"Gimme Summer Runnin" 24 - 25 June: Midnight Sun Marathon, Race to the King, parkrun, Thame 10k and Beat the Boat
First things first, a massive thank you and well done to Steve Field for delivering yet another successful Junior Tri today. There were a number of Harriers competing (and on the podium), as well as a small army of volunteers. Well done to everyone. Full results are here. Also, a belated well done to Lean Ni Chiobhain, who ran the stunning Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromsø, Norway, last weekend in 3.38.53.
Chiltern Harriers have a larger than usual crop of nine athletes selected for their county schools teams for the prestigious English Schools Tack and Field Championships.
The Championships, the world’s largest annual athletics meeting, acts as the pinnacle of achievement for England’s school age athletes, and often creates superbly exciting competition.
This year the Championships will be at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium and will be held on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of July.
Mad dogs and Chiltern Harriers … Race Report 17 – 18 June (parkrun, Penn 7, the Ridgeway Relay and news)
Well, it certainly was a scorcher this weekend! And that’s not only a comment on the weather. There have been some truly hot performances as well.
Before we get on with Race Report, a little bit of news (with more to follow at the end, so keep reading)…
Club President Tony Watts turned 90 on 5 June. He was presented with a clock, on behalf of the Club, by Chairman Trevor Davies.
What a day, a little on the warm side ( could be the understatement of the day ).
We did our club proud on the day, lots of good efforts in extreme conditions. The ethos of our club entry held up, we were never likely to win, however each runner gave it their best effort. Out of the 41 teams competing we finished a creditable 34th. The same position as last year albeit it an hour or slow slower than last year.
Chiltern Harriers U13s and U15s continued their winning ways with a determined performance at Mile End on Sunday in the third match in the Youth Development League series.
In stifling heat the Chiltern youngsters were never in the lead until the final stages and there were some superb performances to enjoy and, given the heat, a large number of PBs. Although everyone did well, the middle distance group did an amazing job to win 14 out of the 16 total races.
The final scores saw Chiltern on a season’s best total of 650.0 points with Harrow second on 612.5 and Wycombe third on 577.5
Another warm, still evening provided great conditions for middle distance running at Watford on Wednesday.
The early part of the evening saw PBs for U17 Harry Russell in the 200m (25.21) and U15 Millie Hughes in shot (8.21m). There then followed a British Milers Club Gold Standard event which saw some superb runs, including from Rio Olympian Andrew Butchart. In the men’s 800m race James McCarthy was in a very fast race, won in 1.47 and was rewarded with a big PB of 1.49.09.
Good evening Race Report fans! I hope you are all well.
A quick mention of some results from last week before we move on to this weekend’s action. Firstly, well done to all those who took part in the Hawridge Duathlon, organised by Arctic One. Unfortunately, official results are not available online, but reports are that it was a great event, with some brilliant performances from Chiltern Harriers. Secondly, a huge congratulations to Ian Lawson who completed the Comrades Marathon on Sunday 4 June. Ian ran the 90km from Durban to Pietermartizburg in South Africa. Ian clocked a very impressive time of 9.39.26. Just over 17,000 runners took part in the 2017 edition of the historic ultra marathon, which this year was over the ‘uphill’ version of the course. Interestingly, I discovered, there is a Chiltern Athletic Club in South Africa, a number of whose athletes complete Comrades each year. The Club describes themselves as:
“… a friendly, family orientated running club, that has a proud competitive running team, and individuals that have excelled in competitive athletics in road running and cross country.”
Nice to see that some things don’t change, no matter what continent you’re on!
There were some eye-catching performances from Chiltern Harriers youngest athletes at Watford on Sunday.
The meeting, for children in years 1-7, was held on a warm, sunny morning with only a strong breeze hindering the middle distance runners.
The British Milers Club PB Classic lived up to its name on Saturday with over half the Chiltern Harriers taking part achieving new best times. Each of the 47 races was led by a pacemaker, aiming to help athletes achieve PBs.
Conditions were good at Stantonbury Stadium, Milton Keynes with warm temperatures and a gentle breeze.
Highlight of the meeting for Chiltern was the men’s 800m H Race which saw both Alex Aldred, who won in 2.03.09, and Thomas Job, third in 2.04.55, achieve English Schools qualifying times for Junior (U15) boys.
'Springing Bank Into Action' 27 - 29 May: Auffahrtslauf St Gallen, parkrun, Westminster Mile & Vitality 10,000 and Rye 10
I hope you have all enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend and, if you’re on holiday from school, are also looking forward to a nice, relaxed week.
To kick off Race Report this week, we’ll take a brief sojourn to sunny Switzerland, where Fabe Downs was victorious in the St Gallen Auffahrtslauf half marathon on Thursday 15 May. Fabe clocked a new course record by four minutes, with a time of 1.11.48. Well done!