Distance Running News, 7-8 March

Phil Wylie concluded is cross country season with a top twenty finish at the British Cross Country Championships and World Championship trials at Birmingham’s Cofton Park. Starting steadily in the inter-counties event, Wylie moved his way through the field after the initial hilly long lap to finish in an impressive twentieth place which helped the North East team to take the team title. In contrast to Wylie, Graham Rush started quickly and was in the top 20 after the opening lap before finishing the race in 45th place. Andrew van Kints put in another consistent performance for 134th place before Marc Fallows ran well for 191st place. A good final lap saw Will New close the gap to Fallows, finishing just ten seconds and four places behind his Gloucestershire team mate whilst Dave Aubrey Aubrey completed the course in 224th position. In the women’s race Beth Hawling impressed with an excellent 40th place finish before Rachel See and Jane Thomas finished in 223rd and 229th respectively. At the start of the meeting Matt Crew put in another good performance to finish 53rd in the under 20 men’s race.

Alex Bampton continued his excellent winter by taking 26 seconds off his personal best at the Trafford 10k as he finished 53rd in an impressive 32:01. Anthony Bailey continued his preparation for the London Marathon at the Gloucester 20 where he recorded a personal best of 1:56:20 to finish as third veteran in sixth place overall. Martin Ford was the next Harrier home in 2:25.29, with the 71 year old the first runner aged over 55 to cross the line. James Wilkinson finished just three seconds behind Ford whist Gareth Edwards completed his longest ever race in 2:28:15. At the Cheltenham parkrun Dmitry Nazarenko claimed his nineteenth parkrun win with a 16:50 victory. Steve Hall ran his fastest ever time on the course with 17:36 clocking for fifth before Matt Evans (17:56) and Ben Williams (18:03) finished eighth and ninth respectively. Simon Critchley recorded 19:39 and Stewart Walton was the third over 50 runner home in 21:05.