What can only be described as a howling gale (on the exposed stretches) greeted the runners at the Ashton Court Parkrun. Eyeballing the times they were about 40 seconds slower than normal. There was a record 23 people running in the field of 130 with again Bristol & West AC and Bristol & West AC Whitehall Runners well to the fore. Ben Robinson was in the lead going strongly up the hill.
He maintained his pace and drew away to win by 17 seconds in 18.15 a remarkable, in the conditions, 15 seconds off his course PB. It was good to see a Bristol & West AC vest in front! Richard Lowe was not far behind in third place and getting back to his best in 18.45. Peter Gandon, Rich O’Kelly and Mo Osman, who all have a week of heavy training in their legs, were sixth, seventh and fourteenth in 19.42, 19.40 and 21.39 respectively. Dave Engledew again led the M50s home 22.08 followed by Jacob Butterly, who would have recorded a course PB in better conditions, with 22.15. The ladies were dominant with Sarah Everitt first home in 22.39, Tracy Allen third in 23.09, Helen Brooks fourth in 24.16 and Becci Colquhoun sixth in 24.58. Rikki Porter and Paulo Baesso came home close together in 24.02 and 24.08. Meanwhile Roger Brocklesby led the M55s home in 25.49. Catherine Stickler was 10th lady in 25.55 followed by Alison Engeldew second W50 in 26.21. Lebert Scarlett did 26.21 and Noel Arthur, third M55, 26.31. Hifsa Yasmin made her debut in 29.43 while Andy Butterly did 30.28. Next back was Paul Burgess in 31.00, Denise Williams in 34.46 and Alex Leitch nursing his injured calf muscle 35.45.
For those running the Bridge Inn 5K on Tuesday 31st January, please have a taper. For example, you might do your “long” run slowly on Saturday 28th, rest on Sunday and then come down Monday for a jog, drills and an easy run.
Chris Elson Reports.