Several Chiltern athletes have been busy in the second half of August.
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.
Several Chiltern athletes have been involved in top level meetings in the past week or so.
BMC Grand Prix
Harry Cox and Adam Day were both involved in the fourth BMC Grand Prix of the summer at Eltham, south London on July 20th. On a warm evening third year Under 20 Harry took part in the Men’s 800m C race and was fifth in a solid run of 1.55.08. In the Men’s 800m D race U23 Adam took a tenth of his recent PB to come fourth in 1.54.84
MK 5000 PB Special
A new 5000m-specific meeting at Stantonbury on July 27th proved immensely popular, selling out many weeks in advance. There were twelve races in all – carefully seeded to provide a coherent range of abilities in each race. Chiltern’s Richard Slade (U23) had a great race to win the F race in a huge new PB of 15.45. See Video of Richard's race
Southern Inter Counties U13 Track and Field Championships
Just two Chiltern Harriers took part in this excellent meeting, specifically for the best U13s in the south. Both had a very successful meeting, Frankie Baxter winning the girls 800m A race in a new Championship-Best performance of 2.17.76. Alden Collier was similarly dominant in the boys 800m A race winning in a great time of 2.09.39.
Good Evening and welcome to this week’s Race Report!
Kicking things off per tradition, we’ll start with parkrun. Chiltern Harriers had a one-two at Rickmansworth, with Aran Davidson leading James Repper home in 16.54 and 17.47, respectively, and Katie Repper not too far behind as first female in 20.48. Aran not only celebrated the win, but also his 100thever parkrun. Also achieving first place finishes were Julia Aliaj (23.19 at Seaford Beach) and Yours Truly (22.08 at Dunstable Downs). Whilst there were no all-time PBs for Harriers this week, there were a number of course records: Caroline Stephens (24.36 at Black Park); Tim Dawson, Mick Dolling and Victoria Lucas (21.39, 24.30 and 28.03 at Rickmansworth) and Angela Hughes (28.47 at East Grinstead).
Team South Bucks finished their YDL season on a high with a win at Brighton on Sunday. The Chiltern Harriers/Wycombe Phoenix composite team of U17 and U20 athletes battled hard all day and in an exciting match, just pipped host club Brighton and Hove AC 542.5 points to 541. After four matches in a closely fought division South Bucks ended up in third place from six teams - a very good outcome. MATCH RESULTS
The weather was very pleasant at Withdean Stadium with warm sunshine and a gentle breeze.
A warm still evening made for very good racing conditions. Nine of the thirteen Chiltern athletes taking part ran PBs.
It was 1500m and 3000m night.
Chiltern Harriers completed their Under 13/Under 15 league action for the season with fourth place at the fourth YDL match at Linford Christie Stadium on Saturday. This confirms the club comfortably in third place overall in the division of eight strong clubs.
After early clouds and drizzle the day ended with sunshine and a firm breeze.
Race Report 13 - 14 July: Trailblaster and Chiltern Challenge Ultras, Hell-Fire 10k and Half Marathon
Good evening, Race Report fans. I hope you have spent as pleasant a couple of days as I have up in sunny Burnley, Lancashire, this weekend! There’s certainly been some fantastic running to write about. Keep checking the website for a full write-up of the English Schools Track & Field Championships, which took place at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 July and with a record number of eleven Chiltern Harriers AC athletes representing their county.
The 89th English Schools Championships took place at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on Friday and Saturday last week. There were eleven Chiltern Harriers taking part for their County Schools teams. All bar Robyn Watkins (Somerset Schools) were taking part for Buckinghamshire Schools.
The weather was warm and cloudy with a significant breeze on the Friday.
Under 15 Girl Gabi Riley has been taking part in high level pentathlon competitions over the past month.
In the ESAA Midland Schools Combined Event Championships at Kirby In Ashfield in Derbyshire on June 23rd, Gabi was 16th with a total score of 2114 points, a new PB. This comprised 75m Hurdles 13.40 (502 points); Shot 7.78m (PB, 385 points); High Jump 1.24m (350 points); Long Jump 4.22m (359 points); 800m 2.44.90 (PB, 518 points).
Two weeks later on July 6th Gabi improved her total points PB to 2233 at the SEAA Championships at Oxford Horspath. Gabi achieved three new PBs at this meeting in hurdles, high jump and 800m, and finished 10th from a total of 23 competitors. Gabi’s scores - 75m hurdles 13.04 (PB, 564 points); Shot 7.45m (364 points); High Jump 1.27m (PB, 379 points); Long Jump 4.18m (350 points); 800m 2.39.69 (PB, 576 points).
Gabi has acquired good experience as a first-year this season and can go into the 2020 season with confidence.