Sunday 6 October also saw a great turnout by Harriers for the annual Ley Hill Challenge. In the 5k event Tessa Passey came home in 25.42, soon joined by Julia Aliaj in 25.53. Jonny Stoddern was the first Harrier home (4thoverall) in the 10k, in a time of 43.44. Meanwhile Sue Elliott led teammate and running buddy Christine Burroughs home to take first and second female, respectively, in times of 50.30 and 50.56. Well done! Joining those three were: Sam Meldrum (45.39); Grant Whitaker (47.07); Simon Conway (50.15); Ade McCormack (52.50); Helen Cholawo (53.15); David Saul (54.32); Miriam Kempson (57.45); Steve Field (58.35); Mark Smith (58.37); Harriet Lemon (59.41); Trevor Brawn (59.49); Doug King (1.03.01); Heidi Newman (1.07.09); Abi Chapman (1.13.52) and Nicky Norman (1.13.52).
Moving on to yesterday, Saturday 12 October, there were parkrun milestones for Martin Allen and Robert Gill, both of whom completed their 100thevents (in Rickmansworth and Black Park, respectively). Their times were 26.29 and 25.43. Meanwhile, Kate Loach was first female at Cassiobury Park in 20.44.
In a rainy Oxford today, Harriet Lemon was rewarded with a huge PB for all her hard training, clocking 1.54.49 in the Oxford Half. There were also great runs amid the dreaming spires for: Matt Lawrence (1.41.17); Jennifer Webb (1.58.02); Emily Bannister (2.30.00) and Tamsin Finch (2.01.19). Not too far away in Henley, Julia Aliaj and Beth Lang were also in half marathon action. (Strava) times of 1.50.59 and 1.46.03, respectively. In Harpenden, Ruth Holroyd managed a brave return following a period of illness, clocking 57.52 in the Herts 10k (Strava time), whilst Stuart Real-Slavicky came home in 41.37 in the Windsor Lakeside 10k at Dorney.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Ricky Road Run, Last Friday of the Month 5k, Marlow Half, Chiltern Cross Country League Match 2, Herberts Hole Challenge.