Performances of Weeks 36 and 37 – 16 to 31 May 2011

05 Jun
With the road and cross-country season now concluded this will be the final Performances of the Week contribution until the new season in September. I trust you have again found it an interesting addition to our results section.
1=PHIL WYLIE and TOM MERSON – Neither Phil nor Tom could match their Bristol 10K performances in the BUPA/UKA London 10K though times generally were slower all round, Mo Farah clocking only 29:15 in winning. Phil was nearly a minute slower in 29th position (30:54) and Tom half a minute down in 43rd place (31:35). Nor were they alone as Phil Wicks and Ben Tickner, two of the leading Brits in the Bristol race, were similarly around half a minute slower, the only explanation offered being the hot breezy conditions. 
2 HARRY WEBB – Back from University Harry strolled to an easy victory in the club’s latest Bridge Inn 5K. While his time for him was an unearth-shattering 15:28, he still won by the best part of half a minute and has said he plans to take time out from his normal middle distance track campaign to experiment with longer distances, especially on the road  where he feels his greatest strength lies.
3 SHAUN ANTELL – Shaun took more than a minute off the time he recorded for 6th place in Exeter’s recent Great West Half marathon when clocking 73:22 to finish a creditable 11th in the Plymouth Half marathon that was dominated by four African runners. He was actually the 5th Briton to finish and 4th South West runner behind Kairn Stone, Stuart Hall and Jim Cole.
1 NATHAN YOUNG – Nathan posted his best performance for some time when he held Mountain running international Martin Cox to just over half a minute in the strength-sapping Keynsham 10K, finishing runner-up just ahead of emerging Wiltshire star Tom Fisher in 34:25.
2 MATT DEACON – Matt joined our team in the London 10K and finished only just outside the top 200 in 36:49, though like the others he too was as much as a minute down on his Bristol 10K time.
3 KIERAN YOUNG – Young Kieran joined elder brother Nathan in the Keynsham 10K and nearly broke 38 minutes, finishing a creditable 12th overall in 38:07.
1 MICK O’DOHERTY – Mick has been monopolising the top position here of late and does so deservedly again after finishing 4th overall and first V40, let alone V50, in the Keynsham 10K, his time an impressive 34:47, which was only just over 20 seconds down on Nathan and Tom Fisher.
2= STEVE GOSS & MIKE JACOBS – Steve finished as high as 6th V40 in the London 10K in an impressive time for the conditions of 34:20, while Mike underlined what an asset he would have been at the recent National Masters road relay championships as he was less than a minute slower than Steve’s time in surprising many of his younger rivals when finishing as high as 4th overall in the recent Wells 10K in 35:16.
3 JON GOODLAND – Jon took the second V50 prize in the recent Edinburgh Half marathon (82:52) and in doing so ran nearly a minute and a half faster than he had done at Bath, He followed this up with a useful time of 18:14 at the latest Bridge Inn 5K.
1 IMOGEN AINSWORTH – Imo was only one of two of our runners – the other was Annabel Granger – in our London 10K teams who bettered their Bristol 10K times. Her 35:12 was not only a new PB but lifted her as high as 13th position in the most competitive field that has contested the UK championship race in recent years, with Jo Pavey winning and Paula Radcliffe back in third place. She also led our squad to the silver medals behind arch rivals Charnwood in the UK team championship, which together with the English title that we annexed in the Bristol race consolidates our status among the top three women’s teams in the country.
2 AMY CHALK – As consistent as ever Amy finished just two positions and 13 seconds behind Imo in 15th place (35:25) in the UKA 10K to confirm her return to something approaching her top form, this too despite the fact that she is now officially in the Masters’ ranks and has two children to look after!
3 LUCY MaCALISTER – With Claire Hallissey back in the States Lucy completed our scoring trio in the London race in 18th position (35:56), which followed her posting the best Parkrun 5K time in the country the previous weekend in Richmond Park (17:15). As a result of her fine run too in the recent Brighton marathon she has also now been selected to represent Great Britain in the forthcoming Toronto marathon.
1 SIAN DAVIES – Sian’s brilliant opening leg set our V45 team that was completed by Nicky Bromhall and Ali Hurford on course to dethrone reigning champions Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow and score a convincing victory in the National Masters road relay championship. Her time of 18:22 for the three mile leg was the second fastest overall – just five seconds down on former international Marina Steadman  – and less than a minute slower than our two top V35 runners Nikki Brookland and Annabel Granger posted in the V35 championship.
2= NIKKI BROOKLAND & ANNABEL GRANGER – It is again difficult to split these two, for while Nikki was faster than Annabel in the Masters road relays, Annabel reversed positions eight days later in the UKA London10K. Remarkably there was just 14 seconds between their times in the relay and one second less in the 10K. Perhaps of greater significance though is that their respective times of 17:34 and 17:48 were the 4th and 5th fastest overall in the National masters V35 road relay championship, where backed by Clare Joliffe they took the silver medals behind Telford, while with times of 36:17 and 36:30 they were also 4th and 5th V35s in the UKA 10K behind no less than Jo Pavey, Paula Radcliffe and clubmate Amy Chalk and you could hardly expect them to beat any of those three! To prove what a glutton for punishment she is Nikki followed up her run in the road relay the following day by winning the gruelling Keynsham 10K in a new course record of 37:48, which was good enough to place her in the top ten overall. 
3= CLARE STEVINSON & CLAIRE JOLIFFE – The two Claire’s completed our National masters silver medal winning road relay quartet, and both deserve a mention for their respective contributions. Clare Stevinson who, though now based in Loughborough, is still such a great supporter of the club, has hardly been able to train at all these last few years due to a chronic pelvic problem, but she is always game to make up a team when needed, and with Amy away on holiday she not only once again came to the rescue, but still managed to clock a more than respectable 18:47 for the three mile lap. Claire Joliffe too did not let the team down and was only just outside the 20 minute mark, and like Nikki also took on the gruelling Keynsham 10K the following day, finishing a creditable 4th in 44:16.
MIKE DOWN 4 June 2011        .