Distance Running News, 21-25 July

Marc Fallows set a new Cheltenham Harriers veteran record with as he finished second in the mile at the final Cheltenham Midsummer Open at the Prince of Wales Stadium. The 41 year old finished just 2.4 seconds behind Oxford’s Callum Bampton as he took seven seconds off Darren Jordan’s previous record with a 4:37.09 clocking. Mike Gray lost ground to Fallows on the last lap but took third in 4:41.31 with Mark James (4:47.66), Roger Mullins (4:49.63) and Gavin McCaugherty (4:50.23) all running well to complete the top six. Oliver Powell (4:54.74) impressed before Gareth Edwards broke the five minute barrier for the first time with 4:58.12, as did Jayden Lilley who recorded 4:59.21. Meanwhile James Miller ran a time of 1:57.04 in the 800m at the BMC regional race in Newport.

There was a win for Jeremy Bradley at the White Horse 5k road race in Gloucester. Bradley moved clear of Severn’s Kyran Hale after the opening mile and remaining unchallenged at the front of the field to come home first in 16:43. Andy Prophett lost out in the battle for second place in the final half mile as he finished fourth in 17:17 behind Severn’s James Rose (17:12) and Bourton veteran Ewen Smith (17:14). Dave Rantell was the third Harrier home in 18:03 and James Wilkinson recorded a time of 18:48. There was a team win for the Harriers at the Devil’s Chimney Chase which saw competitors negotiate the challenging ascent of Leckhampton Hill. Anthony Rossi led the team home as he finished as second veteran runner in tenth position before Richard Birch placed seventeenth and Dave Hemmings took twenty-fourth to finish as third vet 50 runner. The Cheltenham parkrun saw Graham Rush take the win in 15:46, with Marc James fourth in 18:00, James Wilkinson sixth in 18:12 and Matt Evans finishing eighth in 18:41. Dave Roper won the fourth Tewkesbury parkrun in a new course record of 17:04 with teammate Luke Kearns second in 18:23.