Harriers’ Stewart takes four at indoor championships
CHILTERN Harriers’ Andrew Stewart came back from the South of England Indoor Championships loaded with bling after scooping no less than four medals.
Stewart bagged gold and silver in the VETS Athletics Championships, plus silver and bronze in the South of England Championships, and a personal best in the 200m to boot at Lee Valley.
His efforts were among a series of impressive Chiltern appearances during February, not least by Mike Turney, who was the first Harrier home at the Wokingham Half Marathon, clocking an impressive 1.24.40 for his second best half marathon time ever (out of more than 100 completed over the years).
New club member Mairead O’Rourke had her first outing in a Chiltern vest and clocked 1.26.17, followed by Kingsley Nanton in 1.29.06, David Breingan in 1.35.10 and Barbara Ralph, who is in her 60s, in 1.44.48.
Roger Ellerby completed the Old Deer Park Half Marathon in Richmond in 1.58.26, despite struggling with injury, while Frank Harris and Ellie Bates braved the Hardwick X-Stream, with Bates finishing as second lady for the second year in a row (44.20) and Harris finishing the challenging six miler in 1.09.45.
Over at the Bramley 10/20, Pip Harris completed the 10 mile event in 1.33.02, while Tom Powell finished the 20 in a convincing 2.50.47 and Tamsin Finch in 3.25.23.
Harriers had a strong turnout at the Watford Half Marathon, with PBs for the first two home – Ash Holmes in 1.25.32 and Neil Brown in 1.27.25 – while Kate Loach was seventh in the W45 category in 1.37.59.
They were followed home by Luke Jeffreys (1.38.14), Matthew Robins (1.38.16), David Breingan (1.40.55), Alan Hornibrook (1.43.29), Annelie Whitfield (1.53.17), Mark Fry (1.52.54), Rik Edwards (1.58.31), David Holmes (1.59.31) and Reginald Gilbert (2.22.56).
Louise Durman came in as first lady at the Run Through Greenwich Park 10k, with a time of 38.57, followed by Shaun Fry, who did well to battle through illness and a niggly calf to clock a respectable 46.09, while Peter Gould landed a second place in the Gravesend Floodlit 10k in 35.56.