Distance Running News, 21-22 January

Jon Barnes made a welcome return to racing after a three month injury lay off with a win at the Builth Wells 5k in mid Wales. Barnes was happy to run alongside the host club’s Tim Iveson at the head of the field before opening a gap at just before the 4km mark. Pulling clear he went on to take a six second win in a time of 16:47 on a course that was not suited to fast times. Also competing in Wales, several Harriers contested the Cardiff Cross County Challenge at Balckweir Fields with Jack Mundinano and Ben Williams finishing 26th and 28th respectively in the under 20 men’s race, Izzy Ovens and Ellie Hathaway taking 33rd and 34th in the under 20 women’s race and Rachel See placing 43rd in the ladies race.

There was a course record for Fee Maycock as she finished as first lady and sixth overall at the Gloucester North parkrun. Taking 31 seconds off her own record from October 2015, the veteran crossed the line in 19:28 to make it a Cheltenham Harriers double as Dave Tomlin was first man home in 17:58. There was a also a win for Alex Bampton at the Alderham parkrun in Elstree as he posted a time of 17:01. Elsewhere Dave Aubrey finished fifth at the Cardiff parkrun in 17:15, James Wilkinson placed fourth at the Tewkesbury event in 19:44 and Dave Hemmings recorded 20:46 for ninth position at the Hereford parkrun.