Downs the month’s highlight for Harriers
FABIAN Downs’ victory in the High Wycombe 10k was the highlight of a successful month for Chiltern Harriers AC.
Downs, who triumphed on the hilly track in 33:50, was joined by team-mate Martin Allen (53:01) in the race.
Chiltern found even more success in the half-marathon where Derek Brown (1:19:54) finished first in the veterans’ over50s category and third overall at High Wycombe, with team-mate Alistair Melville-Smith (1:23:22) in eighth spot.
(1:32:11) and Kirstie Elliot (1:37:15) also achieved respectable top 100 finishes for Chiltern in the event, while Kate Loach (veterans’ over50s) and Barbara Ralph (veterans’ over-60s) finished second and first in their respective age groups.
Simone Pomerantz rounded off the Chiltern contingent, her competitive time of 2:18:07 helping the women take the ladies’ team prize.
Loach and Allen had a busy month, also representing Chiltern at the Spire Bushey 10k. Loach’s time of 0:47:14 was quick enough to get her into the overall top 100 and placed her third in the ladies’ 50-59 category while Allen (0:49:31) finished 13th in the men’s 50-59 category.
Michael Turney (0:39:42) was the quickest Chiltern Harrier, recording a season’s best to finish in 10th overall and second in the men’s 50-59 category.
In a challenging down and up 5k course at Waddesdon, Ben Davies (16:45) finished fourth and Turney (19:51) 39th.
At the Iron Man event in Bolton, Nathan Taylor (11:26:35) swam, cycled and ran strongly to finish in the top 10 per cent of competitors, while Steve Hall’s time of 13:08:12 took 50 minutes off his personal best, despite recent injury problems.
Elsewhere, Andy Wiseall ran the Elmbridge Road Runners 10k in 0:39:29; a time that put him in the top 100 out of 556.
And Jon Eames (09:27:23) was the first Chiltern man home at the Datey Challenge Roth triathlon, finishing 17th in his male over 30 category, followed by Adrian Berry (09:57:21) and David Cox (11:37:41).