Yesterday, Saturday 11 June, Simon Beedell won the Run the Rock 10k in 39.30. Susan Jarman also overcame the hilly terrain to finish 2nd lady in 48.59 (more than three and a half minutes quicker than last year!). Matthew Robins finished in 51.08 and David Saul in 55.39.
It was also a very busy day for Chiltern Harriers AC at parkrun events. Richard Slade was 3rd at Black Park in 17.34 and Orla Williams won out of the ladies in 19.54. Joining them were: Tom Hunter – 20.42; Harry Vintner – 21.08; Laura Hayers – 22.18; Andy Mayhew – 24.31; Tom Powell – 25.33; Trevor Brawn – 26.05; Nat Baker – 26.44; Tim Dawson – 26.45; Veronica Pearce – 26.49; Sarah Gregory – 26.49; Matt Channer – 27.01 (and celebrating his 100th parkrun!); Pip Harris – 27.58; Caitlin Gregory – 28.32; Lily Gregory – 29.29; Shaheen Dent – 29.36; Oscar and Brian Gregory – both 31.03; Sebastian and Matthew Lawrence – 42.18 and 42.19, respectively.
David Howells was first Harrier home at Wycombe Rye in 25.17 and joined by Tom and Rachel Ayres in 26.02 and 29.07, respectively. At Gadebridge Julia Aliaj was 3rd lady in 25.53. Chiltern Harriers had a double podium finish at Tring, where Peter Gould was victorious in the men’s race (19.46) and Mairead O’Rourke in the women’s (21.05). Sam Meldrum finished his first attempt at Tring in 21.42. Finally, Lyn Mellor managed a new PB at Cassiobury Park, completing the run in 23.27.
On Sunday 12 June David Breingan and Kingsley Nanton were the only Harriers taking part in the Wargrave Charity 10k, clocking 42.50 and 40.34, respectively. Kate Loach took on the challenging St Albans Half Marathon, finishing in an enviable 1.39.19.
And finally, in a field somewhere outside of Reading eight Chiltern Harriers were (literally) going round and round in circles. Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 June Neil Brown, Ash Holmes, Nick Hughes, Ali Young, Kirstie Elliott, Martin Black, Ben Martin and Rebecca Nkoane were taking part in the Endure 24 event. During Endure 24 teams, as well as solo runners, compete to find out who can run the greatest number of 5-mile laps over 24 hours. The Chiltern Harriers AC team did amazingly well, finishing third overall and second in their category (mixed teams of 6-8 people). Between them they clocked up 42 laps, or 210 miles! An extremely close battle was fought with the mixed team of 8 from Sandhurst Joggers, who eventually took the victory, but not without having to clock a few very fast laps in the final hours. Ali Young, who is jetting off in two days’ time to take part in the Xiquao International 24 hour Ultra Marathon and has just been selected for Team GB for the October European 24 hour Championships in France, put in a couple of speedy laps on Saturday; whilst Nick Hughes nonchalantly threw in a few sub-29 minute laps, completing five in total before driving off at 6am on Sunday to support the Chiltern juniors on the track. All-in-all: an absolutely awesome performance from an all-star team. Well done guys! And good luck, Ali! We're all really proud of you.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Watlington Cross Country, Penn Seven, Misbourne 5k, Welwyn 5k, Thame 10k and Brooks Last Friday of the Month 5k. Check out the club calendar for details.