Kicking things off in style on Good Friday, Rebecca Nkoane and David Breingan took part in the Maidenhead 10 mile (where the Prime Minister was marshalling, no less). Both clocked impressive times: 1.04.50 for Becs and 1.07.52 for David. Andrew Stewart was also in good form at the Herts Phoenix Open event, where he achieved a PB for the 800m (2.31) and ran the 100m in 15.4. Unfortunately, Andrew fell and twisted his ankle. We wish him a speedy recovery!
Parkrun this weekend saw the expected tourism. The prize for furthest afield goes to Daniel and Callum Powell, completing the Taupo ParkRun in New Zealand in 20:38 and 23:54. Closer to home, Matt Robins was in Torbay Velopark (22:00); Rachel and Tom Ayres were at Fritton Lake finishing in 24:40 and 24:46 respectively; Nick Hancock was in Hartlepool (20:11) and Mersea Island welcomed David Saul (23:07).
Local parkruns were also well supported by Harriers over the weekend, Cassiobury Park had three Harriers contesting: Lyn Mellor (23:54); Adam Pomerantz (27:31) and Benjamin Martin (a PB of 38:40). Five hardy Harriers headed to the tough Tring Park course. First home was Grant Whitaker (22:17); Julia Aliaj (a Tring PB of 26:18); Sam and Josiah Meldrum (a PB for Josiah of 33:29) and Jane Heasman (41:42). At Wycombe Rye, Raphael Baker finished in 22:15, followed by Gabriel Baker (23:49) and Philip Lewis (a 50th finish in 29:49). At Black Park, Michael Day was first runner home and faster Harrier of the day achieving 18:41. Following Michael were: Ade McCormack (21:13); Ian Lawson (21:47); Matt Channer (21:57); Matt Lawrence (22:46); Beth Lang (23:02); Seb Lawrence (24:46); Ruth Holroyd (24:51); Shaheen Dent (29:21); Tim Dawson (29:53) and Paula Walker (30:26). Rickmansworth was witness to three course PBs for our club. Ali Young was first up with 19:23, Howard Cave achieved 32:00 and evergreen Trevor Brawn achieved 25:12. Joining them were Louise Durman (19:52); Shaun Fry (20:36); Hywel Thomas (21:34); Tom Powell (22:01) and Hugh Beedell (22:29). In Aylesbury Leon Doran clocked 21:13. Lastly, but by no means least, buggy runner extraordinaire Mairead O'Rourke finished in 22:45.
On Monday 17 April, Ade McCormack was the only Harrier at the London Easter 10k in Regent’s Park, where he finished in 44.13. Mark Bruce was an impressive 2nd in his age category at the Beaconsfield 5 trail race, with a time of 29.44. Joining Mark in the popular Easter Monday 5 mile tradition were several other Harriers: Richard Clark (31.15); David Breingan (34.10); Daniel Buckingham (34.34); David Howells (37.49) and Paula Walker (52.05).
In the sunny Isle of Man, three Harriers were getting in on the action at the Easter Festival of Running. Pete Gould, representing Cambridge University’s alumni club ‘The Cambridge Greyhounds’, competed in all three of the events over the weekend. Pete put in an impressive time of 36.21 in Friday’s 10k, 24.44 in the Peel Hill Race on Saturday and 17.46 in the 5k dash along Douglas Prom on Easter Sunday. Neil and I, representing Chiltern Harriers, took part in the Saturday and Sunday events. Neil smashed his 5k PB on Easter Sunday (not to mention mine), with a time of 18.58, whilst coming in in a respectable 30.33 on the challenging Peel Hill. I was pleased with two solid performances of 20.27 on Peel Hill and 19.35 on the Prom.
And finally, on a side note: former Chiltern Harrier, Matthew Bennett, was 4th at the Brighton Marathon last week missing 3rd by 1 second. His time was 2:31:57.
COMING UP LOCALLY: The Pednor 5! If you’re not running, please help out on the day. Speak to Trevor Davies for more info about volunteering.
There are a few various bits of housekeeping this week:
London Marathon coach: if you or your spectators are still deciding on how to get to the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April, the Club is providing an affordable and convenient coach to the start. More details here.
First Summer Away Day: the first ‘Away Day’ for seniors is on Tuesday 26 April. Meet near The Crown at Ley Hill, not Chiltern Hills Academy, at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start. More information here.
Social Event and Awards Evening: with well over 100 tickets already sold for the Social Event and Awards Evening on 6 May, get yours now to avoid being disappointed. Last year’s event was a sell-out. More information here.