This is just a brief blog until the results of the Bristol 10k are posted on the Run Bristol web-site. With 85 club athletes entered plus several club elite runners I always hoped to see a good representation in the white with Red Chest Band. I was not disappointed. There was a really strong group of Bristol & West athletes to the fore in the men’s race and I can’t remember the exact finishing order as Tom Merson, Charlie Maclean and Owain Jones all crossed the line close together followed by Shaun Antell and Rob Bugden. Andy Cooke and Will Russell were well up as was Andy Chambers recovering from injury – I am afraid to quote times until I have seen the official results but I think almost without exception PBs were had by all and this continued down the field. I saw Phil Parry finish strongly, Peter Gandon and Andrew Malloy sprinting for the line and dipping for the verdict also sticks in my mind. By then Debbie Niccol had already crossed the line going sub-35 for the first time. I told Jessie Sanzo she was in sub-36:30 shape and she didn’t believe me – the clock won’t lie and it will be sub 36:30. Annabel Granger was already home by then. Matt Deacon ran strongly and Whitehall Runners had Chris Elson really excited – there are almost too many good performances to recall and the athletes themselves thought so if the buzz in the pub afterwards was anything to go by when I phoned Charlotte Green to congratulate her on her first sub-40 muinute clocking (I think it will be sub 39:30).
It is so rewarding when hard work produces results and everyone who ran the race had worked hard for it – which makes all of us involved in coaching you feel very proud and very satisfied that we are pointing you in the right direction – so speak to your coaches and identify your next personal challenge and watch this space for the official results.
Keith Brackstone Reports.