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.
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!
Well, it’s certainly been a busy Bank Holiday weekend for Chiltern Harriers AC, with huge success for Club runners at parkrun events on Saturday 28 August. In what I think must be unprecedented domination, Chiltern’s ladies took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places at Black Park!
With Summer holidays in full swing (could somebody tell the weather!) it’s a relatively quiet Race report this weekend.
A huge well done is due to Ed Wright, who took part in the Shere Trail Marathon (42k) yesterday, Saturday 21 August, completing it in 4.49.05. Meanwhile, in parkrun news, yesterday saw first place finishes for Neil Turner (18.22 at Wycombe Rye) and Ross Jarman (17.18 at South Shields, a new all-time PB). Henley saw a Hughes-Baxter extravaganza, with Nick Hughes leading the family and the race home to win in 19.26 (bagging his 50th parkrun in the process). Max Baxter was second in 19.55, just pipping cousin Alex Hughes in 19.56 (3rd). Maddie Hughes was first female in 20.34, with cousin Frankie second in 21.35. Finally, there were all-out parkrun PBs for Katie Royals (21.22 at Ricky) and Felix Danielli (21.15 at Hunstanton), and course PBs for William Mayhew (23.56 at Ricky) and Chris Lower (21.05 at Gadebridge.)
COMING UP LOCALLY: Bedford Run Fest, Youth Development League Lower Age Group at Bracknell, Bovingdon 10k, Hillingdon 20, the Maidenhead Half Marathon the final fixture of the Southern Athletics League (Reading), Shardeloes 10k and Southern Road Relays . Check out the Club Calendar for more info and further events. Remember there will be no on-the-day entries for Shardeloes, so it pays to get organised and enter here.
AND DON’T FORGET to book your tickets now for the Club Social on 24 September. They are an absolute bargain at just £13 for seniors and £8 for juniors, including BBQ.
Well, there certainly is gold in them thar Chiltern hills.
Today, Sunday 15 August, saw some absolutely stunning performances at the Burnham Beeches 10k and Half Marathon.
Did you know that on this day in British history (8 August 1963) 15 men armed men carried out a robbery of £2,600,000 (mostly in used bank notes) from the Glasgow–London Royal Mail Train? The event became famous as the Great Train Robbery and took place in Buckinghamshire.
… But what was most certainly not ‘a steal’ were the hard-fought and trained-for results achieved by Chiltern Harriers runners in this week’s Race Report!
The golden Nkoane girls were in top form this weekend: first and second female for Lesedi and Marlie at Cassiobury Park parkrun yesterday, in times of 20.23 and 21.36, respectively (an all-time PB for Marlie); and first female for Bex at the Box End Triathlon over the Middle Distance - 4.52.17 for 2250m swim, 85k bike and 20k run. Not a bad weekend’s work!
Good Evening, Race Report Fans! With the Tokyo Olympics now in full swing, I’m delighted to bring you a choice Race Report of all that has been going on over the last couple of weeks.
Good Evening from Race Report HQ, where the exciting news of the weekend is that I have ‘mastered’ tree surgery and created some half-decent elderflower cordial in the process. Fortunately, the news from the roads, tracks and trails is far more exciting.
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!