Further afield, Philip Lewis was hitting the heights (and the heat, no doubt) in Crete, completing the Chania 10k in 64.49 and the Kouroutes 8.5k Mountain Road Race in 62.12. Well done, indeed!
Also challenging himself to the max Dave Bellamy took part in the Round the Island race on the Isle of Wight 2 – 3 July. The event sees competitors complete two days of running, totalling 70 miles. Out of 69 finishers, Dave did really well to come in in 30th in 15.52.00.
On 2 July 7 Harriers took part at the Bushey 10k. David Thomas did stunningly well to come in in 5th overall and 2nd in the Senior Men’s category, finishing in 38.26.4. He was joined swiftly by Mike ‘Tiny’ Turney – 7th overall and 1st in the V50 category in 39.16.5 – and dad Hywel Thomas – 3rd in the V50 in 41.19.7. Continuing the trend for speedy times, Matthew Robins clocked 41.47.1; David Breingan – 42.59.5; Tim Dawson – 47.01.8 and Paul Peace – 51.08.1. At the annual High Wycombe 10k and Half Marathon, which this year had a new course, Louise Durman was once again victorious in the ladies’ 10k competition, with a time of 40.30 (and 7th overall). Just ahead of her Justin Fowler was 5th overall and 2nd in the 40-49 category in 39.23. David Breingan finished in 46.08; David Howells in 55.44 and Martin Allen – 58.12. In the Half Marathon Fabian Downs took home the trophy, finishing 1st in an impressive 1.17.34 on the hilly course. Kate Loach was 1st in the 50-59 category in 1.48.46. Joining them were: Jonathan Coutts – 1.58.58; Rik Edwards – 2.03.48 and Veronica Pearce – 2.28.47.
Turning now to this week Barbara and John Ralph, along with Andrew Stewart were in action on the track at Hemel Hempstead on Monday 11 July. John completed the 2k race walk, Barbara and Andrew did the 800m and 3000m, with Barbara lapping every other V60 runner and the competing in the 4 * 200m relay. Also taking part in some midweek running was Andy Hickman, who was very pleased to earn himself a new PB at the SC Great City Race on Thursday, completing the annual 5km event in 18.45. Great running all!
Saturday 16 July marked the 7th birthday of Black Park parkrun and lots of Chiltern Harriers turned out to help them celebrate. Mike Worsfold was the first Harrier home in 20.02. He was joined by: Charlotte Draper, with a new PB and the accolade of first female in 20.37; Ian Lawson – 20.54; Tom Powell – 21.29; Laura Hayers – 21.40; Harry Vintner – 21.49; Matt Channer – 23.50; Tim Dawson – 23.43; Nat Baker – 26.00 (Nat, seemingly not distracted by searching for Pokemon whilst running); Paula Walker – 29.00 and Sue Bree – 35.44. New club runner Rosemary Davenport clocked a very respectable 27.18.
Louise Durman was first lady at Wycombe Rye in a new PB time of 18.52, following Louise in were: Guy Johnson – 23.08; Tony Molesworth – 28.15 (parkrun number 75!); Yee-King Tham – 28.45; and Tom Ayres – 31.33. Joining our trio of female parkrun champs was Kate Loach, with (I believe) her first parkrun victory at Cassiobury Park in 21.32. Lyn Mellor clocked 23.58 and Adam Pomerantz – 27. 41.
In St Albans Alfie and Matthew Clifford finished in 21.01 (PB) and 21.39, respectively. Chiltern Harriers’ Neil Brown and Bradley Williams both came away with PBs at Gadebridge – 20.04 (and 3rd position) and 22.05, respectively; they were joined by Mark Ellis-Jones in 25.03. David Saul was rewarded with a PB in Aylesbury (22.31), whilst Oliver and Matthew Webb both completed the event for the first time, finishing in 25.10 and 28.33. Finally, in Tring Sam Meldrum accompanied daughter Katie round the hilly course in 30.48, and Steve Boyden-Smith finished in 31.04.
* REQUEST * With the Summer holidays upon us Race Report wants to see what you are getting up to. Send in your ‘parkrun postcards’ (photos from any parkruns you do whilst away on holiday) and there will be a photo roundup in September.
On Saturday 16 July David Thomas was back in speedy 10k action, coming 3rd in the Fix Addiction 10k at Dorney Lake with a smashing new PB of 38.17. Hywel Thomas, claiming sluggishness, did impressively as well to finish 9th in 42.28, straight off an overnight flight. In quite a different kind of event, four Chiltern Harriers took part in the challenging trail half marathon at Ashridge on Saturday 16 July. Ben Griffiths was first home in 1.41.03, joined by: Matthew Robins – 1.53.53; Michael Bailey – 1.55.44 and Dave Bellamy – 2.07.20. 13 miles off road was evidently not quite enough for Carolynn Trimmer, Miriam Kempsen and Tamsin Finch, who completed the Chiltern XNRG 50k event. Carolynn stormed round in 6 hours 27, and Tamsin and Miriam did excellently to tackle the hilly course on a hot day in 8 hours 32 (Tamsin’s first ultra).
Finally, Michael Turney and Mairead O’Rourke continued to match each other stride for stride at the first ever Burford Bolt 10k on Sunday 17 July. Both finished 2nd in their respective categories (and Mairead was 2nd female), coming in 8th (Michael – 43.23) and 9th (Mairead – 43.56).
COMING UP LOCALLY: Waddesdon Manor 5k, Down Tow Up Flow Half Marathon, Brooks Last Friday of the Month 5k and the Bedford 10k. See the Club Calendar for more.