Good evening, Race Report fans. I hope you have managed to get outside this weekend, despite the blustery weather which we have been treated to. Harriers are made of stern stuff and were braving the elements in multiple locations (and continents).
We’ll start things off with a shout-out for Ben Hannen, who managed to take part in three different events this weekend. Kicking things off at Wendover Woods pakrun, he then moved straight on to Thames Valley Orienteering Club’s red course in King’s Wood (a time of 59.15) and was then to be find wallowing amongst yet more mud on the Rugged Radnage 10k (50.10, strava time). The Queen of Mud salutes you, Ben, for a seriously hardcore weekend!
Joining Ben at the Rugged Radnage were Sylvia Moss (strava time of 56.07) and Harriet Lemon (strava time of 1.07.34). Also making the most of the Autumn trails and in a return to racing, Ben Hetherington came a fabulous 6th in the Windsor Trail Half Marathon, in a very respectable time of 1.34.03, while Jennifer Webb took on the sam existence in one of the Phoenix Running events (2.07.12 strava time).
Leaving the mud, and hitting the roads, Adam Shute was in PB form in the Philadelphia Marathon, clocking a brilliant time of 2.39.19 and earning himself a place on the Championship start line. Well done, Adam! Also earning himself an all-time PB was Charlie Stone at Long Eaton parkrun, in a time of 17.04.
And finally, Race Report is delighted to report that our very own Sue Slade earned the accolade of ‘Inspiring Official of the Year’ at the England Athletics’ South East Volunteer Awards. Sue was recognised not only for her dedication, but her knowledge as an official and willingness to bring others into the role. Officials are the people who make our sport possible at a competitive level, and they are also in far-too-short supply. It really is very easy to get started as an athletics official. So, if you want to inspire the next generation of athletes or even your own (the winner of the ‘Newcomer to Volunteering’ award was a 14 year old official from Radley Athletics Club), and want to ‘Be More Sue’, reach out to email@example.com.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Last Friday of the Month 5k, 3rd Chiltern League match of the season, Mornington Chasers’ Regents Park 10k. Check out the Club Calendar for these events and more.