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.
This race was also the SEAA championships, which was open to all who had achieved the qualifying times of 37mins (male) and 40mins (female). Given the calibre of our athletes, it does seem a shame that Chiltern Harriers does not have greater representation in events like this, where we would be sure to see some podium-worthy results.
On Saturday 24 September Susan Jarman took part in the Running4Women 10k in Windsor, finishing in 1.09.00.
In parkrun news Louise Durman was the club’s highest-placed finisher, coming in as first lady at Wycombe Rye in 19.19. She was joined by: fiancé Shaun Fry in 20.58; Phoenix Everiss – 21.29; Guy Johnson – 25.22 and Rachel and Tom Ayres in 26.50 and 29.21. The speediest Harrier around a 5k course on Saturday 24 September was Nathan Taylor, who earned himself a new PB of 18.53 in Aylesbury. Alan Hornibrook also finished the run in 20.45. In Black Park Brian Gregory was the first Harrier home, clocking a time of 21.55. Following him in were: Matt Channer – 22.03 (PB); Tim Dawson – 25.51; Miriam Kempson – 27.24; Caitlin Gregory – 30.06; Lily Gregory – 30.51 and Sue Bree – 39.33. Hugh Beedell earned himself a new PB on the hilly Tring course, clocking 21.56. Richard Lloyd, who has recently returned to running following injury, also got a new PB in Tring – of 26.01. Also running were: Grant Whitaker – 22.48; Gabriel Baker – 24.36; David Saul – 25.09 and Evangelina Baker – 30.09. And finally, in Cassiobury Park Adam Pomerantz ran a new PB time of 21.12. He was joined by Lyn Mellor in 23.40.
Half marathons were the flavour of the day for Chiltern Harriers AC on Sunday 25 September. Team Chiltern-ham were all very pleased with their results in Cheltenham’s Half Marathon. Tom Powell and myself were rewarded with PB times of 1.32.42 and 1.31.13, respectively. Neil Bates, doing his very first half marathon, finished in an awesome time of 1.43.05 (very proud wife) and Pip Harris was also really pleased with her time of 1.55.32. Closer to home, Jon Clarke was the only Harrier to take part in the NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon, which he completed in 1.52.16. In the Ealing Half Marathon Ben Martin clocked 1.49.11 and was joined by Teresa Pawlik in 1.55.00. Hywel Thomas and Isabelle Winter both finished the Windsor Half in 1.35.18 and 2.14.30, respectively.
David Bellamy evidently decided to take things a step (or two) further than the half, by completing the Berlin Marathon, which he did in 4.02.51. Resident Chiltern hardman Jason Trimmer decided to take things further again. On Saturday 25 September he did the club proud, yet again, by finishing 4th in an ultramarathon event which saw him circumnavigate England's three highest peaks - Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Skiddaw - during an 80km circular route. Conditions looked absolutely horrendous. Well done, Jason!
COMING UP LOCALLY: well, obviously, Herbert’s Hole, but also the SEAA Road Relays, Last Friday of the Month 5k, Ley Hill Challenge, South Bucks 10k and the return of the Chiltern League. Check out the Club Calendar for more.