Many Chiltern Harriers decided to welcome in the New Year by taking on a parkrun (or two) on 1 January. Paula Walker completed not only her 250th, but also her 251st at Black Park and Upton Court in 30.35 and 32.36, respectively. Well done on a great achievement, Paula!
Moving on to this weekend, we’ll start with parkruns on Saturday 6 January when there were a number of all-time parkrun PBs for Chiltern Harriers AC runners. Luke Martin earned himself his first ever sub-20 and a new PB at Rickmansworth, finishing in a time of 19.46. Also at Rickmansworth, Matt ‘the medal’ Robins clocked an all-time PB of 20.01 and Scott Getley – 21.42. Ben Jackson was another athlete going under 20 minutes and earning himself a PB in the process, completing Black Park in 19.29; whilst Victoria Lucas ran Northala Fields parkrun for the first time and achieved a new parkrun PB of 25.35. Over on the Emerald Isle Mairead O’Rourke was first lady in her home town of Dublin (St Anne’s parkrun), with a time of 19.48. Well done everyone. What a great way to start 2018!
Saturday also saw the running of the annual Buckinghamshire Cross Country Championships, which took place in Shuttleworth. There were individual wins for Chiltern Harriers AC in the U13 Girls and Boys (Abbie Henderson and Woody Jackson); Under 15 Girls and Boys (Olivia Cameron and Alex Aldred); F55 (Kate Loach); M40 (James Repper) and M70 (Martyn Cartwright) and team wins for boys and girls in the Under 13s and 15s. Look out for a full report of the day, and of the Hertfordshire Championships, from Steve Perkin.
Meanwhile Angus Williamson ran away with the victory in Antrim in the U15 age group of the British Athletics Cross Challenge. Angus completed the 3.6k course in an impressive 13.15. In a very different setting, Will Perkin won the senior 1500m race at the Southern Indoors Champs at Lee Valley in a time of 3.58.10.
And finally, today ten Harriers braved ‘those steps’ at the Cliveden Cross Country – a gruelling 10k race set in the grounds of Cliveden House, and featuring some 200 odd pretty nasty steps. Andy Wiseall was the first Harrier home, in a respectable time of 41.08. He was joined by: David Howells (44.44); Mike Worsfold (45.26); David Breingan (46.11); David Saul (52.51); Natasha Ham (53.28); Mark Fry (56.32); Katherine Day (59.01); Miriam Kempson (1.00.54) and Tamsin Finch (1.07.09).
OTHER LOCAL EVENTS COMING UP: Fred Hughes 10, Last Friday of the Month 5k and the Watford Half Marathon. See the Club Calendar for more.
SAVE THE DATE: We now have a provisional date and venue for the 2018 Club Awards Evening & Social – 12 May at Amersham and Chiltern Rugby Club. This year we will be celebrating the Club’s 40th Birthday, so put your thinking caps on and send any suggestions of how you we think we should mark this milestone to Ellie Bates.