Harrow Open Meeting
Chiltern Harriers athletes had a very successful evening at Harrow on Thursday at the 3000m open meeting. The meeting was again covid-secure with controlled arrival times, warm-up areas and departure times, but maintaining a friendly atmosphere.
A race full of young Chiltern talent saw several athletes making their debut at the event. U15 Max Baxter was the race winner in 10.24.93. In fourth place was U15 Maddie Hughes who ran a great race to log 10.44.31 (third in national rankings), and fifth was fellow U15 Frankie Baxter in 10.45.14 (fourth in national rankings). Also making their debuts were U17s Abbie Henderson (sixth in 10.50.03), Holly Henderson (eighth in 10.53.39) and Alice Brown (11th in 11.15.79). Alicia Bushell (U17) struggled with a stitch and was tenth in 11.07.93, well off her best time set last season.
Vet 50 Nick Hughes was fourth in race 5 with a good run of 9.47.37. Also making his debut was U15 Isaac Jessop-Tranter who ran a very impressive time of 9.55.56 to be ninth (third on national rankings).
In a very exciting race, U20 Alex Johnson ran a huge PB of forty seconds to be narrowly third in 9.05.45, less than a second behind the winner.
Senior Aran Davidson just dipped under his target of nine minutes with a thirty second PB of 8.59.65 to be seventh.
September 24th sees the final in this series of Harrow open meetings which have been a great opportunity for Chiltern athletes to get some track experience. Several have already signed up for the 800m and 1500m on offer.
Aldershot Night of 1500m
U23 Harry Cox made the trip to Aldershot to run in the final race of the evening at a high quality 1500m meeting. Harry was an excellent fifth in Race 15 to log a seven second PB of 3.54.9.
Video of Harry's Race
BMC Gold Standard Lee Valley 27th August
Three Chiltern lads ran in the latest British Milers Club Gold Standard meeting at Lee Valley. All tackled 800m. Harry Cox ran close to his PB to be fourth in the B race with 1.53.50. Adam Day was also very close to his PB, being third in the C race in 1.54.89. Max McGarvie made his season debut to be second in the D race with 2.00.13.
Videos of the Races
B race – Harry Cox
C race - Adam Day
D race – Max McGarvie
Trafford Open (22.08.20) Nuneaton Night of 800m PBs (28.08.20)
Zoe Gilbody ran 1500m at Trafford on August 22nd and ran a good time of 4.48.86 to be fourth. Zoe followed this up a few days later with a win in Race 8 at Nuneaton’s 800m open evening with 2.23.62.
SEAA Covid Games Chelmsford 30th August
With South of England Athletics Association not hosting any age group championships this year, they put on a one-off meeting instead at Chelmsford.
U15 Jemma Thomson was the sole Chiltern representative, running 300m. Jemma ran very well to be second in her heat in a good time of 43.57, just outside her PB. Jemma backed this up with a good run in the final to be fourth in 44.32.
Harrow AC hosted an open graded meeting on Thursday comprising 800m and 1500m. Harrow had planned staggered arrival times, designated warm-up areas, and specific leaving times to maximise safety. Races were run with a maximum of six athletes in both distances.
In a total of 120 athletes Chiltern Harriers provided an impressive 17 middle distance runners all keen to get racing after a frustrating summer of few opportunities.
There were some good runs and even a few PBs in a well-organised meeting that was dampened by very wet weather.
Race 1 – Savarnah Pandya (U15) won the first race of the evening in 2.48.8
Race 2 – Hannah Ashby (U15) was third with 2.43.8.
Race 3 – There were two Chilterns in this one, Ellie Shield (U15) second in 2.35.4, just outside her PB, and Rosa Williams (U15) sixth in 2.43.3.
Race 4 – Soraya Lockwood (U20) was third in 2.35.8 and Marea Logan (U15) fifth in 2.42.0.
Race 6 – The Henderson twins (U17) were fourth and fifth, both off their best, Holly running 2.24.9, Abbie 2.27.1.
Race 7 – U15 Issac Jessop-Tranter won this one in an impressive PB of 2.15.4, and U20 Joe Day ran a PB of 2.20.8 to be fifth.
Race 8 – U17 Thomas Askey dropped his PB by nearly five seconds to win Race 8 in 2.06.4.
Race 9 - More U17 PBs came in this one – Finn O’Brien second in 2.08.7 (a ten second PB) and Charlie Stone fourth in 2.09.8.
