Hamworthy Harriers  Newsletter - February 2018 

Hamworthy Harriers members were busy during February with winter training and racing last month.

Jeannette Pike and Carol Baker are both preparing for the London Marathon on 22nd April, whereas Mike Hughes has a  longer build up to his autumn marathon in Berlin on 16th September.

There was a good turnout of Harriers members in two local 10 mile races, the Lytchett 10 on Sunday 11th and the Bournemouth 10 on Sunday 25th February. 


The ever popular Lytchett 10 offers a combination of hills followed by cakes at the finish.  Harriers results were:-

Rebecca Collins 1:25:59
Carol Baker 1:33:23
Jeannette Pike 1:36:06
Mike Hughes 1:40:22
The benefits of the flatter route of the Bournemouth 10 were somewhat offset by the strong breeze and chilly conditions. Harriers results were :-

Mike Fleck 1:14:31
Carol Baker 1:31:47
Jeannette Pike 1:33:31

These two races are part of the Imperial Series 2018.  The Harriers results for the final race, the Larmer Tree 10, will appear in the March 2018 newsletter.

The evergreen Mike Hirst and Rufus ventured further afield to race at the Maverick Sussex race where a signage/marshalling error by the organisers turned their ‘short’ race into a middle distance one.  However, the pair kept their heads to finish in 10th place. Well done boys.

Also on 25th February was the Hamworthy Harriers’ annual lunch and awards ceremony which this year was held at the Hamworthy Club.  After enjoying the carvery, the Harriers and their guests enjoyed Mike Hughes’ traditional review of the year before the prize winners were announced.

The Hamworthy Harrier of the year award, as voted by the club members was won by the Hamworthy Harriers Aces team for their performance at the 2017 North Dorset Villages Marathon Relay.  The team members were (in running order) Sarah Chaloner, Gerard Lissenburg, Mike Hirst and Mark Buffery.  Mark ran a sterling final leg, overtaking a number of other teams to bring the Aces home in 3rd place overall and, for the second year running, 1st Mixed Team.

The annual ‘Falling over’ award was convincingly won by Mike Hughes courtesy of two falls, both of which required medical intervention. The first was a dislocated finger during a Monday evening Harriers run on the heath.  Despite Rufus’ immediate attentions as a first responder, Mike did have to go to hospital later on for treatment. 

The second fall happened at Poole parkrun which is not generally known for its uneven or tricky terrain. However, Mike managed to fall over and break a bone in his wrist which required an operation.

Mike won some first aid kit and a beer (the latter presumably to numb the pain).   Let’s hope he manages to stay upright this year.

Future events to look forward to are:-

Monday evening Bluebell run/walk around the bluebell woods at Pamphill, followed by drinks and sandwiches at The Vine. The date is yet to be decided but will be in late April or early May.  Keep a lookout for further announcements and details in due course.

North Dorset Villages Marathon Relay on Sunday 6th May 2018 - 2 Harriers teams have been entered.

Lytchett Relays at Holton Lee on Saturday 14th July 2018 - 2 Harriers teams have also been entered for this fun and sociable event.