April 2019 – a bumper month for the Harriers

Hamworthy Harriers Newsletter – April 2019 – Harriers hit the highs 

April was a bumper month for the Hamworthy Harriers with members racing every weekend, both home and away.

First up, on 7th April was Ian Barnes who ran the Bournemouth Bay 10K in 45:08 and won the V70 category for his troubles.

The following weekend, 14th April, it was the turn of Carol Baker and Sarah Chaloner to test themselves on the undulating North Dorset country lanes at the low key, but well organised Marnhull 12K.  Carol continued her age category winning streak by taking the V55 prize in 1:07:18 and Sarah Chaloner finished in  55:20 to claim the prize for 2nd lady overall.  

The Easter weekend coincided with some very warm weather and the marathon runners were extremely relieved that their race wasn’t for another week.  However, Ian Barnes couldn’t wait to get back onto the sea front for another race. This time it was the Rotary Easter Quarter Marathon on 27th April and he was also joined by fellow Harrier Mike Hirst.  It was all about racing for position as the heat wasn’t really conducive to PBs but the Harriers didn’t disappoint. Mike was first Harrier home in 47:05 which not only won him the V60 prize, but he also had the satisfaction of beating all the V50 runners. Ian finished not far behind in 48:01 and was 2nd in the increasingly competitive V70 category.

Geoff Scott made his annual pilgrimage to Guernsey for the Easter Festival Races. This was the 25th year that Geoff has attended the event which consists of 4 races held over the course of the Easter weekend.  Geoff has come back into some running form this year and he put it to good use by racing on all 4 days and finishing as 2nd V70 for the series, so very well done. Geoff’s performances were:-

5K road race (Good Friday) – 174th in 28:37 

4.75 mile cross country (Easter Saturday) – 109th in 47:16

4x 1 mile team relay (Easter Sunday) 

10K (Easter Monday) – 150th in 60:44

Also on Easter Monday was the Harriers’ annual bluebell run and walk at Pamphill, followed by refreshments at The Vine Inn. The weather was warm and sunny, the bluebells were in their prime and the evening was rounded off perfectly with homemade scones with jam and cream provided by Harriers top baker, Jeannette Pike.  Many thanks to Jeannette and of course to Ian Edwards for organising this well supported social event.

On a hot day in Magaluf on Saturday 27th April, Mike Fleck ran the Half Marathon and finished in 1:49:01. Mike has now published a list of the races (all half marathons) he has planned for his challenge starting on 8th September 2019, so if you fancy joining him for a race or two, please see the list on the Harriers’ Facebook page or speak to Mike Fleck.

Sunday 28th April was the London Marathon (or VMLM for those who prefer), the day that Jeannette Pike, Mike Hughes and Carol Baker had been training for, for months. Unlike the previous weekend, the weather was considerably cooler and although cold in the initial stages and with a breeze throughout, the conditions were far better for running.  Once again, Jeannette’s consistent training paid off with yet another PB. Jeannette took a massive 12 minutes off her previous best time to finish in 4:23:39. Mike finished in 4:53:34 and Carol enjoyed the atmosphere and support, crossing the line in 5:02:54. Although Mike found the last few miles hard going, it was worth the effort as he raised almost £600 in charitable donations to the Poole Hospital Acute Stroke Unit, in memory of Bill Travers. Well done to all three of you for doing the Hamworthy Harriers proud.

Finally, the parkrun results for first claim Hamworthy Harriers (please make sure your parkrun profile shows your club as Hamworthy Harriers so your results can be found):-


Moors Valley – Mark Buffery 24:41

Lymington Woodside – Gerard Lissenburg 24:03

Poole – Martin Coombes 28:47, Mike Hughes 31:17 & Kevin Dwyer 31:24

Upton House – Sarah Chaloner 22:58

Horsham – Bob Barnett 27:31

Special mention to Andy Clements for his long distance tourism – Andy ran Albert parkrun in Melbourne in 19:45


Bournemouth – Gerard Lissenburg 25:54

Poole – Jeannette Pike 28:03

Worthing – Bob Barnett 26:45

Somerdale Pavilion- Sarah Chaloner 24:38


Moors Valley – Mark Buffery 22:31

Poole – Rebecca Collins 26:07, Mike Hughes 29:09, Jeannette Pike 29:39

Blandford – Sarah Chaloner 21:32

Stratford-upon-Avon – Bob Barnett 26:27


Bushy – Katherine Pike 25:38, Jeannette Pike 38:30

Moors Valley – Mark Buffery 32:20

Poole – Sarah Chaloner 21:23

Worthing – Bob Barnett 27:58

Next month – North Dorset Villages Marathon Relay results plus other Hamworthy Harriers news and maybe some more cake.

Happy running Harriers!

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