Performances of the Week – 17 to 25 January 2011

29 Jan
1 STEVE FRANCIS – Steve just keeps getting faster and slashed no less than 25secs off his best 5K time in taking a clear third place (15:30) in the latest Bridge Inn 5K evening road race. He is rapidly developing into a regular first team runner and will surely be challenging for a place in the 12-stage team.
2= CHRIS DODD and MATT CRANE – It was difficult to split these two, for though Chris, perhaps predictably with his middle distance pedigree, had the legs on Matt in the Bridge Inn 5K, in which they both shaved a few seconds off their previous best times – Chris 4th in 15:39 and Matt 5th in 15:45 – Matt had previously finished only six seconds behind GWR ace Ben Morley in second place in the latest Weston Prom 5M in 26:24. There cannot be many faster orienteers around than Matt, while Chris is developing the background stamina that is sure to pay off in the track season.
3= SIMON THORNTON, ANDY COOKE, GARETH CULLEN, JOHN BRIERLY, and GILES DAWNAY – All these guys deserve a special mention for showing the value of their group training sessions with Chris Elson by improving their personal bests in the Bridge Inn 5K – Giles, albeit the slowest of the quintet, by as much as a full minute. Well done and keep up the good work boys!
1= HOBIE MARTIN and LUKE JACOBS – Both won their county schools inter boys cross-country titles, Hobie the Cornish crown by the proverbial mile, and Luke the Avon title for the first time after a race-long tussle with his training partner Zak Tobias.
2 ZAK TOBIAS – Zak was unable to match Luke’s finishing speed in the Avon Schools race, but again underlined his natural stamina, which might count in his favour in the higher class field that will be encountered in the forthcoming championships.
3 MATT DEACON – Matt may not often attract the headlines but is a paragon of consistency and only just missed out on the medals in the Avon Schools senior boys race, finishing a creditable 4th and duly booking his place in the team for the English schools championships.
1 MICK O’DOHERTY – Mick once again belied his age by posting the fastest vets time overall of 16:15 in the Bridge Inn 5K despite being in the V50 group these days and he looks sure to be a contender in this winter’s National masters cross championships. 
2 STUART PRICE – Stuart, a recent newcomer to the club, posted a new personal best in the Bridge Inn race, his time a very promising 19:47 that he looks sure to improve further in the weeks ahead.
1 AMY CHALK – Amy continued her recent comeback to competition following the birth of her second child by scoring a runaway victory in the latest event in the Bath Run series  – a 10K multi-terrain race that she covered in a more than respectable 37:49 considering that the overall men’s winner failed to run inside 35mins.
2 HELEN FINES – Helen continued her globetrotting exploits in the fell-running world by finishing runner-up in the Soreen Stanbury Splash at Keighley, West Yorkshire, covering the 7M course that included 1200ft of climbing in just over 50mins. After this the Midland champs course at Leamington should feel like a walk in the park!
3 GRACE CRANE – Grace was the first of our ladies in the Bridge Inn 5K, again succeeding in getting under the 20min barrier in 19:47, flat running that is sure to help her on the orienteering circuit.
1 HANNAH ALDERSON – Hannah made an impressive international debut in Spain when she finished a close 4th in the Elgoibar junior cross race that was dominated by the English team as they almost swept the board to underline our national strength in the U17/20 age groups.
2 OLIVIA SADLER – Olivia showed a clean pair of heels to her rivals in the Avon Schools senior girls race, cruising to an easy victory on much more favourable ground than she had encountered the previous week in the Cardiff cross challenge.
3 BILLIE WILLIAMS – Billie kept plugging away to earn herself almost certain selection for this year’s English schools championships by finishing a creditable 6th in the Avon Schools senior girls event.
1 ALISON HURFORD – Where are all our vets one might ask? But Ali never lets the side down and clocked a pb for the Bridge Inn course of 20:09 that gave her second place in the V45 category.
MIKE DOWN (21-01-11)