie Nkoane 5.22.37.
U17 Hannah Ashby had her first race of the season and looked good in running a PB of 5.11.80.
U13 Tom Ford ran away from the field and logged a very impressive PB of 4.52.68 to put him the national top 30. Tom’s sister Emily (U15) also ran well to log a big PB of 5.02.30. U17 Ellie Shield was outside her best with 5.23.01.
U15s Frankie Baxter and Lesedi Nkoane both had their best 1500m runs of the season running 4.53.47 and 4.58.13 respectively.
U15 Max Baxter ran strongly to be third in a PB of 4.44.70 but fellow U15 Callum Powell was a few seconds outside his PB with 5.02.56.
U23 Seb Mills last ran 1500m in 2016 so his PB was in need of revision. A well paced race saw Seb second in a new best of 4.18.21.
U20 Louis Peterson had a great run to be seventh in a PB of 4.11.75.
U20 Max McGarvie had a solid run to log 4.06.06.
U23 Cameron Reid ran another sub-4 race with 3.59.67, a couple of seconds outside his recently set best.
All four athletes scored good PBs in the two races, Sammy Bennetts second in race 1 with 9.38.92. Also in race 1 U15 Daniel Munn ran well for 10.05.78 and Senior woman Hannah Wardley a massive PB of 10.22.83. In race 2 U23 Richard Slade was always in the front pack and ended up second in a great time of 8.40.15.
Harry Cox, Adam Day and Cameron Reid made the trip to Loughborough for the third BMC Grand Prix of the season and all had good runs in 800m. Conditions were good, with mild temperatures, after a week of intense heat.
Harry Cox moved up to the B race after his great 1.49.79 at Watford and had another good run against a strong field including ex British champion Spencer Thomas. Harry was sixth in 1.50.69, his second best ever time.
Video of Harry's Race
Adam Day is having a busy season and also had his second best ever run (in new spikes) to be seventh in 1.52.99.
Video of Adam's Race
Cameron Reid finished well to be fourth in 1.53.42, just a tenth outside his season’s best.
Video of Cameron's Race
We are, again organising a coach to take people to the start of the London Marathon on 3rd October.
Pick up points Chesham Station, Amersham Station and near Little Chalfont Station.
Times to be decided once the London Marathon organisers announce the start times
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Good Evening, Race Report Fans! With the Tokyo Olympics now in full swing, I’m delighted to bring you a choice Race Report of all that has been going on over the last couple of weeks.
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I hope you were able to take part in the resumption of parkrunning on Saturday 24 July.
Team South Bucks were a creditable third on Sunday in the Youth Development League Upper Age Group match at Eton. The composite team, composed of U17 and U20 athletes from Chiltern Harriers and Wycombe Phoenix, suffered from absentees due to covid isolation amongst other factors, but the athletes taking part all did well and there were several wins and personal bests achieved.
Chistina Poulsen and Jemima Hay looked after 100m and Abi Symonds and Zenzele Samuel-John 200m. In 400m Cerys Vico and Sian Vico both achieved sub 60 second PBs. Holly Henderson ran a season’s best 2.20.27 in A string 800m and Orla Williams ran B string. Olivia Brown won A string 1500m and Ella Watson B string, and Ellen Cooper won A string 3000m. In the field Hannah Wells won hammer and discus, was second in shot, and fourth in javelin. Jemima Hay was third in A string long jump and Rufaro Chikwanda was second in triple jump. The 4 x 100m relay team of Abi Symonds, Jemima Hay, Sian Vico and Sienna Drummond were second, as were the 4 x 400m relay team of Cerys Vico, Abi Symonds, Holly Henderson and Olivia Brown.
Keelan Welch ran A string 100m and 200m and Dominic Symonds looked after 400m. Max McGarvie was second in 800m but won A string 1500m with Finn O’Brien winning the B string. John Nickless was third in 800m B string. In 3000m Louis Peterson was second in A string, James Palmer second in B string. Marko Stankovic was fourth in 110m hurdles and third in high jump, Jerry Anderson third in triple jump. Toby Folkes and Kesegan Suthakar did an excellent job in all four throws, Toby winning B string hammer, Kes winning B string discus and javelin. The 4 x 100m relay team of Keelan, Marko, Saajan Jassy and Ryan Wells were third as were the 4 x 400m relay team of Max McGarvie, Dominic Symonds, Andrew Partridge and John Nickless.
