Whilst parkrun might seem to pale in comparison to such derring-dos, there were some achievements of no lesser significance in 5k events across the country on Saturday. At Cassiobury Park Chiltern Harriers athletes made up an awesome six of the first ten runners home, with male runners from the club claiming 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 10th positions. Moreover, the first four of those all set new age category records for Cassiobury parkrun. A truly astounding result. They were: Allan Stewart with a new PB of 15.44; James McCarthy – new PB time of 15.55; Nick Hughes – new PB of 16.19; Will Perkin – 17.00; Richard Slade – 17.21 and Peter Gould – 18.32. Joining them were: Alex Hughes – a new PB of 20.43; Kate Loach – 3rd female in 21.11; Adam Pomerantz – 21.37; Mille and Maddie Hughes in 22.04 and 22.20 (a PB), respectively; Lyn Mellor – 24.54 and Lesley Perkin – 26.45.
At Black Park Tom Hunter was first Harrier home in 20.31, and was joined by: Harry Vintner – 20.40; Andy Mayhew – 22.52; Trevor Brawn – 25.21; Miriam Kempson – 27.41; Tony Molesworth – 27.58 and Dave Williams – 35.21. Wycombe Rye were having some problems with their scanners, so my apologies to Rosemary Davenport and Mike Turney and anyone else who may have been missed off the results. Mike was first home, followed by Neil and I in 22.12 and 20.46, respectively. Not too far behind were: Rachel Ayres – 26.31; Philip Lewis with a new PB of 27.46 and Tom Ayres – 29.55. In Aylesbury Nathan Taylor got a new PB of 19.02 in his 10th parkrun, as did Alan Hornibrook in his 2nd – 20.48. Tara Deller-Hoy ran there for the first time, finishing the event in 30.11. Tring parkrun celebrated its own centenary on Saturday 27 August. David Breingan came home first out of the Chiltern contingent, with a new PB of 22.15. Not far behind him were: Bradley Williams – 22.48 (PB); Grant Whitaker – 23.18; Hugh Beedell – 23.19; Jamie Powell – 25.01; Callum Powell – 25.45 and Matthew Robins – 26.45. Doug King clocked of 41.36 at Gadebridge. Finally, those runners who were making the most of the Bank Holiday weekend to dabble in some tourism: Ian Lawson – 21.45 in his 125th ever parkrun at Ashton Court (Bristol); Sue Bree – 35.59 in her 150th parkrun at Havant (Hampshire); Tim Dawson – 31.50 at Brueton in the West Midlands; Paula Walker got a new PB of 28.04 at Birkenhead; a new PB of 22.15 for Matt Channer at Bickling, Norwich and Dave Howells clocked 23.26 in Woking.
Turning to something different yet again, terror of the track Andrew Stewart was delighted with a gold medal in the 800m at the Veterans Athletics Club Championship on Sunday 28 August. Barbara and John Ralph also claimed gold in the 5000m and 3k race walk.
Finally, three Harriers ventured over the county border into Oxfordshire for the Headington 5 on Sunday 28 August. On a cool damp morning, on a fast course with an uninspiring section along the Oxford ring road, there was good performances by all, first home was Mike Turney, 28th overall, and a new PB of 30.58. Neil Brown was 30th - 31:08 and Lyn Mellor 179th overall and 3rd VL 55 in 39:16.
So if that lot haven’t inspired you to enter the Shardeloes 10k (coming up soon on 18 September), then I don’t know what will. Also COMING UP LOCALLY: Brooks Last Friday of the month 5k, SEAA Road Relays, and the start of the Chiltern Cross Country League. See the Club Calendar for more.