Yesterday,10 October, was World Mental Health Day. For many people, myself included, running is not only important for my physical, but also my mental wellbeing. Sadly, running - in and of itself - will not fix everything. Talking is pretty important too. Observing the world around us and noticing the changing seasons. Learning something new will help your wellbeing. Making sure you are getting enough sleep… all of these are really helpful ways to care for your mind. This year has been especially tough on many of us: maybe you’ve been missing your friends; maybe you’re worried that you’re behind with schoolwork; maybe money is a bit of an issue… or maybe it all just feels a bit weird and unsettling. Next time you see a fellow Chiltern Harrier, ask them how they are and make sure you really listen to the answer. And next time someone asks you how you are, think about how you answer before you go with a quick “Alright.” You’ll both feel better for it.
And, I hope you’ll all feel better for reading about Harrier successes on a Sunday evening. Working my way through things chronologically, I’ll start with Thursday 8 October, when Ruth Holroyd completed her longest ever run at the Running Miles ‘Forest & Hills’ event in Wendover Woods. Ruth clocked up 15.7 miles over a lapped course, in a time of 3.31.57.
Nathan Taylor and Dave Bellamy were hitting the trails of Goring bright and early yesterday as they braved 100 miles during Centurion Running’s Autumn 100. Both did brilliantly. Nathan completed his first ever 100 miler in a terrifyingly efficient 20.32.16, whilst ultra-running aficionado Dave laid to rest the ghosts of last year’s event, finishing it on 24.34.21. Well done, superstars!
Way down south (in the southern hemisphere, in fact) Fabe Downs came home victorious in the Devonport Half Marathon in New Zealand today, 11 October, in a time of 1.10.59.
And finally, Harriers were out in force at the Moor Park 10k. Hannah Wardley was 3rd female overall and first in her age category, in a time of 41.30; meanwhile Katie Royals earned herself a new PB of 45.24. Jonathan Slade was first Harrier home in 38.56, joined promptly by Adam Shute (39.16) and also: Richard Moss (41.53); Lean Ni Chiobhain (42.31) and Sylvia Moss (48.19).