parkruns, Last Friday 5k, The Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon, The White Horse Half Marathon & The Kingston Half Marathon: Race Report 27th - 29th March
Chiltern Harriers’ Andrew Stewart kicked off the weekend early with a cracking 5k PB of 20.45 at the Last Friday Of The Month 5k, organised by Serpentine Running Club in Hyde Park on Friday 27th March.
Saturday 21st March saw Chiltern Harriers’ seniors in actions in parkruns across the region. In Black Park Andrew Stewart and Wim Nuyts, both VM50-54, had strong 5k performances, completing the distance in 21.16 and 22.27 respectively.
Race Report 14th - 15th March: Thames Meander Marathon, Black Park parkrun, Bushy Park 10k and North London Half Marathon
On Saturday 14th March Sam Meldrum (M40) kicked off the Spring Marathon season for Chiltern Harriers in style, bringing home a massive PB of 3.26.40 in the Thames Meander Marathon, beating his previous best by 52 minutes! Tessa Passey (W35) took part in the Half Marathon, finishing in 2.02.22.
Sixteen Chiltern Harriers athletes took part for their county schools teams in the final major cross country event of the winter season, he English Schools Championships, under grey skies and on tough muddy courses at Witton Country Park, Blackburn on Saturday.
Sunday 8th March, International Womens Day, saw some fantastic performances from Chiltern Harriers runners (even if they were, ironically, all men!).
Alistair Melville-Smith (V30) put in an absolutely stunning performance in the Cambridge Half Marathon: a great time of 1.19.26, putting Alistair in 29th position out of some 4,500 runners!
On Saturday 7th March, Neil Brown took part in the Run Eton 10k at Dorney Lake, completing the race in 40.43.
Chiltern Harriers AC were well-represented, as ever, in the Finchley 20 race on Sunday 8th March. Sandra Reynolds was 2nd in the W40 category in 02.22.43. Hywel Thomas (Male V40) was the next Chiltern runner home (02.30.45); followed by Kate Loach (2nd in W50 category, 02.34.12, a PB); David Howells (02.49.28) and Annelie Whitfield (W50, 03.02.28).
Twenty four Chiltern Harriers took part for their counties at the National Inter Counties Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Cofton Park, Birmingham.
I would like to apologise and give a belated mention for Nick Hughes. Nick rounded off a brilliant Winter in the Chiltern League with 10th position (and 3rd V45) in the Police Sport UK Cross Country Champs at Wollaton Park in Nottingham on Wednesday 4th March. The race saw more than 200 finishers and, assuming those were all big, burly policemen, this humble reporter is certainly extremely impressed by Nick’s sterling performance (and bitterly disappointed by the lack of pictures on the PSUK website).
On Sunday 1st March Chiltern Harriers had a strong (not to mention PB-and-SB-heavy) turnout for the Berkhamsted Half Marathon, which saw well over 1000 runners complete the hilly course. First Harrier home was Sandra Reynolds in a great time of 1.29.48, which earned her first position in the F40 category.