Barbara Ralph also decided to blow off the cobwebs in style on Boxing Day, taking part in the Enfield & Haringey Athletics Club Boxing Day 5k at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre. Lee Valley is the stomping ground of some formidable athletes and Barbara finished not far behind Christine Ohurugu (an event which has happened on other occasions!) with an excellent time of 22.45.
A bunch of hardy Chiltern Harriers took to the road on 28th December for the 10th annual Pednor 10 road race. (I ask for forgiveness if I have missed anyone here as results are not listed by club.) Andy Wiseall was the first Harrier home in 01.03.48 (8th), followed quickly by Nathan Taylor (01.04.09, 9th and 1st M40+). Sian Taylor retained her dominance over this race, winning the women’s race in 01.05.06. She was joined by fellow Chiltern Harriers Ali Young (01.07.27, 2nd Female and 1st F40+) and Sandra Reynolds (01.08.40, 3rd Female and 2nd F40+) to take the team prize and a clean sweep in the women’s competition. Nick Marsh continues to race strongly, finishing 01.06.12, followed by Hywel Thomas (3rd M40+, 01.07.23). Kate Loach was 1st F50+, in a time of 01.15.15. Behind her came David Howells (01.20.08), Declan Fahy (M50+, 01.27.09) and Martin Allen, (M50+, 01.27.55).
On Saturday 4th January 2015 Chiltern Harriers were in action in the Buckinghamshire Cross Country Championships. The Veteran Women put in a first class performance, securing the team prize: Sandra Reynolds (1st Vet, F35, 39.19), Cath Holloway (2nd Vet, F45, 40.35) and Kirstie Elliott (F35, 41.30). Sandra and Cath, joined by Ellie Bates (40.39) also managed to take second in the Senior/ Veteran Womens’ Team results. Kate Loach was 4th F45 (44.46), Barbara Ralph was 3rd F55 (48.47) and Fiona Calder (F35) finished the challenging course in 67.38. Chiltern Harriers’ Men took the Senior / Veteran team prize, with scorers being Fabian Downs (3rd, 44.46), Simon Beedell (8th, 47.06), James Repper (9th, M40, 47.16), Nick Hughes (10th, M40, 47.16), George Gillingwater ( 49.08) and Peter Gould (50.07). Behind them came Nick Harvey (51.28), Nick Marsh (57.19), David Breingan (M40, 57.56) and Jon Taylor (59.31). In the Over 60 Men’s race Trevor Brawn finished in 9th (57.11) and Martyn Cartwright (71.10).
Just one day later, at the Cliveden Cross Country, Fabian Downs was back in action again, winning the 6 mile race in 37.47 out of 610 people who lined up at the start! Allan Stewart was the next Harrier home in 44.51, despite suffering from a cold, and was followed by Ali Young (40-49, 45.41), David Breingan (40-49, 47.01), Giles Greenhalgh (40-49, 52.43), Alex Pepper (50-59, 54.42), Mark Fry (50-59, 55.49) and Rik Edwards (50-59, 57.29).