Well, it’s the start of September and it’s back to racing. My goodness have Harriers been busy! Before we get on to this weekend’s results a small flashback to August, and an apology from your humble Race Reporter for missing this the first time around. On 22 August three intrepid Harriers took on the Coombe Hill Fell Race, organised by our friends in Tring Running Club. Tessa Passey came home with first in her age category, in 39.32, joined by Jonathan Coutts (40.47) and David Saul (41.27). Congratulations!
And with that, we’ll continue chronologically, and celebrate parkrun successes from yesterday, Saturday 4 September. Ricky saw a plethora of all-time PBs: Neil Walker (19.35); Grant Whitaker; Patrick Ahern (20.35); and Sam Meldrum equalled his at 19.11. There was also an all-time record for Jerry Anderson (18.39 at Wycombe Rye). A number also earned course PBs: Rebecca Lawson (24.35 at Black Park); Mike Worsfold (21.21 at Dinton Pastures); and Adam Shute and Richard Lloyd (19.27 and 27.50, respectively, at Wendover Woods).
Over at Dorney Lake Tom Emery came home as the first finisher in the Run Dorney 5k event (16.40), joined by Alicia Bushell, who was 2nd female (20.00). In the Half Marathon event running buddies Julia Aliaj and Beth Lang finished in identical times of 1.52.11 (joint 3rd or joint 4th in age category, depending on your point of view), with Helen Cholawo coming home in 1.58.08, Lyndsey Bill - 2.05.17 and Jonathan Fenner - 2.07.10. Well done all!
Further north (in the Midlands, which, I’ll have you know, isn’t The North) Dave Bellamy put in a sterling effort in the Joust 24 hour event. Dave clocked up 10 laps over 13 hours, and a distance of 54.1 miles. Great work and ideal preparation (?) for next week’s Great North Run.
Moving on to today, Harriers returned to Dorney Lake for more Half Marathon action, but this time in the re-located Maidenhead Half. Aran Davidson led the greens home, taking 3rd position in a time of 1.11.26. He was joined most swiftly by: Ian Lawson (1.25.32); Mike ‘Tiny’ Turney (1.28.52); Tom Powell (1.36.45); Tom Wright (1.38.03) and Matt Lawrence (1.50.55). Joining them in Half Marathon races were Ed Wright, at the MK Festival of Running (1.42.12) and Alan Hornibrook, in Plymouth’s ‘Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon’, where he was 3rd in his age category in 1.41.11. Moving up a distance notch, Rik Edwards had a great run to be 2nd in age category in the 20 miler at Bedford RunFest, in a time of 2.57.00.
Heading to 10k news: CHAC were out in strength at the Bovingdon 10k. Richard Moss was first home in 42.03, followed by wife Sylvia in 47.33, and also David Saul (50.33) and Trevor ‘Just One More Lap’ Brawn, (56.11 and first in age category). Kingsley Nanton was the only Harrier competing in the Thame 10k, finishing in a solid 43.24 (although it looks like Christine Taylor accidentally joined the race whilst out on her long training run!); and Dave Howells headed to the Big Smoke for the London Summer Run 10k, finishing in 47.43.
And finally, this Race Reporter is on tenterhooks to know whether Chiltern has any qualifiers for the European Triathlon Championships, with both Nick Hughes and Hannah Wardley in action in the trials over the standard distance at Box End. Hannah was 2nd in her category in an overall time of 2.35.33 and Nick was 3rd in his in 2.33.05. Brilliant stuff!
LOOKING FOR A VIRTUAL LONDON MARATHON PLACE? Chesham-based charity DreamFlight have three to give away! If you are up for the challenge, the cost to cover is £28 and the charity would welcome any donations or fundraising alongside that. If you are interested, can you let me (Ellie Bates) know by latest 24 September.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Southern Athletics League Match 4 in Reading, the Maulden Community 5k, our very own Shardeloes 10k (no entries on the day, remember!), the Chiltern Harriers Social, XNRG Tring Ultra and the Southern Road Relay Championships. Check out the Club Calendar for more details and further events.