The opening race of Queen's Park Harriers' debut Club Road Championships is in the books, with a fantastic turnout at a cold but beautiful Fred Hughes 10 in St Albans earlier this month. Indeed, it turned out to be a very successful race for the Hoopsters, with Matt Kitching claiming third overall and the men's team taking first place.
However, as we outlined, the Club Road Championships are determined by age grading, not time, and with 16(!) races left to go through the year, it's all to play for. It's early doors, but let's take a glance at the runners and riders after one race:
Did you run the Fred Hughes 10 and yet can't find your name up there in lights? Don't fret; chances are we are missing your date of birth, which we need to calculate your age grading. Female runners should email Jen with their date of birth to added to the table, while men should get in touch with Matt with the same information. On top of this, for the sanity of results compiler, please ensure that you are registered with the club for the race beforehand.
Yet while this is a competition in name, the real purpose of this is to encourage more Hoops to run together in big events, helping to boost morale, support and friendliness...and maybe, even win a team medal or two along the way. The atmosphere in St Albans was amazing, and with around 30 Hoops registered for Watford this weekend, it looks like the second race could be another one to remember for QPH.
The next instalment is this weekend at the Watford Half Marathon, which is sadly now sold out. After that, we have two more events happening soon, the Harrow Hill 10k on 17th February, which you can enter here, and the Hillingdon 20 (fka the Finchley 20) on 10th March. Entry for that can be found here.