Distance Running News, 26-31 August

Anthony Bailey retained his Gloucestershire Road Race Series title as the ninth of the twelve race programme took place with the Bugatti 10k at Prescott. Bailey was all but champion before the race and despite not contesting the Bugatti event he can no longer be mathematically caught at the top of the table. Cheltenham Harriers men’s team were also inevitably confirmed as the series champions by a large margin, as were the veteran team who also can no longer be overhauled with three races remaining. In the race itself Gavin McCaugherty led the Harriers team home in third place with a time of 37:12 on the challenging course that saw Doug Wight (Almost Athletes) and Chris Krzywiec (Bourton) take the top two spots. In sixth place Dave Rantell was the third veteran home in 37:42 whilst James Wilkinson finished eighth in 38:33. Gareth Edwards (39:08) and Richard Birch (40:56) followed before V70 athlete Martin Ford (41:59) was the second over 60 runner home. Dave Hemmings (43:01) then maintained his lead in the V50-54 county series as he picked up valuable points. Debbie Smith ran well to finish as the first LV45 runner home in 45:02 with Joan Shaw (47:58) placing third in the same category. Smith enjoyed further success in the Pershore 10k multi-terrain race where she was the second lady home in a time of 44:42.

Alex Lee claimed his seventh win at the Cheltenham parkrun with a 16:51 clocking around the Pittville Park course. Gavin McCaugherty took second with 17:39 and James Wilkinson lowered his best time on the course to 17:55 in fourth place before Gareth Edwards (18:45) and George Hawthorne (19:06) finished in eleventh and twelfth respectively. Meanwhile Alex Bampton won the Alderham parkrun in Elstree in 17:15, just fourteen seconds short of the course record. Andrew Kaighin made a return to racing with third place in the Arlingham 4.4 mile race where Paul Barnes took eighth place.