Apologies all for a slightly slim Race Report this week. I imagine a fair number will have been in action today in both the South Bucks 10k and the Ley Hill Challenge, but unfortunately results are not yet available.
Race Report 24 - 25 September: 10,000m championships plus 1 mile race, parkrun, the Berlin Marathon, 3 x 3000 80km ultra plus a variety of halves
Good evening from Race Report, coming to you live from the serenity of the Cotswolds.
We’ll kick things off this week with some results from mid week. On Wednesday 21 September the combined SEAA & Buckinghamshire County (plus Oxfordshire) 10,000m championships were held at Stoke Mandeville Athletics Stadium. The fixture also included an open 1 mile race. In the 1 mile race Andrew Stewart was the only Chiltern Harrier clocking a time of 5:45.7.
I hope you have been enjoying Paralympic GB’s success as much as me over the weekend.
We’ll kick Race Report off with parkrun. New Harrier Mark Bruce was the fastest Chiltern runner in a parkrun event on Saturday 10 September, clocking a new PB of 17.42 and 5th place at Black Park. Ali Young was back in speedy form, coming in as 1st lady in 19.50. Joining them were: Mike Worsfold – 20.27; Matt Robins – 21.56; Matt Channer, who really is going from strength to strength at the moment, earning a new PB of 22.23; Tim Dawson – 23.50; Ian Lawson – 24.36; Beth Lang – 24.49 (her first time at Black Park and her fastest parkrun yet); Lorraine Pearce – 25.01; Matt Lawrence – 26.21; Sarah Gregory – 27.38; Miriam Kempson – 27.49; Caitlin Gregory – 28.32 (parkrun number 25); Shaheen Dent – 28.59; Paula Walker – 29.38 and Lily Gregory – 29.54.
Race Report 3 - 4 September: European Middle Distance Triathlon Championships, parkrun, Maidenhead Half & Stragglers River Relay
We’ll kick Race Report off this week with someone who we are all incredibly proud of. Rebecca Nkoane today finished 3rd in her age category, and 36th overall in the European Middle Distance Triathlon Championships, held in Austria in the Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl region in the Alps. Becs completed the 1.9km swim, 90km swim and 21.1km run in a total time of 4.53.48 (worth noting that that included a 1.35.43 half marathon in there!). She was 7th out of everyone out of the water – a true fish. Well done, Becs! Chiltern Harriers could not be more proud of you.
Parkrun supremacy; UTMB; Sydney City2Surf; Headington 5 & the VAC Champs: August Bank Holiday Race Report
This weekend is one of those where I am delighted to be able to write about a whole variety of different events which Chiltern Harriers AC athletes have been taking part in. However, to kick things off we’ll take a step back in time and a step down under. On Sunday 14 August Tony Molesworth took part in the Sydney City2Surf whilst on holiday. Described as the ‘world’s fun run’, it takes runners on a 14km course from Sydney city centre and ending on Bondi Beach, where there are always plenty of surfers to entertain you. The winning time of 41 minutes was posted by the Australian cross-country champion; Tony was really pleased to finish in the top 40%, 44th out of 387 MVet 70-79.
I hope you all had a good start to the week. Apologies for this later-than-usual edition of Race Report. Neil and I were hanging out in a field in Herefordshire and wifi was not forthcoming.
We’ll kick off race report this week with Barbara Ralph’s performance in the last Friday of the Month 5k on 29 July, organised by Serpentine AC. Despite running a creditable time of 23 mins 15 secs and an age graded performance of 81.7% she was only 4th in the FV60 category. Sally Musson, who was first FV60, ran a time of 21 mins 03 secs and beating the vast majority of the rest of the female field! The event boasts a fast field and is well-organised, definitely a recommendation for those of us who are in central London on a Friday lunchtime!
A youthful Chiltern Harriers team took part in the Waddesdon Manor 5k on a lovely warm summer evening.
The course had had to be altered from previous years due to Lord Rothschild entertaining the Chinese ambassador.
This also caused the start to be delayed, but once going, the runners all appeared to enjoy the race which had a long uphill to the fountain, and then a downhill to the finish,
The Chiltern team was 3rd overall, with Richard Slade being 3rd man in 17.10 mins, David Thomas 9th (18.12), Harry Cox 11th (18.33), Will Brown 22nd (19.06), George Brown 23rd ( 19.09) and David Breingan 52nd male (21.22).
As the only over 18 in the team, David thought he should have all 6 prize bottles of beer, but the juniors wanted to keep their first material race prize!
Thank you to all those who have sent me results from the last few weeks. It looks like Chiltern Harriers AC runners have been involved in a real variety of events and in a variety of locations.
Father's Day Race Report: Cotswold 100 mile, St Teresa's Athletics Champs, parkrun, Xiquao International 24-hour Ultra, City Mile, Ickenham 5 & Penn 7
This week Race Report is a real selection box, with everything from school athletics to 3-day ultra events.
Starting at the further end of the scale, last weekend, 11-14 June, Miriam Kempson took part in the Cotswold 100 mile Challenge. It was Miriam’s first ultra and she had to battle through the thunder and rain to run a marathon a day along the Cotswold Way long distance footpath from Chipping Camden to Bath. The bad weather conditions made some the terrain very slipper, turning some paths to rivers and leaving the camping villages set up each evening under water. Despite all this, Miriam completed the challenge and said that the event was friendly, fun and well-organised. One for the long-range planner!