Starting at the further end of the scale, last weekend, 11-14 June, Miriam Kempson took part in the Cotswold 100 mile Challenge. It was Miriam’s first ultra and she had to battle through the thunder and rain to run a marathon a day along the Cotswold Way long distance footpath from Chipping Camden to Bath. The bad weather conditions made some the terrain very slipper, turning some paths to rivers and leaving the camping villages set up each evening under water. Despite all this, Miriam completed the challenge and said that the event was friendly, fun and well-organised. One for the long-range planner!
Moving on to this weekend, we’ll start, as per tradition, with Saturday’s parkrun. I am excited to say that our own Laura Hayers had her first parkrun victory, finishing first lady at Black Park in 22.12. The first Harrier home at Black Park was Matt Robins in 20.45. Joining Laura and Matt were: Brian Gregory – 21.19 (a new PB); Ian Lawson – 21.39; Scott Getley – 22.02; Dave Williams (with a toddler?) – 23.19; Andy Mayhew – 23.21; Tim Dawson – 24.04; Matt Channer – 25.21; Caitlin Gregory – 25.46; Paula Walker – 28.58; Lily Gregory – 29.07; Oscar Gregory – 29.54; Sarah Gregory – 30.00; Sebastian Lawrence – 34.08 and Matthew Lawrence – 39.10.
It was first for Jonty Wager-Leigh at Tring in an impressive 19.56, his sister Scarlett was second only to an Olympian in the women’s race, finishing in 22.29 in her 10th parkrun. Joining them at Tring were: Grant Whitaker – 21.20 (a PB); Daniel Powell – 23.27 (another PB); Jamie and Callum Powell in 23.59 and 24.10, respectively; and David Saul – 24.28.
Fastest parkrunning Harrier of the day (by quite a way, it has to be admitted) was Fabian Downs, who won at Wycombe Rye in 15.59. Next in was Guy Johnson – 23.48, followed by: Veronica Pearce – 25.40; Yee King-Tham – a new PB of 27.51 in parkrun number 40 and Tom Ayres – 29.42.
Elsewhere, Peter Gould was 3rd in his first ever attempt at Bexley (18.14); Rosalind Firth earned a new PB in Durham – 23.01; Mark Ellis-Jones clocked 32.13 at Gadebridge and Lyn Mellor clocked 23.51 at Cassiobury Park.
Whilst the sane were sleeping in their beds, Ali Young was running round and round in 36 degree heat and high humidity. As trailed in last week’s Race Report, Ali took part in the Xiquao International 24 hour Ultra Marathon near Foshan, China, over the weekend of 18 - 19 June. Ali was delighted to complete the entire 24 hour event, in the company of some of the best elite 24-hour runners in the world. She described it as the hardest thing she has ever done. I have to admit that I’ve heard that from Ali before, but with the high temperatures and big blisters, I think she might really mean it this time! Despite all that and a recent injury, Ali did amazingly well to finish 4th lady and 15th overall and of 100 runners.
On Sunday 19 June Andrew Stewart blasted his way round the City Mile (an event which comes with a great medal, according to Andrew), finishing in 5.58.24.
Louise Durman and Matt Robins were in action at the Ickenham 5 (miles). Louise was first lady with a PB time of 30.19; Matt clocked a very respectable 33.56. At the Penn 7 (miles) Michael ‘Tiny’ Turney was the first Harrier home in 45.34; I followed in (very pleased with first lady) in 46.33; Kate Loach was first female vet in 51 minutes and David Breingan came in in 50.49. Official results for both events to follow.
Keep watching for news of today’s Ridgeway Relay.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Misbourne 5k, Thame 10k, Welwyn City 10k, Last Friday of the Month 5k, Wimbledon Windmillers Open 10k, Langley Park Summer 5k series and the Wycombe Half and 10k. See the club calendar for more.