The Chiltern Cross Country League came to an end in lovely weather in Campbell Park in Milton Keynes on Saturday.
Half a dozen Stevenage and North Herts Athletes were in action in the Eastern Athletic Association Championships at Lee Valley over the weekend. U17 Jessica Astill won her 300m gold medal and Aimee Taylor cleared 2m80 to win the U17 pole vault.
Storm Ciara pretty much wiped out the running race calendar on Sunday. Large numbers of Fairlands Valley Spartans had been expected at the cross country league race on Therfield Heath; the London Winter 10K and the Love Welwyn 10K but all were cancelled by the high winds; safety concerns, difficulty keeping event equipment in places and concerns about volunteers being left out in difficult conditions for long periods.
Victoria Park Half Marathon – Danik Bates was back in race action for his second half marathon in six days, this time running the Victoria Park half marathon in Hackney, East London. Despite the course being flat and being a six and a half lap course, Danik could only get a time of 01-42-25, finishing 190th out of 623 runners.
Thrope & Egham Half Marathon – Down in Surrey two Striders took on the Thrope and Egham half marathon (13.1 miles – 21km). The route started and finished in Egham with a mini-lap around the Thrope area before a huge loop which included going through beautiful Virgina Water. The route was flat with a several long drags and one massive hill to go up at the half way stage. That wasn’t going to stop Ollie Garbas and Danik Bates who were last minute entrants to the race this week. Ollie Garbas gained his fastest time in five years by grabbing a time of 01-29-18 whilst Danik smashed and grabbed of a time of 01-39-38, his fastest since March 2016. Ollie finished 61st whilst Danik finished in 181st in a field of nearly 900 runners.
Half a dozen SNHAC members were in action at Lee Valley over the weekend contesting the South of England Senior and U20 Champs.
‘Blowing away the cobwebs’ in his first outing of the year was Nathan Gardner in the Senior Men’s Pole Vault. A final clearance of 4m70 secured the silver medal behind Portuguese athlete Rubem Miranda.
The Watford Half Marathon is always a tough workout but great preparation for a Spring marathon.
After a tight start and first couple of miles the Spartans started to hit the hills at about five kilometres with big summits at about 11, 14.5 and 16 kilometres.
Royal Parks 10k Winter Series – Frances Levy was in 10km (6.2 mile) race action at the weekend and completed the course around the Olympic Stadium in East London with a time of 54-44. Megan Taylor also raced and finished in 55-34.
Eight SNHAC members were in action at the Regional Sportshall Championships on Sunday in Colchester
Eleven Spartans conquered what was best described as a “savage” Parliament Hill cross country in the South of England Cross Country Championships
Nine Spartans, so more than a complete team, were among the 694 who finished the senior women’s championship which was over eight hilly and extremely muddy kilometres on Parliament Hill Fields in Hampstead, London.