The Herbert’s Hole Challenge took place on Sunday in mild, foggy
conditions with the tough, six and half mile multi-terrain course less
muddy than usual. The race organised by Chiltern Harriers was sponsored
by Gil-Lec Electrical Wholesalers, Ink-Link Lithographic Printers and
Fox’s Outdoors Shop.
There was another good turnout with 311 finishers.
Individual winner was Chiltern’s Fabian Downs who came home in 36.56, Stephen Norris from Thames Valley Harriers was second in 38.00 and Gade Valley Harriers’ Guy Woollett was third with 39.18. Leading Vet 40 was Vale of Aylesbury’s Andrew Rolt in 39.59. The Vet 50 prize went to John Nelson from Alchester Running Club in 40.45 and the Vet 60 award to unattached runner, James Stocker with 47.01.
A special mention must be made of Leonard Smith who is over 70 yet ran 48.02 for 66th place, a far faster time than any Vet 70 has achieved on this course before.
Winner of the women’s race was Jo Pulsford of Rugby and Northampton AC in 43.01. Second was Chiltern’s Ali Young in 44.41 with unattached Rebecca Nkoane third in 46.44. First Vet 35 was unattached Debbie Channer in 47.16, first Vet 45 was Tring RC’s Alison Harding in 50.01, and first Vet 55 was Looe Pioneers RC’s Lynne Harris in 51.40.
Chiltern Harriers won both men’s and women’s team prizes. The men were Fabian Downs, Adam Bowller, Michael Turney and Grant Whittaker, whilst the women comprised Ali Young, Sarah Caulfield, Tracy Edwards and Barbara Ralph. Second men’s team were Tring RC with Alchester Running Club third. Second place in the women’s team standings were another Chiltern foursome – Lyn Mellor, Kate Loach, Sarah Empson and Helen Turner.