Distance Running News, 6-12 July

There was a personal best for Anthony Bailey as Cheltenham Harriers enjoyed a team win at the Frampton 10k. Bailey along with the Stroud duo of Dan Robinson and Gary Hughes were clear of the field by the half way point of the race. Once Hughes had quickly fallen away, Bailey continued to force the pace with Robinson alongside him. The former Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist made his move with around a kilometre remaining to take the victory in 32:50, with Bailey finishing second five seconds later to lower his best time for the distance by four seconds. With Ben Price taking fourth in 33:34 and Jeremy Bradley running well for fifth in 34:06 it ensured the Harriers were comfortable winners of the team event. Richard Dare (34:30) and Jay Dowding (35:33) finished sixth and seventh respectively before Mark James (36:20) completed the top ten. Andy Prophett (36:35) showed improved form and Gareth Edwards lowered his personal best to 37:11 before Steve Hall (37:41), Richard Birch (38:39), Ian Giles (39:16) and Dave Hemmings (43:27) completed the Harriers contingent

The Gloucester 10k saw Cheltenham Harriers runners fill the top three places with Phil Beastall quickly establishing a lead over teammates Will New and Richard Dare at the front of the field. Running isolated round the twisty windswept course Beastall stopped the clock at 33:06 for a comfortable victory. New kept testing Dare, as the former middle distance runner sat on his shoulder for the first 9.5km before moving past with just 500m remaining to cross the line in 34:!4, with New finishing just two seconds later. Paul Wade took fourteenth place in 39:13 with Richard Birch just one place behind in 39:45 to finish as second veteran runner home. At the previous days Severn AC 10 mile road race Dave Rantell finished second behind the host club’s James Rose to finish as first veteran in the race the incorporated the Gloucestershire Championship. Paul Barnes took V55 gold in 71:52 and Dave Hemmings recorded 79:20. The Evesham Vale 10k saw Marcus England finish in second place in 36:00 and Debbie Smith finish as second LV45 runner in 44:51. At the Cheltenham parkrun there was a win for Ben Willliams in 18:07, with Ian Giles finishing ninth in 19:36. Agata Giles (21:29) and Isabel Ovens (21:43) were the third and fifth ladies home.

On the track Alex Bampton lowered his 1500m personal best to 4:06.6 at an open meeting in Swansea whilst Mike Gray set a new PB of 4:19.31 over the same distance at the second Cheltenham Midsummer Open. At the same meeting Mark James recorded 4:30.42 and Martin Ford’s 5:24.02arned him second place in the V70 UK rankings.