Distance Running News, 27 Jan - 1 Feb

Will New produced an excellent performance to take over half a minute off his personal best at the Alasger 5 mile road race. With snow in the air on a bitter cold Cheshire morning, New got dragged through the opening mile by a high class field in 5:07 before finding his rhythm in the middle of the race where he tried to stay out of the wind. Delighted to pull away from former Olympian Anthony Whiteman in the second half of the race, New finished strongly to take 33 seconds off the PB he set when finishing second at the Tewkesbury 5 with an impressive 26:24 clocking for 24th place. Jay Dowding followed in 28:58 before Andy Prophett went 22 seconds quicker than last weekend with 29:38 and Gareth Edwards took over 40 seconds off his PB with a pleasing 30:20.

Marc Fallows led a six man Harriers contingent home in 16:11 at the midweek Aztec West 5k road race in Bristol. This earned Fallows ninth place as he finished as second veteran home ahead of teammate Darren Jordan who was third veteran with a 16:22 clocking for fourteenth place. Russell Forsbrook followed in 16:57 before Gavin McCaugherty impressed by taking ten seconds off his previous best for a 17:01 PB. Steve Maguire recorded 18:09 and Lee Groenewegen took over a minute off his PB with a very pleasing 19:22.

At the British Universities Cross Country Championships Graham Rush finished ninth whilst representing Gloucestershire University and Alex Bampton ran well for 23rd place in the B race for Birmingham University. Meanwhile in America Rhys Park set a personal best of 8:22.93 at a meeting in Washington. Also indoors, James Miller clocked 1:59.08 over 800m at the London Games at Lee Valley. At the Cheltenham parkrun Dmitry Nazarenko took second place in 16:57 as he finished sixteen seconds adrift of RAF runner James Bellward and Alex Chantler made a welcome return to action with 17:01 for fourth place.