Jemma Thomson was second in A string 100m and 200m. Sienna Drummond was third in 100m B string, Olivia Edwards third in A string 300m (PB of 45.44) and Zenzele Samuel-John was third in 300m. Alice Brown was second in A string 800m, Olivia Edwards third in B string. Rosa Williams was third in A string 1500m. In 3000m Charlotte Docwra was second in a PB of 10.50.26, Ellie Shield winning B string in 11.39.32. Chisom Nwafor put in a good shift, second in A string 80m hurdles, high jump and javelin. Jess Cook was third in B string 80m hurdles, third in A string hammer and A string shot. In 300m hurdles Rufaro Chikwanda was third in A string, Gabi Riley third in B string. Gabi added second in A string triple jump and B string shot. Abbie Henderson was second in A string 1500m steeplechase and won B string high jump. Amber Galley was third in A string discus. The 4 x 100m relay team of Christina Poulsen, Zenzele Samuel-John, Eva Sandy and Rufaro Chikwanda was second. The 4 x 300m relay team of Jemma Thomson, Chisom Nwafor, Jess Cook and Rufaro Chikwanda were second.
Saajan Jassy ran A string 100m and Josh Gonsalves was second in 200m, Adam Winstanley third in B string. Thomas Askey won A string 1500m steeplechase in his first attempt at the event and was third in A string 400m. Felix Palmer and Andrew Partridge looked after 800m and Sammy Bennetts was third in A string 1500m. Jerry Anderson was third in A string 3000m. Ryan Wells ran a 100m hurdles PB of 13.76 to be second and added second in long jump (6.06m) and a win in triple jump. Noah Hobson won B string triple jump and was second in B string long jump. Andrew partridge took care of A string discus and hammer and Adam Winstanley A string shot.
The final match of the season is at Reading on September 5th.
Chiltern District Schools Championships
This year several schools did not take part in this meeting but there were several good performances by Chiltern athletes. The meeting was at Hillingdon On Wednesday July 7th.
Year 8 Boys
Rory Hilton had a great run to win the 800m in 2.26.0 and Daniel Munn had a strong win in 1500m in 4.48.8. Johnny Tunstall won shot with 10.37m.
Year 9 Boys
Ethan McCall won 800m in 2.22.7 and was second in javelin with 24.95m. Max Baxter was second in 1500m in 4.48.7.
Year 10 Boys
Oakley Denson won 800m in 2.06.8 with Sammy Bennetts second in 2.14.7. Sammy added a win in 1500m in 4.32.9 and Oakley was third in javelin with 22.95m.
Year 7 Girls
Issy Robinson won 200m in 31.6 and added another victory in 1500m with 5.55.5.
Year 8 Girls
Georgia Potts was second in 200m in 30.9. In 800m Olivia Clarke won in 2.35.8 and Lucy Wilkinson was second in 2.42.2. Jocelyn Davies was second in 1500m in 5.39.4 and also in high jump 1.21m. Olivia Clarke was fourth with 1.09m. Lucy Wilkinson was third in javelin with 14.26m.
Year 9 Girls
Kayla Best was second in 200m in 27.8.
Year 10 Girls
Gabi Riley won 80m hurdles with 14.7.
Thames Valley Harriers and BMC Open Meeting
Later on Wednesday 7th Several Chiltern athletes across the age groups ran in the open meeting at Wormwood Scrubs, hosted by Thames Valley Harriers and featuring an hour of British Milers Club Regional meeting.
PBs for U13s Evelyn Wildman (2.35.45), Katie Allsop (2.45.87) and Charlie De Sousa (2.50.60). U15 Callum Powell was just outside his PB with 2.23.01, U15 Lucy Wilkinson ran a season’s best 2.44.52, and U17 Alice Brown ran a good 2.29.66, just outside her season’s best.
Senior Richard Slade won the 3000m with a PB of 8.51.60. U20 Emily Alderson ran 11.35.00.
