A quick mention of some results from last week before we move on to this weekend’s action. Firstly, well done to all those who took part in the Hawridge Duathlon, organised by Arctic One. Unfortunately, official results are not available online, but reports are that it was a great event, with some brilliant performances from Chiltern Harriers. Secondly, a huge congratulations to Ian Lawson who completed the Comrades Marathon on Sunday 4 June. Ian ran the 90km from Durban to Pietermartizburg in South Africa. Ian clocked a very impressive time of 9.39.26. Just over 17,000 runners took part in the 2017 edition of the historic ultra marathon, which this year was over the ‘uphill’ version of the course. Interestingly, I discovered, there is a Chiltern Athletic Club in South Africa, a number of whose athletes complete Comrades each year. The Club describes themselves as:
“… a friendly, family orientated running club, that has a proud competitive running team, and individuals that have excelled in competitive athletics in road running and cross country.”
Nice to see that some things don’t change, no matter what continent you’re on!
Elsewhere on Saturday 10 June, Matt Channer continued in his 2017 marathon efforts, completing the Phoenix Harry Potter marathon on the Thames footpath in a time of 4.21.29. Other Harriers had a great day at the Run the Rock 10k in High Wycombe, a tough, but enjoyable-sounding event. Jason Trimmer was first Harrier home in 46.18 (8th overall) and Susan Jarman was 2nd lady in 50.47. Also running were: Mike Worsfold (49.49); Kirstie Elliot (51.34); Jamie Trimmer (first junior in 52.43) and Matt Robins (53.49). In deepest, darkest Berkshire Miriam Kempson joined a team of parkfitters in the annual Endure 24 24-hour relay. Miriam endured heavy rain overnight to complete five laps of the 5-mile course. The team covered 110 miles over the 24 hours.
Cormac Nisbet left everyone for dead at the annual Heyford Park Airbase 5k, coming 1st in 18.48.7, well in front of his nearest competitor and all the seniors! And finally, on Sunday 11 June Mike Turney was 5th in his category at the annual St Albans Half Marathon, in a time of 1.28.44, whilst Andy Hickman clocked a time of 1.32.29. Well done, Tiny and Andy!
DON’T FORGET: the Junior Tri is fast approaching on 25 June. The Club needs willing volunteers to help make this year’s event as much of a success as previous years. See here for more information, or speak to Trevor Davies or Steve Field.