Distance Running News, 22 November

Martin Ford added yet another veteran title to his collection as he took the individual honours and led the England team to victory at the British and Irish Masters International Cross Country in Nottingham. The 71 year old finished one minute and fourteen seconds ahead of second placed over 70 runner Bobby Young of Scotland as he finished behind just four runners in the younger vet 65 age group. This capped a remarkable 2014 for Ford who also won British titles over 800m, 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m on the track, 5k, 10k, 10 mile and half marathon on the road and the 15 mile multi-terrain title. He also set a British vet 70 record of 10:55.49 this summer and topped the UK rankings over 3000m, 5 miles and 20 miles.

With a quiet weekend on the club’s fixture list several members enjoyed success in various parkrun events. Mia O’Connell’s 18:37 personal best to finish as first lady over the 5km Cannon Hill course in Birmingham was the stand out performance. There were also wins for Andrew van Kints in 17:05 in Lincoln and for Jon Barnes (16:54) who beat teammate Dave Aubrey (17:23) into second place at the Hereford event. Dmitry Nazarenko won his seventeenth Cheltenham parkrun event over the four lap winter route in 17:41, whilst Jacob Pickering (18:12) came in fifth and Ben Williams (18:12) placed seventh. Oliver Powell (19:17) and Ben Sluman (19:45) ran well before Mike Ede was first vet 55 runner home in 20:33. At the Chippenham parkrun Gavin McCaugherty finished fourth in 18:36.