1 TOM MERSON – Whether we call him “Tough Tom” or “Merciless Merson” there can be no doubting that Tom is a glutton for punishment. Just judge his three day treble. He began by clocking the second fastest time of 9:23 in one of our two all-conquering teams in Severn’s Gloucestershire 4X2M cross-country relays last Saturday, followed it up by winning the Churston Flyer 5M road race in Devon in 25:49 on Sunday and then completed his interval racing workout by winning the opening race of the Exeter 3K winter track series in 8:45. Phew!! “I need to get fit for next week’s National road relay”, he insists. Keep it up Tom!
2 TOM RUSSELL – Tom is preferring a quieter start to his winter campaign and opened it appropriately enough at Plock Court in the Gloucestershire relays, chasing Tough Tom all the way to set the day’s fastest time of 9:10.
3= STEVE FRANCIS and MARTIN FLOOK – Steve and Martin began their winter training programme by finishing 3rd and 4th respectively in the opening race of the Bridge Inn 5K winter road race series. Both finished well inside 17mins, Steve clocking 16:30 and Martin a very respectable 16:44 for a 400/800m specialist.
1= REBEKAH RANDELL and IMOGEN AINSWORTH – Whereas Imo had been the star of our silver medal-winning team in the previous weekend’s Midland road relay champs, Rebekah reasserted her authority three days later in the Bridge Inn 5K, but only after a ding-dong tussle with just two seconds separating the pair of them at the finish. Rebekah’s 17:14 was a road pb, while Imo’s 17:16 was only three secs slower than her recent 17:13 in the Hyde Park international 5K.
2 KATE GOODHEAD – Kate followed up her third place in the previous weekend’s Swansea Bay 10K by only just failing to break the 60 minute barrier when winning the Oldbury 10M in 60:01.
3 VICKY TESTER – Vicky continues to make progress in her new commitment to road racing, following up a creditable time of 18:35 in the Bridge Inn 5K by making an impressive debut with 6th place in 64:29 in the Oldbury 10M.
1 MATT PETERS – Matt continued his promising start to the winter season by posting the 5th best overall and fastest U20 time of 9:46 in the Gloucestershire cross relays.
2 SEAN HAZELL – Sean was just 6 seconds slower than Matt with a time of 9:52 at Plock Court, but was well satisfied as he has only just resumed training after his summer holiday.
3 CHRIS DODD – As there is no third junior performance to rank, Chris, who has only just entered the senior ranks, is given a special mention for anchoring his team to victory in the Gloucetershire cross relays in 9:50, which was also among the top ten times of the day.
1 HANNAH ALDERSON – Hannah continues to set new landmarks every time she races and followed up her fine time in the Midland road relay by clocking a new 5K pb on the road of 17:29 to finish within 20 seconds of her senior clubmates Rebekah and Imo in what was a very high standard women’s race at the Bridge Inn 5K.
2 ROSEMARY HURFORD – Rosemary set a new road 5K pb of 20:34 in the Bridge Inn race and made it a double by getting the better of her mum!
3 There were no other performances to rank.
1 PHIL PARRY – Phil finished a close runner-up to Team Bath’s Allister Sheffield in the Bridge Inn 5K, and though he may not have been satisfied with his time of 16:09 he has been nursing an ankle injury all summer which has seriously compromised his training. Even so he turned out again on Saturday for the eventual winning team in the Gloucestershire cross relays, setting the fastest vets time of 9:48, which was also the 6th fastest overall. In the meantime he has been rewarded with selection along with ALEC WOODS in England’s V45 team for next month’s Home Countries cross-country international championship. Congratulations to them both.
2 HEATH BAMPTON – Heath followed up his victory in the the previous weekend’s Malmesbury 10K in 35:13 by finishing a creditable 8th overall in the Oldbury 10M in 57:25. The race this year incorporated the BMAF championship and Heath was rewarded with the V40 silver medal just two seconds down on Bath’s Dave Coales.
3 =JERRY HOGAN and DOUGIE COLLINS – Jerry’s time of 10:58 was the fastest V50 time in the Gloucestershire cross relays, while Dougie, who now lives in Tavistock, continued his miraculous fightback from throat cancer by finishing second V50 runner in the Churston 5M won by Tom Merson.
1 SIAN DAVIES – Sian continued her comeback to competition by just dipping under 20mins with a time of 19:57 in the Bridge Inn 5K. It may be some way short of her best, but it is just a relief for her to be back racing again as she has been named as first reserve in England’s V50 team for next month’s Home Countries cross-country international.
2 ALISON HURFORD – Alison too is getting race fit again and was only just over a minute slower than Sian with her time of 20:58 in the Bridge Inn 5K.