We’ll kick off what will be a pretty short Race Report this week with news of Andrew Wiseall’s new 5k PB at the Last Friday of Month 5k in Hyde Park on Friday 27 April, where Andy clocked an impressive time of 17.50. It was also a 5k PB weekend for Ed Wright – riding the post-marathon wave – with a time of 20.38, and Ruth Holroyd - 23.55 (both at Rickmansworth parkrun on Saturday 28 April.
South Bucks made a good start to the YDL Upper Age Group track and field series on Sunday at a very cold and grey Woking.
The team, a composite of athletes from Chiltern Harriers and Wycombe Phoenix, finished the match in third place from six teams, a good result in what promises to be a strong and competitive division.
Well, surely nothing says London Marathon Day like unseasonably warm April weather. And this year was nothing new in that regard, with seventeen Harriers facing absolutely brutal conditions on the streets of London. Congratulations to all of them for making it round in what turned out to be the hottest London Marathon ever.
Chiltern Harriers U13s and U15s made their athletics league debuts on Saturday at Eton. Conditions started sunny but became drizzly later.
After promotion last year the club is up against some very strong clubs in Youth Development League - Southern Premier 2, and although sixth on the day, the team showed great maturity and competitive spirit, and many athletes came away with personal bests.
Full Results of the Meeting
The second Watford meeting saw a warm, still night provide great conditions.
Chiltern were the best represented club with most tackling 800m
On Sunday 15th the first element of the Bucks Track and Field Championships took place at Little Marlow as part of the Wycombe Invitational meeting.
This weekend Harriers made a pilgrimage back to Manchester to take part in the marathon (or relay). This one holds (literally) painful memories for me as it marks a year since I embarrassingly dislocated my shoulder after tripping over my own foot, all before I’d even set foot on the start line. Fortunately participants this year fared a lot better, with excellent times all round. Tom Powell finished in 3:43:12 (and all the more impressive due to a negative split!), while Philip Walker clocked 4:13:53. Pip Powell and Dave Howells took part in the relay completing the course in 3:21:48.
Over in Oxfordshire, Steve Field took part in the White Horse Half Marathon – completing the rather undulating course in 1:49:59.
Closer to home, it’s another week and yet another Matt Channer marathon! This time, Harriers’ Mr Marathon took part in the Phoenix Groovy Baby Trail marathon, clocking 4:26. Well done Matt!
In Parkrun news this week, Miriam Kempson got a Black Park PB of 26:37, while Mairead O’Rourke was the first lady home at Rickmansworth in 18:52 – well done ladies!
With the cross country and Indoor athletics seasons finished, several Chiltern Harriers youngsters have been competing in outdoor track meetings.
There have certainly been some egg-cellent race results over the long weekend!
Fabe Downs managed to squeeze in no less than three Race-Report-worthy performances over the weekend: 4th place at the Maidenhead Easter 10 (mile) on Friday (52.57); 1st place at Wycombe Rye parkrun on Saturday (16.50); and 2nd place at the Beaconsfield 5 mile trail race today (28.05).