Harry Webb and Jane Wassell win Second Summer Bridge Inn – Tuesday 31 May 2011

Harry Webb (Bristol & West Athletic Club) marked the end of his degree course at Brunel University with a win in the second Bridge Inn 5k of the summer series on Tuesday 31st May 2011. Having gone through the first kilometre in 2 minutes 50 seconds he was soon clear of the field – leaving runner-up Max Kiralyfi (University of Bristol) to comment that he started way too fast. Harry came home a clear winner in 15:26 while Max clocked 15:54 in the runner-up slot as Robert Farley (Bitton Road Runners) also dipped under 16:00 stopping the clock at 15:59 for third place.

Jane Wassell (Stroud & District) marked her move to the Female 45 category with a win in the Women’s race in 18:29 as she finished 23rd overall.  Behind her Grace Crane (Bristol & West) was second in a new PB of 18:43 in twenty-fifth place overall.

Down the age groups Jacob Hayes of Bitton Road Runners was first V40 (sixth in 16:58), Steve Hale of Team Bath took the V50 category in 17:40 and Roger Trubridge (Unattached) the V60 category in   18:22. Brenda Avery of Chepstow Harriers took the F55 category in 22:51.

Race Director Chris Elson was delighted with the performances of several of the Club’s Whitehall Recreational Running Group who he coaches and who competed in the race for the first time. First home was Sarah Everitt (4th L35) with a time of 22.58 knocking 51 secs of her PB. Sarah came in with Heather Lepard (22.58) who knocked 2 minutes of her PB! Jay Lippman came next with a time of 24.52. This was Jay’s first 5K. Chris Elson thought Jay would do around 25.30 on the basis of her Bristol 10K time (there are tables for these estimations) so this run clearly falls into the ‘exceeds expectations’ category. As do the performances of Sue Dyer and Allison Preston who recorded the excellent time of 29.32. Chris Elson was impressed – so watch out ladies – tougher sessions to come on Monday nights at Whitehall.

Full results can be found by following the link to Results – Bridge Inn 5k.