Ryde Harriers mark up the miles in competitions

Ryde Harrier, Daniel Eckersley, competed at a special British Milers track meeting celebrating 70 years since Sir Roger Bannister ran the first ever sub 4-minute mile.

The same venue, Iffley Road, Oxford, staged a series of one mile races for club runners to elite athletes, along with a one-mile fun run.

Daniel competed in a one-mile steeplechase race, although he normally runs over 3,000m. He came second, in a time of 4m 46.48s, a world best for his Masters 35 Age category.

Meanwhile a squad of Ryde Harriers travelled to Alton to tackle a tough 10-mile road race, joining 400 competitors.

From the gun, Harrier Chris Newnham was soon into his running, and set off at a pace he knew he could hold, despite the undulating course and hot conditions, and was soon drawing away from the field.

Crossing the line in 55m 14s, he was over three minutes ahead of the next man home.

Geoff Watkins said: “Chris is a real newcomer to athletics and I’m delighted to see what progress he has made in the last year.

Despite a full-time job at Northwood House and being a guitarist with the Plastic Mermaids, Chris has the work ethic required to perform at a high level in distance running fitting in the required training.”