|10||VIRGINIA SILIO||00:20:13||00:20:0||F||V35||Victoria Park Harriers|
Whilst some were on the club tour on the Isle of Wight, others were running trail Half Marathons and Ultras in the Sussex countryside and a few were even running up mountains in the French Alps, eight Harriers made the rather shorter journey to Staplehurst on Sunday to run the annual 10k. I’m sure many of you will be familiar with this race as apart from it being fairly local it has in the past been part of the KGP series of races.
The race is advertised as being ‘fast and flat’, which apart from the hill between km 6 and 7 was entirely accurate.
Last year’s winner, Dan Stent retained his title and won the event again. These are the 1st Male, Female and TWH times from chip the timing website…not sure how official these times are as the first F finished 11th, just behind me and I’m pretty sure she was not called Steve!
|1||Dan Stent||01:31:21||Vegan Runners|
|10||Kelvin Desmoyers-Davis||01:44:00||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
|16||Sue Fry (2nd F?)||01:48:20||Hailsham Harriers|
|54||Hugh Stephenson||02:03:52||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
|92||Luke Edwardes-Evans||02:16:46||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
|162||Jane Roome||02:34:37||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
|172||Rosie Harris||02:36:40||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
|214||June Edwardes-Evans||02:51:32||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
|215||Deborah Stamp||02:51:32||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
|217||Helen Jenkins||02:52:56||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
|1||john witton||04:16:10||Sevenoaks AC|
|37||Tara Taylor||05:20:41||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
|52||rob jones||05:36:05||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
|80||jon hodge||06:00:49||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
|88||simon allford||06:06:54||Tunbridge Wells Harriers|
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Yesterday, I headed to Worthing for a 10k race along the sea front.
I had made a previous visit to Worthing in February for the half marathon and the 10k course is largely the second half of the HM route, with wide, largely flat roads, which go out and back along the front, with a couple of loops mid race.
On Sunday I adjudicated the Rye 10 which I ran and enjoyed last year so this year I entered the race as well.
This year it was a Sussex Grand Prix event so the field was about double of that of last year with some class runners from Sussex taking part.
Ever since I joined Tunbridge Wells Harriers we have always enjoyed taking part in relay races, especially when the event is designed to be all inclusive with everybody of all standards encouraged to be a part of their Club team. The Beckenham relays were probably the first relay I ran in for the Club and it is a testament to the race that some thirty odd years later they still form an integral part of the racing calendar for so many Clubs. Each year everybody turns up bemoaning the fact that the hill at the end of each leg gets steeper and the same lap seems to get longer each time we run it. We still come every year striving to be as good (if not better) as the previous year.
This year, we entered twelve teams of three and I believed that all was going well until last Sunday when some members had to withdraw because of illness or injury. I should therefore like to thank particularly Craig Chapman, Kieran Fitzpatrick and Cathy Gill who ran for their Club whilst not fully fit and Steve Bright who was persuaded to bring his kit with him, even though he was originally just coming along to support (and he made it to the start line with seconds to spare).
Many thanks to the 27 Harriers who came along yesterday, it was great to see some new faces and also a few who have never done a Kent GP event before. For those of you who have not done the Darent Valley 10K, it is pretty challenging with a few cheeky little hills. However the last few km are downhill so you can make back some of your time loss. Full results are below and I think we did have a couple of PBs as well as first time 10K runners as well, Bob to confirm. Also honourable mention to future harrier Dillon Hobbs for finishing in 5th in just over 36 mins.
A little further afield than Darent five Harriers June Edwardes-Evans, Rosie Harris, Helen Jenkins, Catherine Kinder and I took part in the Pulborough Vineyard Half Marathon.
Catherine had persuaded us all to enter sometime ago under the premise that there was free cake and wine at the finish. Unfortunately none of us had really read the rest of the route description and thought through what an 8 lapped off road hilly half marathon might be like.
On Saturday 27th May I competed in The Fox ultra – a 60 km circular route around Guildford. The course starts (and finishes) at Godalming and follows the Fox Way which is, for the most part, very scenic. About 30% of the route is on road, which may explain why my legs were so sore at the end. I got round the course in 6:43:52 (11th woman and 72 overall out of 224). It was a well organised event and the course was well signed. There were some very swift times at the sharp end of the field.
Then on Saturday 4th May I ran the Devil’s Challenge. When I entered this event I didn’t take account of the fact that it the two events were on consecutive weekends! The Devil’s Challenge is put on by XNRG and is a three-day, 97 mile ultra marathon along the South Downs Way, passing the legendary Devil’s Dyke valley – hence the name of the event.
18 Harriers made the short trip to the home village of our Half Marathon family – Hildenborough, for their annual race day
This event has a lovely community spirit with race distances for everyone. 1 mile school kids races are followed by a “mass” start for the 2.5, 5 and 10 mile races. As a bonus we usually have several marshal points covered by TWH or Raynet guys that know the deckchair so support is solid all the way around.
