Well, it’s London Marathon Day. That day which always feels like a glorious celebration of our sport, which allows so many - be they an elite, or someone running their first marathon and dressed as a toilet - to immerse themselves in the welcoming embrace of the running community…
… And it’s been raining! (Of course.) We’ll kick off our marathon reporting with Barbara Ralph, who was 42nd in her age category in a great time of 4.27.56, and Aran Davidson, who sped his way round to finish in the top 100 overall, in a PB time of 2.28.37. Also coming away with PBs were: Adam Shute (2.40.30), Christine Taylor (3.33.58), Ed Wright (3.22.05) and Jo Murray (4.07.32). Millie Hughes made her marathon debut in a brilliant time of 3.58.02. They were joined by: Annelize Colquhoun (3.43.14), Tim Dawson (3.29.29), Adam Earl (4.11.38), Rik Edwards (4.15.42), Craig Fulham (3.44.48), Amber Stubbings (5.42.02), Shelly Trigg (3.31.55), and Lindsay Turner (4.03.48).
Looking back to earlier on this week, Matt ‘Marathon Man’ Channer completed yet another marathon, one of the Phoenix timed events, on the banks of the River Thames in a (strava) time of 4.17.09. Grace Birch was in action in the iconic Boston Marathon (I’d love to do that event!) on Monday 17 April, completing it in 3.23.00.
Moving on to something different, I’m pleased to report that 35 of our junior Chiltern Harriers athletes have just returned from a fantastic 2-day training camp at Loughborough University. The group stayed at the Elite Athlete hotel overlooking the Paula Radcliffe athletics track. The camp was led by Kyle Bennett, Head of Endurance at Loughborough University, joined by a physio and coaches who had spent time working with elite runners in Iten in Kenya. The group took part in sessions looking at drills for improved running mechanics, circuits for endurance runners, athlete mindset and injury mitigation. They also trained in the fantastic indoor High Performance Athletics centre and on the outdoor track. In the evening they were joined by Amy-Eloise Markovc, European Indoor Champion over 300m and an olympian from Tokyo 2021, for an inspiring Q&A session. The camp was hosted by a company called Running Trips who offer training camps in the UK and Kenya if anyone fancies following in the juniors’ footsteps! https://www.runningtrips.co.uk . Thank you to Katie Doran for providing this reporting.
If, like me, you prefer the muddy trails to the track, then you might like to consider the Hughenden Half Marathon, which our very own Paul McCarthy completed on Saturday 22 April, finishing some 1,400ft of climb and 13.1 miles in a time of 1.54.20.
And, finally, in parkrun news Ollie Jackson came away with a first placed finish and a blistering all-time PB of 16.57 at Southend on Saturday, while Archie and Euan Pinder reigned supreme in Keswick, coming home first and second in 16.29 and 16.34. I can’t lie: it makes me feel wholly inadequate as an athlete when all of the parkrun results I quote in a race report start in a 16… I can only be astounded and proud by the talent which we have in our club.
I’m afraid Race Report will be missing in action for the next couple of weeks, due to the fact that Your Humble Reporter is going off on her travels again. Please do get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is anything which you would like me to include in the next report.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Last Friday of the Month 5k and ‘Run the Claydons’, MK Marathon, Buckingham Half Marathon, Long Marston Cricket Club 10k, Marsworth 10k, Marlow 5, Run Prestwood 10k, Blenheim 7k, the Ridge Off Roader and our very own Pednor 5.
If you don’t plan to run the Pednor 5 (perhaps you’ll be recovering from marathon-ing), then why not volunteer to help and give something back to the Club. Speak to or email Trevor Davies (email@example.com) if you want to know more.
Check out the Club Calendar for more details on all of these events and more.