Race Report 20 - 21 July: parkrun, Carreira do Apostolo, London 10k, Ronda dels Cims and A Surrey Slog
Good afternoon Race Report fans. I hope you are all recovered after the excitement of last Sunday’s sporting theatrics. Whilst you won’t find any Champagne Super-overs to wet your whistle in this week’s report, you’d better Roll with it and you’ll Definitely Maybe find some awesome running to read about. It definitely isn’t cricket.
Happy Mother’s Day to all our Harriers and Mums of Harriers out there. Hopefully you were not cheated of a lie-in this morning courtesy of the change to British Summer Time. Your humble reporter was not cheated of her lie-in... but has been an hour behind in her day ever since.
We’ll kick off Race Report with parkrun this week. There were new all-time PBs for: Neil Bates (18.39 at Ricky); Katie Royals (21.53, also at Ricky) and for Abbie and Holly Henderson (19.10 and 19.26, at Black Park). Abbie and Holly were also first and second female to boot! I was pleased with a course PB for Rickmansworth (19.30), with Laura Seddon (21.52 at Wycombe Rye) and Trevor Brawn (26.49 at Wendover Woods) also achieving course PBs. And finally, Angela Hughes completed her 50thever parkrun at Rickmansworth, in a time of 32.09 (that was following a 8 mile run to get there in the first place!)
Well Spring is definitely in the air in the Chilterns and Harriers have had great runs over the weekend, with results – once again – spanning the globe.
In parkrun news yesterday, there was a first place finish and all-time parkrun PB of 19.16 for Maddie Hughes at Rickmansworth. Hannah Wardley ran away with the victory at Long Eaton in 18.46; as did Aran Davidson, who seems to be back up to speed, winning Brooklands parkrun in 17.56. Mick Dolling and Charlotte Docwra earned course PBs (26.10 at Rickmansworth and 25.09 at Wendover, respectively), whilst Ben Jackson came away with a new blistering overall PB of 17.36 from Black Park. Finally, Ruth Holroyd celebrated her 50thparkrun, completing Rickmansworth in 26.07.
Several of Chiltern Harriers younger cross country runners were taking part for Bucks Swans in the Primary Schools and Year 7 National Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire on Saturday.
There was great success with both girls and boys Year 7 teams winning and becoming National Champions. The boys team was almost entirely made up of Chiltern runners and Alden Collier had a splendid run to be the individual silver medallist, completing the 2k course in 9 minutes 12. Also running well in the Year 7 Bucks Swans team were Max Baxter (16th), Euan Pinder (17th), Isaac Jessop-Tranter (26th), Archie Pinder (37th), Rowan Gawne (54th), Alfie Clifford (78th), and Ethan McCall 157th. There were 186 finishers.
The Year 7 Bucks Swans girls were in equally good form with Frankie Baxter the best placed finisher in fourth, running the same course as the boys in a brisk 9.34, and after being in contention for a win for most of the race. Lesedi Nkoane was sixth and Marea Logan was 24th.
There were also Chiltern runners taking part in the Year 6 races.
In the Year 6 Boys race Callum Powell was running for Hertfordshire Schools and was their second placed runner in 24th. Close behind for Bucks Swans were Alex Hughes in 26th and Gabriel Strutton-Smith in 27th. Danny Carruthers came in 59th and George Fotherby 99th. In the Year 6 girls race Lily Jessop-Tranter was 46th, Olivia Clarke 85th, and Lucy Wilkinson 88th
Zachary Cleary was in the Year 5 boys race and did well, coming 110th. Marlie Nkoane took part in the Year 5 girls race and was 82nd.
Sixteen Chiltern Harriers youngsters ran in the final big national cross country race at Temple Newsam near Leeds on Saturday. The English Schools Cross Country Championships features six races across academic Years 8 to 13. Race sizes are large with teams of eight from each county schools association, so around 340 per race.
Most of the Chiltern contingent were running for Buckinghamshire Schools but one Hertfordshire Schools and one Middlesex Schools athlete also toed the line.
Conditions were very challenging at Leeds, with strong winds and heavy rain soon churning up the tough undulating courses.
Race Report 9 - 10 March: InterCounties Cross Country, parkrun, Amersham Ultra, the Big Half & Hillingdon 20
Good Evening Race Report Fans! Evidently Harriers did not give up running for Lent, with a number of great performances over the weekend; not least a 3rd place team finish for Buckinghamshire’s U13 Girls at the InterCounties Cross Country, including 3rdplace individually for Frankie Baxter. Go Girls!
Twenty-three Chiltern Harrier athletes were taking part for Buckinghamshire in the National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire on Saturday.
Frankie Baxter continued her excellent season with a bronze medal in the U13 girls race, leading home the Bucks team, that included two other Chiltern scorers, to team bronze.
Chiltern Harriers U13 Girls won team silver medals at the National Cross Country Championships at Harewood House, Leeds on Saturday.
Spring has sprung, Race Report fans, and it’s been a great weekend for racing.
We’ll kick things off in the traditional way with parkrun. There were first place finishes for Ali Young (18.58 at Ricky) and Sylvia Moss (23.18 at South Oxhey), as well as an all-time parkrun PB for Max Baxter (18.34 at Ricky) on Saturday 16 February. We also saw a number of course PBs yesterday: Henrik Hartmann, Eleanor Shield and Charlotte Docwra (22.07, 23.54 and 25.33 at Tring); and Richard Moss (20.20 at South Oxhey). And finally, there was a host of parkrun debuts: James Malin (28.20 at Ricky); and Oakley Denison, Euan Pinder and Archie Pinder (20.38, 20.49 and 22.26 at Tring – fabulous times for such a tough course!)