This evening Race Report is celebrating the return of parkrun in England. On Friday 11 June parkrun made the announcement that there are now sufficient permissions in place from landowners across the country for events to return on 26 June. And whilst this Race Reporter is very excited for the events’ return, she is wondering whether she will be able to get up in time on a Saturday morning…
Last weekend was an impressive weekend for Chiltern Harriers AC’s triathletes. On 5 June, Patrick Barrett completed the TriathlonX “FullX” event. Described as “the world’s toughest ‘Iron Man’, as voted for by 220 Mag, the event takes in 140 miles with almost 17,000 ft of climbing in the beautiful Lake District. It makes me feel a little dizzy just thinking about it. Patrick finished in a total time of 19.43.09, completing 2.4 miles of swimming in Lake Windermere, 112 miles and 12,000 ft of cycle route and a marathon taking in Scafell Pike (almost 5,000 ft). All I can say is ‘tough as nails’.
On Sunday 6 June, Nick Hughes took part in the British Championships for Standard Triathlon in Leeds, clocking a time of 2.16.54 for the 1.5k swim, 36.2k bike and 10k run. Well done!
If last weekend was the weekend of Triathlon, this weekend was (almost) all about half marathons. On Saturday 12 June Matt Lawrence and Roger Ellerby took on the distance at Dorney Lake, finishing in very respectable times of 1.51.20 and 2.10.57, respectively. Today, Sunday 13 June, Tom Powell was in half marathon action during the Cheltenham Running Festival, achieving a great time of 1.35.33.
Today was also the day of the (always) hilly and (often) hot St Albans Half. This Race Reporter almost can’t believe she is writing this: our very own Aran Davidson was the overall winner of the event, coming home first out of more than 1,500 runners in a brilliant time of 1.12.28. Mike ‘Tiny’ Turney also made an impressive return to racing, coming home 2nd in age category in a time of 1.26.37. There were also brilliant runs from: Simon Conway (1.47.34); Claire Dickinson (2.05.25); Rik Edwards (1.56.54); Fiona Kelleher (1.48.32); Richard Lloyd (2.11.52); Adam Shute (1.22.54); Gemma Stockwell (2.03.56); Tom Wright (1.39.17) and Ed Wright (1.42.23). What brilliant times and a brilliant turnout by Team Green.
And finally, Chiltern’s very own ultra man extraordinaire, Dave Bellamy tackled the gruelling South Downs Way 100 (miler). Starting on Saturday 12 June, Dave completed the Centurion event from Winchester to Eastbourne in 26.07.05. Huge congratulations, Dave!
Good afternoon / evening, Race Report fans. I don’t know about you, but I, for one, have been very happy to see the sunshine this Bank Holiday weekend. I hope all of you who are just getting into your Half Term breaks have a thoroughly lovely break, and see lots more of Mr Sun and Mr Blue Sky (please tell us why, you had to hide away for so long.)
Good Evening, Race Report fans. I hope you have had a lovely weekend. An early shout-out to all those who were participating at the Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow Open Meeting today. Great runs all-round, and loads of PBs. Look out for a Report from Steve Perkin over the next few days.
Nothing quite says Bank Holiday like rain, does it? And nothing says end of a weekend, of any variety, like Race Report. And whilst things are still pretty quiet on the racing front, what we lack in quantity of reporting, Harriers always make up for in quality of racing. No comment on the quality of writing.
With the sun smiling down on the Chilterns, race report is back to give you an update from last two weekends of racing.
It’s the Easter Monday after the Monday before (from when in England we have been allowed to take part in formally organised sports activities again) and that means Race Report is back. With lots of lovely pictures too.
I couldn't think of a better way to mark Mother's Day than to celebrate our lovely Chiltern Harriers family. So please enjoy a selection of our "Mums and Dads on the Run" (and - very occasionally - walk).
Stay safe, healthy, happy and fit, Harriers,
Chiltern Harriers performed very well in Round 2 of the England Athletics Five Mile Road Relay Competition. As expected the standard was higher than Round 1, but the Chiltern aggregate time of 3.45.59 was a four minute improvement for the team, and almost all those individuals who tackled both rounds logged an improved time at the second attempt.
In the end, from fifty complete teams, Chiltern finished a creditable thirteenth and fifty club runners participated, all posting great times. The scoring eight were Richard Slade (25.29), Aran Davidson (25.37), Fabian Downs (26.05), Will Perkin (26.06), Bex Nkoane (29.47), Maddie Hughes (30.05), Ellie Bates (31.04) and Lean Ni Chiobhain (31.46). There were 1257 competitors in total and a measure of the standard is that Richard’s great time was only enough for 63rd place.
Several Chiltern runners featured in the top ten in their age groups. As with the first round Nick Hughes was the fastest Vet 50, and Bex Nkoane fastest Vet 45. Also in the top tens were Maddie Hughes (2nd U15), Trevor Brawn (3rd Vet 70), Sue Elliott (5th Vet 55), Lean Ni Chiobhain (7th Vet 35), Alan Hornibrook (8th Vet 60) and Finn O’Brien (9th U17).
Only the wining club, currently City of Norwich AC in a blistering 3.33.06, go forward to the International Round to face teams from Scotland, Wales and Ireland. However, the competition has been an excellent focus for Chiltern’s athletes and has been great for club morale and for athletes’ fitness.
Hopefully once road relays return for real, the club will have generated enough interest to field teams.
Photo of Richard Slade and Aran Davidson
Full results on EA Website
After a slow start, a late increase in momentum led to 128 complete teams finishing the England Athletics Virtual 5 Mile Road Relay competition in the past few weeks. The event started on December 26th and finished on January 13th.
Chiltern Harriers finished in an impressive tenth place and for several days during the competition the club was holding down a top-six spot. Chiltern therefore qualifies, as one of the top 50 teams, for the next round to be held Feb 12th - Feb 15th.
The scoring team of four males and four females was as follows: Richard Slade (25.51), Fabian Downs (26.12), Cameron Reid (26.42), Aran Davidson (27.20), Bex Nkoane (30.22), Ellie Bates (30.27), Maddie Hughes (30.59) and Lean Ni Chiobhain (32.09).
Each runner was required to complete a five mile road course that started and finished in roughly the same spot and upload Garmin /Strava data as proof of performance.
The minimum age to compete was 15, and Chiltern saw great runs across the age groups and a total of 57 club runners taking part out of a total of 3019 nationwide.
There were three Chiltern runners that were top performers in their age group – Nick Hughes (Vet 50), Bex Nkoane (Vet 45), and Maddie Hughes (U15). Cameron Reid (9th U20) and Trevor Brawn (6th Vet 70) also secured top ten spots in their age groups.
Richard Slade was highest placed Chiltern male (in 48th) with Bex Nkoane (581st overall and 32nd female) top Chiltern woman. This shows the high level of competition involved, making a team top-ten finish all the more laudable.
After such a strong showing by the club in Round 1, it would be good to try and repeat a high finish with great participation levels in Round 2 in mid-February.
With lockdown 2.0 behind us, it was great to see some Harriers getting back to racing this weekend. There were some excellent performances in the sunshine at the third and final match of the ‘Junior Performance Cross Series’ in Cookham yesterday. Keep your eyes peeled for a report.