That is not, of course, to downplay the performances of those Harriers who ‘only’ did the customary one parkrun this weekend! Also running at Black Park at 9am on New Year’s Day were the following hardy souls: Mike Worsfold – 20.19; James and Katie Repper – 22.06 and 24.33; Neil Bates – 23.08. Trevor Brawn was on the course down in Eastbourne, which he completed in 24.09. The Hughes gang were all in action at Cassiobury Park, with Nick winning the event in a fantastic 16.50. Alex was next in 21.00, followed by Millie (21.20) and Angela (27.26).
On Saturday 2nd January Ali Young was the first Harrier to clock a time – a 20.03 and first lady at St Peter’s in Sydney, Australia. (As a side note, your humble reporter had the great fortune of meeting Ali whilst out for a morning run on Sunday 3rd, Ali having got home a mere 90 minutes before, off the back of a 36 hour journey, and already out pounding the puddly pavements.)
Mike Turney led the Chiltern charge at Black Park on Saturday 2nd , earning himself a very credible 13th position in 19.24. He was followed by: Ade McCormack in 22.11; Matthew Robins as mentioned; Ian Lawson – 22.50; Harry Vintner – 22.50; Nat Baker – 23.46; Sebastian and Matthew Lawrence, both in 24.45; Matt Channer – 25.10; Tm Dawson – pacemaking the 30-minuters in 29.54; Shaheen Dent – 30.12 and Paula Walker – 30.33.
At the St Helens event Sam Meldrum came home a fantastic 2nd out of 185 runners in 20.25. Susan Jarman was first lady during horrendous conditions in South Shields in 21.00. David Breingan was 6th in 21.27 at Aldenham.
Wycombe Rye was witness to yet another first lady from Chiltern Harriers AC – Louise Durman in 20.10. Coming swiftly behind Louise was Sandra Reynolds who took 2nd in 21.27. They were joined by: Cormac Nisbet – 21.30; Shaun Fry – 21.34; Tom and Rachel Ayres in 26.14 and 29.30, respectively. Sarah Needleman joined Grant Whitaker (mentioned above) at Tring on 2nd January, finishing 3rd lady in 25.33.
Outside of the parkrun arena Neil Brown was delighted to join the sub-40 10k club on Saturday 2nd January, in what must have been fairly unpleasant conditions. Neil took part in the first of this year’s 10k events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, finishing 19th in 39.23. Well done Neil!
Blowing away the cobwebs on New Year's Day speed merchant Ade McCormack achieved an 8.05 (tbc) in the 60m at the Lee Valley Indoor Open event. Allan Stewart was in equally rapid form on 3rd January, running 400m in 51.51 indoors.