(for last week)
1 TIM WALLIS – Tim made the most of home advantage to win the final race in this season’s Gwent League over the traditional Blaise Castle course. It was his first ever victory in the League and follows a consistent improvement throughout the series that resulted in him being placed second overall. Unfortunately Tim’s work commitments have restricted his appearance in the major championships, but clearly if available he is going to considerably strengthen our team for the forthcoming 12-stage road relays.
2 DAVE GREEN – Dave’s training has been checkered this winter, so he was pleasantly surprised with his time of 71:15 in the Bath Half-marathon, which is less than a minute off his best set last year when he was much fitter.
3 TOM KINGSNORTH – Tom was our fourth and final counter in the Bath Half, and though a couple of minutes shy of his 72/73 minute target time he felt it was due to his comparative lack of racing recently as he faded in the last two miles.
1 IMOGEN AINSWORTH – Imo followed up her fine 1500/3000m indoor double last week at Cardiff – both incidentally in new indoor bests of 4:34 and 9:50 – by clocking the fastest time for the winning Bristol University team in the annual Oxford University Teddy Hall relays. It consolidated the progress she has made this winter, which now puts her on the fringe of the country’s elite runners.
2 CLAIRE HALLISSEY – Claire of course has already established her position among the elite on road and country, particularly the former, and though under strict instructions not to ;push it three days before tomorrow’s World trials was still comfortably second fastest behind Imo in the Teddy Hall event.
3= LUCY FERGUSON and ERICA GOLLAND – Lucy took time out from her Modern pentathlon training programme to make the top 20 in the Gwent League race, finishing 17th three places ahead of Vicky Tester, while Erica for her part, though inevitably overshadowed by her star colleagues, laid the foundation of the University’s victory at Oxford by coming home an
impressive second on the opening leg.
1 ELLIE WIMSHURST – What can you say? Sidelined since her spectacular junior international debut in December’s European cross-country championships, Ellie shook off the cobwebs and put her injury problems behind her to pick up where she left off three months ago with victory for the first time in the senior Gwent League race, and though clearly short of
race fitness she has decided to take her chance in this weekend’s World Trials in Birmigham.
2 SEAN HAZELL – Sean too, like Tim and Ellie, registered his first outright victory in the Gwent League, albeit in his own U20 age group, but went one better than his clubmates by landing the overall U20 title. It’s a fitting reward for Sean, whose fortitude has never been in doubt, as exemplified by his refusal to drop out when injuring his calf badly in the opening race at Bridgend.
3 CHRIS DODD – Chris, who is a middle distance runner by choice, underlined the steady progress he has made in the stamina department this winter by clocking the fastest time for the Bristol University’ men’s team, who ended up 8th in the Teddy Hall relays.
1 MICK O’DOHERTY – Mick celebrated his elevation to the V50 ranks last month with victory by over four minutes in his new age group in the Bath Half. Not only that his time of 72:36 was good enough for a place in the top 40 of the huge field, while only four other V40’s ran faster.
2 PHIL PARRY – Arguably Phil’s performance was as good as Mick’s as he is only three years younger and on his recent training had not been expecting to run as fast as he did. He was well satisfied in the circumstances with his time of 70:46, which left him 27th, but frustratingly only second in the V45 category just nine seconds adrift of the winner Jon James from the Wells club.
3 CAROLINE HEWITT – Caroline may only be a second claim member, but turned in a first claim performance in the Bath Half by clocking 86:51 for second place – like Phil – in the V45 category, and like Phil too she had to play second fiddle to a Wells runner Jenny Moore…
PS Can we remind all runners that we have entered one men’s as well as a vets team in next weekend’s Midland 12-stage road relays plus two teams in the women’s 6-stage. Due to many of our student runners being absent on an Easter training camp and a clash with the English Schools champs, we are going to find it hard to fill all four teams, so please make every effort to make yourselves available. Please help Keith and me by letting us know
asap as to your availability. MD/KB