A belated Congratulations from Chiltern Harriers Athletics Club to 10 year-old Luke Martin, who got a storming PB at the Wycombe Rye parkrun on Saturday 28th February.
First of all some belated ‘well dones’ to those who took part in races weekend of 14th – 15th February: Ali Milton (Women’s V45) got a fantastic PB at the Chessington 26.2 Valentines 10k, finishing in 48.10; Hywel Thomas (V45) took part in the Bramley 10 mile race, finishing in a highly respectable 1.05.03 and in the gruelling 20 mile variant David Breingan (V45) and David Howells both did excellently to complete the course in 2.31.41 and 2.53.11, respectively.
A belated mention for David Holmes (M60) who completed the Old Deer Park Half Marathon in Richmond on 22nd February. David completed the race in under two hours, in 1.57.39.
Several Chiltern Harriers had good runs at the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields, London on Saturday.
On Sunday 15th February seven Chiltern Harriers runners joined a field of more than 250 in the 22nd annual running of the Hardwick X-Stream 6 mile cross-country race.
Away from the mud and water of Hardwick, Scott Clarke, in the V40 category, did excellently in the inaugural Love Welwyn GC 10k. Scott finished in 44.46, amongst a field of over 300 runners.
On Saturday 7th February Chiltern Harriers’ ladies were in action at the Run Eton event at Dorney Lake. Hayley Mountstevens (FV35) completed the 10k race in an excellent 48.04. She was watched from behind all the way by Annelize Colquhoun (V35), who clocked 48.07. David Howells took part in the 20k, which he managed in 1.36.09.
The following day, a sunny February Sunday morning, Chiltern Harriers’ Seniors performed excellently in the Wokingham Half Marathon. More than 1600 runners completed the course on 8th February. Ali Young and Sandra Reynolds, both in the Vet Ladies 40-49, finished within seconds of each other in 1.26.46 and 1.26.54, respectively. They were followed home by Grant Whittaker, who put in an equally respectable 1.38.19, in the Vet Men 50-59.
Additionally, a (belated) mention here for Andrew Stewart who took part in the London Indoor Games last weekend, performing excellently to finish the 800m in 2.40.
The final Chiltern League match of the season took place at Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes on Saturday with Chiltern Harriers confirming their position as third placed team. That excellent result has been achieved by great commitment and hard work through the age groups.
Chiltern Harriers’ Seniors were well represented on a windy 1st February at the Watford Half Marathon, joining a 1800-strong line-up. 13 runners from the club got round the course.
First of them home was Frank Harris (V60) with a PB time of 1.37.01. He was followed quickly by David Breingan (V45) in 1.37.44 and Geoffrey Blount (V50) in 1.39.30.
Then came: Luke Jefferys (V50), 1.41.09; Kate Loach (V50), 1.41.10; Steve Field (V60), 1.42.34; Thomas Powell (Sen), 1.48.30; Philippa Harris (Sen), 1.56.51 (which was a PB!); Martin Allen (V50), 1.57.33; David Holmes (V60), 1.58.28; Mark Fry (V50), 1.58.33; Isabelle Winter (V45), 2.10.07 and Reg Gilbert (V60), 2.16.36.