There were also some strong performances at parkrun events on Saturday, despite hot conditions. Trevor Brawn (VM65-69) decided to be a parkrun ‘tourist’, taking part for the first time in the Guildford event and finishing in 25.51. Also taking part in a bit of parkrun tourism was Philip Lewis, who killed time before the Wales v Ireland rugby match by completing the Cardiff event in 29.26. In Tring Scarlett Wager-Leigh (JW11-14) achieved a very impressive 8th position, with a time of 22.34 (not far off her PB of 22.06). Guy Johnson (VM55-59) was in action at Wycombe Rye, where he achieved a time of 22.33. Finally, Black Park saw three Harriers participating this week: Matt Channer (VM35-39) – 25.10; Mike Worsfold (VM40-44) – 25.56 and Paula Walker (VM60-64) – 30.57.
Sunday 9th August dawned hot and sunny for the annual Bearbrook 10k – a fast road race, which sees runners going from Aylesbury Rugby Club in Weston Turville to RAF Halton, and back. Derek Brown (V50), as ever, put in an impressive performance, finishing 9th in 36.23 and 1st in his age category. He was joined by Andy Wiseall – 39.47; Mike Turney (V50) – 40.45; Ellie Bates – 41.49; Sandra Reynolds (V35)- 42.31 and 2nd in age category; Barbara Ralph (V55) – 47.11 and 3rd in age category; David Howells – 49.55 and Mark Fry (V50) – 51.53.
Once again the weekend witnessed an impressive feat of ultra running from a Chiltern Harrier. Nick Harvey took part, in what must have been challenging conditions, in the NDW 100 – a 100 mile race along the length of the North Downs Way. Whilst official results are not yet available, I’m delighted to say that Nick managed the run in 22.25.24, thus completing the 3270m of climb in under the 24-hour milestone. Well done Nick, great achievement!
Another person ticking off a major achievement was James Repper. James finds himself in that elite group of athletes who can describe themselves as Iron Men. He ranked 48th in the Dublin 70.3 (a half Ironman) event on Sunday 9th August. He completed a 1.9km swim in 39.51, a 90km bike in 2.45.09 and half marathon in 1.39.52, bringing total time to 5.04.23.