On Sunday 16th November Chiltern Harriers AC, alongside more than 250 intrepid runners, marked 100 years since the National Cross Country Championships were battled out in Chesham, just a few short months before the onset of the First World War. Although that race was run in the Spring, conditions in Lowndes Park, Chesham were probably favourable for the running of the 2014 Herbert’s Hole Challenge in November: mild temperatures, if wet and muddy underfoot.
In the Men’s race Eddie O’Gorman (V40) was the first Harrier home, finishing 3rd with a time of 38.15. He was followed by: Alistair Melville-Smith (7th, 40.45); Richard Quantrill (V40, 15th, 42.48) and Andrew Wiseall(20th, 43.12).
Between them O’Gorman, Melville-Smith, Quantrill and Wiseall picked up the Mens’ team prize. Finishing swiftly behind those four gentlemen were: Nathan Taylor (V40, 43.15); Mark Munnich (43.05); Hywel Thomas (V40, 44.21); Jonathan Taylor (45.15); Mark Corns (Chiltern Tri, 47.25); David Breingan (V40, 47.28); David Williams (47.28); Ade McCormack (V50, 48.56); Glen Martin (V40, 50.53); Geoff Blount (V50, 50.54); Thomas Podwell (51.32); John Walker (51.43); Andrew Stewart (V50, 52.06 – a PB, seeing as it was his first attempt at this hilly course!); Ben Martin (V40, 52.11); Steve Field (V60, 52.33); Melvyn Folkard (V50, 52.58); Jonathan Clarke (53.14); Mark Fry (V50, 55.37); Roy Sizmore (V60, 56.50); Rik Edwards (V50, 57.59); Declan Fahy (V50, 59.16); Steve Boyden-Wilson (V50, 1.01.19) Paul Pearce (1.01.52); Paul Treadwell (V40, 1.03.42); Alex Pepper (V50, 1.04.31); David Walker (V60, 1.04.52) and Doug King (V60, 1.11.59).
Chiltern Harriers’ Ladies also managed to come home with the team prize. Ali Young finished 2nd in the Ladies’ Race (V35, 45.39), followed by Sandra Reynolds (3rd, V35, 46.34); Ellie Bates (5th, 47.34) and Lean Ni Chiobhain (8th, 49.52). They were followed home by some further strong performances: Helen Turner (50.45); Julie Gamston (V35; 54.42); Shareen Hallas (V45, 56.34); Phillipa Harris (1.04.06) and Claire Pondaven (1.04.13).