We’ll start the reporting from the Bank Holiday with something at the ultra end of the scale: Harriers’ Sam Reed and Ian Lawson completed XNRG’s ‘Devil’s Dyke Challenge’ – a three-day, 97-mile ultramarathon along the South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne, which must have been grueling in the heat. Sam finished in an impressive 10th, with a total time of 18.18.08 and Ian was just behind in 12th in 18.44.58. Well done guys!
And at the diametrically-opposite, parkrun end of the scale, Harriers had a number of all-time PB performances at parkrun events over the last two weeks (Saturday 5 and 12 May). Those included: Charlotte Docwra (22.52); Miriam Kempson (26.04); Katie Repper (19.12); Ed Wright (20.16); Oscar Gregory (27.05); Ruth Holroyd (24.57); James Repper (16.28) and Nathan Taylor (18.37). Allan Stewart claimed the win at Rickmansworth for two weekends on the trot (16.19 and 16.15). And finally, Lyn Mellor reached the milestone of her 100th parkrun, completing Cassiobruy Park yesterday in 24.10. Awesome performances all-round!
There were over 240 finishers in the Club’s annual Pednor 5 road race, with some very cool performances, despite the hot conditions. Chiltern’s Allan Stewart led the race home in a time of 26.55; joined by former Harrier (and last year’s winner) Matthew Bennett of Southampton AC in 27.10; and Charlie May of Vale of Aylesbury AC in 27.37.
Mairead O’Rourke led fellow Chiltern Harrier Louise Fry home in the ladies’ race to take 1st and 2nd in 31.46 and 33.48, respectively. They were joined by Angela Adcock of Watford Harriers in 3rd (34.10).
In the age categories there were wins for: Nathan Jones (Junior men – 30.05); James Repper (M40 – 27.58); Matthew Adcock (M50 – 29.23); Tim Jones (M60 – 31.15); Leonie Glasson (Junior women – 35.25); Natalie Hallas (F35 – 34.32); Zoe Dobbs (F45 – 36.54) and Lynda Hembury (F55 – 34.37). Both the men’s and women’s team prizes went to Chiltern Harriers AC.
Preceding the road race, the annual Pednor 5 race walk was won by Sebastian Parris of Ilford AC in 39.46 (Sebastian also won the ‘Pednor Challenge’ – the fastest combined time for the walk and the run). He was joined in second by Chiltern’s Neil Bates (44.54), who thereby claimed the Bucks AA Race Walk Championship win; and in third by John Hall of Belgrave Harriers (50.13).
Full results and pictures available here.
In today’s Marlow 5 three really was a magic number for Chiltern Harriers, with third places in age groups for Derek Brown (30.20), Susan Jarman (33.30) and Louise Fry (31.56), with Louise also taking third female overall. (In fact, Shaun Fry was 33rd in the senior men’s category, in 32.42, but that seemed to be stretching the pun a bit far.) Joining them were: Matt Robins (34.54); Miriam Kempson (41.51); Katherine Day (41.52) and Tamsin Finch (44.00). Well done all!
At the annual Prestwood 10k Andy Hickman was 3rd male (there's that number again) in 40.52. He was joined by: Martin Allen (53.45) and Paula Walker (67.33). In Oxfordshire, Jennifer Webb took part in the Town & Gown 10k for Muscular Dystrophy, finishing in 56.26, and Matt Lawrence completed the Deddington Four Farms Challenge, with a Strava time of 47.58.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Wallingford Thames Run, Last Friday of the Month and Chiltern Chase (5, 10 or 15k), Run the Rock 5 and 10k, the Penn Seven and Run Bedford 10k. See more on the Club Calendar.
DON'T FORGET: Senior Track Taster session on Thursday 17 May. 1930 at Merchant Taylors School, Moor Park. More details here.