Distance Running News, 10-14 September

Dan Owen ended his track season in style with a big 1500m PB at the British Milers Club event at Watford. The twenty-one year old knocked over four seconds from his previous best to record an impressive 3:51.68 to finish a successful season that has also seen PBs over 800m (1:54.54), 3000m (8:26.63) and in his speciality 3000m steeplechase (9:10.81). At the same meeting James Miller posted his second fastest time of the season with a pleasing 1:54.59.

The Harriers team took the honours at the Bugatti 10k, with veteran Anthony Bailey leading the team home in second place behind Severn’s Harry Bishop. Elliot Prince saw off the challenge of Stroud’s Andrew Watt in the closing stages of the testing course to take third in 37:05. Dave Rantell was the second veteran and first V45 runner home in 37:42 with fellow veteran Steve Linton seventh in 38:37. Richard Birch (41:14) and Dave Hemmings (43:45) followed before Joan Shaw (46:52) was second LV50 runner and Jamie Courtenay (53:30) completed the Harriers contingent. At the lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon Jon Barnes placed twelfth in 74:25 whilst new signing Jay Dowding finished third in the Apperley Quarter Marathon in 39:33.

James Bingham continued his return to form with a win at the Cheltenham parkrun after a close battle with teammate Dmitry Nazarenko. Bingham’s course PB of 16:30 moved him up to seventh on the event’s all time ranking list, whilst Nazarenko’s 16:34 was also his best time on the course. Mike Gray equalled his course PB with 17:18 in fourth before Alex Lee (17:50) and Ben Williams (18:01) followed in sixth and ninth respectively. Luke Kearns (18:49), Rowan Tibbs (19:20) and Ben Sluman (19:38) completed the 5km Pittville Park course before Agata Giles finished as third lady in 21:39.