Chiltern Harriers had a red letter day on Sunday with both boys and girls U13 teams winning their National Road Relays Championship races at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. In mild, pleasant conditions the young athletes from all age groups ran the traditional 3.88k road loop, each team composed of three runners.
What a Sunday it has been, Race Report fans! Not one, but two brilliant marathon PBs in Berlin for Aran Davidson (2.37.53) and Caroline Stephens (3.45.00) in some miserable, rainy conditions. I think I speak for everyone in saying that we are immensely proud of you both and wish you huge congratulations. You have both worked so hard and your reward is duly deserved. Hopefully some Oktoberfest celebrations are in full swing.
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.
Chiltern Harriers had an excellent day at Crystal Palace on Sunday at the first big event of the autumn season, the Southern Road Relays.
For the U13, U15 and U17 age group teams competing there was one win, two bronze medals and each of the six ‘A’ teams was in the top eight. A grey but humid day gave way to heavy drizzle later but conditions were good for the most part on a fast road circuit in Crystal Palace Park. Most age groups ran the 3.1k route but U17 Men ran 4.8k.
Firstly, I’d like to start this race report with a disclaimer: the usual race report maestro is on a well-deserved holiday, meaning this has been written by a novice, so please bear with me while I do my best to document all your running achievements.
Good evening, fans! You’ll forgive Your Humble Correspondent for a ‘Race Report Lite’ this evening, given that exertions at a family wedding yesterday means that she is feeling somewhat less creative than usual (and considerably more dehydrated).
Race Report 10 - 11 August: parkrun, Burnham Beeches, Rock 'n' Roll Dublin and Run Dorney half marathons
Good Evening Race Report fans. I hope you managed to avoid being blown away this weekend and to get in some good runs as well.
Kicking things off with parkrun, there was a first placed finish for Maddie Hughes at Rickmansworth in a time of 19.38. There were also a good number of all-time parkrun PBs for Harriers yesterday, Saturday 10 August: Savarnah Pandya (22.51 at Ricky); George Fotherby (21.32 at Wycombe Rye); Euan and Archie Pinder (20.17 and 21.06, respectively, at Sewerby). Finally, over on the Emerald Isle Grant Whitaker celebrated parkrun number 100 at Porterstown parkrun with a time of 20.55.
It’s one of those Race Reports where we kick off with things that I managed to forget last week, namely Last Friday of the Month 5k on 26 July when three Harriers took on the collected efforts of London’s Hyde Park. Tom Pickett was the first home in 19.10, joined swiftly by Tom Wright (19.10) and then Peter Wootton (20.20).
Good Evening and welcome to this week’s Race Report!
Kicking things off per tradition, we’ll start with parkrun. Chiltern Harriers had a one-two at Rickmansworth, with Aran Davidson leading James Repper home in 16.54 and 17.47, respectively, and Katie Repper not too far behind as first female in 20.48. Aran not only celebrated the win, but also his 100thever parkrun. Also achieving first place finishes were Julia Aliaj (23.19 at Seaford Beach) and Yours Truly (22.08 at Dunstable Downs). Whilst there were no all-time PBs for Harriers this week, there were a number of course records: Caroline Stephens (24.36 at Black Park); Tim Dawson, Mick Dolling and Victoria Lucas (21.39, 24.30 and 28.03 at Rickmansworth) and Angela Hughes (28.47 at East Grinstead).
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.