It was one of my favourite days of the year today - Shardeloes Day! And it was a great turnout by Chiltern Harriers, both within the ranks of runners and volunteers. A huge thanks is due to Race Director Matt Robins for putting on yet another great event and the huge army of helpers that made Chiltern’s first event since before the pandemic a real success.
With 30+ Harriers amongst the almost 200 finishers, you’ll forgive me - I hope - for not including everyone. The full results are here.
CHAC took home both the men’s and women’s team prizes, with Steve Fields’ ‘Welcome to Running’ crew also bringing home second place in the fun teams, behind the ‘Old Queens’ (ably led home by our own Matt Lawrence). The first individual home was Burnham’s Andrew Humphrey in a time of 39.22, closely followed by Chilterns’ Alex Paul (39.27) and James Palmer (39.39). In the women’s race, Chiltern’s Maddie Hughes was victorious in a time of 43.13, followed by Fay Cripps in 2nd place (46.41) and Sarah Pearson of Burnham Joggers in 3rd (47.04). There were wins in the age categories for Chiltern for Tom Dixon (M40 - 40.10); Sarah Quantrill (F40 - 49.07); and Cath Holloway (F50 - 50.26).
In non-Shardeloes news, Ross Jarman did fantastically well to finish 6th overall in Centurion’s ‘Chiltern Wonderland’ yesterday (Saturday 18 September), completing the 50 mile event in a very speedy 8.08.16. Well done, Ross - all that training paid off! Richard Lloyd ticked off his 100th parkrun and a course PB at Wendover Woods (26.59), whilst Fiona Kelleher earned herself an all-time PB of 21.57 at Hunstanton Promenade. And finally, Amber Stubbings was in triathlon action again at Dorney Lake in the Season Finale from the Human Race. Amber clocked up a time of 1.47.11 over the sprint distance event (0.75k swim, 21.2k bike, and 5k run).
DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON THE SOCIAL EVENT OF THE SEASON? Book your tickets for this Friday’s CHAC Social evening by Tuesday 21 September. You can also nominate someone to receive a ‘Spirit of Harriers’ Award (even if you're unable to attend the event). There will be no on the door entries, so it is worth being organised.
SOME DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: the Chiltern Cross Country League is back, with the following dates / venues
Oxford (Horspath) on 16 October (confirmed)
Milton Keynes (Teardrop Lakes) on 13 November (confirmed)
Bedford (Keysoe) on 4 December (confirmed)
Biggleswade (Shuttleworth College) on 15 January
Milton Keynes (Campbell Park) on 19 February
COMING UP LOCALLY: Humanity Direct Tring Ultra, Southern Athletics League Road and Cross Country Relay Championships, Buford Bolt 10k, Henley Half Marathon & 10k. Check out the Club Calendar for details of these events and more.