Race Report: Abingdon Marathon, the Great South Run, Half Marathon action and introducing 'The Chiltern Way'
Good evening, Race Report fans! I hope you have enjoyed the autumnal weather this weekend and managed to fit in some nice runs in the sun. Before we crack on with this week’s results, a couple of ‘late entries’ from last weekend: Rick Clark took part in Centurion’s Autumn 100 (mile) on 13 October, completing what sounds like a gruelling event in 23.00.58. Rashila Wanninayake toughed out tough, wet conditions to come home with a PB of 4.21.53 from the Yorkshire Marathon on 14 October.
Chiltern Harriers certainly hit the ground running for ‘back to school’, with a number of events taking place over the first weekend of September. Some short and some (very) long. However, before we even get to September and this weekend, a mention is definitely due to Simon Beedell who completed the OCC (or the baby sister of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc) on Thursday 30 August. Simon tackled almost 35 miles and over 10,000(!) ft of elevation in 7.34.48.
The August Bank Holiday weekend saw Harriers the length and breadth of the country taking part in parkrun events on Saturday 25 August.
There were first places for Nick Hughes at Cassiobury Park (16.39); Tom Dixon at Mount Edgecumbe in Cornwall (19.40) and Frankie Baxter at Weymouth (20.07). In Westport, Ireland training continued to pay dividends for Catherine Staunton, who was rewarded with an all-time parkrun PB of 23.36. Out of 233 parkruns in total, I think that is quite something! And there were a number of course PBs: Paul Horwood (20.52 at Black Park); Angela Hughes (26.38 at Ricky); John Webber (24.12 at Henley); Matthew Webb (27.31 at Aylesbury) and Doug King (28.08 at Tring).
Whilst football may not have managed to come all the way home this time around, Chiltern Harriers AC continued to bring home fabulous performances over the weekend.
An impressive number of Harriers were representing the county at the English National Schools Track & Field Championships in Birmingham on 13 and 14 July. Lily Holt equalled her outdoor high jump PB to come 6thoverall in the Intermediate Girls’ competition and Cameron Reid was 5thin Intermediate Boys’ 800m in a time of 1.57.23. There were also great performances from Angus Williams, Orla Williams, Alex Aldred, Joe Eggleton, James Spicer and Robyn Watkins. Look out for full reporting from Steve Perkin.
It’s Coming Home, Race Report fans! And Chiltern Harriers AC athletes have certainly been bringing home some brilliant runs 7 -8 July.
Kicking things off in style on 7 July, there were parkrun debutants out alongside a centurion at Wycombe Rye. Marea Logan and Savarnah Pandya both completed their first ever parkruns (22.20 and 25.16, respectively), whilst Mike ‘Tiny’ Turney completed parkrun number 100 in a speedy 18.59. There was a course PB for Oliver Webb (24.34, Aylesbury) and an equalled course PB for Luke Martin (19.46, Rickmansworth). Finally, the combined powers of father and son George and Max Baxter earned overall PBs at Rickmansworth. Max came home in a rather rapid 19.12, George in 24.55. Well done all!
Good evening, Race Report fans! I hope you have enjoyed the weekend. We’ll kick things off (as per tradition) by harking back to last week’s racing. At the time of publication the results of the Thame 10k were not available, but they are now. Congratulations are due first of all to Patrick Ahern, who was first V60 in a time of 42.26. Joining Patrick (and earning themselves an extremely fetching bright pink t-shirt) were: Mike ‘Tiny’ Turney – 38.25; Nathan Taylor – 38.50; Alan Hornibrook – 42.35 and Ian Chapman – 46.54. Well done, guys!
Your humble Race Repoter is – she won’t lie – feeling a little jaded today after a fabulous evening at the Club Social & Awards Evening. Before going any further, I would like to extend a MASSIVE thank you to those who made last night possible, namely:
… as well as the Social Sub-committee, who have been working so hard to bring everything together and to make sure everything ran smoothly on the night. In no particular order:
There were Harriers taking part in events that were as varied as the weather this weekend, and performances that were equally hot! We’ll kick things off with a late entry from Tamsin Finch (to clarify: I was late in reporting, not Tamsin in entering.) Tamsin completed her 10th marathon on Thursday 17th May, and she didn’t do it by halves, electing to take in the undulating course of the Wendover Challenge. The event saw runners run as many laps as they could of a course in Wendover Woods, over 6 hours. Tamsin ran 26.2 miles in 5.21.42. Well done!
It was a wonderfully varied weekend of racing for Chiltern Harriers AC, featuring everything from ultras to track and field and a fair bit in between.
But before I go any further, a quick (belated) mention for Dave Howells, who completed the 'All Nations 10k' at Eton Dorney last week, in a very respectable 40.08.
Good Evening, Race Report Fans! Unfortunately, due to being indisposed last weekend (a word that I have decided to make more use of in my everyday vocabulary), I was unable to get a Bank Holiday weekend Report done. However, that does mean that you are in for a bumper edition today. Woohoo!