Distance Running News, 7 - 12 July

Dave Roper took the victory as Cheltenham Harriers packed three runners into the top four for a dominant team win at the at the Frampton 10k road race. Roper and teammate Ben Price immediately ran clear of the 450 strong field before Price had to back off the fast early pace at around the 3km mark. Whilst Roper went on to win in a time of 32:07, Price had a long solo race to lower his personal best to 32:42. James Bingham completed the three man scoring team, starting steadily he picked his way through the field to move up into fourth in 34:51, just failing to catch Cirencester’s Adrian Williams by a single second. Gareth Edwards continued his good run of recent form by lowering his PB to 38:10 and veteran Paul Barnes recorded a time of 39:50.

At the British Milers Club Grand Prix in Stretford Julia Cooke on the women’s 1500m A race in a time of 4:19.06 whilst Dan Owen lowered his personal Best to 1:55.39 as he placed second in the 800m F race. In his first appearance at the Cheltenham parkrun John Parker set a new vet 40 course record of 16:20 as he comfortably finished in first place. James Bingham (16:54) and Mike Gray (17:33) ensured the Harriers filled the top three spots whilst Steve Hall placed eighth in 18:05.

Anthony Bailey took the win in hot conditions on a testing course at the Elmore 10 mile road race. Gaining valuable points in the defence of the county road race series title, Bailey stopped the clock in 57:53. Dave Rantell and Steve Linton also took maximum points in their respective V45 and V40 categories, as did V70 runner Martin Ford. The previous weekend Ford had won the British Masters multi-terrain championship at the Bewle 15 mile race, just three days after setting a British record of 10:55.49 on the track over 3000m.