Adam Day was fourth in the A race with 1.54.09, Thomas Askey was second in the D race in 2.03.45,
U17 Matthew Evans ran a PB of 4.39.30 to be third in the C race. In the D race Senior Hannah Wardley ran an eight-second PB of 4.52.03 to be second, just ahead of Ian Lawson (Vet 50) who ran 4.53.72. U15 Lesedi Nkoane ran 5.06.79 and U20 Alicia Bushell 5.15.31.
Southern Athletics League – Horspath
A few Chiltern athletes made the trip to Oxford, Horspath for the second Southern Athletics League match on the 11th. V50 Ian Lawson improved his 1500m time to run 4.50.7 whilst U17 Matthew Evans made his 3000m debut logging 10.34.0. U20 Alicia Bushell also made a debut, in 5000m, recording a creditable 19.40.8. Vet 40 Fiona Calder (T20) tackled several events and logged 19.4 in 100m, 44.30 in 200m, 1.44.2 in 400m, and 1.323m in long jump.
U23 Cameron Reid ran in a high quality BMC 1500m race at Eltham on the 14th, coming seventh in 3.57.82, a new PB by 11 seconds.
Important message to all those attending our Training Sessions and those looking to do races again shortly.
We know some of you have still not renewed your membership for the current year. It is important for you and important for the Club as the Insurance cover for incidents that occur in training with the Club only applies to fully payed up Club members. If you are not sure if you have paid, you can check with Steve Field whose details are on the membership application forms.
Parkruns are still on schedule to resume on Saturday 24 July.
Tuesday 20 July - Session 1 -
Speed Endurance, at Botley Playing Fields, Chesham ready for warm up at 7.00pm with Mike Shrive.
Parking in Codmore Crescent Cul de Sac off The Braid, Chesham then walk through the alleyway on to the playing fields.
Limited to 30 athletes + coach.
You must use the booking system and comply with the Covid Risk Assessment.
Tuesday 20 July - Session 2 -
Endurance Run at Fullers Fields, Chesham with Trevor Brawn ready for warm up at 7pm.
Parking at Fullers Close or Town Centre car parks.
Limited to 30 athletes. You must use the booking system and comply with the Covid Risk Assessment.
Ideal training for our Shardeloes 10km event on 19 September.
Thursday 22 July - Session 3 -
Merchant Taylors School, Moor Park. Track Training with Mike Shrive ready for warm up at 7.25.
The athletes will naturally split into small even pace groups to make it a safe and effective session.
The cost is £2 per session with each athlete being invoiced after the last session of the Summer
Limited to 28 athletes. You must use the booking system and comply with the Covid Risk Assessment.
How to book into your sessions
1. Athletes must go to this link and check that there are places available at their preferred session(s) - check the number, NOT the percentage of people opted to attend. If you are the first person you will not see any responses
2. Athletes will then need to go to this link to then register their intention and ensure that they have read the COVID19 Risk Assessment.
PLEASE NOTE: the COVID-19 Risk Assessment has been amended for current guidance and change in location so you must have another look at it.
Eight Chiltern Harriers athletes were selected for the Buckinghamshire Schools team at the prestigious English Schools Championships held at Manchester over the weekend.
There were some superb performances with Alden Collier winning the Junior Boys 1500m and Isaac Jessop-Tranter winning bronze in Junior Boys 800m. Four others came top-eight. All the Chiltern athletes taking part competed well and gave a good account of themselves.
Saturday 9th- Seniors
Lily Holt was the sole Chiltern Senior taking part on Saturday. After a few years of competing at the championships in high jump, this year Lily turned her attention to 100m hurdles. In a strong heat Lily ran a great PB of 14.91 to be seventh. Lily then progressed to the B final where she was fourth in 15.17.
Sunday 10th – Intermediates
Holly Henderson ran 800m at the last championships two years ago but this year has taken up 1500m steeplechase and went into the meeting ranked fourth. In a straight final Holly had an excellent run to be fourth in 5.14.70, just outside her recently set PB.
Chisom Nwafor also had a great competition. Chisom achieved ESAA entry standards in long jump, shot and 200m but was selected for long jump as that was her highest ranking. In a very closely fought competition Chisom came fourth with a big PB of 5.84cm. First jumped 5.91m, second 5.89m and third 5.87m. Both Holly and Chisom are in the frame for selection for the School Games National Finals at Loughborough in September .
