Happy Bank Holiday Monday, Harriers. And what a great week it’s been for running. However, before we get into the running, let’s celebrate the awesome achievement of Tim Dawson and Victoria Lucas. They walked 100 miles to the coast (Christchurch, to be precise) to raise money to help beat prostate cancer - an illness affecting 1 in 8 men in the UK. If you’d like to support their cause, visit Tim’s page here.
And now into the running action. We’ll kick things off wit results from last Wednesday’s Watford Open meet. No less than 21 Chiltern athletes took part in heats across the 1500m, 3000m and long jump. Mila Luker was in action in the long jump, jumping a distance of 4.91.
There were PB performances by all three Chiltern athletes running in the 3000m: Matthew Evans (9.02.86); Marlie Nkoane (10.55.05); and Issy Robinson (11.09.66).
There was a great number of PBs in the 1500m as well: Charlie de Sousa (5.08.10); Hari Mistry (5.12.73); Ellie Shield (4.53.21); Jack Turner (4.55.67); Emily Ford (4.57.67); Rory Hilton (4.37.40); Aidan Suleyman (4.16.79); and Alex Aldred (3.58.33). They were joined by Lily Jessop-Tranter and Callum Powell with season’s best performances (4.55.69 and 4.41.55, respectively) and: Jacob McCall (5.20.97); Isaac McCall (5.36.77); Eddie O’Brien (5.03.34); Hugo Mundy (5.08.40); Maya Davis (5.09.53); Kara Gorman (4.50.85) and Isaac Jessop-Tranter (4.07.49).
Moving on to this weekend and parkrun results: Ollie Jackson was 1st in Black Park (17.29); Katie Royals - at Church Mead (22.39); and Rebecca Lawson - at Shongweni in South Africa (26.02). Charlie de Sousa earned himself a Black Park course PB after his speedy track performance (20.39).
And finally, Mike’Tiny’ Turney brought home the silver- (gold-)ware at the Headington 5 mile road race yesterday, Sunday 27 August. Mike clocked a PB time of 30.07, taking the prize for first V60 and the course record for the age category. Well done, Mike!
I’d like to give a final shout out for completion of the Club communications survey. We are especially lacking in returns by junior athletes, so please could you take the time to flag this to juniors in your network (or - indeed - complete it yourself!) It only takes a few minutes and can be found here.
COMING UP LOCALLY: the Leighton 10k and our very own Shardeloes 10k. Check out the Club Calendar for more. If you’re unable to run Shardeloes this year, then why not help out on the day. Talk to Trevor Davies if you’d like to volunteer. Otherwise, hurry up an get yourself registered :-)