Newsletter September 2018.
It’s been one of the busiest Months ever for the Harriers & friends and in particular it has been a Month of International events. If you class Newcastle as a different country.
The Month kicked off with Geoff Scott participating in the Bolbec Half Marathon in France on the 1 st September. This was Geoff’s 23 rd trip to Bolbec and this year Geoff & Sarah Barrett ran the undulating course as a 2-person relay.
Geoff & Sarah were the 78 th team to finish out of a total of 115 teams in a combined total of 2:12:00 and were the first GB team home. Well done Geoff & Sarah.
A couple of days later Geoff was back to lead the walk from the Lambs Green while others, led by Ian Edwards, had a very enjoyable run.
The following weekend on the 9 th it was Mike Flecks annual trip Yem to the Toon with 50,000 other gadgies & lasses to participate in the Great North Run. This was Mikes 38 th Great North Run since the event was first run in 1981 but unfortunately this was probably the toughest to date due to a niggly hamstring injury and an unwelcome cold. Nevertheless, Mike finished in 1:50:35.
On the same day it was the New Forest Half Marathon and this year there was a great turn out with Harriers and family completing the race. Rebecca Collins finished in 1:51:55, Jeannette Pike 2:00:37 (PB), Katherine Pike 1:58:11 and Jonathan Pike 1:44:16. !
On the 16 th Mike Hughes completed the amazing world record breaking Berlin Marathon. Mike finished the race in 4:31 coming over the line 19,704th out of over 41,000 runners. Mike was also 148 th out of 500 in the 65-69 age category. Well done Mike.
On the 22nd Mike Hirst & Rufus had a great run at the challenging and hilly Camelot Challenge, multi-terrain half marathon in an impressive 1:53:36 coming 2nd in the Canicross team.
The Month was completed on the 30 th at the Hoburne 5 where Ian Barnes came in as the 3rd M65 in 34:19 and on the same day at the Ageas Bowl 10k. Ian Edwards finished in 41:32, 4th M50 and Sarah Chaloner was 1st F50 in 43:57. Both where season’s bests. !
Also on the 30 th , Mike Fleck was not finished with his travels competing in the Robin Hood half marathon in Nottingham and feeling much better than earlier in the Month came in with a much happier 1:44:16.
In between all these races the Harriers were again out in strength at a number of parkruns as follows:
01/09: Bedford Lakes - Sarah Chaloner 21:46, Poole - Rebecca Collins 25:08, Jeannette Pike 26:27, Martin Coombes 26:42, Blandford - Gerard Lissenburg 22:08, Cwmbran - Michael Hughes 23:29. 08/09: Bournemouth - Gerard Lissenburg 22:50, Poole - Sarah Chaloner 21:07, Michael Hughes 23:02, Bob Barnett 25:34.
15/09: Bournemouth - Gerard Lissenburg 23:38, Poole - Jeannette Pike 25:26, Bob Barnett 26:08 and at Henstridge Airfield - Sarah Chaloner completed in 22:03 picking up an age grading record.
22/09: Lymington Woodside - Gerard Lissenburg 21:42, Poole - Michael Hughes 24:08, Rebecca Collins 25:44, Bob Barnett 26:26 & Jeannette Pike 26:47. At the first Marlborough Common Sarah Chaloner ran it in 22:17 and was 1st lady and picked up the female record and age grading record. Well done Sarah.
Finally on the 29/09: Basingstoke - Sarah Chaloner 24:47, Bournemouth - Gerard Lissenburg 24:29, Poole - Michael Hughes 22:57, Rebecca Collins 24:45, Jeannette Pike 25:20 & Bob Barnett 25:32.