Distance Running News, 18-19 April

Cheltenham Harriers claimed four individual wins and a team win on a busy weekend of racing within the county. Dave Roper claimed his first win of 2015 with a gun to tape victory at the Chedworth Roman Trail 10 mile multi-terrain race as he quickly established a race winning lead that he extended to 85 seconds by the finish. James Bingham and Marc Fallows were lying together in fifth and sixth place after 3 miles before the former moved clear in the fourth mile. By halfway Bingham was up into fourth, before moving into third in the seventh mile and then passing second placed Dan Lewis just before eight miles and opening up forty second gap. Fallows remained in sixth to finish as first veteran home and ensure the Harriers took the team win. Miguel Mundinano ran well for eleventh place, James Wilkinson finished 29th and Jamie Courtenay came home in 121st place in a field of 257 runners.

Sunday also saw a win for Anthony Bailey in the Angels 10k at Ashleworth as he took a comfortable seventy second victory over Tewkesbury’s Jon Mansfield as he stopped the clock in a relatively modest 35:42. Ian Giles was the third veteran home in fourth place in 37:56 before Paul Barnes finished as first vet 55 runner in 41:47. For the Harriers ladies Debbie Smith was the second V45 runner home in 44:39, Jess White recorded 45:27 and Sam Pickering completed the course in 51:17. The previous day Will New enjoyed a win at the White Horse 4 mile road race in Gloucester in a pleasing time of 21:19 for a 90 second victory ahead of Gloucester’s Jack Evans. Mark James came home in fourth place, closely followed by Andrew Hussey who made a welcome return after a lengthy injury absence. At the Cheltenham parkrun the quality of the top two runners exceeded the other local races as Graham Rush took the win in 15:54 and John Parker placed second in 16:31. Matt Evans finished fifth in 17:46 and Simon Critchley recorded 19:06 for the 5km Pittville Park course whilst Rachel See finished as the first lady home at the Swindon parkrun in 21:36.