March 2017 – Harriers abroad

With so many races this month its difficult to know where to start so the best place is with our chairman Mike Hughes! 

Despite spending weeks in Switzerland on return to the UK Mike found time to run the Larmer Tree 10 and the Wimborne 20. His 3:23 time for the Wimborne Twenty was only just in front of Jeanette, who doing her pre-London Marathon warm up came home in 3:24. 

Meanwhile Ian Edwards and Sarah Chalonor found time to compete in the Portugal International Falesia 5KM race. Sarah had a storming run to gain first over 50 female place and establish a course record! 

Talking of adventures in foreign lands Carol Baker has taken part in an epic bike ride in the far east around Cambodia covering over 500 miles. 

Nearer to home Mike Hirst and Rufus raced Canicross at the BSA (British Snow Dog Activities) Moors Valley night race (6km) and the Checkendon Challenge (20km) in Oxfordshire. Achieving 3rd overall in both races. The Checkendon races were termed technical with 5km of twists and turns through woods. The race is split over two days with 10km on each day (38 & 39 minutes) combined times determining placing. 

For those of you who are not familiar with the sport of Canicross teams of dog and human race cross country over distances from 5km to half-marathon. The dog is attached to the runner by a “bungie” line and the dog wears a harness to distribute the pulling load. The dogs are trained to run in front and turn left or right on command. Having a slow down command is useful down hill!