Harrow AC hosted an open graded meeting on Thursday comprising 800m and 1500m. Harrow had planned staggered arrival times, designated warm-up areas, and specific leaving times to maximise safety. Races were run with a maximum of six athletes in both distances.
In a total of 120 athletes Chiltern Harriers provided an impressive 17 middle distance runners all keen to get racing after a frustrating summer of few opportunities.
There were some good runs and even a few PBs in a well-organised meeting that was dampened by very wet weather.
Race 1 – Savarnah Pandya (U15) won the first race of the evening in 2.48.8
Race 2 – Hannah Ashby (U15) was third with 2.43.8.
Race 3 – There were two Chilterns in this one, Ellie Shield (U15) second in 2.35.4, just outside her PB, and Rosa Williams (U15) sixth in 2.43.3.
Race 4 – Soraya Lockwood (U20) was third in 2.35.8 and Marea Logan (U15) fifth in 2.42.0.
Race 6 – The Henderson twins (U17) were fourth and fifth, both off their best, Holly running 2.24.9, Abbie 2.27.1.
Race 7 – U15 Issac Jessop-Tranter won this one in an impressive PB of 2.15.4, and U20 Joe Day ran a PB of 2.20.8 to be fifth.
Race 8 – U17 Thomas Askey dropped his PB by nearly five seconds to win Race 8 in 2.06.4.
Race 9 - More U17 PBs came in this one – Finn O’Brien second in 2.08.7 (a ten second PB) and Charlie Stone fourth in 2.09.8.
Race 12 – U20 Tom Hunter ran another PB in the last 800m of the evening to be sixth in 2.04.8.
Race 3 – U15 Maddie Hughes was fourth in 5.02.6.
Race 4 – U15 Thomas Redmond ran a PB of 4.31.9 to win Race 4 by a good margin.
Race 7 – In-form senior Aran Davidson ran big PB to be fourth in 4.17.1.
Adam Day looks like being Chiltern’s most prolific track performer this season.
On August 16th Adam made the trip to Nuneaton to run in the open meeting there. He was in the top rated race and won in another strong time of 1.55.00, just half a second down on his recently set PB. A week later Adam was back at Nuneaton as a guest in the Birchfield Inter Club match and ran a big 1500m PB of 3.57.96.
See video of Adam's race
On August 27th Harrow AC is hosting an 800m and 1500m open meeting and 16 Chiltern athletes have entered.
On the road Aran Davidson put in two great runs in quick succession. On Friday 21st he took part in the MK 5k PB Special round Willen Lake and scorched to a big PB of 15.18. Also running was Ali Young who ran a great race of 19.21.
On Sunday 23rd Aran was back on the roads in the St Albans Summer 10k where he was an excellent fourth in 32.29. Mike Turney was also involved, clocking a rapid 37.35 to be fifth Vet 50 and 61st overall. Andy Wiseall was 122nd in 40.22
The British Milers Club hosted an 800m meeting at Lee Valley on Wednesday. As with previous meetings this Covid-19 summer, the races were 800m only, run in lanes, with athletes in alternate lanes only.
This requires a different set of skills to normal middle distance running, and athletes were pleased to hear that all races after August 8th would revert to the traditional format, albeit with a maximum of six in a race.
On Wednesday Cameron Reid was in the B race, Harry Cox the C race and Adam Day the D race. Temperatures were mild but a gusty wind made for some tricky conditions.
Harry was first up in the ‘outside’ lane of lane 5. Harry put in a solid effort to be third in 1.57.16. Cameron ended up in a race of only two, but ran well from lane 1 to be second in 1.55.60. Adam Day was also in lane 1 in his race and was closing fast in the closing stages to be second in 1.55.58.