Distance Running News, 5-6 September

Phil Wylie and Graham Rush put in impressive 10k performances as they represented the Midlands in a high class field at the Cardiff 10k. Whilst Rush went off with the lead pack, Wylie was content to sit in the second pack and went through the halfway point in 14:56. Rush had become isolated at 3km and was caught by his teammate around the 6km mark as Wylie went on to finish sixth in a season’s best of 29:56 in a race that saw Newham’s John Beattie take the win in 29:12. Also recording a season’s best, Rush crossed the line in a 30:09 for a commendable ninth place as the duo helped the Midlands team to second place in the inter-area match. Further success for the Harriers saw Harry Bishop break the 32 minute barrier for the first time as he set a new personal best of 31:52 for 37th place. Jeremy Bradley then produced his fastest 10k for several years with a welcome return to form and 33:00 clocking as he held off the challenge of Will New whose 33:03 was his second fastest 10k. Not to be outdone the improving Marcus England lowered his personal best to 35:26 to complete a successful morning for the Harriers six man squad.

There was a convincing win for Anthony Bailey at the Breinton 10 mile road race in Hereford with his time of 56:50 giving him a 2:46 winning margin. Steve Hall finished as third veteran home in fifth place overall in 61:27. There was a win for new Harriers recruit Will Woodcock at the Meteor held at Gloucestershire Airport. Woodcock’s 4:43 gave him a two second victory over fellow Harrier Mark James who took second. Matt Evans placed fourth in 5:01 and Richard Birch recorded 5:41 before Debbie Smith finished as third lady and first veteran lady in 6:12. Elsewhere Jon Barnes finished third in the South Cheshire 20 mile road race in 2:04:22, Dave Roper recorded 33:13 in the Wilne 10k and James Wilkinson finished sixth in the Woodchester Park 8 mile multi-terrain race. At the inaugural Tewkesbury 10k Richard Birch placed twelfth in 39:33 and Sue Townsend was second FV50 runner home in 44:45.

Cheltenham Harriers provided six of the first eight runners home at the Cheltenham parkrun where Alex Lee made it three consecutive wins with a 16:46 victory. Oliver Powell impressed with an 18:23 third place to finish one second ahead of teammate Ben Williams. In fifth Gareth Edwards lowered his best time on the Pittville Park course to 18:29 with Matt Evans just one place and five seconds adrift. Miguel Mundinano took eighth in 18:37 with Simon Critchley (19:13) and Ben Sluman (19:18) following before Isabel Ovens was sixth lady home in 22:02.