It was a very low key week, with very few of our runners in action due to this week’s Armagh 5K and the National cross-country championships.
1 STEVE McGUIGAN – Steve beat off a strong challenge from Great Western’s two star runners Ben Morley aand Tom Fewster to prevail in a thrilling finish to the latest race in the Weston Prom 5K series, though the time outside 26 minutes can be discounted due to the inclement conditions.
2 MATT CRANE – Matt celebrated his first run since signing for the club by ducking under the 16 minute barrier to take 6th place in 15:55 in the final race in the Bridge Inn 5K winter road race series. It was an improvement of 10 seconds on his effort last month despite the foul weather conditions.
3 JAMES BIRD – Another recent recruit James, who like Matt has been training with Chris Elson’s group, also made a significant improvement to finish a creditable 14th in the Bridge Inn race in 17:25.
1 HELEN FINES – Back where I am sure she feels she belongs among the seniors Helen used her fell running strength to get the better of her nearest rival Lindsay Kent in a close finish to the gruelling May Hill Massacre 8M at Huntley. Her winning time of 63:05 gives some idea of the toughness of the terrain.
2 JULIA BELYAVIN – Julia shrugged off an ankle injury to hold off UWE student Chloe Felton for second place in the latest Weston Prom race behind Weston based Alice Hector, who has been training with us this winter. Again Julia’s time outside 33 minutes was a refection of the cold wet conditions.
3 GRACE CRANE – Grace too was having her first run since joining the club, and though an experienced competitve orienteer like her husband, she also did well to take third place in the Bridge Inn women’s event, finishing well inside 20 minutes in 19:28.
1 RICH PETERS – Rich warmed up for Saturday’s National with a runaway victory in Gloucester’s White Horse Winter 5M road race. Despite the lack of opposition he slashed nearly a minute off his previous best for the distance to finish just outside an even 25 minutes in 25:05, which left him the best part of two minutes ahead of runner-up Joe Dalgleish.
2 HARRY WEBB – Harry interrupted his indoor preparations to prove that he has lost little fitness following his recent time off with a knee injury by finishing a clear second in the Bridge Inn 5K in a more than respectable time for the unfavourable conditions of 15:32.
3 NATHAN YOUNG – Nathan maintained his winning streak in the latest Wessex League cross-country event at Salisbury, leaving his nearest rival more than 200m adrift.
1 PHIL PARRY – Phil failed to dip under 16 minutes in the Bridge Inn 5K, having to be satisfied with 7th place in 16:06, but he readily admits to being short of specialist training sessions recently and like everyone else was not helped by the conditions.
2 JON GOODLAND – Jon too may have been slower than usual in the Bridge Inn race, but his time of 18:13 was still by far the fastest among the V50 class.
3 GRAHAM CRUMP – Graham will never have thought he might make the week’s roll of honour, but he soldiered round the Bridge Inn course in just under 23 minutes, his consistency ensuring he took second place in the overall series among his V45 age group.