After 8 scoring matches in the 2016/2017 Aztec West Fast 5k Series the ninth race was a Mob Match held at Aztec West over the usual course on Tuesday 27th June 2017 and provided the opportunity to award the series prizes. Bristol & West Athletic Club were clear winners of the Mob match with their twenty runners scoring 871 points – thankful in no small measure to a great turn-out from the Ladies Section of the club. Runners-up were Westbury Harriers who scored 2,213 points and were the only other club to field more than 20 runners in a field of 181. Cheltenham Harriers finished third with 2,353 points just ahead of Southville who scored 2,360 points. The full mob match result was as follows:
In the individual race Phil Beastall of Cheltenham Harriers hit the front early on and was a clear winner in 14:56. Phil RADFORD (Bristol & West Athletic Club) showed that his recent good form is continuing and he chased hard to finish second in 15:14 – a new PB for 5k on the road. Third place went to Andy Chambers who is currently unattached but who is a former Bristol & West member in 15:38.
In the Ladies race Fiona MARKS set out with intent clocking a 5:25 first mile but faded to finish in 17:39 to just hold off Helen NEWBERRY also from Bristol & West who was given the same time of 17:39 in the official results for a PB. In third place in a big PB was Rhian JINNY-JONES in 18:30 to secure a clean sweep of the Ladies podium by Bristol & West.
In the age groups Rhiannon Paton of Westbury Harrier was first Under-17 Lady in 19:44, Rosey MUSHENS was first W45 in 20:39 and race regular Kate Sackett of Cirencester AC was first W55 in 21:25.
Joseph Reardon of Aberdare was first in the Under-17 Men’s category in 16:13 as he finished eighth overall. Mark James of Cheltenham & County Harriers took M40 honours in 16:33, while Pete CLARK of Bristol & West Athletic Club was first M45 in 19:11. The M50 category was very competitive with Lee Aherne of Parc Bryn Bach finishing first in 16:30; the home club’s Matt ROBINSON was second in 17:19. Ken Ham of Westbury Harriers was M55 winner in 19:04, while Jon GOODLAND of Bristol & West took M60 honours in 19:36. Arthur DALEY of Gloucester Athletic Club looked to be back to his old self as he took the M65 category in 20:14.
The full individual result is below:
This was the last race of the third series at Aztec West and for those of you interested in such things a list of the race winners to date is below.
Once again a big thank you to Race Director Roger Brocklesby and his team of volunteers for staging a successful race, without their support it would be impossible to stage this popular series. [Our statistician Pete Davenport tells us that 811 different athletes competed in this year’s series of races.] We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday 26th September 2017 for the first race in the 2017/2018 series.