Mike Down’s Weekly Performance Rankings on the Road

29 May
With the BMAF road relay championships concluding the conventional cross-country and road running season this will be the last report filed until the new season begins in September. However I am sure our track and field nagers will have plenty to report, so watch out for the regular bulletins that are being issued. 
1 TOM RUSSELL – Tom picked up where he had left off in the previous week’s Bristol 10K by clipping another nine seconds off his previous best he set there with a time of 29:38 in the Manchester 10K. It gave him an impressive 15th place in the elite field just behind marathon star Dan Robinson. 
2 PHIL WYLIE – Interrupting his race programme on the European duathlon circuit Phil got in some useful speedwork by clocking a creditable 14:56 to finish a close second in the latest race in the White Horse 5K summer series. 
3= MATT CRANE & ANDY COOKE- Like Phil Matt uses the club’s Bridge Inn 5K race series to improve his speed, in his case for his race programme on the National orienteering circuit, and in this month’s race he clocked 16:05 to clinch second place behind Bath’s Allister Sheffield. Andy may not be quite as fast as Matt, but he has turned in a series of improved performances in recent weeks, icludning two sub 17 minute efforts in the midweek Bitton 5K (16:54) and Bridge Inn (16:57). 
1 CLAIRE HALLISSEY – In her last race before departing to join her husband Matt, who is on a three year contact working in  Washington DC, Claire could not quite match her fine third place in the Bristol 10K in Manchester’s equivalent race. She was the best part of a minute down on her Bristol run. Her time of 34 mins exactly gave her 13th place in the international field, though admittedly the conditions were not as good, while it was hardly surprising that she could not repeat her Bristol form so soon as she has missed so much training recently due to a niggling achilles strain. 
2 HELEN FINES  – Helen secured a top ten place in the McCains National Inter-County fell-running championships at Llangynhafal in Denbighshire, finishing 9th and leading her Glocestershire team to 10th place in the team championship. 
3 VICKY TESTER – Vicky continued her new raod racing career with third place in both the Keynsham 10K (40:17) and the latest Bridge Inn 5K (18:41). 
1 RHYS PARK – He may be only just 16, but Rhys underlined his outstanding talent by clocking an impressive new personal best of 16:05 in the Severn club’s latest White Horse open 5K at Gloucester. 
2 KIERAN YOUNG – Kieran is a year younger than Rhys and looks to be picking up where his elder brother Nathan left off if his recent efforts in the Keynsham 10K and Yeovil 5K are anything to go by. Posting personal bests in both he was just two places and little more than a minute behind Nathan at Keynsham with a time of 37:22 for 8th position overall and less than half a minute down on him with16:55 at Yeovil 
3 NATHAN YOUNG – With his College work taking priority this summer Nathan admits he is paying lip-service to training at present and had to be content with a distant 6th place in 36:17 at Keynsham  and 16:28 for 4th overall at Yeovil. He promises he will be back in shape for the new season in September. 
1 HAGGAI CHEPKWONY – Haggai clocked the third fastest time overall in the British Masters road relay championship. His time of 14:47 for the 3M lap lifted us back into the medal positions on the third stage while he achieved this despite having driven to York and back the preceding night and having only one hour’s sleep! 
2 MICK O’DOHERTY – Mick had to come to the rescue of the V40 team in the BMAF relays after Clive Bromhall and Andrew Harrison were late withdrawals. Not only did he do us proud by holding our place, but his time of 15:36 was the fastest of the day by any V50 athlete and would have won him the gold medal in the accompanying V50 championship. he followed this up by beating all bar Allister Sheffield and Matt Crane in the latest Bridge Inn 5K in 16:16. 
3= ROB WHALLEY, PHIL PARRY & ALEC WOODS – All three produced the performances we needed in the BMAF relays. As last year Alec retrieved most of the ground Jerry Hogan had been budgeted to lose when he was called in from the V50 team to run the opening stage, actually passing as many as 28 in the process. Phil then made sure of the silver medal position at least on the penultimate stage, while Rob, despite having to hold back on the downhill sections due to a hamstring strain, closed the gap on the eventual winners and holders of the title Herne Hill to an agonising 13 seconds at the line. 
1 SIAN DAVIES – With Nicky Bromhall injured and therefore no team Sian ended up running the opening leg in the BMAF women’s V45 road relay championship as a straight race and ended the day with the 5th fastest time of 18:45.  
I hope all our team runners – and armchair members too – have found these reports and arbitrary rankings interesting and informative and that they have have perhaps provoked discussion as to who would earn the accolades each week!  Best of luck for the summer.
Until next season. 
MIKE DOWN (28-05-10)