Race Report 18 - 19 March: 5k feats, Hardwick, Barcelona Marathon and the European Duathlon Championships
Good Evening Race Report fans and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums-on-the-run out there. I hope you have been throughly spoilt today (and every other day, for that matter.)
Being biased, I am going to kick things off with Hardwick X-Stream because it really is one of my favourite races and it was a vintage year. Thanks to recent rains each of the four stream crossings was above the waist (indeed, the last one was rib-deep on my 6ft+ husband), but the sun still managed to make a brief appearance. Official results are not yet available, but I am delighted to say that my repeated badgering paid off, and CHAC took the team wins in both the men’s and women’s races. Yours Truly was delighted to be first female. Well done to Andy Wiseall, Ben Hannen, Katie Royals, Cath Holloway, Helen Cholawo, Ade McCormack, Sylvia Moss and Neil Bates. It was also great to see former Club member Mike Worsfold and huge thanks, as ever, to Mike Shrive for officiating. The bacon sandwiches and flapjacks were class.
Meanwhile Harriers were going all continental with Grant Whitaker in action in the Barcelona Marathon and Hannah Wardley in the European Sprint Duathlon Championships near Venice. Hannah came home in a brilliant first position in her age category, in a total time of 1.09.43 for the 5k run, 20k bike and 2.5k run (plus those transition-y bits). Grant clocked a strava time of 3hrs29 for the marathon. Well done to both of you for battling the heat that we Brits are unaccustomed to and coming away wth excellent results to show for it.
Coming back to less sunny climes, Will and George Brown were in action on the track in the University of Birmingham Winter Throws and Distance Meet yesterday. Both took part in the 5k, with Will (representing Birmingham Uni) making his 5k track debut and being rewarded with a time of 14.4745 and George earning himself a track PB of 14.59.11. It really is disgustingly fast in my opinion…
In further 5k news, there were course PBs at parkrun events yesterday for Sylvia Moss (24.26 at Aldenham) and Ed Wright (25.30 at Rushmere), plus an all-time PB for Oliver Webb (21.40 at Exeter Riverside). Meanwhile, moving up to 10k, Philip Damas clocked a time of 47.14 at Victoria Park this morning.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Ashridge Boundary Run, Hillingdon 20, Last Friday of the Month 5k, Reading Half Marathon, White Horse Half Marathon (I did this one last year: it’s very flat and fast), Maidenhead Easter 10, Beaconsfield 5 Trail Run, Flitwick 10k, Ibstone Stone Circle 5 & 10k and the London Marathon.
More details on these events and more at the Club Calendar.