Saturday 30 January saw almost 30 Chiltern Harriers AC runners in action in parkrun events across the region. The speediest Harrier of the day was Louise Durman, who finished 2nd lady at Maidenhead in a very respectable 19.30 and was joined by partner Shaun Fry in 22.24.
In the South of England Cross Country Championships, Chiltern Harriers’ U13 teams took the plaudits at a very muddy Parliament Hill on Saturday. There was individual bronze for Angus Williams in the U13 boys race and team bronze for the U13 girls.
This week saw Jamie and Callum Powell both run strongly in their respective races at the Bridgewater School Cross Country, which took in schools from Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Aylesbury and the surrounding area. Jamie came in 3rd in the Year 5 race after two hilly laps of the course, whilst his school also won the team prize. Callum’s training is really paying off as he won a very competitive Year 3 race and also led his team to victory. Well done both!
Saturday saw race three of the local school series at Hervines. Despite very muddy conditions the race went ahead and saw a number of excellent performances by our young Chiltern Harrier athletes.
The three Chiltern Harriers who took part in the Berkshire Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday all put in great performances.
James McCarthy won a silver medal in the South of England Senior Men’s Indoor 1500m at Lee Valley on January 17th. James reached the final after a slow and tactical heat and was competitive throughout the final, finishing second in 3.55.25.
In the Senior Men’s 400m Allan Stewart ran 52.46 in his heat but did not start the semi-final.
Sarah Cross ran in the U20 Women’s 60m and ran 8.46 in her heat, a little off her Season’s best of 8.37.
The previous week Olivia Scarles took part in the U15 Indoor Championships and ran 30.11 in the 200m and reached 3.85m in the Long Jump.
Once again race report seems to be a tale of extremes this week – from super-speedy parkruns at one end of the scale, to ultra marathon endurance at the other.
In the super-speedy category Trevor ‘The Pirate’ Poole and Peter Gould comes out on top, both winning their respective parkrun events at Buckingham and Ally Pally on Saturday 16 January. There wasn’t too much between them in time either. Trevor clocked 18.37, Peter – 18.28.
Chiltern Harriers had an excellent day at the fourth of five Chiltern Cross Country League matches at Wigmore Valley Park, Luton on Saturday. Chiltern had a good turnout of 90 athletes who put the club fourth on the day. Overall Chiltern are third with one match remaining.
At Black Park no less than 582 runners took part in total on Saturday 9th January in the parkrun, with some great performances from Chiltern Harriers AC; Mike Turney finished 7th in 19.23 and was joined by: Tim Dawson – 21.18; Matthew Robins – 21.41; Brian Gregory – 22.37; Ian Lawson – 23.19; Neil Bates – 23.32; Sarah, Caitlin and Lily Gregory in 29.29, 29.33 and 30.45, respectively.