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THE HARRIERS HERALD No. 279, May 2016 Editor: Sue Francis

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Thursday night schedules for May and June Ridgeway Relay – An update on Compton Harriers’ team Race results: Reading Half – Five Harriers pound the streets of Reading, while two enjoy White Horse Half; Compton Downland Challenge – An organisational success for the Club, and a great run for Giles; Brighton Marathon – Philomena reports on her most enjoyable marathon and how she met the race winner; London Marathon – Four Harriers run well in the capital: is one of them the millionth London Marathon finisher? Handicap Race – George steals a win with a fast finish; and it’s close at the top of the 2016 Championship Webmaster’s article – Mo features: his link to the 2016 Boundary Run & Walk route; website; and races of interest for the summer months Thanks to Philomena, Richard D, Martin and Mo for contributions to this month’s articles and photos

Thursday night schedule for May Thurs Thurs Thurs Thurs

5th 12th 19th 26th

Boundary Run & Walk – see below for more information Sus to lead Lucy to lead Philomena to lead

Thursday night schedule for June Thurs Thurs Thurs Thurs Thurs

2nd 9th 16th 23rd 30th

Handicap Race Run with Team Kennet from Snelsmore Common Pete O to lead Mo to lead Martin to lead

Boundary Run & Walk (7.7 miles, multi-terrain): Race HQ: Parking, toilets, changing & showers at Downland Sports Centre. Start place: Main gateway of former Institute. Start times: Walkers 16:45, and runners 17:45. Finish: Downs School playing field. Post-run/walk refreshments: BBQ at East Ilsley Swan pub from 19:30. Trophy presentations: At the BBQ.

Thursday 7th July: evening run with Didcot Runners from Wittenham Clumps (choice of 4.3 miles or 6 miles) followed by a hot buffet (£10 per head) at ‘The Bear’ at South Moreton. More details nearer the time.

Ridgeway Relay Thanks to Team Manager Richard D, Compton Harriers will once again have a team in the Ridgeway Relay, on Sunday 19th June starting at 07:30 from Ivinghoe Beacon. The provisional running order is: Stage 1 - Martin Fray Stage 2 - Sue Francis Stage 3 - Susanne Enhard Stage 4 - Richard Bickerton Stage 5 -Ryan Morris Stage 6 - Giles Humphreys-Evans Stage 7 - Terry Bartholomew Stage 8 - Lucy Gettins Stage 9 - Jonathan Phillips Stage 10 - Philomena Mburu Reserves:

Richard Disney, Dick Kearn

Everyone else is welcome to come along and support the team for part or all of the day. Richard says: “It is recommended that all runners do at least one reconnaissance run of their leg before race day as some of the stages are tricky to navigate, especially in the first half of the Relay, and the conditions may be very different from previous years. This is a relay race and our success as a team depends on such mundane issues at being at the start in good time to commence your stage and being familiar with it before race day. There have been numerous instances of runners going off course in the past but, as a club, we have a good record in this regard and we don't want to lose that! It has been a tradition for team members and supporters to meet up for a meal in Marlborough or Hungerford after the end of the relay”. HH May 2016


Race Results and Reports Reading Half Marathon, 3rd April Five Harriers ran well in the Reading Half. Ryan, despite a sore hamstring, finished in 1:26:53 (412th); Jonathan was not too far off his PB, with 1:38:14 (1190th); Terry finished comfortably in 1:49:12 (2972nd); Richard T overcame recent injury to record 1:56:42 (3245th), despite very sore blisters in the last few miles; and our only lady runner, Emma, completed in 2:44:24 (10414th).

White Horse Half Marathon, 3rd April On the same day, Martin and Lucy competed in another local ‘Half’ – the White Horse race in Grove. Both ran well, with Martin finishing in 1:33:30 (81st) and Lucy in 1:49:22 (215th).

