On Sunday 26th April, Chiltern Harriers AC had a fantastic turnout in the Virgin London Marathon 2015 (29 runners in total!), with both Junior and Senior athletes taking part. The day was cloudy, but rain stayed away for the duration of the race, making for some perfect conditions and some fast times.
Sarah Cross has been selected for the GB Bobsleigh programme. Sarah, who is a member of Pete Griffith's sprint group, came top in the selection process, using her explosive sprinting ability to record the best sprint times in the trial.
Sarah now goes to the GB Bobsleigh training camp in Bath in June.
On Friday 24th April Peter Wootton (V45) took part in the Last Friday of the Month 5k in Hyde Park, finishing in an impressive 19.02.
Saturday 25th April saw some great parkrun performances, as ever, from Chiltern Harrier AC runners. In Black Park Allan Stewart (SM20-24) won the event with a time of 17.03. His Dad Andrew (VM50-54) continued to show strong performance after his participation at the Watford Graded Open earlier in the week, completing the 5k course in 21.33. They were followed home by Ian Lawson (VM45-49) in 23.00; Matt Channer (VM35-39) in 24.59 and Shaheen Dent (VW55-59) in 32.05. It’s worth noting that this event marked the 50th and 100th parkrun for Ian and Shaheen, respectively – quite an achievement! At the Wycombe Rye event Philip Lewis (VM70-74) was the only Chiltern Harrier participant, finishing in 30.47.
A bright, still evening provided great conditions for the Watford Open on Wednesday 22nd April. There were several Chiltern athletes in the 200m and plenty more in the 800m races.
There was an excellent turnout of young Chiltern Harriers at the Wycombe Phoenix Invitational meeting at the new Little Marlow track on Sunday 19th April.
In the Black Park parkrun on Saturday 18th April Chiltern Harriers AC had some podium finishes. Allan Stewart (SM20 – 24) finished 2nd and with a new PB of 16.31, his Dad Andrew (VM50-54) came in in 20.48, another PB. Ali Young (VM40-44) won the women’s race, with a great time of 19.22, not too far off her own PB time.
Young athletes in Team South Bucks got off to a flying start at the first match of the Upper Age Group Youth Development League at Oxford Horspath on Saturday.
Whilst many of the Seniors, in which I include myself, are only really in our element on the road or in the mud, there are a few bold Chiltern Harriers AC athletes who are making a real show on the track.
Sunday 12th April saw the first of the April marathons. In ‘Gay Paris’ Ash Holmes brought home a fantastic first ever marathon time of 3.31.40. David Howells was not far behind in 3.52.39. Husband and wife team Richard and Isabelle Winter supported each other round the Paris course, coming in together under 5 hours in 4.53.
David Howells kicked off the Easter weekend for Chiltern Harriers, taking part in the Maidenhead Easter 10 on Good Friday 3rd April. 933 participants crossed the start line in cool, wind-free conditions and David di excellently well to finish the course in 1.13.03.