Distance Running News, 3-4 September

Cheltenham Harrier Jon Barnes continued his fine recent form by winning the Breinton ten mile road race in Hereford. With his confidence high after setting a 32:36 personal best over 10k the previous weekend; Barnes was content to sit in a four man lead group that stayed together until eight miles into the race. He then picked up the pace to move clear of the field and take the win in 57:45 for a 34 second victory over Croft Ambley’s Stacey Morgan. Further success came for the Harriers in the vet 50 category where Dave Hemmings won the age group in 70:59. The Meteor Mile held on the runway at Staverton Airport saw Mark James finish second in a time of 4:48 as Bristol’s Ben Robinson took the win. Lee Groenewegen recorded 5:10 for tenth place, Richard Birch crossed the line in 5:37 and Debbie Smith was the seventh lady in 6:13. Further afield Shona Crombie-Hicks finished as first veteran lady and third lady overall at the Overton 5 mile road race near Basingstoke in 30:45.

The Cheltenham parkrun saw Megg Brinley finishing as the first lady home in 18:38, her quickest time at the event by 35 seconds. Brinley’s time also moved her up into second place on the ladies all-time ranking list for the course, with only Bristol’s Kate Hulls having recorded a quicker time. The men’s all-time list was also revised as Alex Lee and Ben Price finished first and second in 16:08 and 16:12 respectively which moved them up to fourth and fifth in the list behind their Harriers team-mates Graham Rush, Dave Roper and James Brewer. In fourth place on the day Tommaso Migliuolo recorded 17:32 whilst Simon Critchley ran a PB of 18:32 for seventh place before Steve Hall (18:51) and Henry James (19:02) crossed the line. Other parkrun events saw Gavin McCaugherty place third in the Gloucester North event in 17:42, Paul Horsfall take second at Stonehouse in 18:18 and Matthew Dwerryhouse record 19:23 at Exeter Riverside. There were also parkrun wins for Luke Kearns at Tewkesbury in 20:40 and for Lottie Roberts who was first lady at Evesham in 22:14.