Bucks 10,000m, parkruns, Moor Park 10k & Half Marathons In Ealing, Windsor & Cheltenham: Race Report 26 - 27 September
This week we kick off with news from the track. Barbara Ralph took part in the Buckinghamshire 10,000m track championship at Stoke Mandeville track on Wednesday 23rd September. Of 3 entrants in the women’s race, Barbara was the only one to finish so at the grand old age of 61 became county champion. She posted a time of 46mins 13.1secs, despite going off 5 seconds too quick for the first lap, which is a big margin in a track race and can lead to severe slowing down in the closing stages. She did excellently to hold on to a decent pace throughout the 25 laps.
Two hundred runners took part in the annual Shardeloes 10k race, with the winner finishing almost three minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
Sunday's tough multi-terrain race set off from Amersham Cricket Club under warm sunshine, with the highest number of entrants since 2012.
The event was first held in 2011 and, until this year, had always been won by a member of the home club.
That changed with a storming run from Owain Jones, who used to be affiliated to Chiltern Harriers but now competes for Bristol and West Athletic Club.
Jones led from the start and finished the race looking as fresh as if he had been on a Sunday stroll. His finishing time of 34 mins 59 seconds was a course record by some distance.
Runner-up was Tim Haughian of St Mary's Richmond in 37:53, with third place going to Paul Gregory of Vale of Aylesbury in 38:17.
The women's race was won by Phillippa Keast of Newquay Road Runners (43:04). Chiltern Harrier Cath Holloway was second (45:54) and Helen Livingstone a very close third (45:55).
Chiltern Harriers cleaned up in both the men's and women's team event, with some impressive individual performances to finish high up the field.
The winning men's team was made up of Nick Hughes (4th), Andy Hickman (14th), Andrew Wiseall (15th) and Jonathan Taylor (18th). Nick Hughes also picked up the prize for first man over 40 (V40) with a time of 38:29.
The winning women's team was Cath Holloway (2nd), Kate Loach (7th) and Charlotte Draper (8th).
Sunny Daze (Brian Gregory, Gill Baxter, Clare Davey and George Baxter) won the prize for first Fun Team.
Other category winners were Chiltern's Michael Turney (V50 in 43:42); Jonathan Bateman of Road Runners Club (V60 in 48:42); Jacob Hine of St Albans Striders (Under-20 in 41:59); Joanne Johnson of RAF Triathlon Association (V35 in 46:52); Claire Pusey (V45 in 47:29); and Patricia Keene of Burnham Joggers (V55 in 53:19).
Chiltern Harriers had 39 runners competing for the club (26 men, 13 women), with many more members and friends volunteering on the day.
After the 10k, a Family Fun Run was held. The mile-long race around the cricket field was open to all ages, with parents and grandparents running alongside their children (or sometimes way behind them!)
The first three boys and girls received prizes, with the talented Hughes family having to find the biggest space in the trophy cabinet.
12-year-old Millie Hughes (1st), her 9-year-old sister Maddie (2nd), and 7-year-old brother Alex (3rd), were all among the prize-winners, their success echoing that of their father, Nick, in the 10k race.
The other Fun Run prizes went to Max Baxter (1st boy), Will Alexander (2nd boy) and Eleanor Mayhew (3rd girl).
The next Chiltern Harriers AC event is the Herbert's Hole 10k multi-terrain race on Sunday, November 15th starting in Lowndes Park, Chesham. Details and entry forms are available on this website.
Race Report 19 - 20 September (Excluding Shardeloes 10k): New Forest Half Marathon, The Square Mile Relay, parkruns, Run Through 10k, Thames Trail Marathon, Self-Transcendence 24 Hour & Leighton 10 Mile
Kicking off this week’s edition of Race Report is a belated mention for Tony Molesworth’s performance in the New Forest Half Marathon on Sunday 13th September. Tony was pleased with a time of 2.13.11 on a tough multi-terrain course, which featured 500 ft of climb. The event also includes a 10k and a marathon, which Tony would recommend to fellow Chiltern Harriers.
"What's your next race?" is a question I am often asked & I always have an answer of some sort. It's easy to take for granted the fact that I can (touch wood currently) enter any race when I want to. But for many people with disabilities racing is out of the question with all the expensive equipment they would need to facilitate this. Many of us can just pick any race from track to a desert Ultra & go for it. Yes, many people choose not to but that is their decision and not because anything is stopping them.I would like to give something back to those who don't have the advantages that I and many of us have. I've got together with a local Chesham Charity called 'Arctic One Foundation' who raise money to help pay for prosthetics and wheelchairs for athletes with disabilities. They do this through running events for both able bodied athletes and para-athletes and fundraising. They run a 'Junior Para Triathlon' with up to 100 5-18 year olds (how amazing is that!).With these events and private sponsorship/donations they fund a number of Para athletes to be able to continue/start in their sport.
Chiltern Harriers made a good showing at the first big event of the autumn season, the South of England Road Relay Championships, at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot on Saturday.
Chiltern Harriers young athletes continued where they left off last season with a truly dominating performance in the first of the 4 cross country's this season.
Race Report 12 - 13th September: Dorney Lake Tris, parkrun, Jungfrau Marathon, Bristol Half & The Great North Run
I’d like to begin this week’s edition of ‘Race Report’ with a belated mention from last week. Three Chiltern Harriers were in action at Dorney Lake on Sunday 6th September. James Repper led the way finishing a fabulous 14th in the Olympic distance. Nick Hughes competing in his first triathlon finished 54th in the Sprint distance. Millie Hughes completed a superb triathlon season by winning her Tristar 2 event which is her 4th victory of the season. Well done all!
Race Report 5th -6th September: parkruns, QEOP 10k, Kew 10k, Diamond Tri & The Maidenhead Half Marathon
Back to school and back to running. At Black Park on Saturday 5th September no less than nine Chiltern Harriers AC runners were in action. Parkrun debutant Tom Powell (SM30-34) was the first Harrier home in a very respectable 25th position and a time of 20.31. Just behind was Matthew Robins (SM30-34) in 20.35. Once again the Baxter family had some great results: Maximillian (JM10)- came in in 24.47; Francesca (JW10) – 26.19; Gill Baxter (VM40-44) – 26.37 and George (VM45-49) – 29.42. Joining them were Matt Channer (VM35-39) – 25.18; Shaheen Dent (VW55-59) – 29.27 and Paula Walker (VW60-64) – 29.45. In Cassiobury Park Sue Stewart (VW55-59) finished in 26.37; in Tring our venerable coach Trevor Brawn (VM65-69) came in with a new PB of 27.05 and at Wycombe Rye Matthew Rye (VM40-44) got a new PB of 22.24 and Tom Ayres (VM35-39) completed the course in 23.51.