Maddie Hughes has had a great season, with 3000m being her best event. Maddie received a late call-up and had a super run, taking over three seconds off her PB to log 10.17.00 in a straight final to be fifteenth.
Saturday 11th – Juniors
Alden Collier went into the championships leading the rankings at both 800m and 1500m. Choosing 1500m Alden has built up confidence over a series of races this year. After two steady laps Alden took up the pace and took the title, after a sub 60 second last lap, in 4.12.89.
Also featuring for Bucks in 1500m were Euan and Archie Pinder. Going into the race ranked tenth and twelfth, the twins both had storming races to finish in sixth and eight respectively in times of 4.21.17 and 4.22.35.
Isaac Jessop-Tranter was inspired by the occasion and had the race of his life to knock over two seconds off his 800m PB to finish second in his heat in 2.01.16, just half a second off the winner. Heat 2 saw the winner record exactly the same time as Heat 1 but Isaac was well ahead of Heat 2’s second placer. So a well-deserved bronze medal.
A certain football match is taking most of the attention this weekend, but there’s still been some Sterling performances from the Harriers.
I’m Shaw you can’t wait to find out what everyone’s been up to the past two weeks…
3rd – 4th July
Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon
Dave Williams and Chris Ryder came 35th out of 78 teams (Carrock Fell). Nearly 30 miles spread over 2 days with over 11,000 ft of climb, complete with a few Trippier hazards too!
Richmond Park Half Marathon
Jennifer Webb finished the Rice(ing) and falling half marathon course in 1:58:09.
Regent’s Park 10k
Grant Whitaker was 1st V50 at the Regent’s Park 10k, completing the course in 41.39.
Hannah Wardley and Ian Lawson tested their speed at Wormwood Scrubs BMC Regional Races. Hannah ran a 1500m PB of 4:52.03, while Ian was also rewarded with a PB of 4:53.72.
Saturday 10th July
Chiltern Challenge 50km
A group of Harriers endured 30 miles of hurt (marginally more pleasant that 30 years of hurt I’m told…) to complete the Chiltern Challenge Ultra on Saturday.
Times are taken from Strava as I can’t find the official results yet…
The Harriers finishers were: Hywel Thomas (5.01.24), Julia Aliaj (6.50.01), Matt Channer (6.50.27), Helen Cholawo (tbc), Glen Martin (5.45.14) Dave Bellamy (5.28.42), and Tessa Passey (tbc).
A big shout out to Tim Dawson too, who gave his time to volunteer as course sweeper – meaning he completed the whole course while collecting all the signs and tape.
Even the PM Boris Johnson showed up to support our fabulous Harriers!
Race to the (John) Stones
Nathan Taylor completed the challenging 100km in 12.05.28
Lakeland Trails Ultra 100km
Ellie (Queen of Mud) Bates continued the ultra tastic efforts and completed the Lakeland Trails Ultra 100km, which started at midnight on Friday and featured a fair few (Mason) mounts.
Ellie completed the course in a very impressive 15.06.53.
Cory’s Moor marathon
Cory Dyck ran a marathon round the Moor in Chesham – that’s 42 laps! Even more impressively, he ran it in a time of 3.19.24. Kane you believe it?
He was supported by Ruth (Queen of Fly 5k) Holroyd, Mairead O’Rouke and Trevor Brawn.
Bayston and Lyth Hill 10km
Jonathan Fenner Pickford a tough course to test himself over the 10km distance. He finished the race in 1.07.44. (Strava time)
Chiltern Ridge Half
Further down South(gate) Jenny Bizley took part in the Chiltern Ridge Half. She finished the hilly route in 2.03.20 and was 3rd woman! (Strava time)
Hatfield Vitality 10km
Craig Fulham ran the 10km in a very speedy 39.03. (Strava time)
Well done everyone! If you’re watching football tonight, enjoy - or if you’re desperately trying to avoid it – good luck!
If your racing achievements haven’t been included, please let us know and we’ll update accordingly and of course Saka the race report writer…