Distance Running News, 7-12 May

There was a race win for John Parker as Cheltenham Harriers filled the top four places for an emphatic team victory at the Berkeley 10k. Parker soon established himself at the front of the field, with only teammate Anthony Bailey following the early pace. By the halfway point, reached in 15:51, the veteran had established a 21 second lead over Bailey who in turn had a 16 second gap over third placed Jeremy Bradley. Whilst Parker remained unchallenged to cross the line first in 32:30, Bailey and Bradley had a close battle for second place after Bradley caught his teammate at around the 8km mark. The two runners remained locked together until around 600m to go when Bailey opened up a three second gap on Bradley. However, the former middle distance runner responded to catch and then sprint clear of Bailey with around 300m to go. Bradley stopped the clock in 33:04 with Bailey having the consolation of a new personal best time of 33:07. After going through half way in 17:02 Dave Aubrey ran isolated in fourth place to complete the victorious four man team with a pb of 34:33.

Elliot Prince ran well for seventh in 35:28 with Dave Rantell next home for the club in 36:11. Steve Linton and Alex Lee both ran big pbs of 36:43 and 36:53 respectively to make it eight Cheltenham runners in the top sixteen. Not to be outdone, James Wilkinson (37:18) and Steve Hall (37:23) also took chunks from their pbs before 70 year old Martin Ford was the first over 55 runner home in 39:05. Paul Barnes (41:39) and Dave Hemming (41:43) followed before Joan Shaw was the first LV50 runner home in 44:15.

On the track Graham Rush ran a time of 31:38:50 for the 10,000m in Highgate whilst Dan Owen clocked 9:44.89 in the British League match in Cardiff. There were wins for Dmitry Nazarenko and Jess White at the Cheltenham parkrun. White was the first lady home for the first time in 21:04 with Nazarenko winning the race outright in 17:35. Matt Evans (17:43) and Luke Kearns (17:57) ensured a Harriers 1-2-3 before Mike Gray (18:31) saw off the challenge of James Wilkinson (18:34) for seventh place and Gareth Edwards came home twelfth in 19:20. Jon Barnes won the Hereford 5k in 16:19 to make it two wins from two in the three race series.