April has been a busy month for the Harriers, with Parkruns, various local races, London Marathon, Cani-cross events and even long-distant walking.  So we’ll start with the Park Runs
A number of the Harriers competed in various parkruns up and down the country, here are the results for April.  The results are for ParkRuns in either Poole, Bournemouth, Upton or Blandford unless stated:
From the results, you can see few our runners were ParkRun tourists
Ian Edwards
Sarah Chaloner
Mike Hughes
24:15 (best time in 2018)
Becky Collins
24.19 (best time 2018)
Jeannette Pike
25:25 - only a few seconds from her PB and thats only 1 week after London Marathon
Gerard Lissenburgh
Mark Buffery
Mike Hirst
Bob Barnett
Ian Barnes
Marnhall 12K
Th only Harrier to compete in the Marshall 12k for 2018 was Ian Edwards.  On an undulating course Ian had a good run, his result for this event was:
Time                            - 54.06
Position                       - 19th overall
Age Grade                  - 4th V50        
London Marathon 2018
We had two runners in this year’s London Marathon - Jeannette Pike and Carol Baker.  It turned out to be an eventful marathon due to the heat.  It was the hottest day ever for the marathon, with temperatures exceeding 23 C.
Jeannette’s daughter Katherine also ran the event as well.  However, before we get to the results, credit must be given to Carol who assisted a fellow runner suffering due to the heat and ensured she got the right medical help.  Carol was with the runner for about 30 minutes before carrying on to the finish.  It wasn’t a day for breaking records, but doing the best you could considering the circumstances and out women did very well.
Before and after photos of Jeannette and Katherine
Jeannete Pike:          Time - 4 hrs 35 mins
Split Times -                10K: 31.05, Half: 2hrs 12 mins
Position Overall -         17145
Age Grade Pos -        426
Gender                        4841
Katherine Pike:         Time - 4hrs 24mins
Split Times -                10K: 28.02, Half 2 hrs 01mins
Position Overall -         14569
Gender -                     3939
Age Grade                  2091
Carol Baker:              Time - 5hrs 47 mins
Split Times -                10K: 33.22, Half 2hrs 27 mins
Position Overall -         32452
Age Grade -                174
Gender                        11761
The wording on Carols t-shirt -
There will come the                       day when I cannot do this.  Today is not the Day
Following the marathon, we were treated to a celebration cake made by Jeanette
Once again Mike Hirst with the trusted Rufus, excelled themselves in their latest Cani-cross event.
It was held at the Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park in The Snowdonia National Park, just north of Dolgellau.
The 2018 Goldrush Trail race showed just why it is considered one of Coed y Brenin’s very best trail running routes last weekend as a record number of trail runners and cani-cross racers hit the challenging trail in glorious sunshine and temperatures into the mid-20s!
Underfoot conditions were dry and responsive and with 200 trail runners and 50 cani-cross competitors lining up to face the 8.5 mile route, record times were definitely on the cards once again.
Mike and Rufus were 3rd overall and 2nd in their gender, another podium finish for the cani-cross team.  Overall time was 1 hr 14 mins.
There is an aside to this though, they nearly didn’t make it.  Mike VW Campervan, broke down on route on M54. Fortunately Mike discovered a loose cable and were soon on their way.
Geoff Scott Shuffles
After 18 years and 200 shuffles, it all came to a final shuffle from the Hamworthy Club.  Geoff has been organising these monthly walks for us runners and alike over distances approximately 6-8 miles.  It was a sad end, but one which Geoff thoroughly enjoyed organising over the years.
Sarah just managed to get her shufflers badge in time at the final event, which was presented by Geoff on our Monday evening after our run
West Highland Way
Talking about walks, two of our Harriers Kevin and Ros Dwyer have just completed the 94 mile West Highland Way from near Glasgow to Fort William.  It was hard and some days brutal, because paths had been eroded and difficult to follow and the weather was variable.  They managed the walk and enjoying the rest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ros on Rannoch Moor                       At the finish with Sore Foot Man Statue
And Finally
Our annual run / walk through the Bluebell Woods at Kingston Lacy took place on the last Monday of the month.  This was followed by drinks and sandwiches at the Vine Inn (thanks for organising this Ian).  Cakes and biscuits were provided by Helen and Jeannette.
Look out for future social events on our facebook pages.  As well as putting photos on facebook, send them to Marin Coombes who will add them to the instagram account as well
Michael Hughes
April Newsletter