Mike Down’s Performances of the Week for the First Three Weeks of September 2010

27 Sep
Yes, as promised the POW is back, albeit several weeks late due to a major breakdown in my computer that has demanded extensive reconditioning!  As a consequence the opening edition covers the first three weekends in September, while all being well normal service will be resumed following this weekend’s Midland road relay championships.
As already intimated the Junior section will now include the U17 as well as the U20 age groups.
1= OWAIN JONES and HARRY WEBB – Owain and Harry clocked the two fastest times (15:47 and 15:53) to steer our team to a comfortable defence of the Avon road relay championship held in conjunction with the Clevedon 5X5K road relay.
2 JON WILLS – Though not anything like fully race fit due to his recent pre-occupation with his impending translocation to Leeds, Jon still clocked 30:42 to finish as high as 8th in the prestigious Cardiff 10K.
3= MATT CRANE and MATT HART – The two Matts both clocked new personal bests in the Bristol Half, Crane 72:05 for 37th place and Hart, who is preparing for an Ironman triathlon, 73:47 for 43rd, and provided good back up to our lead runner Steve Mcguigan, who was 33rd in 71:37.
1 CLAIRE HALLISSEY – Claire continued her preparations for the New York marathon with an outstanding double triumph in the Bristol Half and the following week’s Cardiff 10K,setting new personal bests in both races of 72:02 and 33:01 respectively. Her successful defence of her Bristol Half marathon title also gave her the UK title and earned her selection for next month’s World Half marathon championship in China, which she will use as her final warm-up for her marathon debut in New York. I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Claire and wishing her the best of luck. By the time she has finished her travels she will have learned all there is to know about jet lag and performance!
2 KATE GOODHEAD – Kate must have ruffled a few male egos when she won the Standish Woodland Chase multi-terrain 10M outright in 60:55!
3= THE WOMEN’S TEAMS that won the Bristol Half marathon and Avon road relay team titles. GRACE CRANE and VICKY TESTER both set personal bests of 86:56 and 86:57 respectively in finishing 24th and 25th to back up Claire  in the Bristol Half, while REBEKAH RANDELL clocked the fastest time of 18:00 to anchor our winning team at Clevedon.
1 ALEC WOODS – Alec almost certainly clinched his place in the England team for November’s Masters Home Countries Cross-country international by finishing runner-up in a time of 33:38 to  Oxford’s Simon Male in the V45 category at the recent BMAF 10K road race championships.
2 PHIL PARRY – Despite having his training curtailed throughout the summer due to a problem with his ankle Phil still managed to make the top ten overall in the BMAF 10K, finishing next to Alec to secure the V45 bronze medal in 33:56.
3 HEATH BAMPTON – Heath beat all-comers to win the Malmesbury 10K outright in 35:13 and looks sure to be a valuable member of our V40 team this winter.
1 CAMILLA BRIGGS – Camilla made a notable debut in the BMAF 10K championship, finishing an unexpected 4th overall in a new personal best of 37:12, which earned her the silver medal in the V35 age group.
 2 NIKKI BROOKLAND – Nikki made an impressive return to competition by clocking 18:09, which proved to be the second fastest time of the day just 9 seconds slower that Rebekah, to give our winning women’s team a head start in the Avon road relay championship.
 3 CLARE JOLLIFFE – Clare earned her first county gold medal when she took over from Nikki and ran only just outside 21 mins to give Hannah and Rebekah a relatively easy task on the final two legs of the Avon road relay at Clevedon.
1 ZAK TOBIAS – Due to the failure of two of our runners to turn up Zak was promoted to the senior team for the Avon road relay championship and gave Clevedon’s veteran international Julian Emery a real scare on the first leg before eventually losing contact in the closing stages of the opening leg. His time for what is universally recognised to be a long 5K was an outstanding 16:18, only half a minute off the day’s fastest overall. This too followed a fine effort in the U17 race at the Bristol road miles, where after leading much of the way he was just outsprinted by North Somerset’s Cameron Coetzee, his time 4:49 to the winner’s 4:48.
2 LUKE JACOBS – Despite suffering with a viral infection Luke ran a fine leg for the U17 team at Clevedon, still managing to get round in only just over 17minutes
3 KIERAN YOUNG – Keiran continues to chase big brother Nathan home in local Somerset road and m-t races, his latest effort being a sub 17 minute 5K in the final race in the Yeovil Summer 5K series, his time 16:56.
1 ANNABEL GUMMOW – Annabel celebrated her 17th birthday by entering her local Truro Half marathon for fun, yet beat all but four of the men in an outstanding time for a girl of her age of exactly 78 minutes.
2 HANNAH ALDERSON – Hannah followed up finishing a close second in 5:12 to junior international Laura Parker in the senior women’s race at the Bristol Road Miles with the third fastest time of 18:16 on her debut for the club in the Avon road relay championship behind Rebekah and Nikki.
3 NAOMI SPEAKE – Naomi continued her comeback by scoring a runaway victory in the U17 event at the Bristol road miles and then followed it up by taking third place in the senior race.