Distance Running News, 25-26 December

John Parker was the leading Cheltenham Harrier at the Winston’s Wish Boxing Day Challenge as he finished in second place at Cheltenham Racecourse. Parker completed the twisting course of just over four miles in 21:33 as he finished eleven seconds adrift of Brett Halliwell, with the Stroud athlete winning the trophy that bears the name of former Harrier and race winner Peter Holmes. Stoke’s Seb Duffy claimed third ahead of Richard Dare (21:56) with Will New (22:16) taking sixth place. Alex Chantler-Mayne (22:24) and Jeremy Bradley (22:32) also made the top ten before Jacob Pickering (22:13), Will Woodcock (22:23), James Chantler-Mayne (23:49), Russell Forsbrook (23:57) and Elliot Prince (24:30) ensured a large Harriers presence at the front end of the field. The Cheltenham parkrun saw Jacob Pickering claimed his first parkrun win as he negotiated the four lap Pittville Park event in 17:39 with teammate Gavin McCaugherty following twenty seconds later. Mark James (18:10) made it a Harriers top three with James Wilkinson (19:07), Matt Evans (19:17) and Simon Critchley (19:22) also enjoying a Christmas morning run out.