Chiltern Harriers AC runners certainly didn’t seem to be giving themselves a weekend off running over the Christmas period, with some fantastic results during parkrun events on Boxing Day and Arctic One’s annual Pednor 10 race on Sunday 27th December.
A big thank you to all who helped with the Bran Tub Relay- Team co-ordinators and registration, marshals, timekeepers, and refreshments.
Have a good Christmas - Sue and Brian
Chiltern Harriers’ festive Bran Tub Relay race took place from Hervines Park, Amersham on Sunday morning.
The race, which includes runners of all ages, features five athletes in a team - each of whom complete a 1450m circuit involving Devonshire Avenue, Chesham Road and Hervines Road. Each team has a captain who tackles two separate laps. Conditions were unusually mild and dry and the good weather brought out some fast times from the athletes.
Just under sixty runners turned up and the race comprised eleven teams, each containing a mixture of teenagers, primary school runners, and the odd parent. Teams are selected to try and make them as even as possible. Each team name is derived from the colour of their baton and the winning team this year was Will Perkin’s ‘Black’ team who completed the six laps in an impressive 29.57.
Will’s first lap of 3.59 appears to be a course record and his final lap of 4.06 was second fastest of the day. The team was completed by Oakley Denson (5.31), Rachel Padwick (4.51), Mimi Houlihan-Burne (5.29), and Ellie Shield (6.01). In second place was Jonty Wager-Leigh’s ‘Orange’ team with 30.33 featuring Jonty (4.10/4.25), Orla Fawcett (5.01), Ilyas Ahmed (5.11), Holly Grant (6.07) and Max Baxter (5.39). Third team across the line was Nick Hughes’s ‘Stripes’ team in 30.46 with Nick (4.12/4.22), Emily Alderson (5.04), Abi Askey (6.01), Holly Henderson (5.34), and Tim Lomax (5.33).
Other fast times occurred on the opening lap with Harry Kettle (4.11), Richard Slade (4.14), Rob Hall (4.15), Will Brown (4.16), Sam Howell (4.27) Seb Mills (4.29), Jake Alderson (4.30) and Will Alderson (4.59) all showing good form. The fastest female laps came from Scarlett Wager-Leigh (4.46), Rachel Padwick (4.51) Sophie Morton (5.01), Orla Fawcett (5.01), Emily Alderson (5.04), Soraya Lockwood (5.06) and Maddy Lacey (5.07).
The best primary school times came from Matt Aldred (5.20), Oakley Denson (5.31) and Tim Lomax (5.33) for the boys and Abbie Henderson (5.27), Holly Henderson (5.33) and Rosa Williams (5.41) for the girls.
Saturday 19th December saw a lot of Chiltern Harriers AC runners squeezing in one last parkrun before Christmas. Steve Perkins’ group took their Saturday training session to St Albans, resulting in no less than four CHAC runners in the top ten! Thomas Beedell, representing Woodford Green on the day, won the event in 15.44. Will Perkin was third – 16.08; Nick Hughes – fourth, 16.42; Richard Slade – seventh, 17.03 and Harry Kettle – eighth, 17.46. Tom’s brother Simon Beedell, also Woodford Green, came home in 25th in 19.20, and behind him were Harriers: William Oleksiuk – 19.45; Louis Hunt – 20.33; Matthew Clifford – 20.55; Hugh Beedell – 21.15; Alfie Clifford – 21.49; Millie Hughes – 22.18 and Maddie Hughes – 23.27.
Race Report 12 - 13 December: Gravesend Floodlit 10k, parkruns, MK Winter Half Marathon and Andy Reading 10k
This week’s race report comes from a wet Worcestershire, where I have failed to do any running, unlike the subjects of this week’s report.
I’d like to begin with an apology for having missed an earlier result for Peter Gould, who finished a very credible 6th (38.03) in the third of the Gravesend Floodlit 10k series on Thursday 3rd December. Well done!
A total of 37 Chiltern Harriers young athletes have been selected in the Buckinghamshire, Herts or Middlesex squads for the Southern Inter Counties Cross Country Championships which will be held at Old Warden Park, Shuttleworth, Bedfordshire on December 12th.
Twenty of Chiltern Harriers strongest young athletes took part in the highest calibre cross country race of the season so far at Old Warden Park, Bedfordshire on Saturday.
Highlights were an individual third place for Angus Williams in the U13 boys race and team bronze medals for Will Perkin and Richard Slade in the U17 men’s race
We’ll begin this first festive race report with parkrun, as ever. In Black Park on Saturday 5th December Matt Channer (VM35-39) led the Harriers home in 26.16. He was joined by: Tamsin Finch (VW40-44) who earned herself a new PB of 26.34, Paula Walker (VW60-64) – 30.06, Tim Dawson (VM40-44) – 37.02 and Sue Bree (VW55-59) – 44.14. A special mention is due for Tim Dawson, who followed up his parkrun performance by making his way round a muddy and windy Chiltern League course at Culham!
Chiltern Harriers continued their good league season at Culham Park near Abingdon on Saturday.
Despite having a low turnout in some ages groups and difficult conditions with 40 mph winds, the club performed well again with some great individual performances.