Hello everyone from Race Report Land. I hope you all had a lovely Sunday (and, for those of you who were at last night’s Social & Awards evening – a quiet Sunday). Neil and I enjoyed a gentle stroll and refreshment from the Black Horse Inn in Chesham this afternoon, making use of our Chiltern Harriers AC 10% discount, which proved a great way to round off the weekend. (Other establishments are, of course, available!)
London Marathon Day! The UK road running version of Notting Hill Carnival (without the tail feathers). And, as ever, Harriers didn’t disappoint.
However, before we get on to that we’ll take a quick spin through other results from this weekend. In parkrun yesterday, Saturday 27 April, there was a new overall PB for Jonty Wager-Leigh in Norwich (18.06); a first place finish for Bex Nkoane in Cassiobury Park (19.16) and a course record for Beth Lang at Rickmansworth (23.10).
I hope you have had egg-cellent Easter weekends, Race Report fans! I am certainly very egg-cited to share some cracking results with you this fine Monday evening. Before I do that, however, a reminder to book your tickets to the Awards Evening & Social on 18 May. A brief look at bookings so far shows that there are a number of you – including Chiltern League / other medal winners – who have not yet put your names down. More information and ticket booking here.
Spring Marathon season has officially begun with some stunning performances in Manchester today. Percentage-wise, I’m not sure I have ever had the pleasure of writing about such an impressive marathon performance for Chiltern Harriers. Out of six runners, three went under three hours: Mike ‘Tiny’ Turney, with a new PB of 2.54.40; Rick Clarke – 2.56.19; and Ross Jarman – 2.59.20. There were also great runs from Andy Wiseall – 3.14.04 (having struggled with injury through training); Ian Lawson – 3.18.49 (negative splits) and Abi Chapman – 4.47.50. Well done everyone!
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.
In my experience, you know when it’s coming up to Spring marathon time, because everyone is out competing in a variety of different (road) distances of a weekend and it’s great to see. Makes for a news-filled Race Report.
We’ll kick things off with parkrun. There were wins for Ali Young (18.55, Rickmansworth) and Kate Loach (21.12, Cassiobury) yesterday; and course PBs for Jane Williamson (20.38, Black Park) and Jason Trimmer (19.58, Rouse Hill). Finally, Rachel Padwick had her parkrun debut at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds (26.30) and Luke Martin earned himself a fab new all-time parkrun PB of 18.22 at Rickmansworth.
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!
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!)
Happy Sunday, Race Report fans. I hope none of you got blown away during your runs on this rather grim January day. It’s just a micro-report this week, with detail of the Southern Cross Country Champs at Parliament Hill Fields to follow.
Andy Wiseall kicked off the weekend early, pacing two colleagues to PBs at Serpentine Running Club’s Last Friday of the Month 5k on Friday 25 January, with a time of 21.38.