HAC’s T54 Wheelchair Parathlete closes gap on international rivals

For many years, the Swiss Open Nationals have been a well-known and established event for Wheelchair athletes from all over the world. This Year the Swiss Open Nationals became an IPC Athletics Grand Prix for the first time. Richard Chiassaro, HAC’s T54 International Wheelchair athlete competed in the 100m, 200m and 400m races against the other top athletes in Europe. Kenny Van Wheegal, Leo Pekka Tahti and Marc schuh. Finishing with PB’s in all events Richard confirmed his position as the 4th ranked athlete for the 100m and 200m in Europe.

100m PB 14:61 6th in world 4th in Europe
200m PB 25:41 6th in world 4th in Europe
400m PB 49:83 9th in world


Runners go the distance for St Clare Hospice


More than 420 runners lined up for St Clare Hospice’s 20th anniversary 10K race on Sunday (March 16).

Clear blue skies and sunshine made for ideal racing conditions as the entrants set off from the Hastingwood-based Hospice.

The first wheelchair racer to cross the finish line was Paralympic World Cup gold medallist Richard Chiassaro in a time of 27min 40sec. In all, there were four wheelchair racers plus a visually impaired runner and his guide.

The first man back was Andrew Mynott (33min 46sec) who was swiftly followed by Darren Trelawny (35min 15sec) and Patrick Davoren (35min 22sec).

Liz Davies took first place in the ladies section with a personal best of 37min 01sec. Second place went to Megan Evans (38min 47sec), with Clare Thurgood in third (38min 52sec). Donald Campbell, from Harlow Athletic Club, was the male junior winner with a time of 42min 18sec.

The top female team was Bishop’s Stortford Running Club, while Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners took the men’s team prize. There were 64 prize winners in all.

St Clare events fundraiser Rebecca Barnett said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and we would like to say a huge congratulations to all our runners and everyone who supported the event to make our 20th anniversary race such a success. It was lovely to see so many spectators turn out to support the runners and cheer them along the route and across the finish line.”

Thanks go to Harlow Running Club for supporting the event, timekeeper Rowan Bouy, driver Steve Harvey, cyclists Matt Jones and Alan Cootes, the Scouts and Sea Cadets for manning the water station, Mike’s of Sawbridgeworth for donating bananas for the runners, Trekkers Travel Ltd, John Lloyd Willams and Gary Hann for providing minibuses, Sophie Vowden of SV Sports Therapy, photographer Nigel Otter and Cafe2U.

St Clare Hospice 10k Race Results - 16 th March 2014
Wheelchair Racers
Place Time  Name Team Age Category Race Number
1 00:27:40 Richard Chiassaro Harlow Athletic Club Male Senior 339
2 00:38:47 Gary Donald Harlow Athletic Club Male Vet 50 499
3 00:41:49 Dean Harvey Harlow Athletic Club Male Senior 360
4 00:47:38 Adam Goldspink-Burgess Harlow Athletic Club Male Junior 525
Male Winners
Place Time  Name Team Age Category Race Number
1 00:33:46 Andrew Mynott   Male Senior 359
2 00:35:15 Darren Trelawny   Male Senior 211
3 00:35:22 Patrick Davoren Phoenix Striders Male Vet 40 313
Female Winners
Place Time Name Team Age Category Race Number
1 00:37:01 Elizabeth Davies Springfield Striders Female Vet 35 943
2 00:38:47 Megan Evans Chelmsford Female Senior 1336
3 00:38:52 Clare Thurgood   Female Senior 1484


The full St Clare 10k results will be available on the Hospice website www.stclarehospice.org.uk.



England Athletics Wheelchair Racing Start-Up Group Registration

The club are pleased to anounce our registration as an England Athletics Wheelchair Racing Start-Up Group. A large thank you to the coaches for all you do to support the development of wheelchair racing in England.

Letter from EA.



BWAA/BWRA Grand Prix Stoke Mandeville 7th September 2013

  100 m 200m 400m 800m

Richard Chiassaro


1st 15.08
1st 27.64
1st 51.49
1st 1.48.74

Dean Harvey


2nd 21.14
2nd 37.79 (PB)
3rd 1.13.70
5th 2.28.03 (PB)

Joe Brazier


3rd 21.68
3rd 38.05
2nd 1.13.44
4th 2.25.81

Adam Goldspink-Burgess


5th 23.70
2nd 41.62
2nd 1.21.69 (PB)
6th 2.48.93(PB)



British Wheelchair Racing Association Championships 5th May

Five athletes from Harlow competed at the BWRA competition at Stoke Mandeville last week.  In the elite races, both Richard Chiassaro and Anne Strike put in strong early season performances.
 Sprint expert Richard Chiassaro demonstrated why he is the British number one in the T54 class by winning the 100m in 14.89s and taking second place over 200, 400 and 800m.  His 100m performance presently ranks him 5th in the world.
 Anne Strike (T54) was up against double Paralympic champion Hannah Cockcroft (T34) and took a third place in 100m A race followed by a 200m B-race win.
 The younger members of the Harlow squad produced a set of personal bests throughout the day. In their 100m races, Dean Harvey (T34) and 16 year old Joe Brazier (T34) produced  19.83s and 20.85s which ranks them fifth and sixth in the UK. Further duels between Dean and Joe resulted in more closely matched PBs of 30.14s and 38.59s  in the 200m races and a win of Joe over Dean on the 400m.
 Adam Goldspink-Burgess (T34) set a PB of 90.14s in the 400m, moving his UK ranking to 8th despite being only 16 years old.



British Wheelchair Athletics Association Track Championships 27th/28th April

T54 wheelchair.

Richard won the 100m WC with a time of 14:32sec which would be a PB but the wind was outside of the acceptable limits, which means that it cannot be considered for a record. However this would have beaten the previous UK record by 0.34sec giving him an undisputable UK ranking of No1.
He also won the 200m WC and came 3rd in 400m WC with a terrible time of 57 seconds which is 9 seconds slower than he should have been but when he was on start it started raining hard and as he didn't have his wet weather glue he couldn't get a good grip but would have easily won that if it was dry.
One of the other athletes lent him some glue for his first ever competition at 800m WC the time was 148.12 which puts him number 2 in UK on first attempt.
Richard is now ranked no 1 in UK over 100m 200m an 400m and number 2 over 800m on first attempt.


Kingston & Polytechnic Track and Field Meeting. 6th April

T54 wheelchair.

Competing against some of the best wheelchair athletes in the country including David Weir and Michael Bushall, both of whom represented the UK at the Paralympics last year, Richard Chiassaro dominated the sprint competitions in an excellent series of races. Beating Michael Bushall in the 100m, 200m and 400m and only beaten by David Weir by 0.1 of a second in the 200m, the only race David competed in that day.

Link to T54 results

T34 Wheelchair.

Harlow Athletic Club have had a superb start of the season with some of our younger athletes being inspired by the excellent results produced by Richard Chiassaro.
Joe Brazier and Adam Goldspink-Burgess have been pushing each other in competition to produce the following results in the UK. These two young men along with others in Harlow have helped to produce a level of excellence rarely seen in a single club.

It should also be noted that the above results are from the power of 10 showing the present UK rankings. Both of these young men are U17 athletes and are performing brilliantly.

Link to T34 results