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No. 139, September 2004




Welcome to September’s edition of the Harriers Herald.  August was a relatively quiet month for the Harriers, although we have enjoyed a couple more ‘away days’ at Aldbourne and Newbury thanks to Sue P, and Dennis & Sue.  However, there are plenty of events to train for, as you’ll see in this issue.  We begin with Thursday night schedules for September and October, followed by details of the Oxford Mail cross-country series.  Vicky reports on the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon and Mo gives us his latest choice of websites, and race Fixtures of interest.  Thanks to Vicky and Mo for this month’s contributions – race reports and other articles are always welcome.


Sue F


Thursday night schedule for September

Thurs    2nd                    Dick to lead cycle ride (see below)

Thurs    9th                    Lucy to lead

Thurs    16th                  Handicap Race

Thurs    23rd                  Susanne to lead

Thurs    30th                  Vicky & Iain to lead


Thursday night schedule for October

Thurs    7th                    Peter to lead

Thurs    14th                  Tom to lead

Thurs    21st                  Handicap Race

Thurs    28th                  Marie to lead


Oxford Mail cross-country series

Sue F


Nick Bull has asked me to find out who is interested in taking part in the combined Team Kennet/Compton Harriers team for the above cross-country series this winter season.

There are five races (one per month from November to March) on Sunday mornings at various venues round Oxfordshire (last year included Radley, Banbury, Cirencester, Kidlington).  Ladies races are approximately 3 miles (about 80 runners) and men's approximately 5 miles (about 150 runners), with a wide range of people taking part.

By expressing an interest in taking part, you are by no means committed to running every race, but they are enjoyable events and the more the merrier.  Last year, there were some races where we struggled to get full teams so it would be nice to better that this season - it doesn't have to be the same team each time, so long as the team is from the registered list of Team Kennet/Compton Harriers competitors.

Whether you are very keen, or just thinking about having a go, can you let me know your date of birth ASAP?  Nick needs to have this information so he can enter the names of those who are interested.  There may be a small fee payable to Team Kennet for the races you do, but it's much cheaper than your average 10K race.


Burnham Beeches Half Marathon

Vicky Jordan


We decided to enter fully into our tried-and-tested, can’t-fail training strategy before the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon.  Having put in several weeks of hard running on our crash course marathon schedule, there was no stopping us.  We were feeling fit and healthy.  There was only one slight problem – Dennis and Sue Hubbard (old members of CH) had decided to hold their farewell party at the Taste of England the night before.  One of us – I shall let you guess who!! – was already older, but maybe not much wiser, after having enjoyed themselves too much the night before a previous half marathon.


A few other Harriers also attended to wish Sue, Dennis and Georgina all the best for their new lives in Spain and to do their best to drink up the new barrels of West Berkshire Brewery’s Good Old Boy order by the landlord especially for the occasion.  So, after a modest few pints and an enjoyable evening, we rolled home feeling optimistic about the next day’s run which we were trying to convince ourselves was only a ‘training run’ after all. 


We got up fairly early the next morning, feeling pretty sprightly but nervous.  There was a bit of a queue to get into the car park at Burnham and then a 10 minute walk to the start so we were glad we had allowed a bit of extra time.  Our nerves had time to increase even more when the start was delayed by 15 minutes, as there had been an accident on the motorway. 


The course itself is a pleasant two-lap route around the Beeches.  It was a fairly enjoyable, undulating run – mostly in the shade of the beeches with lots of friendly marshals cheering us on.  However, the long downhill section between miles 9 and 12, which I had spotted on the course profile, never quite materialised and used up more of my Lucozade tablet provision that I had intended.  Finally, both of us made it round the course despite the previous night’s merriment and thanks to the efforts we had invested in our training regime of hard running and beer drinking.



(Vicky was rather modest in her report and did not say how well she and Iain performed: Iain finished in 1:28, marginally outside his target time, while Vicky knocked 3 minutes off her P.B. to record 1:43.  Well done to both).


