Well today was the first day of British Summer time and I, for one, am enjoying the fact that I am looking at my window and it’s still light. And I think I’ve made excellent use of it: in the last hour I have continued to feed my recent addiction to Spooks on BBC iPlayer, made some very questionable flapjacks and and ferreted about in my shed (without needing a torch).
Good Evening Race Report fans. I know that people look forward to Sunday evening Race Report, so in these extraordinary times, I did not want to leave you bereft! Given that there is more than enough content out there on the Internet about staying fit and healthy, and I did not think anyone needed to hear a lengthy account of the inner workings of my mind, I thought some pictures would brighten everyone's day.
Based on guidance issued by England Athletics, regrettably, we have had to cancel this evening's session and all club activities until the end of April at the earliest.
Stay strong, stay healthy, help each other.
We'll get through this!
Twenty-five Chiltern Harriers were taking part for their County Schools teams in the English Schools Cross Country Championships, held this year at Sefton Park in Liverpool. This is the big end-of-season young athletes championship with three age groups - Juniors (Years 8 and 9), Intermediates (Years 10 and 11), Seniors (Years 12 and 13).
It was a dry day but the flattish course was muddy and featured some standing water, so a challenging test for the runners.
Zoe Gilbody grabbed the headlines again with a win in the Junior Girls race. That makes it a hat-trick of National titles for the Shropshire Schools runner, after National and Inter Counties success in the past few weeks.
Race Report is not in the habit of giving public health advice, and it’s not going to break that habit… just pure, unadulterated running stuff here, I’m afraid.
Matt Channer kicked the weekend off in style by winning the Phoenix Track Wars marathon event on the evening of Friday 13 March (luck for some!) His time was 3.44.24. Well done, Matt!
There was an impressive total of thirty-five Chiltern Harriers selected by their counties to run in the UKCAU National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire on Saturday.
This is the most prestigious of the season-end national races with regional teams from Wales and Scotland joining the English counties to make a truly national competition.
Most Chiltern runners were taking part for Buckinghamshire but there were also a few running for Hertfordshire and one for Shropshire.
Race Report 7 - 8 March: Amersham & Green Man Ultras, Running Miles at Dorney Lake, Hillingdon 20, Buckinghamshire Duathlon and more
With apologies for it being late, welcome to this week’s Race Report. And what a busy one it was too for racing, with Harriers taking part in events both long and short, on road and on trail, on foot and by bike! Not included are results from Saturday’s Inter-Counties, for which I suggest you keep an eye open for Steve Perkin’s report.
Welcome, Race Report fans, to a weekend of half marathons! There really were loads of you pounding the pavements and the paths this weekend. However, before we talk about this weekend's results, a quick hark back to last weekend and a couple of races that I missed. Firstly, Grace Birch battled hail, wind and sand to complete the Northumberland Coastal Trail Series marathon event, on Saturday 22 February, taking in 27 miles of coastline to Bamburgh Castle in a time of 5.18.40. On 23 February Joanna Warfield completed her first ever half marathon around (and around) Dorney Lake in 1.55.28.
Some of you may be aware that the club now has a defibrillator.
While we hope this is an investment we never need to use, it's important that as many of you as possible know how to access and use this life saving piece of equipment, should the need ever arise.
More information and a brief demonstration of how to use our defibrillator (or any of those publicly available in the area) will be provided by Ian Scott before our training session on Tuesday 3 March. If you are interested, please be at the Academy for a prompt 7:15 start.
Mike Shrive looks after the equipment - please contact him or Andy Hickman if you need any information before the session on the 3rd.
Chiltern’s U13 Boys were the heroes of Nottingham at the National Cross Country Championships on Saturday. The team scored a convincing win at a grey and muddy Woollaton Park and Alden Collier added the National title to the Southern he won at the end of January. The boys were the top team from 44 complete teams from around the country. Zoe Gilbody also ran brilliantly and won the U13 Girls individual title.