Richard Slade led the Chiltern pack home in parkrun, winning at Cassiobury Park in 17.15. Cassiobury Park was also witness to a number of Harrier PBs on Saturday 28 January: Aran Davidson continues to go from strength to strength, earning an all-time parkrun PB of 19.22; Matt Channer also earned himself a new all-time parkrun PB of 20.10; William Mayhew clocked 21.12; Andy Mayhew – a PB of 21.48; Matt Robins – a PB of 22.03; Laura Hayers – 22.24; Lyn Mellor – 24.13; Rosie Davenport – an all-time PB of 24.36 and Gemma Stockwell - yet another all-time PB of 28.34. Louise Durman can definitely claim joint first lady at Black Park, matching Hillingdon’s Anna Harwood in a time of 19.01 in what must have been a hard-fought battle. Michael Day was the first Harrier home on the day, matching his PB time of 18.46. Joining Louise and Michael at Black Park were: Dave Howells – 22.37; Louise Elphick – 24.53; Robert Gill – 25.03; Tim Dawson – 25.28; Catherine Staunton – 25.29; Isobel Swann – 26.34; Shaheen Dent – 29.22; Paula Walker – 31.27. At Wycombe Rye Michael Turney clocked 19.47; Adam Jones – 21.24 and Guy Johnson – 24.43. Elsewhere, David Saul matched his PB of 23.46 at South Oxhey, Nathan Taylor managed 19.14 in Aylesbury and Grant Whitaker was down in the South West, where he ran the Tamar Trails parkrun for the first time in a time of 21.17.
And finally, thank you to Nick Marsh for sending me this:
There were only two Chiltern starters in the senior men's race today [at the SEAA Cross Country Champs], myself and our beloved Trevor Brawn.
I met Trevor beforehand and he told me that he thought it might be his last Southern championships, because he thought it likely that he'd miss the 01:30 cut-off time. I felt quite sad about this as we headed off to the start together - appropriately enough, to pen 1 which the club had been allocated - with Trevor's many years of participation in mind, as well as of course his years of commitment to supporting athletes in the club such as myself.
My time was entirely inconsequential (01:15:55, placed 946 of 1,068) but what was significant is that I was the only Chiltern Harrier to record a time - Trevor did indeed miss the cut-off, and when we exchanged texts later, he told me that had been his last Southern XC Champs.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Watford Half Marathon, final Chiltern Cross Country League match, Harrow Hill Race, Hardwick X-Stream, Hillingdon Half & 10k and Bramley 10/20. See Club Calendar for more.