Several Chiltern athletes have been busy in the second half of August.
Happy Bank Holiday Race Report fans! The results have been as scorching as the weather.
First and foremost, a huge congratulations to Tim Dawson and Dave Bellamy who braved the heat to complete the absolutely mammoth Ridgeway Challenge 86 miles, Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 August. With a huge number of withdrawals due to the heat, Tim and Dave showed real mettle, both coming home in 25.31.46. Well done both!
Hello Race Report fans. Once again we are kicking off with a late entry from last weekend, namely the wonderful Fiona Williams, who completed the 8th ‘Midnight (Wo)Man’ half ironman triathlon in Dartford. ‘Cos an ordinary half ironman isn’t hard enough, Fiona took part in an event that happens AT NIGHT on 10 August, completing it with the help of her equally talented family. Fiona is raising money for two causes that are close to her heart: the JMB Educational Fund (a charity established for her father, which supports education in Nepal) and Moor House School & College in Oxford (a school for children and young people with speech and language difficulties).
Two Chiltern Harriers made the trip to the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford, Kent at the weekend for the Southern U13/U15/U17 Track and Field Championships.
Both made it through heats on Saturday to finals on Sunday.
In the U13 Girls 800m, Lesedi Nkoane ran comfortably in her heat to be third in 2.34.7. In Sunday’s final, hot favourite Phoebe Gill from St Albans fell at the start leaving the result wide open. In an exciting and close final straight, where the first four were within half a second of each other, Lesedi secured the bronze medal in 2.24.84, six hundredths ahead of fourth and just outside her PB.
In the U17 men’s 1500m Angus Williams was second in his heat in 4.18.31 to make Sunday’s final. Angus finished in ninth place in 4.24.46.
Race Report 10 - 11 August: parkrun, Burnham Beeches, Rock 'n' Roll Dublin and Run Dorney half marathons
Good Evening Race Report fans. I hope you managed to avoid being blown away this weekend and to get in some good runs as well.
Kicking things off with parkrun, there was a first placed finish for Maddie Hughes at Rickmansworth in a time of 19.38. There were also a good number of all-time parkrun PBs for Harriers yesterday, Saturday 10 August: Savarnah Pandya (22.51 at Ricky); George Fotherby (21.32 at Wycombe Rye); Euan and Archie Pinder (20.17 and 21.06, respectively, at Sewerby). Finally, over on the Emerald Isle Grant Whitaker celebrated parkrun number 100 at Porterstown parkrun with a time of 20.55.
It’s one of those Race Reports where we kick off with things that I managed to forget last week, namely Last Friday of the Month 5k on 26 July when three Harriers took on the collected efforts of London’s Hyde Park. Tom Pickett was the first home in 19.10, joined swiftly by Tom Wright (19.10) and then Peter Wootton (20.20).