Distance Running News, 12-16 April

Rhys Park showed excellent form to set 5000m and 1500m personal bests at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa, California. Park, representing Boise State University, broke his 5000m PB by 4 seconds, clocking 14:10.57 for 12th place. He also achieved a personal best in the 1500m the following day by 4 seconds, finishing in 3:54:30. Back in England, Phil Wylie won the Exeter Fast Friday 10k. The 38-year old finished in a time of 31:30, ahead of Philip Bridge of Yeovil (32:42) and James Thie of Cardiff (33:15). Russell Forsbrook ran in the midweek Yeovilton 5k finishing 25th in a time of 17:19. Matt Evans competed in the Isle of Man festival which consists of 3 races in 3 days. The 25-year old’s first race involved a 10k in Port Erin where he placed 86th in a time of 37:25. The next race was a 4-Mile race in Peel where he came 107th in 28:04. The last race consisted of running 5k where Evans clocked 18:20 coming in 86th position. The Bushley Mile road race saw Cheltenham Harriers Mark James, James Wilkinson and Dave Rantell competing. 40-year old James finished the mile race in exactly 5 minutes placing 2nd behind Charlie Eastaugh of Leamington. James Wilkinson came 7th with a personal best of 5:23 and Rantell clocked a time of 5:41 securing 14th position. The weekend parkrun results several wins for Cheltenham Harriers. David Aubrey who has been running strongly in the past few months won Cheltenham parkrun in 17:10. James Wilkinson 9th (18:25), Gareth Edwards 23rd (19:47), Edward Holdsworth 33rd (20:08), William Holdsworth 41st (20:33) and Katerina Horrocks 90th (22:28) also competed. Andy Gardiner came close to breaking his parkrun personal best coming 10th in 16:59 in Cardiff. Mark James won Kingsway parkrun achieving a parkrun personal best of 16:40. Under 17 athlete George Hawthorne won Ally Pally parkrun in North London in 18:14. Liam Roarty, back home in Dublin for Easter holidays, won River Valley parkrun in 16:57 achieving a parkrun personal best.