PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK – 8 to 15 November 2010

20 Nov
1 DAVE BISHOP – Dave seems to be in the form of his life endurance-wise. He finished an impressive 5th in the NCAA Mountain Region cross-country championship only 15 secs down on GB international Keith Gerrard, who was 4th, and ahead of former British Students’ champion Rory Fraser (6th) and U20 international Ross Millington (7th). It means that the University of New Mexico team, at which all four Brits are students, have now qualified for the NCAA championship finals.
Clearly if Dave can transfer his improved endurance to the track next summer it could be a question of watch this space!
2= STEVE FRANCIS and CHRIS DODD – Steve and Chris are two of the club’s most improved runners this autumn and proved their fitness by finishing just ten seconds apart in 3rd and 4th places respectively in the gruelling multi-terrain Sodbury Slog. More significantly perhaps – both being relative novices as endurance runners – they finished only a minute down on two of the county’s leading distance runners Clevedon’s Julian Emery and Westbury’s Matt Ellis. Steve, for instance, has only just started training seriously, while Chris is considered as an 800-1500m middle distance specialist.
3 ANDY CHAMBERS – Andy continued his promising comeback from his long injury absence by pushing Julian Emery all the way in the latest monthly Street 5K, finishing just five seconds down on the British Masters international in 16:05.
1 HOLLIE KNIGHT – Like Dave Bishop Hollie is also in a rich vein of form and matched his 5th position in the corresponding NCAA South Regional cross championship. She too had the satisfaction of beating Aldershot’s highly rated junior international Charlotte Browning, who was 7th, and will now surely be looking forward to the NCAA championship race.
2 LUCY McALLISTER – Lucy proved she is fast regaining race fitness by taking a more than respectable third place in the latest Surrey women’s League race that attracted an unusually large field of nearly 400 runners. She did well to come in only just over a minute behind Julia Bleasdale, who had finished an impressive 5th in the previous weekend’s Lotto Cross Cup race in Belgium.
3 IMOGEN AINSWORTH – Imo put her disappointing run in the National cross relays behind her by cruising to an overwhelming victory in the popular Sodbury Slog, beating all bar a dozen of the men in the 1,028 finishers.
1 KIERAN YOUNG – It appears Kieran was the only youngster in action last week and did well to finish as high as third in the latest Street 5K road race. He also did well to finish no more than a minute behind winner Julian Emery in exactly 17:00 mins.
1 ALEC WOODS – Holding the Home Countries vets international cross-country championship in Dublin in no way distracted from the class of the race, with the participation of all of Southern Ireland’s top masters adding significantly to the quality of the competition. This resulted in a comparatively rare defeat of the England team by the Republic in the men’s V35, 45 and 55 titles as well as the prestigious women’s V35 category, Alec for his part finished 24th overall and was fourth English scorer in 8th place among the V45 competitors, yet still had to be satisfied with a silver medal for the team event just three points behind the Irishmen.
2 PHIL PARRY – Phil was not expecting to make his usual contribution to the England team’s challenge in  Dublin, having been unable to train properly for the past three months due to a troublesome ankle injury. It was hardly surprising then that he found himself as far back as 40th in the overall race and consequently a non-scoring sixth runner among the England V45 team in 11th individual position.
3 HEATH BAMPTON – Heath maintained his recent good form by finishing as high as 6th overall in the Civil Service cross-country championship in Birmingham less tha a minute behind the triumphant Hobbs brothers from Swansea. It also earned him the silver medal in the vets race.
1 CAMILLA BRIGGS – Camilla made an auspicious international debut by finishing only just outside the top ten in 11th place overall in the Home Countries Masters championship in Dublin. It left her 4th just 20 seconds short of a position on the podium in the V35 class, though she did have the consolation of being second scorer behind overall winner Clare Martin in England’s silver medal-winning team.
2 SIAN DAVIES – Due to injury and illness Sian had to be content with travelling to Dublin as first reserve for England’s V50 team, but in finishing as high as 4th in the accompanying Reserves and Open race, she actually proved she should have been in the team as her time would have made her fourth counter of the English runners in 8th position.
MIKE DOWN (19-11-10)