1 HELEN FINES – Helen landed an impressive fell-running double last weekend, winning the Fan Fawr race on Saturday, a 2mile event in the Brecon Beacons, and then on Sunday the 7mile Arenig Fawr in Snowdonia, which was one of the Welsh open championship series, breaking the women’s record by 21secs in the process.
2 CLAIRE HALLISSEY – Claire warmed up for this weekend’s World half marathon championship, where in the absence of Paula radcliffe she will be heading the British team, by scoring a runaway victory in the Cardiff 5K winter series. She overcame the windy conditions to finish well satisfied with her afternoon’s work in 16:26.
3 PHIL PARRY – Veteran or not Phil once again belied his years to successfully defend his Avon AA senior title in the annual Oldbury 10M road race. He had to be satisfied with second place in the race, but this was no disgrace as the winner was one of Devon’s top road runners Jim Cole from Tavistock.
1 NATHAN YOUNG – Nathan shrugged off the lingering effects of a chest infection to beat his senior rivals in the Shepton Mallet 10K. Despite having to stop several times to clear his chest he still managed to finish inside 35mins in 34:24.
2 RICH PETERS – There were none other of our juniors in action this weekend, so I have had to go behind closed doors to include Rich, who took nearly half a minute off his previous best to clock 11:43 for our 4K Coombe Dingle time-trial course. Only a handful of our top seniors have gone significantly faster in the past, with Rob Whalley’s unofficial course record set when he was the UK 4K X-C champion a spectacular 10:58. No one else over the years we have used this lap to the best of my memory has yet actually dipped under 11:20.
3 = DAN LAYTON & EMILY MERRICK – Dan, who has just started at the University, proved he is getting fitter by leading the other freshmen home in 13:07 in the same 4K time-trial, while Emily was the only girl who joined the guys and finished in front of two of them in a useful prep for the forthcoming National road and X-C relays, clocking14:24.
1 THE V45 TRIO OF ALISON HURFORD, NICKY BROMHALL & SIAN DAVIES – Our star vets squad scored an overwhelming victory to land the gold medals in the National Masters X-C relay championships at Mansfield.
2 MADDY CLARKE – Maddy emerged from semi-retirement to underline her talent by finishing second and first vet in the Jersey Marathon, her time impressively only just outside 3 hours at 3:02:50.
3 MICK O’DOHERTY – Mick romped away from his senior rivals to win the Marshfield Mudlark 6M multi-terrain race by more than two minutes. The ever competitive JON GOODLAND, who won both the V50 prizes in the Bridge Inn 5K and Oldbury 10M, only just misses out this week.