Race 12 – U20 Tom Hunter ran another PB in the last 800m of the evening to be sixth in 2.04.8.
Race 3 – U15 Maddie Hughes was fourth in 5.02.6.
Race 4 – U15 Thomas Redmond ran a PB of 4.31.9 to win Race 4 by a good margin.
Race 7 – In-form senior Aran Davidson ran big PB to be fourth in 4.17.1.
Adam Day looks like being Chiltern’s most prolific track performer this season.
On August 16th Adam made the trip to Nuneaton to run in the open meeting there. He was in the top rated race and won in another strong time of 1.55.00, just half a second down on his recently set PB. A week later Adam was back at Nuneaton as a guest in the Birchfield Inter Club match and ran a big 1500m PB of 3.57.96.
See video of Adam's race
On August 27th Harrow AC is hosting an 800m and 1500m open meeting and 16 Chiltern athletes have entered.
On the road Aran Davidson put in two great runs in quick succession. On Friday 21st he took part in the MK 5k PB Special round Willen Lake and scorched to a big PB of 15.18. Also running was Ali Young who ran a great race of 19.21.
On Sunday 23rd Aran was back on the roads in the St Albans Summer 10k where he was an excellent fourth in 32.29. Mike Turney was also involved, clocking a rapid 37.35 to be fifth Vet 50 and 61st overall. Andy Wiseall was 122nd in 40.22
The British Milers Club hosted an 800m meeting at Lee Valley on Wednesday. As with previous meetings this Covid-19 summer, the races were 800m only, run in lanes, with athletes in alternate lanes only.
This requires a different set of skills to normal middle distance running, and athletes were pleased to hear that all races after August 8th would revert to the traditional format, albeit with a maximum of six in a race.
On Wednesday Cameron Reid was in the B race, Harry Cox the C race and Adam Day the D race. Temperatures were mild but a gusty wind made for some tricky conditions.
Harry was first up in the ‘outside’ lane of lane 5. Harry put in a solid effort to be third in 1.57.16. Cameron ended up in a race of only two, but ran well from lane 1 to be second in 1.55.60. Adam Day was also in lane 1 in his race and was closing fast in the closing stages to be second in 1.55.58.
Under 23 Adam Day went up to Longford Park track in Trafford, Manchester on Saturday (25th July) to take part in the British Milers Club Gold Standard meeting.
The meeting was solely 800m races, all run in alternate lanes (1,3 and 5) with a pacemaker in lane 6. There were fourteen male races, and six female. With a PB of 1.54.84 Adam was seeded to run in the fifth race, Race E.
Adam, running in his red Birmingham University vest, was in lane 5 so followed the pacemaker, unaware of what was happening inside. The final straight, when the long stagger finally unwound, saw Adam in a good battle with Joseph Rogers of Halesowen in lane 1. Adam was just pipped on the line but still recorded a PB of 1.54.49, a reward for all his hard work during the Covid-19 crisis.
Vinco video – Adam Day running in red vest (lane 5) https://www.runjumpthrow.com/videos/43354/
Adam, U23 Harry Cox, and U20 Cameron Reid are all planning to compete at another BMC meeting, at Lee Valley on August 5th.
BMC Bannister Mile
Three Chiltern Harriers tackled the British Milers Club Bannister Mile last week.
The event, to commemorate Roger Bannister’s breaking of the Four Minute Mile at Iffley Road, Oxord on May 6th 1954, featured runs on road or grass, over the mile distance and there were 1191 finishers.
All runs were uploaded using Strava or other running apps.
Aran Davidson was the fastest Chiltern finisher logging 4.48.0, enough for =159th place.
Under 15 Thomas Redmond also had a good run to record 5.13.0, =393rd. U13 Callum Powell ran 5.55.0 but U23 Sam Howell could not run due to a fever.
Oxford / Cambridge Virtual Mile
U23 Harry Cox ran the second fastest Cambridge University time in an informal Oxford v Cambridge virtual mile, scorching along Copperkins to a rapid 4.35.0.
RESULTS of the Virtual 2.6 Mile Relay
Another good turnout of 120 runners from across the club took part in the Virtual 2.6 Mile Relay last week.
Teams consisted of ten, so each team ran a combined 26 miles, equating to the London Marathon distance of the last Sunday in April.
