Reaching the 5k marker, it’s time to talk parkrun. There was a first-place finish for Aran Davidson in St Albans (17.19) and all-time PBs for Seb Weatherall (27.19 at Black Park); Helen Neal (24.43 at Wycombe); and Oakley Denson (19.05 at Aylesbury). Additionally, there were course PBs for Matt Robins and Ruth Holroyd (20.37 and 25.13 at Wycombe Rye), and also for Charlotte Docwra (23.23 on the hilly Wendover Woods course).
10k into our Race Report extravaganza brings news of the Vitality London 10,000, which took place today, Monday 27thMay. Richard Moss was the first Harrier home in 39.48, joined swiftly by: Philip Lovelace (42.32); Grant Whitaker (43.29) and Sylvia Moss (46.29).
We now make quite a quantum leap all the way to the marathon distance, and far-flung places. On Saturday 25th Jennifer Webb completed the Edinburgh Marathon on a time of 4.30.04, whilst on Sunday 26th Fabe Downs was victorious in the inaugural Prishtina Trail Marathon in Kosovo in a time of 3hrs24 over a course that took in some almost 4700ft of ascent.
And finally, at the ridiculous end of the scale, let us now fast-forward to the 145 mile marker. 25th– 26th May Ali Young took on the enormity of the Grand Union Canal Race, an ultra marathon which takes competitors the length of the canal from Birmingham’s Gas Street Basin to Little Venice in central London. Ali was dominant as ever, finishing first lady and third overall in a time of 28hrs35, making her one of only four women to have ever gone under the 29 hour mark for the race. If you need any more to convince you of how tough a race this was, the fact that there was an almost 50% ‘DNF’ (Did Not Finish) rate is surely pretty firm evidence. Massive congratulations to Ali, who represents GB in the World 24-hour racing championships in Albi, France, in October.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Serpentine AC’s Last Friday of the Month 5k, the Great Hertfordshire AONB Marathon, West Wycombe Trails 5 and 10k, Run the Rock and the Chiltern Chase. More info on these events, and many more, on the Club Calendar.