Compton 20-mile Downland Challenge, 9th April Compton Harriers 20th Downland Challenge was a great success. Martin and Lucy took over the role of Race Organisers / Race Directors this year, after many years of excellent service from Dick – a hard act to follow. Martin and Lucy introduced some changes to make the event easier and less stressful for our small club to organise – including having just a single race distance (20 miles) and introducing chip-timing. With the help and support of many Compton Harriers in race preparation and on the day, all went well. Martin says: “The new format worked well although overall numbers were down on previous years. Even so, we maintained the friendly atmosphere the race is known for. We have heard nothing but praise from the competitors and supporters, although one or two commented that it was a shame there was no 40-mile option this year. From an organiser’s perspective, the chip-timing worked very well and eliminated a very stressful task – keeping track of the results”. The race winners were David Longley (Kent AC) in 2:21:31, and Kate Wright (Stratford Upon Avon AC) in 2:37:44. Compton Harriers sole competitor was Giles who ran an excellent 2:36:27 to finish 6th overall and claim the M40 prize. There were 141 finishers. Thanks to all those Harriers and friends who helped with route-marking, marshalling, race accounts, race catering, ‘sweeping’, post-race tidy-up, and a variety of other jobs … and a big “thanks and well done” to Martin and Lucy for all their hard work. Mo’s photos show the runners setting off from the Downs School playing field; and Giles receiving his M40 prize from Martin.

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Brighton Marathon, 17th April Philomena, Ryan and Susanne ran together all the way and crossed the line in a good 3:42:33. Philomena says: “Thanks to Sus we didn't get carried away early on in the race and so finished feeling relatively comfortable. It was a beautiful sunny day, not too warm or windy, just perfect for running. The nice weather also brought out the supporters in great numbers creating a lively atmosphere. Running with Sus and Ryan made this the most enjoyable marathon I have done so far. It made a great difference having their company! To top it all off I managed to take a photo with the winner of the race!” Philomena and Sus were 182nd and 183rd ladies out of 4018 lady finishers. Ryan was 1494th finisher out of 6683 men. And former Harrier ‘Big Kev’ Wilkinson did very well to complete his first marathon in 5:52. The race winners were Duncan Mayio – 2:09:56, and Grace Momanyis – 2:34:16.

London Marathon, 24th April Martin, Emma, Terry and Susanne made the annual trip to compete in the London Marathon, with Philomena and injured Lucy supporting. Susanne and Martin ran together for about 23 miles until Martin, who was suffering from both a cold and a sore Achilles tendon, was forced to slow. Sus finished in 3:32:32 (58th in category), a great time just one week after the Brighton Marathon, and she really enjoyed it. Martin crossed the line in 3:33:45 (215th in category). Terry completed his fastest marathon for some time in 4:01:10 (2206th in category), despite problems with cramp, while Emma did well to finish in 4:58:00 – her second marathon in five weeks.

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Handicap Race Sue We returned to our 1.5-mile summer ‘Relay Lap’ route for April’s Handicap Race. It was a nice evening, and the course was mostly good underfoot. Recent and forthcoming marathons meant that only seven runners raced on this occasion. With a wide spread of start times, it felt possible that most of us would not even see another runner! However, the handicapping worked very well, and everyone finished within 24 seconds. I started last, 1 second behind Jonathan. Jonathan tried to break me by setting off like a rocket but I drew alongside him as the road levelled on Cheap Street. We caught George, but George hung on. Once on the High Street with 200m to the finish, everyone was in sight. Mo thought he had the race sewn up if he could hold off Colin, but George was pushing me and Jonathan to a fast finish, and George unleashed an awesome final sprint to win the trophy. I recorded the evening’s fastest time in second place, with Jonathan close behind. Mo managed to stay ahead of Colin and pass John. Well done George, and thanks to Jan and Dick for timing. The next race is scheduled for 2nd June. Finish Position 1 2 3 4 5 6

Position on handicap


1 2 3 4 5 6

George Sue Jonathan Mo Colin John

Start time

Finish time

7:21 8:21 8:20 2:27 6:10 0:00

Handicap Beaten?

Actual time

17:42 17:45 17:49 17:57 18:03 18:06

10:21 9:24 9:29 15:30 11:53 18:06

-0:18 -0:15 -0:11 -0:03 +0:03 +0:06

Handicap Championship 2016 After the fourth race, four runners have high scores. I am leading the way just 1 point ahead of Colin, with Mo and Aaron close behind. Pos.

