Distance Running News, 21-22 March

Dmitry Nazarenko continued his good form with a fine second place at the Gloucestershire 4km Cross Country Championship held over a fast course at Plock Court in Gloucester. The seventeen year old Harrier and Stroud’s Aaron Phelps had remained locked together for two and a half laps before Phelps pulled clear in the final lap for a fourteen second victory. Nazarenko held his form over the final circuit to take second place and the under 20 gold as he finished eleven seconds clear of Gloucester’s Steve Millward. John Parker finished seventeen seconds behind Millward in fourth to finish as leading veteran runner, two seconds ahead of teammate Alex Chantler-Mayne who was the first under 17 runner home in fifth place. John Merrett made it four Cheltenham runners in the top six to finish as second veteran home as he pulled clear of Severn AC runners James Rose and Oliver Starkey on the final lap.

Cheltenham Harriers claimed the team win as the club hosted the 14 mile Cleevewold multi-terrain race. Elliot Prince led the team home in fifth, with Miguel Mundinano the second veteran home in seventh and Andy Gore completing the scoring team as third veteran finisher in eleventh place. Anthony Rossi (25th), Paul Barnes (37th) and Dave Hemmings (39th) followed before Michael Imeson (122nd), Jess Collins (131st) and Ruth Bird (132nd) completed the Harriers contingent. Elsewhere Andrew van Kints finished eighth in the Lincoln 10k in 32:22, Ian Giles recorded 37:04 at the Eastleigh 10k and James Wilkinson finished ninth in the multi-terrain Pendock Spring Chicken 10k in 39:35.

Alex Lee claimed his third win and at the Cheltenham parkrun with a strong final lap at Pittville Park. Lee was off the pace and in third place with a lap remaining, but overhauled Jeremy Bradley on the final circuit to stop the clock in a course personal best of 17:11 to finish six seconds clear of his teammate. Gavin McCaugherty took fourth in a course PB of 17:24 before Mark James placed eighth in 18:15 and Isabel Ovens finished as third lady home in 21:02. At the Therford parkrun in Norfolk Gareth Edwards gained his highest ever parkrun finish with an 18:48 clocking for second place.