May report

Hat Trick for Hamworthy Harriers !

Yes, three podium finishes for the Harriers. Over the last couple of years the Harriers have dominated the North Dorset Marathon relays organised by Dorset Doddlers. Twice the mixed team has won. This year our elite female runner Sara Chaloner couldn’t run due to injury. So an all male team took up the challenge with a combined age of around 250 years the veterans lined up against teams half their age !
The team of Ian Edwards, Gerard Lissenberg, Mike Hirst and Mark Buffery timed just over Three hours finishing in 3:02:27.

Ian Edwards 51:48 leg 1 ( 6 miles plus)
Gerard Lissenberg 32:15 leg 2 ( 5 miles approx)
Mike Hirst 53:50 leg 3 (8 miles approx)
Mark Buffery 44:34 leg 4 (7 miles)

Total 26.2 Miles !

This gave them second male team and 5th team out of 40 . Once again Mark Buffery on anchor did an incredible leg to pull the team through to a podium finish.

Well done Hamworthy Aces !

Despite the unseasonably hot weather the Hamworthy Queens team finished well ahead of larger clubs in 3:43:01. Jill Durham suffered in the heat and needed medical assistance. We wish her a full recovery.

Maverick Dorset Trail Race 10 miles 12th May

With cooler temperatures on the Saturday morning Mike Hirst and our canine Harrier Rufus lined up to take part in the Dorset Trail race around the Purbecks.

Though getting a poor start at the back of the race Mike and Rufus managed to finish 12th overall (4th Dog Team) in the middle distance event of 10 miles. Mind you this almost cost a Mike a broken thumb having “face planted running” down Nine Barrow.

Egdon Easy 10 Km 26th May

This 10km staged around Ludmore park Weymouth by Egdon Heath runners is now well established on the race calendar. Egdon Heath taking their name from the Thomas Hardy novels stage a fast flat race but this year hot humid conditions affected times. Even so, Ian Edwards put on his best 10km performance this year to clock 43:41 and gain 26th place out of 302 runners.

Dorchester Casterbridge Half Marathon 27th May.

Organised by White Star running and the Rotary club this is said to be one of the toughest half marathons in Europe. Nevertheless Mark Buffery had an awesome race and finished 12th overall in a time of 1:32:28, this in a field of over thousand competitors.

Park runs and walks North of the border!

The North and Scotland proved a popular destination for Harriers this month with Ros and Kevin Dwyer completing the spectacular but somewhat daunting 96 mile West Highlands Way.

Geoff Scott took on the challenge of St Cuthbert way. Bridging the national border between Scotland and England, this inspiring 100km (62.1 miles) cross-border route links Melrose in the Scottish Borders, where St. Cuthbert started his religious life in 650AD, with Holy Island off the Northumberland Coast, his eventual resting place and his original pilgrimage shrine.

Fort William Park Run

Running the new Fort William Park Run Sarah Chalenor & Ian Edwards completed this lumpy park run in 27:57 mins . After being “grounded” for almost a year it’s good to see Sarah running again.

Donation from Hamworthy Club.

Lastly but by no means least a big thanks to Hamworthy Club for donating £140 to the Harriers. This is much appreciated and helps to cover our English Athletics affiliation fees.