This week you can read about South of England Athletic Champs, success in the Crooks Peak Cake Race, international running in Finland and information about the Road Relays and the ballot for the London Marathon.
Matt Lusby cutting the cake after The Crooks Peak Cake Race
South of England AA Champs
Tom Webb was representing YOAC at the South of England Athletics Championships at Lee Valley on 12th and 13th August. In a heats and finals affair over the two days, it was a long weekend.
Tom finished quickest over the two 1500m U17 heats going into the final on Sunday. He perhaps gave too much away and unfortunately came up against one of the boys one place below him in the UK rankings. The Chelmsford athlete ran a strong race in slow conditions to beat Tom into 2nd place. Tom ran 4:03.65 in the final, despite the strong winds. Full results can be found here.
Tom races a couple of Triathlons and bike races next before the 3000m at Birmingham in the National Champs on 27th August.
Report by Darren Webb
Tom Webb on the podium after finishing second in the 1500m.
Crooks Peak Cake Race
This local fell race has a long pedigree having been organised for over 20 years.
The course takes the runners over 3 miles and 658 feet of climb from the low shoulder of Crook Peak, up and over, and then along Wavering Down to finish behind the pub at Cross.
Course records are held by Harrier Hon Life Member Oliver Fox 18.14 and former Harrier Clare Prosser 21.58.
This year, as in all years, the winners were given a huge chocolate cake to share around and the Harrier’s Matt Lusby had a storming run in his first outing on the course to take victory. This was despite him having trained hard the night before at the Harrier’s Tuesday night session.
Matt Lusby receiving his cake reward
Wells City Harriers Results:
1st v35 Matt Lusby 20.37
53rd v60 Chris Kelsey 29.34
75th v60 Paul Chadwick 31.53
100th F65 Kim Clark 35.15
112th v70 Chris Clark 37.36
113th F65 Helen Kelsey 37.37
The next fell race(s) on the calendar for some are the Southern Championships on the Isle of Wight on the weekend of 9th & 10th September. See Team tab for detail and entry link or contact Paul Chadwick.
Paavo Nurmi Half Marathon
On Saturday 19th August, Harrier Alexander Coombs participated in the Paavo Nurmi half marathon in Turku, Finland. Named after the famous Finnish olympian, the Paavo Nurmi Marathon is an annual marathon road running race held during summer in Turku, Finland, the birth city of Paavo Nurmi. First raced in 1992, the weekend events of running include a mini marathon, 5K and 10K on the Friday evening, followed by the marathon and half marathon on the Saturday. The route goes through Turku city and Ruissalo park.
Alex (2nd from right) starting the Paavo Nurmi Half Marathon
The conditions for the race were near perfect as the race started. Managing to find a small group of three, Alex was able to break away to be in the top five come the halfway point. At this point as the hills approached, 3rd managed to create a small gap, which he kept until the end. The final 4K saw an unexpected strong headwind, unfortunately stopping Alex from finishing with a PB. Alex finished 5th in a time of 1:15:56, being the first international in the race to finish. Full results can be found here.
Alex and his dad, Mike (former Harrier) with their finisher medals.
Baltonsborough Road Race
The team are in the process of trying to put together a variety of teams to enter the Southern Road Relays in Aldershot on Saturday 23rd September. Please contact Harrier Secretary Alex if you wish to compete in the teams to go to the Southern Road Relays. Information can be found here.
(Road relay entry is free for Harrier & YOAC members)
London Marathon Ballot
If you entered in the ballot for the London Marathon 2024 and were unsuccessful, then you still have a chance to run. London Marathon provide club places. We are expecting to receive at least one place for next year. We will receive confirmation of this in November. When we have confirmation of our club places we will hold our own club ballot to receive the place(s) at our Annual Christmas Dinner.
To be eligible for the Club place(s) you need to (a) Have been a Club member when you applied in the main London ballot; (b) Have an England Athletics registration; (c) Have been rejected in the main London ballot and provided evidence of the rejection; and (d) not to have had a Club place in the previous 3 years.