Distance Running News, 22-26 July

Dmitry Nazarenko put in a breakthrough performance as he knocked eighteen seconds from his 5000m personal best for third place at the final Cheltenham Harriers Midsummer Open at the Prince of Wales Stadium. Whilst wheelchair athlete Ed Grazier led the runners home in a time of 14:56.78, a pack of five Harriers battled to be the third runner home behind Newport’s Marc Jones and CLC’s Will Ferguson. Veteran Marc Fallows did the vast majority of the work for the pack, with seventeen year old Nazarenko, Will New, James Miller and Dave Aubrey all locked together before Aubrey fell off the pace. Nazarenko picked up the pace in the last mile to split the group and come home in an impressive 16:00.2. New made a welcome return to form with 16:09.45, his second fastest 5000m time, before James Miller ran 16:12.59 to equal his road PB for the distance. Fallows (16:16.36) and Aubrey (16:31.2) finished sixth and seventh respectively followed by Andy Gore (16:54.17) and James Bingham (16:57.99) in ninth and eleventh. Matt Evans (17:30.23), Gavin McCaugherty (17:34.80) and Steve Hall (17:46.86) completed the Harriers squad in the A race. In the B race Gareth Edwards took the lead at the bell and put in an impressive last lap to take the win in 18:08.34. The previous night Dan Owen ran a season’s best of 3:55.66 to finish fourth in the 1500m B race at the British Milers Club meeting at Stretford.

Anthony Bailey won again at the Devil’s Chimney Chase, a challenging 10km multi-terrain race that included an ascent of Leckhampton Hill. Bailey finished 1:27 clear of Gloucester’s Nathan Smith, with fellow Harrier Miguel Mundinano finishing as second veteran home in fourth place and Jamie Courtenay placing 135th. Earlier in the day Dave Rantell and Alex Lee finished second and third at the Cheltenham parkrun in times of 18:09 and 18:20 respectively.