1 2 3 4 5= 5= 5= 8 9 10 11


Sue Colin Mo Aaron George John Jonathan Martin Richard D Philomena Lucy

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Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

10 12 9 8 5 6 7 -

10 8 8 12 9 5 6 -

8 10 10 12 6 7 5

10 7 8 12 6 9 -


Race points Race Race 5 6 -


Race 7

Race 8

Race 9




Total of best 5 38 37 35 32 18 18 18 11 7 6 5

Website update… Mo With the annual Boundary Run taking place next week (Thurs, 5th May), I have revised the online route map link to reflect the changes to the finish, as indicated in the recent email message from Sue F. There is also a link to the Google Earth '.kmz' file of the route which can be downloaded and then opened with Google Earth so you can do a 'fly through tour' of the route. The 'Street view' facility in Google Earth also allows you to follow the route through the village road sections at ground level. Links of interest this month: My interesting link for this month is which, as the name implies, is a site to help you find a local physio. However, through its 'Health AtoZ' menu feature, the site also offers support to individuals who are experiencing pain and discomfort anywhere in the body with a series of articles that explain the various injuries, the causes and how they can be treated. (Already added to 'Links' web page). Events of Interest – see Website Training & Events Calendar for more details: Sun, 01 May: 10:00 Three Forts Challenge • Neolithic Mthn & ½ Mthn Mon, 02 May: 09:30 Shinfield 10k • 12:00 Chalgrove Festival 10k Thur, 05 May: 16:45 Boundary Walk • 17:45 Boundary Run Sat, 07 May: Ridgeway 40 • 11:00 Silchester Trail Fun Run 5M, 5K Sun, 08 May: 09:00 Bracknell ½ Mthn • 09:30 Woodley 10k • Welford & Wickham 10k Run 09:30 Compton Verney ½ Mthn • 11:00 Hairy Legs Challenge (12k) Sat, 14 May: 10:30 Chieveley Chase (5.7miles) Sun, 15 May: Berkshire County Championships • Marlborough Downs Challenge 10:00 Oxford Town & Gown 10K • 10:30 Royal Berkshire 10k • 10:30 Stockley-Park-10k Sun, 22 May: 8:30am Windsor ½ Mthn & 10k River Trail • 10:00 Wallingford Thames Run 10K/5K Sat, 28 May: GUCR 145 miles Sun, 29 May: 10:00 Bayer Newbury 10K Sun, 05 Jun: 10:00 Chiltern Chase 10/15k & 5k • 10:30 Ollie Johnson Memorial Kintbury 5 Sun, 12 Jun: 10:00 Downlands Dash 10k • 10:00 Wargrave Charity 10K • 14:00 26.2 Team Challenge Sun, 19 Jun: 07:30 Ridgeway Relay • 10:00 Hampshire Hoppit trail Mthn & ½ Mthn 10:30 Hungerford Harey 8 • 11:00am Offa's Dyke 15 Sun, 26 Jun: 10:30 Gibbet Challenge 10k • Bracknell Samrun 10k & 5k Sun, 03 Jul: 10:00 Spire Bushey 5k & 10k • Didcot 5 Sun, 10 Jul: 09:30 Wycombe 10K & ½ Mthn • 10:15 New Forest 10 (Miles) Wed, 13 Jul: 19:00 Thames 10K Sat, 16 Jul: Race to the stones 100k • Silva Endure Sports Festival Sun, 17 Jul: Silva Endure Sports Festival • Kingsclere Twist 10k & 5k (Multi Terrain) Sun, 24 Jul: 10:00 Bath Running Festival • Down-tow-up-flow ½ Mthn Sun, 31 Jul: Ride London 100 Sun, 07 Aug: Hooky 6 Sun, 14 Aug: 9:30am Burnham Beeches ½ Mthn • 9:30am Bearbrook 10K Sat, 27 Aug: Ridgeway Challenge 86 miles Sun, 28 Aug: 9:30am Headington 5 • 11:00am Englefield 10k Mon, 29 Aug: 10:00am Harwell ½ Mthn Sun, 04 Sept: 9:30am Northampton ½ Mthn • Maidenhead ½ Mthn Sun, 11 Sept: 10:00am Henley 10k Sun, 18 Sept: 10:30am Swallowfield 10+3 Fun Run & Duathlon Sat, 24 Sept: IOW Fell Race Series Sun, 25 Sept: IOW Fell Race Series • 10:00 Windsor ½ Mthn Sun, 02 Oct: 09:00 Reading O2O 10k Sun, 09 Oct: 09:30 Oxford ½ Mthn Sun, 23 Oct: 09:00 Abingdon Marathon • 10:00 Water-of-life 10k & ½ Mthn Sun, 13 Nov: 10:00 Grand-union-canal ½ Mthn

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Compton Harriers Monthly Newsletter for May 2016.


Compton Harriers Monthly Newsletter for May 2016.