The winning team featured mostly adults – Tom Dixon (14.54), Alice Brown (16.58), Dave Martin (18.55), Angela Hughes (23.02), Ian Lawson (16.52), Ellie Bates (16.19), Neil Bates (17.28), Andy Hickman (15.58), Tom Powell (16.14), and Andy Wiseall (15.24).
The fastest individual time came from U20 Angus Williams with an excellent 13.28. In-form Senior Aran Davidson ran another great time of 13.33 and U20 Cameron Reid was third fastest with 13.52. Other great times amongst the males came from U15 Archie Pinder (13.54), U15 Euan Pinder (14.00), Senior Will Perkin (14.03), U15 Thomas Redmond (14.13), Senior Nick Hughes (14.14), Senior Harry Cox (14.23), U15 Leon Doran (14.32), U17 Will Shield (14.48), U17 Thomas Askey (14.56), and U20 Max McGarvie (14.59).
Top female time was again U15 Zoe Gilbody with 15.00. Other great times in the female runners came from U15 Frankie Baxter (15.47), Senior Hannah Wardley (16.00), U15 Maddie Hughes (16.08), U17 Holly Henderson (16.09), Senior Ellie Bates (16.19), U15 Lesedi Nkoane (16.40), U15 Hannah Ashby (16.50) and U13 Lucy Wilkinson (16.58).
After the success of the Virtual 1k Relays last week which featured athletes from Nick Hughes’s group, Chiltern tackled a 2k Relays event this week. This saw a great turnout of 125 runners across 25 teams and included runners from Nick’s group, Steve’s group, Brian’s group, the senior group, and assorted coaches and parents.
Any 2k route whether on grass or road was permitted and there were a diverse range of circuits that the athletes attempted. Those with Strava could measure their efforts with precise accuracy.
The winning team ended up being Team 15 in 35 minutes 40, which featured good runs from Angus Williams (5.56), Katy Repper (7.06), Charlie Stone (6.44), George Brown (7.02) and Simon Dent. In second in 36.23 was Team 19 which included two of the fastest runs from Richard Slade (5.45) and Sam Howell (6.01). Completing the team were Daniel Munn (6.55), Jinaan Lockwood (7.32) and Millie Glenister (10.10). Flying the flag for the seniors in 36.53 in third were Team 24 comprising Ellie Bates (7.50), Neil Bates (7.42), Andy Hickman (6.55), Tom Powell (7.24) and Andy Wiseall (7.02).
On an individual basis there were some extremely impressive efforts. The top three were all within a whisker of each other with Richard Slade (5.45), Aran Davidson (5.46) and Will Perkin (5.47) all completing great runs. Others in the male top ten were Angus Williams (5.56), Sam Howell (6.01), Max McGarvie (6.09), Harry Cox (6.12), Ben Jackson (6.25), Luke Martin (6.29) and Will Shield (6.30).
These were all seniors, U20s or U17s but there were also very strong runs from U15s Thomas Askey (6.32) and Oakley Denson (6.33) and there were a host of impressive U13 times led by Max Baxter (6.38). Leon Doran (6.46), Isaac Jessop-Tranter (6.48), Euan Pinder (6.48), Archie Pinder (6.48), Daniel Munn (6.55) Ethan McCall (7.02) and Alex Hughes (7.06) were just some of the other great U13 efforts.
On the girls side Zoe Gilbody again came out with the leading female time of 6.22. Others impressing included Frankie Baxter (6.46), Lesedi Nkoane (7.05), Katie Repper (7.06), Maddie Hughes (7.11), Marea Logan (7.11), Charlotte Gilbody (7.14), Hannah Ashby (7.25), Izzy Martin (7.31), Sav Pandya (7.32) and Jinaan Lockwood (7.32).
Amongst the seniors Hannah Wardley ran well to log 7.08 on a course with some dead turns which slowed things down.
Many other great times were logged by runners across the age groups and more virtual challenges are likely in the coming months.
Nick Hughes’s group, aided by some coaches and parents, inserted some competition into the current fallow athletics environment by running a virtual 1k relay race.
Teams were made up of five runners and there were thirteen complete teams.
Each runner ran a 1k route either on grass or road and were timed by someone from their household. Those on it were able to use data from the Strava app.
Many runners in the club are keeping their running going on an individual basis, aided by guidance from coaches, and it was great to see athletes laying down some times and putting their training into practice.