On a sunny morning with a cooling breeze Bristol & West athletes set off for the BUPA London 10k on Sunday 25th May 2014 with high hopes. No shows by Tom Merson and Charlie Maclean left Owain Jones to fly the flag in the Men’s Race with Phil Parry and Peter Woodward. Owain was fifteenth in 30:50 running a new PB as he shaved 4 seconds off his time from the Bristol 10k in 2013. Owain was only 6 seconds off a top ten finish. Afterwards he commented that he felt good up to 6k in Bristol 2014 and up to 8k at London – let’s hope he can find a 10k in a few weeks where he feels good to the end and he should re-write his PB. Next home in the Men’s race was Phil Parry. Phil was 152nd in the race but more importantly he finished first in the V50 category in 34:57. Phil will probably be disappointed with his time as he ran 34:22 at the Bristol 10k – still it was another good age group win.
The ladies travelled with Team Manager Keith Brackstone expecting a team medal in the UK 10k Championships which were held within the race. The team race results haven’t been declared yet but Keith’s ‘unofficial’ result places the ladies second behind arch rivals Aldershot, Farnham & District. Jenny Jagger had a great run – watched by husband Rich who had cycled from Bristol to Reading and then took his bike on the train (now that’s husband support – an 80 mile bike ride to be there!) and Dad who took her there after her train had been cancelled. If she was stressed by the no-show of the train it didn’t show as she powered into the top ten in a new PB of 34:52. Afterwards Jenny admitted to feeling sick 800 metres out (she looked good when I saw her just before the 9 km marker) and didn’t push until the last 100 metres to finish ninth only 12 seconds off fifth.
Behind her Jessie Sanzo ran another great race finishing twelfth in 35:41 (just 3 seconds slower than her Bristol 10k time) but had been hoping to get closer to 35 minutes this time out. I am sure it will come and position wise it was a great result. One place behind in thirteenth was Lucy MacAlister in 35:49. The combined time for our first three ladies is 1 hour 46 minutes 22 seconds which I believe should be good enough for second behind Aldershot who had Emily Wicks (sixth in 34:43), Georgie Bruinvels (seventh in 34:45) and Louise Small (tenth in 34:53) for a total of 1:44:22. So well done ladies on another national silver team medal.
Behind them Helen Sharpe showed no sign of the fact that this was her third 10k on consecutive weekends as she finished twenty-third in 36:40 (the fastest of the three!). Julia Belyavin finished seventieth in the ladies category clocking 39:52. Despite our best efforts no-one saw her in the race or warm-up and warm-down (we weren’t avoiding you honestly).
Finally Pete Woodward was seen running but seems to have eluded us on the results – his details will be added when known.
Keith Brackstone Reports.