Before we get on with Race Report, a little bit of news (with more to follow at the end, so keep reading)…
Club President Tony Watts turned 90 on 5 June. He was presented with a clock, on behalf of the Club, by Chairman Trevor Davies.
We wish him good health and happiness for many years to come.
Moving on to this weekend’s Race Report, and to parkrun specifically, Mike ‘Tiny’ Turney was the fastest Harrier on Saturday 17 June, clocking a time of 18.54 (close to a PB) during his 75th parkrun at Wycombe Rye. Joining him were: Zach Rahaman (20.34); Alfie Clifford (a PB of 20.40); Matthew Clifford (21.49); Matt Channer (first time at the Rye – 22.05); Laura Hayers – 22.47; Tim Dawson (PB – 22.47) and Matt Robins (also first Rye appearance in 24.31). Ali Young was the highest finisher of the day, victorious amongst the ladies at Rickmansworth, with a time of 19.44. Ali was followed home by me (21.02) and Rachel and Tom Ayres (25.28 and 27.12) … plus buggies of small Ayres. At Black Park Nick Hancock led proceedings, with a time of 20.41, and joined by: Nick Marsh (20.48); Ian Lawson (20.55); Matt Lawrence (23.34); Sebastian Lawrence (25.21); Catherine Staunton (25.26); Shaheen Dent (30.02) and Paula Walker (30.18). Ley Hill Race Director Mark Ellis-Jones earned himself a new PB at Gadebridge, with a time of 22.21, whilst Doug King clocked 27.39 and Matthew Webb – 29.09 (his first time at the event). In Tring, Richard Clark led the Harriers home in 20.31, joined by: Jon Taylor (20.59); Scarlett Wager-Leigh (23.44) and Miriam Kempson (31.40, ahead of her London-Brighton cycle ride today). And finally, at Cassiobury Park, Lyn Mellor completed the event in 23.49.
A special well done to all those who were competing in track and field events this weekend, especially at the Youth Development League and Southern Athletics League. More details will follow of the YDL, I am sure.
You can also expect more news from the Ridgeway Relay. Organised by Marlborough Athletic Club, the event sees teams run the 86.5 miles from Ivinghoe Beacon (Buckinghamshire) to Overton hill near Marlborough in Wiltshire. Chiltern’s team, as it has been for the last few years, was coordinated by the sterling efforts of Roger Ellerby. The runners were: Andy Wiseall, Debbie Tank, Trevor Brawn, Julia Aliaj/ Heidi Folkard, Ash Holmes/ Steve Field, Andy Hickman, Matt Channer, Cath Holloway, Tim Dawson and Tony Molesworth. Well done, all! Enjoy a thoroughly-earnt pint at the end!
Meanwhile, closer to home Chiltern Harriers took home both the team prize and the ladies’ prize at the annual Penn Seven. Louise Durman was first female and first Harrier home in 12th positon overall, in a time of 46.22. Fiancé Shaun Fry was not too far behind in 48.09. Louise and Shaun, joined by David Breingan (50.10), Neil Bates (50.59) and Kate Loach (53.07 and first veteran female), made up the first team. Joining them on a hot run were: Matt Robins (53.09), Sandra Reynolds (53.39), Daniel Buckingham (54.58), Jonathan Coutts (56.59), David Saul (59.08), Matt Lawrence (1.00.15) and David Howells (1.00.38).
And finally, as promised, further news. The Club is launching a new Championship for senior athletes for 2017-18. The Championship will culminate with a prize-giving at the annual Club Social & Awards Evening in 2018.
Here’s the deal: runners earn points for taking part in the following events (1 point for 1st in their age group, 2 points for 2nd, 3 points for 3rd etc). The lowest score over (best) 4 events wins:
o Burnham Beeches 10k / Half Marathon
o Herbert’s Hole
o The Pednor 10
o The fourth Chiltern League cross-country match of the season
o Berkhamsted Half
o The Pednor 5
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd places awarded to:
o Senior (men and women)
o M40, M50, M60, M70
o W35, W45, W55, W65
To be eligible to win a prize, at least one of the four events must be a Club event (ie. Shardeloes, Herbert’s Hole or the Pednor 5).
As in 2017, the Club Championship for junior athletes will be held at the fourth Chiltern League match of the season, with 1st 2nd and 3rd places awarded in each age group.