May I apologise first of all for being somewhat tardy with the results of the Bedford Half Marathon, which took place last Sunday 4 December. Three Harriers took park on the fairly hilly course: Ian Lawson, who finished in 1.38.49; David Holmes – 1.58.06 and Tony Molesworth – 2.12.44.
In parkrun news CHAC had three winners on 10 December. Susan Jarman was first lady in her hometown parkrun in South Shields, which she completed in 20.43; Justin Fowler was the winner in Aylesbury in 18.02, joined by Leon Doran in 20.42. Will Perkin won in Cassiobury Park, and also won the award for fastest Harrier of the day, with a new course PB of 16.21. Will was joined by Richard Slade, who earnt an all-time parkrun PB of 16.52, and Lyn Mellor in 24.14. George Gillingwater in Canon Hill Park in Birmingham finished his first ever parkrun in 17.33. Returning closer to home to Black Park, Jamie Trimmer was first Harrier home in 21.21. Jamie was followed in by: Matt Channer – 23.13; Laura Hayers – 23.14; Carolynn Trimmer – 23.29; Catherine Staunton – 24.25; Matt Lawrence – 25.23; Lily and Brian Gregory – both 25.35; Aran Davidson – 25.44; Paula Walker – 29.16; Caitlin Gregory – 29.25; Gemma Stockwell – 31.07 and Angela Hughes, making her return to running in 31.30. In (Pollok) Glasgow, Shaheen Dent finished in 29.45; David Saul completed Reading for the first time in 23.38. David Howells led the Harriers home in Wycombe Rye in 22.26, joined by: Guy Johnson – 24.52; Rachel Ayres – 26.01 and Philip Lewis – 29.20. In Tring Hugh Beedell clocked a time of 21.39. Rosie Davenport wins the award for most exotic parkrun on 10 December, completing the Haga, Sweden event in 27.06 (NB: if you google simply ‘Haga’ you will find all the information you could need on alcohol services in Haringey and Barnet, google ‘Haga parkrun’ to find a 5k in Sweden.)
Grant Whitaker was the only Harrier in action in the Regent’s Park 10k today, Sunday 11 December. Unofficial Strava time of 42.26. As if a cross country on the Saturday was not enough, Andrew Stewart was on the track today, indoors, completing the 800m in 2.46 and the 200m in near-PB time of 32.41.
No less than 15 Chiltern Harriers AC runners took part in the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon today. The event saw participants run through the two MK Chiltern League venues – Campbell Park and Teardrop Lakes – (and a few other places) in a circumnavigation of Milton Keynes. Nick Hughes was a stunning 8th overall and first V40, with a time of 1.13.40. Nathan Taylor was behind him in 1.25.26, with Rebecca Nkoane chasing his tails to finish 5th lady in 1.25.41. Joining them were: Andy Wiseall – 1.26.31; Mairead O’Rourke – 1.28.54; Tom Powell – new PB of 1.31.16; me – 1.31.51; Alan Hornibrook – 1.34.27; Matt Channer – a huge new PB of 1.38.06; Ben Martin – 1.42.31; Beth Lang – 1.48.31; Matt Lawrence – 1.51.27; Pip Harris – 1.56.35; Tamsin Finch – 2.01.33 and Miriam Kempson – 2.04.05.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Last Friday of the Month 5k, the Pednor 10 and the Chiltern Cross Country League. See Club Calendar for more.
STOP PRESS: the fourth Chiltern League match of the 2016-17 season, taking place on 14 January in Keysoe (north Bedford), will host the Chiltern Harriers Club Championships. To be in with a chance of winning a prize, make sure you are ready to run in Keysoe in January. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age category for the Juniors and 1st, 2nd and 3rd male / female for the Seniors. Prizes to be awarded at the 2017 Club Awards evening and social event.