On a day that was far from ideal for fast times due to the wind and intermittent rain several club athletes nevertheless managed to post PBs at the Bath Half-Marathon. The ladies certainly showed the way with some great performances. Lucy MacAlister earned some TV air time being the first local athlete in either the men’s or ladies races with a great third place in 76:20 and first Brit behind the Kenyan one-two. Not far behind and running a great race was Jessie Sanzo who recoded a PB of 77:40 in fifth place (there is currently a spurious runner in fourth place in the official results). Annabel Granger looked to be really moving as she passed me at the 11 mile point and so it proved as she passed Helen Sharpe in the last 200 metres to clock 78:18 for sixth with Helen clocking 78:26 for seventh. There was a welcome return to racing for Georgia Wood who clocked 84:21 for thirteenth place. Julia Belyavin clocked 86:14 and Tracy Allan 91:37 finishing just in front of Lisa Newing whose chip time was 91:43. Tracy took third place in her age group – just 39 seconds behind the first lady in her category. Rosey Mushens clocked 1:47:18 and Sabrina Patten was also under 2 hours with 1:50:49. To complete the list of club ladies who finished Bev Campbell clocked 2:09:10.
The men were led home by Alec Woods with 75:51 in fiftieth place. Matt Krelle had an excellent run to come home in 57th place in 76:16 (chip) with Peter Woodward next in 65th place in 76:57. Neil Williams clocked 1:20:09 on the race clock but his chip time saw him just under 80 minutes as he clocked 79:59 in 116th place. Gary Betty was very happy to run a 2 ½ minute PB in 80:58 in 138th. Steve Swan finished 149th in 82:02 (81:36 chip) and it was good to see Matt Deacon out racing in club colours again as he came home 223rd in 84:22 (84:21). Tom Galvin advised that he never really got into his groove and was disappointed to clock 84:32 (84:24) for 233rd place. Peter Mountain finished 332nd in 86:57 (86:56) with Matthew Aylott next home in 960th (1:36:11 – 1:34:32 chip). Tom Skinner clocked 1:40:36 (1:40:02 chip) for 1,475th. Darren Westlake (3,707) and Paul Noyce (3,770) both finished in the three thousands with 1:54:03 and 1:54:59 respectively. Omar Saeed brought the club runners home in 6,477th place in 2:09:59.
Well done to all the men but a big pat on the back for the ladies who must have been clear winners of the Ladies Team Prize. [Indeed when the team results were posted on the Bath Half-Marathon web-site the ladies were first and second teams in the Open Ladies Competition as well as taking second in the Ladies vets competition – I guess our leading vets probably scored in the Open Category as Lucy, Jessie and Annabel are all vets and finished in the top six in the race!]
Keith Brackstone Reports.