We’ll kick things off with Ali Young. Ali finished 18th overall and the first of Team GB’s ladies at the IAU European 24 hour Championships in Albi, France. Ali covered 214km over 24 hours – that’s a staggering 133 miles. We’re really proud (and slightly terrified) of you Ali. Well done!
Not quite ultrarunning, but certainly extreme, were Susan Jarman’s efforts in the ‘Judgement Day 12k’ on 22 October. Susan finished 5th lady overall, and 1st in her age category after a gruelling mixture of trail running, muddy river crossings and obstacles. Susan is taking part in the Obstacle Course Racing Association Championship in just under a month’s time.
We’ll now return to the positively sedate world of parkrunning. The fastest and best-placed Harrier of the day was Nathan Taylor on 22 October. Nathan got a new PB and finished 3rd in Aylesbury in 18.46. Alan Hornibrook and Tara Deller-Hoy, also running at Aylesbury, also earned themselves PBs, finishing in 20.15 and 29.19, respectively. Matt Robins was the first Harrier home at Black Park, in a time of 21.29. He was joined by: Sebastian Lawrence – 23.12; Julia Aliaj – 24.03 (an all-time parkrun PB); Matt Channer and Matt Lawrence – both in 24.22; Rosemary Davenport – 26.08 (PB); Caitlin Gregory – 27.02; Sarah Gregory – 27.06; Miriam Kempson – 27.54; Lily, Oscar and Brian Gregory in 30.01, 31.03 and 31.03. At Wycombe Rye Andrew Stewart was the first Chiltern Harrier, clocking 21.05, and following him were: Tom Ayres - 26.23; Rachel Ayres- 26.34; Tony Molesworth- 27.34; Philip Lewis – 29.26 and Joanne Murray – 30.00. Hugh Beedell took part at the Gadebridge event for the first time, coming home in 23.12, and joined by: Doug King – 27.51 and Helen Walker – 28.55. Sam Meldrum was the only Harrier at Tring Park this week, accompanying first-tier Josiah around the hilly course in 37.50. At Cassiobury Park Rik Edwards had his parkrun debut, finishing the course in 22.27. And finally, three Harriers took their parkrunning to seaside locations beginning with the letter B: Sam Ditty – 20.54 in Bangor; Tim Dawson – 21.42 at Barry Island and Paula Walker – a great new all-time PB of 26.52 in her 200th parkrun in Birkenhead!
Happy half term, everyone!
Coming up locally: Brooks Last Friday of the Month 5k, the Ricky Road Run, Marlow 7 and Half, Grand Union Canal Half and, of course, the Herbert’s Hole Challenge. See the Club Calendar for more.