Starting at the short end of the scale, Allan Stewart was the fastest parkrunning Harrier of the day on Saturday 15 July, scooping up 1st place at Cassiobury Park in a time of 15.51, whilst young Lesedi Nkoane was 1st female in a PB time of 20.24 (an age grading of 83.66%, actually higher than Allan’s). Lesedi was joined by her mum Bex (20.25) and by Lyn Mellor (23.27).
... and at the very long end of the scale, superwomen Miriam Kempson and Tamsin Finch completed the ‘Race to the Stones’ 100k ultramarathon along the Ridgeway. Despite both struggling with injuries they finished in 21.29.21 and 21.29.22. Well done ladies! New club member Harriet Lemon opted to cover the distance over two days, as part of team Shardeloes 17, with a total chip time of 17.56.17.
In comparison, 50k should be a walk in the park, right? It’s not. Chiltern Harriers AC showed great support for local event the Chiltern Challenge Ultra (organised by Extreme NRG). Amongst a really strong field Simon Beedell was 5th male in a time of 4.12.58 and Jason Trimmer, the Club’s resident ultra man, wasn’t far behind in 4.27.40. Dave Bellamy carved over 30 mins off his previous time on the course, finishing in 5.46.00 and Tim Dawson and Annelize ‘Anna from the Southern Savanna’ Colquhoun finished their first ultras in 6.12.34 and 6.12.35, with Tim Dutfield not too far behind in 6.31.31.
Only marginally less far was Susan Jarman’s epic ‘Man vs Lakes’. Susan completed the event with husband Ross as a ‘fun’ 40th birthday treat on Saturday 15 July. It was their first marathon-distance event, including floating obstacle sections, soggy sand, big hills and swims in Lake Windermere! Susan and Ross finished in 5.45, joint 70th out of 600+ runners, and Susan was 4th in her age group. Good work guys! (You are lunatics.)
And finally, on Sunday 16 July, 7 Harriers were in action at the Wycombe 10k and Half. The Club performed really well, with age category wins for Derek Brown (43.50 in the 10K); Kate Loach (1.44.25 in the Half) and Sandra Reynolds (1.43.44 in the Half). Sandra and Kate were also 2nd and 3rd females, respectively. Fabian Downs took 2nd place on the hilly Half in 1.17.38. Neil Bates and Helen Cholawo completed the Half in 1.45.09 and 1.53.35, respectively, whilst Matt Robins did the 10k in 48.25.