My first race report after several years of admiring others’ efforts. Be gentle.
For those lucky enough to have run London, you will know there is no event quite like it. A spectator-lined 26.2 miles from Greenwich to the Mall, it’s as much a celebration of running as it is a race. With months of training, early weekend long runs and sleepless nights all leading up to the day itself, thankfully there was no repeat of last year’s heat wave.
The Harriers were out in force, with 20 running and countless more giving up their Sunday to come out and support. A big thanks to Mike Jarvis, for allowing some of us runners on to the marshal’s coach.
On Good Friday, whilst some intrepid Harriers headed towards the coast for the Folkestone 10, I opted to venture inland to Victoria Park in Hackney for Run Through’s Easter Event. There were 5k, 10k and half marathon options all running various lap combinations round the park. (5k = 1.5 laps, 10k = 3 laps, 1/2 M = 6.5 laps if you’re interested). The route is on tarmacked paths with a mere 38ft elevation gain so pretty flat, therefore in theory good for a fast time.
The Half Marathon started at 9:30am with the 5k and 10k starting at 10:00am and 10:05am respectively. Given the number of different options and competitors, I must say the event was extremely well organised. Pre-race instructions had advised that there may be queues for number collection and bag drop, but I experienced neither. The only queue was for the loos (as always) and actually these moved very quickly. There were marshals on course to direct and remind you how many laps you needed to complete. The water station was well stocked and as each lap was approximately 3k, you were never too far from some water if needed.
With many others now embracing the taper in the countdown to London, just five Harriers made the to trip to Hythe for the Good Friday Folkestone 10 Miler.Conditions were perfect… For a day at the seaside! Families had flocked to the coast to capitalise on the upturn in weather in time for the Bank Holiday weekend and, inevitably, the promenade was crowded with bikes, dogs and kamikaze kids! I heard accounts of one bundling into lead lady’s path, sending her flying. It is unclear who came off worse. The race started with the traditional 3/4 lap of the playing fields, before a routine out and back along the sea front. The turn point is up a short ramp to the Lower Leas Coastal Park, on the approach to Folkestone. This is only notable elevation along an otherwise pan flat route. That’s not to say its easy… Runners were faced with a modest headwind on the outward leg, however the exposed promenade ensured the full effects would be felt. The late start (11am) saw temperatures peaking on the return leg. With no cooling effect from the breeze, the air felt dead, and those final miles seemed to drag on forever. I didn’t enjoy this race. I had wanted to… But you can’t have the perfect day every time you pin on a number. I wondered how close to 60 I might be able to get in current form, probably slightly ambitious with the hilly TT I had in my legs from the night before. I succumbed to usual temptations and raced hard round the field, settling into the second pack as we reached the prom. No one seemed to want to take it on from the front and I was conscious of the pace slipping above the target I had in my head. I ignored race smarts and kicked on solo. I guess there’s only one way to find out. As I rounded the turn point, I felt a sharp jab in my ribs. I’d been knocked off my bike the week before and was thankful to emerge with just a bump and a scrape. I suspect I’m carrying bruised / cracked ribs and this injury came back to bite me. Hard. I was already at my limit and each deep breath caused my chest to expand / contract painfully. My head was no longer in the game. I went through mile 7 somehow clinging on to 7th place but my stride kept getting shorter in an attempt to cushion the impact. By mile 8, time was slipping through my fingers and the most I could do was resolve to keep moving forward. Four runners eased past while I endured my darkest moments. This was grim, my worst experience as I runner. Mile 9 was my slowest of the day, what little energy remained ebbing away. Cheers from the TWH support crew may not have been met with a smile but seeing those friendly faces lifted my spirits sufficiently to grimace and push on to the end. I closed in on 10th place over the final half mile, crossing the finish line just a handful of seconds back. I shouldn’t grumble too much. It was tough out there (largely my own doing) but somehow I still managed to secure another PB! Official results have just been published (Query submitted: I was issued bib 243) http://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/
On Saturday I took part in the Crawley 24 hr race. This involves running laps of the athletic track at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley. The aim is to run as many as possible during a 24 hour period. The race started at noon, with a finish time of 12:00 on Sunday. For a bit of fun they make runners reverse direction every four hours. Harriers at the Tonbridge track may have noticed me running the wrong way on a Monday evening as practise.Unfortunately I’d picked up an injury three weeks before the race, and despite a lot of treatment, rest and ice it rather unsurprisingly came back during the race. I limped round the track for the last few laps to finish with a nice round 200 laps in 8 hrs 41:10. I wouldn’t normally write a report for a DNF, but this was a race against time and i finished – just a lot earlier than expected, and a long way short of my 200km target. The race was won by Peter Windross with a superb 567 laps (227.010 km) Cat Simpson was first lady, and second overall with 553 laps (221.435 km) – a distance which exceeds the qualify standard for the GB team. Hopefully I quit early enough to have not done too much damage and will be back running very soon. Full results David Barker