- our DJ, Jeremy Broadis
- our photographer, Martyn Loach (keep reading to the bottom to see his photos from the evening)
- our Master of Ceremonies, Mike Shrive
- and our guest speaker, Professor John Brewer (not to mention Steve Field, who reached out to John in the first place)
… as well as the Social Sub-committee, who have been working so hard to bring everything together and to make sure everything ran smoothly on the night. In no particular order:
- Laura Hayers
- Katie Royals
- Sue Ellerby
- Rosie Seddon (nee Davenport, and Race Report takes this opportunity to properly congratulate Rosie on her recent marriage!)
- Mairead O’Rourke
- And last, but by no means least, my partner in crime Neil Bates.
A summary of the full results of the Club’s Senior Championships and all of those shortlisted in the ‘Players’ Players’ awards is here. (And, incidentally, details of the 18-19 Senior Club Champs is here.)
With that out of the way, I’ll move on to the serious business of this week’s racing. Chiltern Harriers were in action at County Schools’ Track and Field Championships yesterday, Saturday 9 June, including several wins. Keep checking the Club’s site for full report.
Three times a bridesmaid, but now finally a bride, Susan Jarman continues to go from strength to strength, winning the Run to the Rock 10k in Stokenchurch yesterday, in a time of 49.16. Matt ‘the medal’ Robins and Matt Channer both completed a marathon at the Phoneix ‘Explorer’ event, in times of 4.09.18 and 4.22.48, respectively. At the Run Dorney 10k, Ian Chapman clocked a time of 45.42. Well done, guys!
Further afield, Ian Lawson completed the historic Comrades Ultra Marathon (a ‘downhill year’, having completed the ‘uphill race’ in 2017) in South Africa today. Ian clocked an awesome time of 9.13.44. For those who have not heard of it before, Comrades is credited as being the world’s original (and largest) ultramarathon: it covers a course of approximately 89km between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, alternating between the uphill and downhill direction. To do it back-to-back is a major achievement. Well done, Ian! Send us a picture of your medals, please! (Ian still managed to sneak in a parkrun on Saturday, completing it in 31.26.)
Saturday 9 June was a really good day in general for Chiltern Harriers AC in parkrun events. There were course PBs for: Mark Ellis-Jones (21.05 at Rickmansworth); Martin Allen (23.53 at Rickmansworth); Sebastian Lawrence (25.49 at Wycombe Rye) and David Howells (19.00 at Woking). There was also a healthy smattering of all-time parkrun PBs: Katherine Day, Miriam Kempson and Tamsin Finch continued to push each other to new success at Rickmansworth (24.19, 24.49 and 25.44, respectively); Jerry Anderson beat his previous time to finish Wycombe Rye in 25.11; Victoria Lucas clocked 25.04 at Northala Fields and George Baxter completed Cassiobury in 26.18. And finally Paul Horwood made his parkrun debut, clocking a very respectable 21.19 at Rickmansworth. Well done all!
Those of you with good memories will recall that Race Report published before results were out for the Chiltern Chase last week. To update you: John Webber took part in the 10k, finishing in 48.42; Mike ‘Tiny’ Turney was second in his age category in a time of 1.04.40 in the 15k.
COMING UP LOCALLY: King’s Langley Puffaten, Penn Seven, Run Bedford 10k, the Ridgeway Relay, Hitchin Hard Half, Thame 10k and Welwyn 10k. Check out the Club Calendar for more.