Saturday 31 December saw the annual running of the Pednor 10, organised by locally-based charity Arctic One, which aims to provide opportunities to disabled and able-bodied athletes to help them get into sport. To find out more about Arctic One, visit their site here: http://www.arctic1.co.uk
Chiltern Harriers AC athletes were out in their droves to support the charity, with the race won by Harrier Nick Hughes, in a fabulous time of 56.46. Andy Hickman was 10th in 01.06.28. Nick and Andy were joined by: Andy Wiseall – 1.06.46; Hywel Thomas – 1.10.25; Grant Whitaker – 1.11.45; Sandra Reynolds – 1.11.51 (2nd F40+); Matt Channer – 1.12.03; Kate Loach – 1.14.22 (2nd F50+); Laura Hayers – 1.19.23; Matt Robins – 1.19.25; Dave Bellamy – 1.20.46; Beth Lang – 1.22.44; Julia Aliaj – 1.24.00; Mark Fry – 1.26.40; Rosie Davenport – 1.31.38; Tamsin Finch – 1.37.43; Miriam Kempson – 1.37.44 and David Walker – 1.47.35. Apologies to anyone I have missed, or if you were part of a relay team, as individual times are not shown. Full results are here.
I’m sure that many Harriers will have been taking part in parkruns across the country over the festive period. For reasons of ease, I am just going to list results from yesterday – Saturday 31 December – here, but well done to everyone for others which you may have been doing. Small proud moment for the Bateses (forgive the nepotism): Neil did his first ever sub-20 parkrun on Christmas Eve, smashing that target to finish in 19.45.
Fastest Harrier of the day was Alex Aldred, who sprinted his way around Black Park in 18.38 – a new PB. He was joined at Black Park by: Ade McCormack – 20.48; Luke Martin – a Black Park best of 21.52; Eleanor Shield – a PB of 22.03; Glen Martin – with yet another PB time of 22.19; Matt Lawrence – 22.41; Sebastian Lawrence – 24.00; Paula Walker – 29.19 and Ian Lawson – 30.38. Susan Jarman and Louise Durman were joint highest finishers, both winning out of the ladies at their respective races: South Shields in 21.55 and Wycombe Rye in 19.12. Also at the Rye, Cormac Nisbet clocked a strong 20.05 in his 20th parkrun; Hannah Edwards – 28.17; Veronica Pearce – 29.32 and Philip Lewis – 29.45. Sam and Josiah Meldrum were in action at St Helen’s, coming in in 35.06 and 35.03. Neil and I joined family in Worcester, with Neil finishing in 20.35 and me in 26.09. At Gadebridge Doug King clocked 28.11. David Breingan managed 21.02 at Marple parkrun. The Powells were in action at Aylesbury: Jamie came home first in 22.22, joined by Callum and Daniel – both in 23.17. In Tring, Neil Brown was first home in 20.53, joined swiftly by: Mairead O’Rourke in 21.54; Hugh Beedell – 22.57; David Saul – 25.28 and Jonathan Clarke – 27.13. Mark Ellis-Jones finished the Northallerton event in 26.52. At Cassiobury Park it was 21.15 for Andrew Stewart and 24.39 for Lyn Mellor. Tom Ayres earned a new PB of 23.45 in Lowestoft, with Rachel finishing in 25.10. Finally, it was a PB at Rushmere for Justin Fowler, completing the event in 19.05.
AND FINALLY: if you have not yet thought about the Club Cross Country Championships, why not? They will take place on 14 Januray, at the 4th Chiltern League match of the season at Keysoe. More info here.