We’ll kick off race report this week with Barbara Ralph’s performance in the last Friday of the Month 5k on 29 July, organised by Serpentine AC. Despite running a creditable time of 23 mins 15 secs and an age graded performance of 81.7% she was only 4th in the FV60 category. Sally Musson, who was first FV60, ran a time of 21 mins 03 secs and beating the vast majority of the rest of the female field! The event boasts a fast field and is well-organised, definitely a recommendation for those of us who are in central London on a Friday lunchtime!
The Southern Under 13 Inter County Championships took place at Kingston on Thames as usual at the end of July. There were four Chiltern Harriers athletes taking part, all of whom acquitted themselves well.
A still, warm evening made for good conditions at Watford and, despite the school holidays, there was a good turnout from Chiltern Harriers.
The holidays are definitely on with a number of Harriers taking part in parkrun events further afield (and don’t forget to email in your parkrun holiday snaps). Kate Loach was first lady once again at Cassiobury Park, narrowly outside of her PB with a time of 21.07. Following Kate were Matthew Webb – 24.43 and Trevor Brawn – 25.05.
Team South Bucks had a great end to the league season with a win in the fourth YDL Upper Age Group match at Linford Christie Stadium, Wormwood Scrubs on Sunday.
As a result of winning the South of England U20 1500m Championships in June, Will Perkin was invited to take part for England South in an U20 international match hosted by Welsh Athletics.
A youthful Chiltern Harriers team took part in the Waddesdon Manor 5k on a lovely warm summer evening.
The course had had to be altered from previous years due to Lord Rothschild entertaining the Chinese ambassador.
This also caused the start to be delayed, but once going, the runners all appeared to enjoy the race which had a long uphill to the fountain, and then a downhill to the finish,
The Chiltern team was 3rd overall, with Richard Slade being 3rd man in 17.10 mins, David Thomas 9th (18.12), Harry Cox 11th (18.33), Will Brown 22nd (19.06), George Brown 23rd ( 19.09) and David Breingan 52nd male (21.22).
As the only over 18 in the team, David thought he should have all 6 prize bottles of beer, but the juniors wanted to keep their first material race prize!
Thank you to all those who have sent me results from the last few weeks. It looks like Chiltern Harriers AC runners have been involved in a real variety of events and in a variety of locations.
The Southern Inter Counties U17 Championships took place in Bromley on Sunday 17th July.
There were four Chiltern athletes taking part.
Chiltern Harriers U13s and U15s put in another great effort in the final match of the Youth Development League Lower Age Group at Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead on Saturday.
The team fought hard in very warm conditions against seven other clubs, to finish narrowly third on the day and confirm overall second in the final league table.