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.

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