During this current period of enforced lockdown of everyday activity and our favourite sport, we take a look at Harrier history and also come up with some other websites and links which might be of interest. Back on the 9th April 2007 there was a healthy squad of senior Harriers competing at the Yeovil Easter Bunny 10k, run as ever from the Yeovilton air base on a circuit that took in all of the usual 5k loop plus an extra ‘first half’. How many can you recognise in this team photo taken afterwards?
I guess you can spot a few of us who are still running for the Harriers today? That’s Alice Knight in red, our Membership Secretary, far right at the front, with her husband Andrew Pate behind her, and next to him is Carol Buckland. Yours truly is in the middle of the front row. Looks like we all received Green T shirts that year and most of us seem to have received a lovely Easter egg too!
In the race itself, we had a 2nd placed finisher in Peter Grist who ran 32.10, just 4 seconds behind the winner. Pete now competes for Team Bath. Les Lock, who can also be seen in the photograph was home in 36.05, which isn’t bad given that he was a V55 back then. V50 Dickie Wythe ran 36.37 and Anna Lewis 37.52. Anna still helps out on the entry desk at the Street 5k races. No doubt the rest of us who ran have got our own record of our times.
Mendip Half Marathon
Another blast from the past is here with the poster from one of the races which the Harriers used to organise in the early 1980’s. Andrew Piper has dug this out of his collection. It’s promoting the Mendip Half Marathon 1983 which was an extremely hilly race The late Colin Turner wrote about the first edition, held in 1982: “The route went out to Wookey Hole then carried on up the lane to Deerleap, (a 1 in 4 climb!) around the top of Mendip in the Priddy area and back down the Old Bristol Road. Kevin Sheppard (Race Director/ Harrier founder member) had the embarrassing job of apologising to the front runners for a confusion of the route in Priddy area because of a marshal not turning up, the consequence of which was that the leading runners went the wrong way.” The race lasted 4 editions 1982-85 before it was decided that it was just too tough!
Better Breathing for running?
Well, we all take it for granted that we breathe when we run - it's natural isn't it? But, could you breathe any better and improve your performances? To get us thinking here are a few links to some articles. The first two are just to get warmed up to the subject and the third one is to make us maybe re-think a little deeper. Give the techniques a try and maybe over the next 4 weeks we can see if anyone feels that their breathing, and then maybe their training, has improved.
There are, of course, loads more articles and videos on this subject and these are just offered as a way into this topic.
Good running whilst in lockdown - run safe!
PS Tokyo 1964 Theme music now added to earlier article along with a v short video of Mary Rand's World Record breaking Gold Medal performance in the Long Jump - one to enjoy!