Distance Running News, 17-18 October

Phil Wylie finished in an impressive seventh place as he represented Great Britain in the World Duathlon Championship in Adelaide. Overcoming an achilles injury that restricted his training in the last few weeks, the Dave Newport coached athlete completed the 10km run, 40km bike and 5k run in a time of 1:50:23. Back in the UK the most notable performance of the weekend came from Andy Gore who finished seventeenth in the Abingdon Marathon in a time of 2:48:16. A quiet weekend on the racing front saw several Harriers make use of parkruns ahead of their upcoming road and cross country fixtures. Darren Jordan returned to action after a six month injury absence to win the Buckingham event with a 17:00 clocking that equalled his fastest time on the course, whilst Mark James earned a record fifth victory at the Kingsway event in Gloucester in 17:41. At the second Gloucester North parkrun, held on the grass at Plock Court, Gavin McCaugherty’s 17:50 saw him claim the course record and also win at his eighth different parkrun venue. At the Cheltenham event in Pittville Park Ben Williams’ 18:06 led the Harriers home in fifth place and Matthew Dwerryhouse lowered his PB to 18:32 for ninth place. Steve Hall registered an 18:39 before Dan Minors lowered his best time on the course to 19:20. Simon Critchley (19:49) and Gareth Edwards (19:50) followed before Phil Williams lowered his PB to 20:01. Vet 70 runner Martin Ford recorded 20:18 and Isabel Ovens came home as sixth lady home in 22:39.