In Black Park Mike Worsfold was the first Harrier home in Saturday’s parkrun, finishing his 75th event in a respectable 20.17. Behind him were: Brian Gregory, with a new PB of 21.20; Ian Lawson – 22.46; Tim Dawson – 25.57; Caitlin Gregory – 27.07; Paula Walker – 29.12; Lily Gregory – 30.09; Oscar Gregory – 30.41 (a new PB); Sarah Gregory – 30.48 and Shaheen Dent – 31.27. At Wycombe Rye Guy Johnson and Tom Ayres clocked 24.25 and 25.49, respectively. Trevor Brawn managed 27.13 at Gadebridge, followed in by Sam and Katie Meldrum in 32.19. Further afield, Allan Stewart continued to show dominance at the Exeter Riverside parkrun, which he won in 17.06, completing his 50th parkrun event. Finally, siblings Gabriel and Evangelina Baker took part on the challenging Tring course, finishing in 25.55 and 32.26, respectively.
The Berkhamsted Half Marathon saw the men’s record broken on a crisp, sunny Sunday morning. Chiltern Harriers AC’s own Tom Dixon put in a great run on the challenging course, finishing in 1.22.14. Kate Loach and (relative) newbie Mairead O’Rourke also did brilliantly to win in their respective age categories in 1.36.31 and 1.28.41. Also worthy of a special mention is Tim Dawson, who chose the hills of Berkhamsted to make his half marathon debut and doing so very credibly in 1.40.12. Other Harriers running were: David Breingan – 1.35.20; Matthew Robins (apparently not tired after Run Eton the day before) – 1.37.10; Daniel Buckingham – 1.39.13; Charlotte Draper – 1.41.01; Thanh Ly – 1.41.31; Laura Hayers, who showed just how much she has improved over the year since completing her first half marathon in Berko in 2015 by shaving over 8 minutes off of her time to finish in 1.41.39; Pani Klikis – 1.41.52; Rob Levine – 1.45.51; Michael Bailey – 1.45.48; John Walker – 1.49.37; Roger Ellerby – 1.50.08; Annelie Whitfield – 1.50.54; Debbie Tank – 1.51.09; Jon Clarke – 1.50.48; Bob Hayne – 1.51.23; Paul Pearce – 1.51.30; Rik Edwards – 1.53.32; Teresa Pawlik – 1.53.07; David Holmes – 1.59.48; Matt Channer – 2.01.19; Tamsin Finch – 2.04.03 and Veronica Pearce – 2.05.43. Well done, all!
Milton Keynes also held its annual Festival of Running on Sunday 6 March. In the 10k event Derek Brown finished 8th overall and first in the M55 category, with a great time of 36.34; Louise Durman was pleased with her fastest 10k of the season (38.34) and 2nd lady; and Shaun Fry, who is struggling with injury still, finished in 44.56. In the half marathon Benjamin Griffiths clocked a very respectable 1.23.33, whilst Helen Larson of Chiltern Tri managed 1.55.40.
Tickets are now available for the Club’s family BBQ and awards presentation on Saturday 7 May, find more information and book here!