On Sunday 2 October, a veritable sea of green (Chiltern Harriers AC vests) swept over the course at local race – the Ley Hill Challenge. Two of our men had a go in the 5k event – Andrew Stewart, who came 5th with a time of 23.56, and Tim Dawson was with him to the event, coming in in 23.58 in 6th (not bad, considering he didn’t even intend to do the 5k!). in the 10k Andy Hickman came in 4th in 42.41, joined swiftly by Ley Hill Dad Sam Meldrum in 5th in 43.26. Sarah Quantrill was 20th overall and 3rd female in 48.00. Completing the Harriers set were: Dave Bellamy (49.45); Neil Bates (49.47); Jonathan Clarke (53.44); David Saul (53.44); Tim Dawson (doing the double in 54.47); Paul Pearce (56.36); Declan Fahy (57.07); Melvyn Folkard (58.55); Trevor Brawn (59.22) and Doug King (1.01.02).
Without further ado, we move on to this week’s results. Andrew Stewart gave parkrun a miss this week, taking part in the Ealing Mile on Friday 7 October. The races are held at 12:30 on the first Friday of each month in Lammas Park, Ealing. £5 per race, £15 for a 6 month pass of £25 for a year. Comes with Andrew’s recommendation!
In parkrun news this week: Louise Durman and Ai Young were both victorious in their respective races at Wycombe Rye and Black Park in 18.45 (PB) and 19.34. Louise’s fiancé Shaun Fry was not too far behind, also clocking a PB time of 20.26. Joining them at the Rye were: Jay Grigson (20.58); Mairead O’Rourke (22.21, with buggy); Dave Howells (23.35); and me (24.05). Joining Ali at Black Park: Mike Worsfold (20.04), chased in by Tim Dawson (20.05); Thomas Askey, who did his first ever parkrun in a very respectable 23.14; Beth Lang (a new PB of 23.53); Abi Askey (24.16); Sebastian (24.53) and Matt Lawrence (24.54); Pip Harris was paced by boyfriend Tom Powell to a new PB of 25.11; Sarah Gregory (26.59); Lily Gregory (28.03); Shaheen Dent (28.54). Trevor Brawn was at the seaside, completing the Eastbourne event in 25.09. It was a PBs for both Doug King and Helen Walker at Gadebridge, with times of 27.23 and 29.22. At Tring Andy Hickman clocked a respectable 20.48 at Tring, Hugh Beedell accompanied Cindy to a 34.17. Lyn Mellor was the only Harrier at Cassiobury Park, finishing in 23.13. Finally, Paula Walker earned herself a new PB of 27.49 at Salisbury.
On Sunday 9 October Shardeloes Race Director Matt Robins finished his second marathon of the year, completing the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon in York in 4.39.23. Closer to home Jonathan Taylor was the first Harrier home at the 35th annual Tring Ridgeway Run. Jon came in in an impressive time of 1.06.05. He was joined by: Tom Powell (1.08.49); Kate Loach (1.12.06, 1st V55); Grant Whitaker (1.12.55); Dave Bellamy (1.19.08); Lyn Mellor (1.23.26); David Saul (1.22.42); me (1.25.15) and Pip Harris (1.31.21).
Unfortunately, results are not yet available for the Bradenham Bolt, or the Royal Parks Half Marathon. Congratulations, however, are due to Miriam Kempson, who finished the Royal Parks in 2.09, despite an injury.
COMING UP LOCALLY: the Chiltern Cross Country League, the Buckingham 10k, Frieth Hilly, Brooks Last Friday of the Month 5k, the Ricky Road Run and, of course, the Herbert’s Hole Challenge. Check out the club calendar for more events and full details.