St Albans Summer Solstice 10k 21 June 2019

A fab turnout from GVH at the St Albans Summer Solstice 10k on 21 Jun, which was the GVH club league race for June.  Runners were rewarded with an excellent medal and a BBQ after their 10k performances.

St Albans has been the focal point of the longest day of the year for the last few years as it holds its annual Summer Solstice 10k and on Friday Harriers went in huge numbers to beat the sunset on a route which largely follows the Alban Way – a disused railway line that goes from the ancient city’s suburbs towards Hatfield.

Anthony James kept his fine recent form on track, after the previous weekend’s half marathon win, by being first club athlete to cross the line – and sixth overall – steaming round in 37:04, followed three places later by Al Flowers (37:52) who finished just ahead of Jon Roberts (37:58) to make it three Harriers in the top ten.

Chris Dowling (38:31) and Simon Geary (38:34) both picked up personal bests (PB) ahead of Antony Beamish (39:14) and Michael Linden (39:13) – who also managed a PB – and Anthony Willcox (39:35). Bill Hawes (39:35) was first Male Vet over 50 (MV50) and wrapped up an impressive sub-40 field from the club, meaning nine Harriers finished in the top 26.

David Goodman (40:08) held off Gareth Tucker (40:46), Andy Cook (40:45), Ross Deacon (41:04) and Phil Mercer (41:28) who all collected PBs.

Lisa Newing (42:17) was second FV35 – and fourth overall lady – ahead of Teresa Reason (42:46) and Edward Price (42:53) who was running for the first time after a long injury lay-off. Kathleen Smith (43:28) was eighth overall lady but third in her age category, with Gwyn Pritchard (43:45) crossing the line one place ahead of Lozza-tm Sharma-Smith (43:47) who made it four GVH ladies in the top ten and Andrew Watt (45:52), Tracey Cotton (47:05), Victoria Crawley Wise (48:29) and Sam Raffety (49:47) all put in great performances.

Kirstie Hardiman (50:42), Kim Morgan (51:01), Mel Hardy (51:07) and Andrew Terry (51:15) all finished within about 30 seconds of each other, and Helen Cook (51:25) picked up a PB in what was her second race in three days. Isabel Wilson (52:02) and Bethan Heaton (53:05) crossed the line ahead of Mary McCluskey (53:48) who nabbed a PB.

Angeline Cottrill (54:55) ran despite picking up a chest infection in the days leading up to the race, and finished ahead of Joanna Kidd (55:54), David Wilson (56:40) and Helen Terry (56:44). Leona Flaherty (Teresa Maryland) (57:23) was another club athlete racing for the second time in three days and was the penultimate member to cross the line in under an hour, ahead of Thomas Colligan (59:42), with Paula Cook (1:00:00) just missing out.

Gemma Tucker (1:02:11), Claire Pellett (1:03:45), Lisa Pinder (1:04:53), Paul Mosley (1:09:07) and Peter Tucker (1:12:17) completed the line-up.

Results as follows:

PosNameNet TimeCategoryCat PosGenderGen Pos
6Anthony James00:37:04M404Male6
9Alistair Flowers00:37:52Senior5Male9
10Jonathan Roberts00:37:58M405Male10
14Chris Dowling00:38:31M406Male13
15Simon Geary00:38:34M407Male14
20Antony Beamish00:39:14M409Male18
21michael linden00:39:13M4010Male19
24Anthony Willcox00:39:35Senior11Male22
26Bill Hawes00:39:35M501Male24
31David Goodman00:40:08M4014Male29
36Gareth Tucker00:40:46M4016Male33
37Andrew Cook00:40:45M505Male34
43Ross Deacon00:41:04M4020Male40
45Phil Mercer00:41:28M4021Male42
52Lisa Newing00:42:17W352Female4
60Theresa Reason00:42:46W354Female7
61Edward Price00:42:53M4024Male54
67Kathleen Smith00:43:28Lady3Female8
71Gwyn Pritchard00:43:45Senior25Male63
72Laura Sharma-Smith00:43:47Lady4Female9
100Andrew Watt00:45:52M4039Male86
119Tracey Cotton00:47:05W3511Female23
149Victoria Crawley-Wise00:48:29W3514Female29
179Samantha Raffety00:49:47W3517Female40
194Kirstie Hardiman00:50:42W3522Female48
203Kim Morgan00:51:01W3523Female55
213Mel Hardy00:51:07Lady25Female61
217Andrew Terry00:51:15Senior56Male155
218Helen Cook00:51:25W4511Female63
232isabel wilson00:52:02W553Female70
252Bethan Heaton00:53:05Lady31Female83
270Mary McCluskey00:53:48Lady35Female93
294Angeline Cottrill00:54:55W3540Female108
305Joanna Kidd00:55:54W3541Female114
311David Wilson00:56:40M4078Male195
324Helen Terry00:56:44W3542Female127
337LEONA FLAHERTY00:57:23W4534Female136
375Thomas Colligan00:59:42M6011Male216
382PAULA COOK01:00:00W559Female164
416Gemma Tucker01:02:11Lady62Female193
432Claire Pellett01:03:45Lady65Female207
455Lisa Pinder01:04:53W4563Female226
501Paul Mosley01:09:07M6015Male243
517Peter Tucker01:12:17M6016Male248