Website update…



First of all, I must admit to being a bit lax of late in adding additional features and new photos on the website … I can make up dozens of excuses as to the reason why, but I will endeavour to improve the situation over the next couple of months.  Now on to business: -


My first recommended link for this month is which is an American sporting website.  However, there are a multitude of interesting athletic stories to keep you occupied, especially if you would like to look back through the various Olympic events, results, related stories and scandals.  Stories include history and fact files of athletes and events … with a good article on Kelly Holmes and her golden double.  Most of the articles have links to other sporting websites which will keep you amused for hours … that is if you have the time of course!  Read about Darren Campbell’s confrontation with Michael Johnson when meeting in Athens after the famous “hamstring” incident.


Thanks to Andy for the next link …  … this is the website that details the 3,100 mile 71 stage race from Huntingdon Beach, California to New York all the way from the west coast to the east coast of America.  Pictures and stories about one of the biggest endurance races ever … won by Englishman Bob Brown in a total time of 510 hrs 47 mins and 24 secs.


Whilst on the subject of ultra runs, how about a visit to which provides all the details for the first running of the 220 km, 5-stage race across the Sahara desert.  Should you relish the challenge, just drop an email message to for more information and entry details.


Fixtures: A selection of local and other well known events for your information:-


·   Saturday, 4th September 2004 at 3pm -  Overton 5 Mile Road Race


·   Sunday, 5th September 10.30 am 2004 - THE BEAST, "Legs Eleven" 13 miles (multi terrain)

Non-refundable entry fee £7.00, £8.00 for unattached runners. Entry on the Day £11 & £12


Entry form


·   Sunday, 5th September 10.30 am 2004 – The Kerridge 10k at Highclere Castle.

Entry forms on Harriers Notice board £7 (+ £2 extra on the day).


·   Sunday, 5th September 08..30 am 2004 – O2O Oracle to the Oracle 10k road race Starts & finishes at The Water Meadow, Thames Valley Park following road, towpath and track. NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY. (Entry forms on notice board).


·   Sunday, 5th September 2004 - 16th Newbury Triathlon -  Northcroft Leisure Centre,  300m Swim,  22km Bike,  5km Run. Ideal for first-timers!!! Entry form

·   Sunday, 12th September 2004 - Aldbourne 10k Road Race Starts at Aldbourne Football Field, Farm Lane, Aldbourne (in Wiltshire)  £6 UK:A club members, £7 other club or unattached


·   Sunday, 12th September 2004 10.30 a.m. – The INKPEN LONG BARROW CHALLENGE 14 miles mainly off-road at Inkpen … Entry forms from Tom (or any standard entry form will do) £6, £7 on the day.


·   Isle of Wight Fell Running Series

Saturday Sept 18th (AM) - The St. Boniface Fell (3 Miles 775 feet ascent, FRA class AS).

Saturday Sept 18th (PM) - The Ventnor Horseshoe (7 Miles 1500 feet ascent, FRA class BM).

Sunday Sept 19th (AM) - The Wroxall Round (13 Miles 1500 feet ascent, FRA class CL).


·   Saturday 18th September 2004 at 2.00 pm - WOODSTOCK 12,  Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire for entry details.


·   Saturday 18th September 2004 – High Peak 40 mile Challenge, Buxton, Derbyshire. See TRA website for details.


·   Sunday 19th September 2004 - New Forest Marathon at 11:30am  (& New Forest Half Marathon at 11am)  Location New Milton, Hampshire


·   Sunday 26th September 2004 - MAIDENHEAD 8K / 6K HIS-N-HERS (10.30 am & 11.30 am), Berkshire College of Agriculture, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire


·   Sunday 10th October 2004 at 11am -  Ridgeway Run 15Km cross country

Location Tring Park Cricket Club, Tring (in Hertfordshire)


·   Sunday 17th October 2004 at 9.00am - AKZO NOBEL ABINGDON MARATHON - wheelchairs 8.55am


·   Saturday 23rd October 2004 at – BEACHY HEAD MARATHON - St Bede's School, Duke's Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex for details.


·   Sunday 21st November at 10.30am.  The Avebury 8 is just over 8 miles, starting and finishing in Avebury, a World Heritage Site famed for its stone circle. Closing date for entries 7th October 2004.  T-shirts for every advanced entry. For entry form and further details, visit


 (Mo - Sep 2004)