With one week to go before the Virgin London Marathon, and a few days after the first Sexarathon race of the series, it was a relatively quiet weekend for the Telford Harriers. Many opted to take on Parkrun to support our C25K graduates, but there were a few other races sprinkled in there for good measure.
This was a weekend that saw the culmination of all our new C25K runners hard work as Telford Harriers staged a Telford Parkrun takeover for their 5k graduation. Over 570 runners took to the Telford Town Park on a sunny Saturday morning, which was a wash with the green and gold of Telford Harriers to support our brave runners looking to complete their 8-week course and run their first ever 5k distance.
Supported by many of our established members, as either support runners or pacers, Harriers guided our team of couch to 5k runners around the beautiful route of Telford Town Park to cross the line to release all their hard work over the last few months.
Making the decision to give running a try is never easy, so the Telford Harriers Couch to 5k plan is a fantastic and supportive way of getting into running. We are hugely proud of each and every one of our graduating runners who have put in tremendous work from day 1 and we hope they all become fully fledged Telford Harriers moving forward.
We also had a number of other runners taking part in Parkruns at the same time, pushing for those 5k times. Results as follows:
Sophie Ann - 20:42 - 1st female finisher
Claire Rogers - 30:09 - New 5k PB
Deborah Meredith - 33:33 - New 5k PB
Jim Vidler - 24:48
Natalie Dimmock - 33:49 (pushing a double buggy!!)
Jamie Anderson - 19:24 - New 5k PB
The Chasewater Easter Egg 10k & 5k
Easter, a time for lazing about and eating chocolate, right? Well not for our Harriers thats for sure. A small number of our runners decided to get their Easter Sunday started off with a bounce by taking part in the Chasewater Easter Egg 10k & 5k.
This race uses the undulating paths and trails around Chasewater Reservoir and is known as a real running treat, made even better by the amazing weather the bank holiday weekend was experiencing!
Runners were able to dress up as your favourite Easter character and take part in the either a 10k or 5k race, but our runners decided to stick to the green and gold as they ran around the lovely route.
We had runners in both distances with results as follows in the 10k race:
Lisa Butler, who was still recovering from recent surgery, also ran the 10k distance coming home in 1.20:45
And results in the 5k race:
In other news...
Easter Sunday also saw the South Cheshire Harriers’ popular Air Products 10K race which takes place on a course that is one of the fastest road races in Cheshire. With minimal elevation, the majority of the route follows wide pathways making it safe for experienced and inexperienced runners alike.
Darren Owen-Jones was a sole runners at this race, finishing a very respectable 109th position from 326 runners and in a time of 45:02 on an extremely hot and sunny day.
So now our attention turns to the Virgin London Marathon as we support one of our own in the form of Hannah Bandy.
Hannah secured the Telford Harriers club ballot place and will be taking on the 26.2miles of London streets in just 5 days times.
Hannah decide to take this opportunity to raise money for the Royal Air Force Association and Alzheimer’s Research UK after losing her father-in-law in March. Her hope is that by supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK they can help to find a cure for this terrible disease to stop it destroying more lives in the future.
The Royal Air Force Association is a great charity supporting service men and women, veterans and all their dependents.
You can read more on Hannah's fundraising, and make a donation by visiting:
We also look to support Harrier, Joanne Laura Oliver who will also be taking on the marathon, and taking on this incredible challenge and fundraising in support of Mind.
Mind, the mental health charity, believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We're here for you. Today. Now. Whether you're stressed, depressed or in crisis. We'll listen, give support and advice, and fight your corner.
Laura can be sponsored by visiting: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JoanneOliver6
And so ends another week of fantastic running for our Telford Harriers