Meanwhile in the South West Tom Powell decided that his Stag do just wouldn’t do without running up some hills on “brutal trails”. Tom, who it seems ran to the start from the 1980s, completed the short (8km) course and was 3rd in a time of 44.02. Fellow stag Si Beedell was 1st in the medium (17km) race, in 1.23.12.
Moving on to today, Sunday 3 September, we’ll start with the Maidenhead Half Marathon. David Thomas was the first Harrier home in this popular annual event, with a very convincing time of 1.23.48. Mike ‘Tiny’ Turney was 8th in his age category, with a time of 1.25.11. Ian Lawson was next home in 1.35.49, and then: Kate Loach (1.37.09); Steve Boyden-Wilson (1.53.40) and David Holmes (1.57.55).
For the second year in a row, CHAC had a team in the annual Stragglers Thames Marathon Relay, a 5-stage relay race from Windsor to Kingston-upon-Thames. This year the team was made up of three Matts (Channer, Robins and Lawrence), a Beth (Lang) and a Tim (Dawson). The team clocked a fab combined time of 3hrs18 and looked to have thoroughly enjoyed the event.
In central London, Strava tells me, David Breingan was the only Harrier doing the 5th of the Regents Park Summer 10k series, completing the race in 41.53. The local Bovingdon 10k was the scene of Gemma Stockwell’s second PB in a weekend, following up Saturday’s parkrun performance with a 57.44 10k. Boyfriend Aran Davidson also ran the event, finishing in a spectacular time of 37.29, as did Ash Holmes, who clocked a very commendable 39.47 (those results all still TBC).
And finally, a quick reminder that if you have not yet entered the Shardeloes 10k on 17 September, there is still time to do so! And, if you needed any extra persuasion, don’t forget that Shardeloes counts towards the new Senior Club Championships. You have to have done at least one Club event in order to be eligible for the Champs, so you may as well get it in early (Herberts Hole and Pednor 5 also count).
Seniors’ Tuesday training starts at 7pm throughout September. Meet at Chiltern Hills Academy as usual.