Trimmer’s trail triumph
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Chiltern Harriers’ Jason Trimmer with his famiy at the finish line of the Ridgeway Trail Ultra CHIILTERN Harriers newcomer Jason Trimmer made his mark by proving his endurance mettle during the Ridgeway Trail Ultra.
The event saw him run the length of the long distance footpath from its eastern end at Ivinghoe Beacon, travelling west to Overton in Wiltshire, covering a total distance of 86 miles, including some substantial climbs.
Trimmer put in a stunning effort to finish second in his age category in a breath-taking time of 18 hours 47 minutes. This also earned him the points he needed to enter the UltraTrail du Mont Blanc next year.
He ran the event in aid of the Oakley Waterman Foundation, a charity which provides respite breaks in the UK to children with life threatening illnesses. You can still help him reach his £250 target by visiting https:// www.justgiving.com/jason-trimmer/
Trimmer warmed up for the Ridgeway event by finishing fourth, in a time of 3hrs 5mins, in the Phoenix Summer Trail Marathon, which sees runners completing four laps of a route along the River Thames from Walton to Hampton Court.
Two other Chiltern athletes taking part in recent endurance events were Nick Harvey, who completed the NDW 100 in 22.25.24, while James Repper ranked 48th in the Dublin 70.3 (half Ironman) event – completed a 1.9km swim in 39.51, a 90km bike in 2.45.09 and half marathon in 1.39.52 for a total time of 5.04.23.
Over somewhat shorter distances, V50 Hywel Thomas was first in his age category at the Regents Park Summer 10k (40.35), but was pipped to the post by son David (40.05), who finished first in the U18 race, while Tom Beedell was victorious at the QEII Olympic Park in one of their Summer 10k series, clocking 34.11.
The annual Bearbrook 10k saw V50 Derek Brown finish first in his age category (36.23), V35 Sandra Reynolds come second in hers (42.31) and V55 Barbara Ralph grab third place in hers (47.11) before taking home a silver medal in the W60 5000m (22.47.54) at the AC Track & Field Championships in Ewell.
Meanwhile, entries are still being taken for the Shardeloes 10k on September 20. Entry costs £12 for unaffiliated and £10 for affiliated club members, with a £2.50 surcharge for entries on the day. For more information and to enter, visit chilternharriers.weebly.com and click on the Shardeloes 10k link.
As well as the 10k race, there will be a family fun run, which sees youngsters and their parents running one mile on the flat at Amersham Cricket Club. All young athletes receive a certificate on crossing the finishing line, and entry is on the day and free of charge.