Distance Running News, 18-23 August

Graham Rush continued his fine recent form with third place in the 5000m at the British Milers Club Grand Prix in Solihull. The Cheltenham athlete was content to sit in the second pack in the early stages of the race as European silver 10,0000m silver medallist Andy Vernon acted as pacemaker for the small lead group. By the later stages the front group has disintegrated and Rush found himself battling for third place with Liverpool’s Dan Cliff, as the pair reduced the large gap to Southend’s Adam Hickey. Whist Australian Sam McEntee took the win in 13:50.51, Rush broke clear of Cliff and got within 1.54 seconds of Hickey as he crossed the line third in an impressive time of 14:15.74.

Harry Bishop claimed the race win as he led the Cheltenham Harriers team to victory at the White Horse 5k in Gloucester. The first mile of the race saw the nineteen year old in a lead pack of three that also included Stroud’s Josh Dixon and Bromsgrove’s Conor Smith. The Cheltenham athlete then moved clear to win both the race and the Gloucestershire title in a time of 15:24. A second pack of three Harriers battled for fourth spot with Marc Fallows (16:13) claiming the veteran title as he held off the challenge of Jeremy Bradley (16:17) and first under 17 athlete Alex Chantler (16:25). Mark James (16:54) took tenth spot as he pulled clear of second veteran Andy Prophett (16:58) in the final 300m as the pair completed the winning six man team. Steve Hall took veteran bronze in 17:31, James Chantler claimed under 17 silver in 17:39 and Dave Rantell finished as leading V45 athlete in 17:50. James Wilkinson was just three seconds outside his personal best with 17:54 as he held off the challenge of Gareth Edwards (17:57) before Richard Birch (18:36) and Callum Fallows (19:45) completed the Harriers contingent.

On the track in Gloucester Andy Prophett ran well for second place in the Gloucestershire 10,000m Championship with a time of 35:31.7 as he finished 49 seconds behind Peter Woodward of the Forest of Dean. Matt Evans came home third in 36:40.1 and Paul Wade beat his 10k road PB on his track debut with a 37:21.5 clocking. In the Midland 3000m Championship in Coventry Beth Hawling finished fourth in a time of 10:29.87. At the Cheltenham parkrun Alex Lee won the event for a sixth time as lowered his best time on the course to 16:30, James Wilkinson finished fourth in 18:07 and Isabel Ovens was the third lady home in 22:04. Meanwhile Mark James won the Kingsway parkrun in Gloucester with a 17:49 clocking.