Mike Strange, supported by the usual suspects, put on a good series of Street Sprints and Road Miles around the usual 300 metre course at College Green between ‘City Hall’ (George (Ferguson) why have we gone all American?) and the Cathedral on Saturday 14th September as the annual curtain raiser for the Half-Marathon Weekend. Numbers were up – which is great news – but there is still scope for more – particularly in the Senior Races. There was also innovation with 1,000 metre races (run over 3 laps and the straight for under-11s and these races saw 14 finishers in the girl’s race and 18 finishers in the Boy’s race. These might not sound like huge numbers but 20 is about as many as can be managed in safety on a triangular course with three tight bends.
Support from club athletes was at best patchy but no where was it stronger than in the under-13 boys where Coach Alison Hurford had seven athletes competing to make up almost half of the field of 15. First home from Ali’s group was Daniel MARSHALL (5:44) in third place, followed by Stan HARDING-HILL (5:58) in seventh place.
In the equivalent age group for girls it was the Dave Taylor coached duo of Olivia CROFTS (seventh in 6:15) and Emily MOORE (ninth in 6:29) who flew the club colours.
In the under-15 Boy’s race the club provided four of the field of nine (with the 2013 graduate class of Ali’s Academy providing the club finishers). Kieron DUNKLEY was tracking the leaders for the first two laps but a strong finishing Anton MILLS took club bragging rights finishing third in 5:19 to make the podium at the presentation ceremony.
Corey HAYNES settled into second spot in the under-17 Men’s race early on and was a comfortable runner-up in 5:14.
Of the visitor’s Performance of the Day probably came in the Senior Women’s Race where Hannah Brooks was winner overall in 4:52 just 4 seconds outside Sophie Morris’ course record of 4:48 (now that Sophie is a member of Bristol & West perhaps we might be able to persuade her to run the race in 2014 to have a go at winning and improving her course record. Gwen Kinsey of Stroud AC was first in the master’s race and just missed Alison Hurford’s course record of 5:28 as she clocked 5:30.
It was down to James Thie to send his squad over to provide the quality in the Senior Men’s Race and Tom Marshall built into the race slowly before winning (4:43) from David Banwell-Clode (4:44).
Full race results are available at:
I am sure Mike Strange would want us to thanks all the volunteers who helped to stage this successful event.