The fourth of the Aztec West Fast 5K Series for 2016-17 that the club organizes was held on a wet and windy night on Tuesday 31st January 2017. This didn’t stop 226 runners competing including thirty-four from the club.
Oli Mott from Cheltenham Harriers, one of the most prolific runners of this race, won in 14:47 for a course PB and fastest ever 5k from club mate Phil Beastall (14:48) with Ben ROBINSON of Bristol & West third home in 14:59. Ben who has run the race twice before took a massive 50 seconds off his PB – despite the conditions. Jarlath MCKENNA finished fourth in 15:23 just shy of his course PB of 15:23 – no mean feat after his jaunt over 9.3 miles of cross-country at the Midland Championships on Saturday. Josh MOODY was another club member to run a PB as he finished sixth in 15:44 shaving 2 seconds from his PB. Another Keith Brackstone coached athlete Will DAVIDSON finished thirteenth in 16:07 to equal his PB and must surely run sub-16 minutes in better conditions.
The ladies were led home by Chrissie Wellington (Birmingham Running Athletics & Triathlon (BRAT) Club) in 17:33 who was also first in the W35 category. Chrissie is Bristol-based and it was great to see her supporting a local event. Second female home was Fiona MARKS in 18:00 – Fiona eased off in the latter stages with a foot niggle. In third place was Wendy Nicholls of Cirencester in 18:11 who comfortably took the W45 category. It was good to see Olivia SADLER getting back into racing as she ran 18:30 along with club newcomer Natalie GRIFFITHS.
In the age groups India Ibbotson of Team Bath was the sole Under-17 Lady in 20:39 and Kate Sackett of Cirencester took W55 honours in 21:13. The first Under-17 man, and not for the first time, was Aidan Noble of Westbury Harriers who regularly competes in the event. Marc Fallows of Cheltenham and County Harriers was first M40 in 16:15 and as in the senior race was followed home by a club mate Darren Jordan in 16:34. Stefan Simms of the Micky Morris Racing Team was first M45 in 16:28, while Jeremy Mower of Gloucester AC took M50 honours in 17:38. Ken Ham of Westbury Harriers was first M55 home in 18:54 with Tom Hutchison of Team Bath first M60 in 19:37.
Our thanks to Roger Brocklesby and his team for another enjoyable event. Put Tuesday 28th February 2017 in your diaries when everyone reconvenes for the fifth race of the series. It is Shrove Tuesday so if anyone fancies running tossing a pancake in a frying pan we can see whether there is a world record for such an activity. Now that would put Bristol on the map as one of the European Capitals of Sport for 2017 to host a world record attempt!
Full race results are listed below: