At the other end of the running scale Matt 'the medal' Robins and Matt Channer both took part in the Phoenix Firebird Marathon on the Thames towpath on Saturday 4 March. For Channer, it was his first ever marathon and he really rose to the challenge, finishing in 3.48.17, whilst Robins did well to complete the event following injury, with a time of 4.10.59. In London, Nick Marsh took part in the March race of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10k series, finishing in 43.37.
Moving on to today, Sunday 5 March, and some tricky conditions first thing: Nick Hancock achieved his aim of going under 42 minutes at the Weybridge 10k, with a strava time of 41.43. Beth Lang was first lady at the Resolution (ever so slightly less than) 10k at Black Park, with a time of 46.31 and money raised for Stroke Association. Julia Aliaj, who was meant to be taking part alongside her, was unfortunately forced to withdraw due to illness. Get well soon, Julia!
And finally, Chiltern Harriers had a veritable flock of runners out at the Berkhamsted Half Marathon today, a favourite in the pre-marathon calendar. Despite windy conditions, Andy Wiseall had a great run on the hills of Berko, finishing in a time of 1.23.32. He was followed closely by Mairead O’Rourke, always strong on this course, who was 3rd lady in 1.26.30. Joining them were: Richard Clark – 1.27.48; Luis Fra, who made a great debut to the club with a time of 1.32.18; David Breingan – 1.33.34; Jonathan Taylor – 1.35.26; Nick Marsh, who made it two races in a weekend with a time of 1.36.35; Kate Loach – 1.37.09 and 1st F55; Ian Lawson – 1.38.15; Michael Bailey – 1.40.16; Simon Conway – 1.41.54; Aran Davidson – 1.45.08; Jonathan Coutts – 1.46.56; Tony Dawson – 1.47.26; Steve Field – 1.54.12; Roger Ellerby – 1.54.49; David Holmes – 1.59.44; Jonathan Clarke – 2.01.02 and Tamsin Finch – 2.09.42. Well done all!
COMING UP LOCALLY: the AGM at the White Hill Centre (a drink on the Club for everyone following the meeting, my aim is to make this AGM standing room only); the Ridge Off-Roader; Windsor Half Marathon and Ashridge Boundary Run. See Club Calendar for more.
STOP THE PRESS: tickets are now on sale for the Club’s Awards Evening & Social on 6 May, at Amersham & Chiltern Rugby Club and the event is BIGGER and BETTER. With entertainment including a fully-supervised inflatable assault course and music from local acoustic duo The Weathertop Preachers, as well as the presentation of this year's Chiltern League medals, it will be a night to remember.
Tickets cost just £9.50 for juniors and £13.50 for seniors, free for under 5s. More details here. The 2016 event was a sell-out, so book early to avoid disappointment!