Twenty two Bristol & West runners took part in the sixth race of the nine race series with 301 finishers. It was a benign weather night by Prom standards with no rain and only a bit of breeze and temperatures still the right side of zero if only just.
Our lead finishers at this race are often vets and Matt Robinson (12th and 1st M50) continued the pattern followed by Tom Watkins as our first SM (18th overall) with a PB of 29:45. Malcolm Ritchie followed up in twenty-ninth position and eighth M40. Molly Chilton continued her great series of runs coming in as fourth female and her highest overall position to date at fiftieth, one place in front of Jon Goodland the 2017-18 M60 champion in waiting.
Darren Stringer was our next SM in seventy-second overall position followed by first and second in the F50 category by Tracy Allan (82nd overall) and Rosey Mushens (102nd overall) with Steve Grant one place further back and fifteenth M50. Helen Clark continued the vets theme with seventh F40 and 126th overall place before the two SF finishers of Nicola Oldroyd (17th SF, 140th overall while resting up for the National Cross-Country on Saturday as well as tending an ill runner) and Alice Doggrell clocking up the miles before, during and after the race for a London event in April you might have heard of (19th SF and 143rd overall).
Richard Gwyn (39th M40 and 154th overall) led in the next five male vets with the M60s probably taking the club honours – Bob Cox (5th M60), Brendan Wilson (44th M40), Tom Burgess (8th M60) and Rob Colman (33rd M50). Gemma Nickols came in as thirty-fourth SF, Roger Brocklesby fifteenth M60, Malcolm Cowton 43rd M50, Michelle Edgell twenty-seventh F40 and Agnieszka Kaminska thirty-second F40.
The individual series awards are based on the best six of the first eight races and we have well placed runners in a number of categories. Molly Chilton and Rosey Mushens have now completed six races with Molly third SF and Rosey leading F50 with Tracy Allan also well placed but not yet having run six races. Matt Robinson will need to run the next two races but if he does will be well up in the M50 category and Jon Goodland has been first M60 in the five races he has run so needs one more finish to clinch the age category.
The only Bristol & West team in contention is the ladies team of South Westerlies comprising Molly Chilton, Jane Colman, Alice Doggrell, Fiona Marks, Rosey Mushens and Nicola Oldroyd. GWR held a significant lead going into Race SIx but with a low turnout from them and a good performance from Clevedon who were third, the unofficial position is now very tight between all three teams with Clevedon in first (2,418), GWR second (2,476) and then our South Westerlies in third (2,514). All nine races count for the team prizes so turnout will be critical. The next race is on Thursday the 22nd March 2018.
This is the Weston Prom Run where sociability counts over everything else, so the big news of the night was that a renegade group tried out a different post-race pub than the traditional sea-front Wetherspoons and we look forward to hearing how that went as options are always good.
Steve Grant Reports.