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.
HH May 2016
Compton Harriers Monthly Newsletter for May 2016.