Distance Running News, 27-30 March

Anthony Bailey set a new personal best time as he finished second in the Forest of Dean Half Marathon. Placing himself in the lead pack from the start, the group dwindled to just Bailey, James Rodgers (Clevedon) and Ben Robinson (Bristol) as they tackled the steep hills at around five miles. Whilst Bailey briefly opened a small lead, the trio came back together and stayed that way until the 10 mile mark when eventual winner Rodgers pulled clear for a 42 second victory. Bailey and Robinson remained together until the sprint finish which Bailey won by two seconds as he lowered his best ever half marathon time to 73:39. James Bingham placed eleventh in 79:20, with Darren Jones (82:18), Corin Hughes (82:27) and James Wilkinson (87:02) also making the top fifty before Gareth Edwards set a personal best of 89:01.

Elliot Prince led the Cheltenham Harriers team to victory as the club hosted the 14 mile Cleevewold race. Prince, who used the race as part of his build up to the London Marathon, moved through the field to take third place in the closing stages. Andy Gore and Miguel Mundinano were the first two veterans home as they finished sixth and seventh respectively to ensure the club took the team honours. Anthony Rossi (23rd), Dave Hemmings (26th), Tommaso Migliuolo (31st), Richard Birch (37th), Paul Barnes (40th), Ian Giles (44th) and Michael Imeson (79th) also contested the gruelling multi-terrain race.

Dave Aubrey setting a 5k personal best of 17:19 as he finished second at the Cheltenham parkrun, just one second behind Stroud’s Jack Turner. Dmitry Nazarenko took fourth in 17:32 and Matt Evans placed fifth with 17:40 before Mike Gray (17:53) edged out Gavin McCaugherty (17:54) in the battle for sixth place. Steve Hall (18:07) and Ben Williams (18:10) finished ninth and tenth respectively as Harriers filled seven of the top ten places at the Pittville Park event.

Elsewhere Alex Bampton finished sixth in the Serpentine 5k in 16:16, Russell Forsbrook finished second in the Weston Prom 5 mile road race in 27:15 and Dave Rantell was first veteran and third overall at the Calne 10k in 36:31.