hope you’ve had a bumper crop of chocolate eggs this weekend to match this number crop of races, and enjoyed the sunny weather.
Starting the weekend early on Good Friday Katie Royals was rewarded with a PB for her training and racing efforts in the St Albans 10k, clocking a time of 43.24, and joined by Kingsley Nanton in 44.12. Meanwhile over in Maidenhead Charlie Wood was the only Harrier to take on the Easter 10 (mile), finishing in a very speedy 54.56.
Moving in to Saturday, you found Harriers in a plethora of locations up and down the country. There were debut park runs by Rory Hilton (19.19 at Black Park) and Ben Hetherington (23.26 at Church Mead), whilst Katie Repper reached her milestone 50th parkrun (21.18, Southsea). Parkrun PBs were a-plentiful as well: Patrick Ahern (20.22, Southampton); Sue Elliott (joining the sub-20 club in a smashing 19.55, Rickmansworth); and Alex Shelley (18.24, Bushy). As for 1st placed finishes, Tom Dixon came home overall winner at Somerdale Pavillion (17.49), whilst Kate Loach and Kara Gorman were 1st females at Littleport and Church Mead, 21.40 and 20.59, respectively. And finally, a small mention for Jason and Carolynn Trimmer, who found themselves parkrunning in Blighty once again - clocking very respectable times of 18.56 and 24.08 at Dunstable Downs.
Over on the sunny Isle of Man Team Bates joined the revellers of the Easter Festival of Running for the final race of the Festival, a 5k along the Promenade in Douglas on Easter Sunday. We were both pleased with gun times of 21.34 (Neil) and 19.10 (Ellie).
But even further afield Adam Shute earned himself a marathon PB time in the iconic Boston Marathon (the real one!) today, Monday 18 April, in a time of 2.46.08. Just stunning running. Well done, Adam! In Beaconsfield the Easter weekend closed off with some strong Harrier performances in the Beaconsfield 5 mile trail race. Leading them in was Tom Pickett (34.03), joined by: Dave Howells (39.57); David Saul (41.22); Claire Dickinson (43.36 - strava time); and Joanna Potkin (55.28).
COMING UP LOCALLY: Last Friday of the Month 5k, Chalgrove Festival 10k, Esher 10k, Cliveden Cross Country, Marlow 5, the Ranelagh Harriers Richmond Half Marathon; and - of course - the Pednor 5! If you are not planning to run the Pednor 5 this year, then do please consider volunteering , and help the Club to put on a brilliant event for all. If you would be interested in volunteering, please speak to Trevor Davies. More details on these events and others are available in the Club Calendar.