The arrival of British Summer Time and the lighter evenings saw a return to summer routes for the Harriers’ Monday runs, although some of them were apparently still a bit muddy.
April was also a busy month for the Hamworthy Harriers with members racing both home and abroad.
In the Berlin Half Marathon, Kev Dwyer ran with daughter Becky and finished in around 2 hours 30.
Sarah Chaloner ran just under 78 minutes at the Salisbury 10.
The big one – the London Marathon. Hamworthy Harriers were represented by Jeannette Pike who was running only her second marathon (following her debut at Bournemouth last October). Jeannette’s dedication and consistent training paid off and resulted in a finishing time of 4:43:31 which was a massive PB of over 13 minutes. Well done Jeannette.
Pete Rabjohns also ran and cruised round, enjoying the atmosphere, to finish in 4:26:32.
Geoff Scott and Ian Edwards were not so lucky as unfortunately neither made it to the start line this year, but hopefully they’ll both be fit and back on top form for next year’s race.
At the end of the month was the North Dorset Villages Marathon and Marathon Relay. There were no takers from the club for the marathon but in the relay, there were two Hamworthy Harriers teams, consisting of 4 runners per team, each of whom ran one of the individual ‘legs’ which varied in distance from 4.5 – 7.7 miles.
Hamworthy Harriers Kings members and their split times were:-
Mike Hughes – 58:31
Becky Collins – 37:09
Jill Durham – 62:16
Jeannette Pike – 60:22
Overall time was 3:38:39 which was within 39 seconds of last year’s time and ranked them 21st team overall (the same position as in 2016) out of 39 teams and 11th mixed team.
Hamworthy Harriers Aces consisted of:-
Sarah Chaloner – 51:07
Gerard Lissenburg- 32:58
Mike Hirst – 53:43
Mark Buffery – 44:37
Overall time was 3:02:25 and the Aces maintained their winning performance from 2016, once again finishing 3rd team overall and 1st mixed team. Mark Buffery was definitely man of the match, running a brilliant final leg to catch and overtake a number of rival teams to secure the victory.
The event was well organised as usual and enjoyed by all the runners and supporters. Special thanks go to Ian Edwards, Helen Hughes and Mike Hughes for driving the teams to the handover points around the course. An additional competitive edge was provided by Mike Fleck who was running in a rival team. Mike ran the first leg and rang the changes on the traditional baton handover by kissing Sandra Fleck as she set off on leg 2, running in her first race. It remains to be seen whether he has started a new craze in relay running.
Hamworthy Harriers also participated in various different parkruns during April. In addition to the local parkrun venues, there were trips further afield to Brighton (Bob Barnett), Penrhyn (Mike Hughes), Warrington, Exeter Riverside and Shepton Mallet (Sarah Chaloner and Ian Edwards).
Upcoming events and dates for the Hamworthy Harriers diary are:-
Saturday 15th July 1500 hours – Lytchett Relays at Hilton Lee. Three Hamworthy Harriers teams have been entered (and yes, Mike Fleck is in one of them….). If you would like to run, please contact Sarah Chaloner.
Hamworthy Harriers 30th Anniversary party at the Hamworthy Club on Saturday 30th August, 1900 hours. Tickets are £10 each and are available from Mike Hughes or Mark Buffery (please indicate if vegetarian option is required).