Oxford and the infamous Shotover Hill was the venue for this years opening Chiltern League fixture with good conditions prevailing – same as last year.
Damians report for the seniors is below and modesty prevents him from mentioning the excellent 6th place finish he recorded in 29.41 which was within a minute of the leader – well done Damian and everyone else who ran!
“The first match in Oxford saw Glen Wright-Colopy in 33rd, Jim Cooper returning from injury in 55nd with Mark Cursons, Chris Finill and Declan Traynor securing top 100 places. We welcomed back Avi Brown after 3 years and Tim Fenn made his senior debut both placing inside the top 150. Quite a few of the squad were returning from injury so 8th place for the senior men was respectable. We welcome back some runners for match 2 so will hope to climb the table”.
All athletes are very welcome and encouraged to turn out for the Club where the second round fixture will be held at Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes.
Harrow’s young athletes cross country winter season started with their match at Horsenden Hill for the first round of the NW London YA League (U11, U13, U15 and U17).
The sun shone on the thick grass and the small team showed real tenacity. Thanks to the team managers, both new and experienced.
We need more runners – contact details for team managers are available here. Results to follow shortly but congratulations to Kayla Saunders for 2nd place in U11G!
Congratulations all round to the organising committee of the Harrow Half Marathon which was re-launched today with a new start and finish atop Harrow on the Hill in the grounds of the famous school.
In an event which saw several Olympians take part including race starter Mara Yamauchi (second on the UK all time list), there were 522 finishers in the half marathon and 143 turned out for the Roger Bannister mile won by Aiden Killeen in a sprightly (but not sub 4!) 5 minutes and 16 seconds with local MP Gareth Thomas doing the honours to bring the field home in a more relaxed time just inside 24 minutes.
The half marathon was won by Mohammed Ismael in 74:02 minutes which was very respectable considering the hilly nature of both the start and finish of the course with James Johnson second (78:48) and local Harrow School teacher James Ashton third in 79:20. Harrow School was in fact very well represented with no less than 5 of their teachers taking part in the event which both started and finished in the schools sports ground at the foot of the infamous Football Lane! Harrow teacher and Harrow AC athlete Lucy Ashe was first lady home in 84:43 with another Harrow athlete, Emily Antcliffe returning from a long layoff to place second in 86:01 and local Metros athlete Sasha Birkin third in 87:19.
Well done to all those who successfully competed today and for many of whom it was their first taste of half marathon racing. Also given the obvious success of the event, make sure you save the date for 2018’s event which will be announced here soon!
How often do you get the opportunity to race alongside an Olympian? The answer is rarely unless it’s a big city marathon. However those who are entered in the Harrow Half Marathon will get that chance alongside the second fastest British female marathon runner in history. Mara Yamauchi will be starting the ‘Harrow Half’ on Sunday 17th September and running in it too! A life member of Harrow Athletics Club, she is returning to run on the streets where she laid the foundation of a very successful international career.
Mara has an impeccable marathon pedigree. That personal best of 2.23.12 was set when she came second in the 2009 London Marathon. The year before, she had come sixth in the Beijing Olympic marathon, the joint best ever placing by a British woman.
Mara’s half-marathon personal best of 68.29 was set eight years ago in Japan, but she doesn’t expect her finishing time in Harrow to be anywhere near that. She does however have the key advantage of local knowledge. “I’ve had a good look at the course map and all the roads are familiar. Apart from the start and finish, it looks like a reasonably flat course.”
Her advice to first-timers is “go very steady at the beginning as you don’t want to end up with a stitch or cramp and just save something in the tank for the final few minutes.”
One first timer will be another Olympian – Laura Turner-Alleyne, who competed at the Beijing Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games as a sprinter. She’s now Head Coach at Harrow AC. Mara expects Laura “to be fit and robust and her body will hold up no doubt. But doing a totally different event from what she was training for will be a challenge. So I would say just go off steady and try and enjoy it”
To make your event entry head over to the Harrow Half Marathon and the Sir Roger Bannister Family Mile via the event website at Harrow Half Marathon and we’ll see you there on the day!
Did you know that there will be a family mile (minimum age 4) taking place at Harrow School on September 17th?! This is in association with the relaunched Harrow Half Marathon being held that morning.
I’m sure you know that one time Harrow resident Sir Roger Bannister was the first person to break the 4 minute barrier for the 1 mile distance. However you might not be aware that the great man used to train on the same fields where the family mile will take place!
The mile run will take place completely within the grounds of the school so the course will be traffic free.
The race will start at 9:20am and it will be chip timed so everyone can pitch their finish time against Sir Roger Bannister’s 3:59.4 minutes!
Everyone who completes the Sir Roger Bannister Family Mile will get a finishers medal!
The race costs £5 per person to enter and the link to book is here: