Bristol 10k – Belated Blog (Part 1)

15 May

There were some excellent performances from club members at a very windy (but luckily not wet by the time the race started) Bristol 10k on Sunday 11th May 2014 on what was a very busy weekend for the club. There are some interesting finishing places in the results and times quoted are chip times throughout.

First home from the club was Tom Merson in ninth place in 30:54 with Charlie Maclean fifteenth in 31:25. Owain Jones was next (seventeenth) in 31:25 with Pete Le Grice twenty-fourth in 31:52 and Oli Mott twenty-fifth in 31:53 as the club finished five in the first twenty-five male runners.

There was another influx of club vests as Jarlath McKenna forty-fourth in 33:38 for a big PB, Ben Robinson forty-eighth in 33:49 and Will Russell finished forty-ninth in 33:52 for a PB. Phil Parry was next home in 34:22 for fifty-seventh. Although Phil was clearly first V50 he had to give way to a World record run from Martin Rees in the V60 category who was forty-sixth in 33:47.

Jenny Jagger then led the ladies home (sixth lady) with 35:01 another one who ran a big PB despite the less than favourable conditions. Jess Sanzo (35:38) was another to run a big PB just edging out Lucy MacAlister who clocked 35:44 (Lucy is well into training for her forthcoming marathon) as the pair finished ninth and tenth in the ladies race.

In the mix at this time for the men were Maciej Bialogonski (77th in 35:32) and Ben Haines (81st in 35:44), with Scott Watkins next home in 91st place in 36:08 as all three ran PBs.

Andy Malloy made the top 100 in 94th place in 36:17 for a PB – in fact most of the club runners seemed to be recording PBs.  Annabel Granger clocked 36:38 as she finished in 104th place (fourteenth lady), the fourth woman home for the club. Helen Sharpe came home in 116th place in 36:55 to take seventeenth in the ladies race – so with the men with five in twenty-five and the ladies with five in seventeen it was a great show of strength and surely the club must have taken both team awards.

At this point the white with red chest band was hard to keep up with as Kate Goodhead (37:02), Steve Swann, Rob Stewart, Nick Brenchley, Tristan Daniels and Gary Betty all finished in a matter of seconds. (At this point I won’t say much about finishing positions as I personally feel that the way the results are presented is confusing – it is not a time trial it is a race and you finish where you finish). Neil Williams (37:26) is shown as 139th, with Alex Whittaker just behind (but shown as unattached), Mark Burley is shown as 149th in 37:42 (yet another PB). 

Further club results can be found at Bristol & West Results – 11.05.14 at http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/race-results-and-rankings/multi-terrain-and-road-results/

with general race results at

http://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=102967