On Saturday 30 April Mairead O’Rourke was showing signs of being well-recovered after last weekend’s London Marathon, winning the St Alban’s parkrun in a speedy 18.49 (a best time for 2016). At Black Park James Repper was in fine form, finishing 2nd in 17.24. Joining James were: Harry Vintner – 21.08; Tim Dawson – 25.32; Matt Channer – 27.43; Paula Walker – 29.18 and Sue Bree – 34.56. In Durham Rosalind Firth finished in 24.30. Tony Molesworth was the only Harrier at Wycombe Rye, managing 27.16. Tom and Rachel Ayres completed the Fritton Lake (Norfolk) event in 25.04 and 26.01, respectively. Trevor Brawn was not far off his PB time at Tring, finishing the hilly course in 27.13. Finally, Adam Pomerantz completed the Cassiobury park event in 22.31.
Susan Jarman was really pleased to keep running all the way round the Tough Mudder on Saturday 30 April. Described as ‘over 11 miles of very hilly and muddy cross country, with over 20 obstacles thrown in and a dunking in a skip filled with ice water at the start’, I think Susan gets the prize for craziest and bravest Harrier of the weekend. Joining Susan on the crazy scale, perhaps, were Jason Trimmer and myself. I was chuffed to finish fourth overall, and first lady during the Pembrokeshire leg of the Coastal Trail Series – a 34.8 mile trail ultra along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal footpath. We were lucky with the weather and I finished in 5.30.43, setting a new ladies’ course record. Jason took crazy to a whole new level, completing the Hardmoors 110 Ultramarathon. Hardmoors takes competitors along the Cleveland Way National Trail, encircling the North Yorkshire Moors and the Cleveland Heritage coastline. Starting from Filey, it finishes at Helmsley after 110 miles and 6,000 metres of cumulated elevation gain. Jason, who is taking part in Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc in August, finished the course in 25.27.59.
On Sunday 1 May, Matthew Robins – self-confessed ‘medal junkie’ took part in the MK Rocket 5k, finishing in 24.57. Elsewhere, Grant Whitaker took part in the Great Birmingham 10k, clocking 42.38. Apologies to anyone who did the Gaddesden Gallop on Sunday, I can’t find the results, I’m afraid.
Finally, Matthew Robins completed the medal haul today on Monday 3 May at the Milton Keynes Marathon. Matthew finished in 4.09.38, and was joined by fellow Harrier Tamsin Finch in 4.55.31, making that her second marathon in the space of a fortnight (she completed Brighton in 4.22) - a really awesome feat of stamina!
COMING UP LOCALLY: Marlow 5, Prestwood 10k, Stockley Park 10k and the Langley Park Summer 5k series. For more details, see the club calendar.
ALSO: if you were inspired by the London Marathon, why not have a go yourself in 2017? The general ballot is now open and closes at 1700 on Friday 6 May.