Distance Running News, 8-9 August

Personal Best performances from middle distance runners Mia O’Connell and Beth Hawling were amongst the highlights for the Cheltenham Harriers team at the final Midland League fixture at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. The Matt Richards coached athletes both earned second places in their races with O’Connell lowering her 800m PB to 2:11.71 and Hawling trimming her 1500m best to 4:42.43. In the following B races Freya Lane and Ellie Hathaway ran times of 2:28.88 and 5:21.69 respectively whilst the 3000m saw Rachel See (11:32.29) and Emma Meecham-Jones score valuable points. For the men’s team James Miller earned second place in the 1500m A event in 4:12.52 with Mark James (4:31.34) the third B runner home. The 3000m saw Marc Fallows run well for third place in 9:13.52 to pip leading B runner Will New (9:14.11) whilst Iain Devlin recorded 2:07.84 over 800m. In the 3000m steeplechase Andy Gore broke Ken Buckle’s club over 45 steeplechase record with a time of 11:29.50 in a race where Matt Evans clocked 12:18.88.

On the roads there was a win for John Parker at the Hooky 6 as he completed the testing six mile course around Hook Norton in 31:58 for a thirty second victory over Woodstock’s James Bolton. Dave Rantell placed fourteenth in 36:04. For the second consecutive week Cheltenham Harriers runners won parkruns at four different venues with Phil Wylie’s new course record of 15:07 at the Exeter Riverside event the standout performance. Alex Lee recoded 16:30 for a win in Lee-on-the-Solent whilst Mark James clocked 17:39 for first place at the Kingsway parkrun in Gloucester. In Pittville Park Marcus England won the Cheltenham event with a course PB of 17:23 whilst Isabel Ovens was the fifth lady home in 21:54. Matt Evans travelled to the Bassingham Bash 5 mile road race in Lincolnshire where he recorded 30:01 whilst Jeremy Bradley placed seventh in the Cranham Boundary Chase multi-terrain 4.5 mile race. Also racing off road James Wilkinson took fifth place in the Standish Woodland Chase where Richard Birch and Dave Symes finished twentieth and fortieth respectively.