November 2018 Newsletter - Harriers on Tour

There were 2 main races for the Harriers in November, both very popular but very different.

First was the Wimborne 10, best known for the energy-sapping final hill followed by energy-replenishing cake at the finish. The Harriers were represented by Jeannette Pike, Ian Edwards and Mike Fleck. Jeannette chalked up yet another PB (1:29:28) to round off a very consistent and successful year. Jeannette has her sights set on getting closer to the 4 hour mark at next year’s London Marathon and based on this year’s performances, another PB could be on the cards.

Ian finished in 1:08:10, looking comfortable having run a strong race after a less than ideal build up.

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Ian also has a place in next year’s London Marathon and is aiming for at least a good for age qualification for 2020.

Mike ran a solid 1:20:12 after a busy autumn of racing. However, things are set to get a lot busier for Mike from September 2019 as he has set himself a challenge to run 40 half marathons in a year, culminating in running the 40th half at the 40th Great North Run in 2020. Not only is Mike a local lad, but he is also one of the few 'Ever presents' who have completed the race every year since it first began in 1981. We all look forward to reading future reports of Mike's adventures which will no doubt take him not only to local races but also further afield to more exotic locations.

The weekend after the Wimborne 10 was the Benidorm 10k which was well represented by Hamworthy Harriers as well as by local club mates from Lytchett Manor Striders, Poole Runners and Bournemouth AC. The Harriers have a long history of travelling to Benidorm for some late autumn sunshine combined with taking part in a race, which over the years has included a marathon, half marathon and a 10k but in recent times, only the 10k race has been held in November. This year, the Hamworthy Harriers in their distinctive vests were represented by travelling athletes Kev Dwyer, Ian Edwards and Sarah Chaloner and Spain-based athlete John McClelland. John was joined by Keith Long, another face well-known to the Harriers, who also lives in Spain. On course support and photography was provided by fellow Harriers Ros Dwyer and Terri Lewis.

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First Hamworthy Harrier home was Ian Edwards in a gun time of 41:34 which was 4th quickest in his age group. Sarah Chaloner was second Harrier in a time of 43:51 which was good enough for 2nd in her age group and a spot on the podium. Mike Fleck was next in, in a time of 46:45. Kevin Dwyer produced a great performance to come in comfortably under the hour (in a gun time of 59:27) having used years of accumulated race craft to take advantage of some shelter from the increasing head-wind in the last 2 kilometres. John McClelland put in a fine effort to finish in 1:09:50, especially considering he hadn't run since September and Keith Long produced a respectable 53:48. There were some fine performances by runners from the other local clubs which are too numerous to mention here with the exception of the team award for the most participants which was won by Lytchett Manor Striders and collected in their absence by Ian Edwards who paraded the enormous prize-winning ham on the podium.

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Finally, the usual parkrun roundup (1st claim Hamworthy Harriers):-

24/11/2018
Gerard Lissenburg - 23:01 Bournemouth
Michael Hughes - 26:50 Poole

17/11/2018
Gerard Lissenburg - 23:02 Bournemouth
Jeannette Pike - 26:23 Poole
Rebecca Collins - 26:48 Poole
Sarah Chaloner - 28:22 Upton House

10/11/2018
Gerard Lissenburg - 23:31 Bournemouth
Jeannette Pike - 27:28 Poole

03/11/2018
Gerard Lissenburg - 22:11 Bournemouth
Rebecca Collins - 25:07 Poole
Robert Barnett - 25:55 Poole
Sarah Chaloner - 21:17 Blandford

Well done to all the Harriers, keep up the good work - apologies if I’ve missed anyone.