Distance Running News, 29 June - 4 July

Cheltenham Harrier Phil Wylie defied the hot conditions to set a course record as he won the Aztec West 5k road race in Bristol. The humid and windy conditions meant that most runners ran slower than they expected, but the front running Wylie moved clear of Bristol’s Owen Jones and North Somerset’s Josh Davis on the second of the three laps. Once clear of the field the European duathlon bronze medalist had teammate Graham Rush’s course record in his sights and managed to take five seconds from the course record as he took the win in 14:45. Harry Bishop was the next Cheltenham runner home in 15:58 before Alex Lee produced arguably the best Harriers performance of the day with an excellent personal best of 16:07 for an fifth place. Anthony Bailey was the first veteran home in eighth with 16:18 with fellow veteran Marc Fallows just one place behind in 16:26. Mark James (17:13) finished four seconds ahead of Andy Gore who won the V45 age group before Alister Brown and Marcus England impressed with PBs of 17:27 and 17:36 respectively. Andy Prophett recorded 17:48 before Simon Gallimore made a welcome return from injury with 18:22. Three Harriers contested the inaugural Cirencester Park Summer 10k with Richard Birch taking eighth in 19:18, Martin Ford finishing as first over 60 runner home in 42:09 and Debbie Smith recording 45:03. At the Cheltenham parkrun Will New took a comfortable win in 17:22 whilst Ben Williams finished sixth at the Brockwell parkrun in Herne Hill with 18:16.

On the track, hot weather conditions also meant times were slower than expected in the 3000m at the first of the Midsummer Open meetings in Cheltenham. Richard Dare led the host club home in second place in 9:18.57 as he finished four second behind Stroud’s Jack Turner. James Miller (9:33.19) held off the fast finishing Roger Mullins (9:33.52) before Mike Gray set a PB of 9:43.83, Dmitry Nazarenko clocked 9:55.96 and Jacob Pickering recorded 10:24.71. Jack Mundinano (10:30.29) edged out Gareth Edwards (10:30.69) with veteran Miguel Mundinano crossing the line in 10:43.32. In the B race Jo Wilkie ran well for fourth place in 11:15.88 before Martin Ford moved to the top of the British rankings for the V70 age group with 11:28.10. Rachel See (11:59.73) then followed before Isabel Ovens crossed the line in 12:10.75. In the 800m Mark James ran well for 2:05.79 for fourth place in the A race whilst there were pleasing middle distance performances further afield with Alex Bampton setting a 1500m PB of 4:08.70 at the Watford Open and Steve Maguire recording 4:29.74 for the same distance in Exeter. At the British Championships in Birmingham Graham Rush finished nineteenth in the 5000m in a time of 14:38.08.