Whilst Your Humble Reporter briefly considered building an ark today and sailing away with a variety of creatures, you’ll be glad to know that she stayed put in order to deliver you a long overdue Race Report. Look out for Steve Perkin’s report from yesterday’s Chiltern League Cross Country match, where Chiltern came out in first place overall, kicking the season off in style.
Chiltern Harriers had their best ever Chiltern Cross Country League match at Oxford Horspath on Saturday. With good contributions from across the age groups and from both male and female teams, the club scored a first overall match victory in the league. There were 116 club finishers in total.
Race Report 21 - 22 September: XNRG Tring Ultra, Leighton 10 and Welwyn and Great East Half Marathons
Did you miss me, Race Report fans?! I couldn’t blame you if you didn’t, thanks to the wonderful Katie Royals, who has done a fabulous job at keeping you updated in my absence. Thank you Katie.
Before we move on to the usual Race Report line-up, a quick mention and a huge congratulations to Chiltern’s juniors who have been in action in the first schools’ cross country of the year and the Southern Athletics Association road relays. Chiltern scooped a number of medals across the age categories. Look out for a full report coming your way soon. Also, well done to Nick Hughes who ‘hare-d’ not one, but eight (is that even possible?!) school cross country races.
SHARDELOES 10K RESULTS
Slideshow of Photos by Martyn Loach
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.