Welcome to Bank Holiday Race Report. The long weekend was a relatively quiet one for Chiltern Harriers AC, but nevertheless witnessed some fantastic performances.
Team South Bucks, a composite team of athletes from Chiltern Harriers and Wycombe Phoenix, were just pipped at the post at the second YDL Upper Age Group match of the season at Aldershot on Sunday.
On Sunday James McCarthy, this time classed as an U20, was in action again at the similarly high profile Westminster Mile event. He was joined by fellow Harrier Will Perkin running in the U17 race.
The meeting features around thirty-five mile races, both able bodied and wheelchair, some of which are low-key family races. However the senior and age-group events are classed as the British 1 Mile Road Race Championships and attract strong fields.
Will was off at 2.50pm on the fast course which starts in The Mall running north, turning right onto Birdcage Walk and finishing close to Buckingham Palace. A field of 17 toed the line and Will was always in contention. The race was won by Cambridge’s Rob Huckle in 4.22, but Will was just a second behind to claim silver in 4.23.
James was in the penultimate race of the day at 3.15pm. A small field of eight faced the starter and James kept well to the front and just lost out to Bracknell’s Scott Halsted, Scott recording 4.17 to James’s 4.18.
Double-silver was a great effort by the Chiltern lads, reflecting their hard work in training this year.
BMC Grand Prix – Watford
Two Chiltern Harriers took part in the prestigious British Milers Club Grand Prix middle distance meeting at Watford on Saturday evening.
Across thirty races, some of Britain’s best running talent competed over 800m, 1500m, 5000m and steeplechase. In the Women’s 800m A race, three women achieved Olympic qualifying times.
U23 James McCarthy was in the men’s 800m C race. The first 200m was very fast but James kept calm at the back of the pack and worked through to fifth place and a new PB of 1.50.96.
In the 800m G race Senior Man Allan Stewart also ran a good tactical race to take a tenth off his recently set PB with 1.54.55.
Race Report 21 May: Belated Results From Oxford Town & Gown and Prestwood 10k; parkrun, Self-Transcendence 10k and Obstacle Course Madness
We’ll start this week’s Race Report with a nostalgic look at the Prestwood 10k, which took place on Sunday 15 May. Kate Loach was first in her age category, in 45.38. Joining her in the ladies’ race were: Charlotte Draper – 5th in 44.56; Debbie Tank – 50.38 and Tamsin Finch – 57.10. Alistair Melville-Smith was the first Harrier home in the men’s race in an impressive 37.30. He was followed in by: Tim Dawson – 43.59; David Saul – 49.23 and Martin Allen – 54.51. Apologies also to Louise Durman, who was accidentally missed from last week’s results. Louise finished 3rd lady in the Oxford Town and Gown 10k, clocking a stunning 38.00, which is only 6 seconds off of her PB time.
Chiltern Harriers had an excellent match at Bedford on Saturday to be a clear second in the Youth Development League Southern League 1- Central.
Up against seven other clubs from the area, the Chiltern team, consisting of U13 and U15 athletes, battled hard all day in a close fought match. Mild, grey, dry conditions were welcome after a forecast of rain had threatened to dampen spirits. However a gusty wind made some events tricky.
Despite having raced hard at the County Championships at the weekend, there were a surprising number of PBs at Watford on Wednesday evening.
Race Report 14 - 15 May: Langley Park 5k, Bucks County Champs, parkrun, Stockley Park 10k, Town & Gown 10k
We begin this weekend’s Race Report on a Wednesday. Wednesday 11 May saw the first of this year’s Langley Park Summer 5k series. Paula Walker was the only Harrier to take part, finishing in 30.05.
Chiltern Harriers had a very good showing at the Buckinghamshire County Championships held at Oxford Horspath over the weekend.
Mild, sunny conditions made for some very high level performances.
Gold medal winners from Chiltern were Eleanor Mayhew (U13 Girls 200m), Orla Williams (U13 Girls 1500m), Robyn Watkins (U17 women 1500m), Hannah Thear (U20 women 800m), Sam Turner-O’Toole (U15 Boys long jump and shot), Cameron Reid (U15 Boys 800m), Angus Williams (U15 Boys 3000m), Harry Cox (U17 Men 3000m), Sarah Cross (U20 Women javelin), Will Perkin (U20 Men 1500m), and Allan Stewart (Senior Men 800m), Both Orla and Angus Williams set new Championship Best performances in their gold-medal winning events.
Summer seems to be on its way, Race Report fans!
I’ll begin this week’s report with a belated result from last weekend. The Hughes family were in action at the Hillingdon Triathlon on Sunday 1 May. Millie and Maddie took the top two spots in the U14s age group and Alex was first in the U10s.
James McCarthy continued his successful 2016 track endeavours with an excellent sixth place in the 1500m at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships at Bedford on Bank Holiday weekend.