Despite the far from ideal weather conditions John Parker produced another good performance over the half marathon distance with a time of 70:22 at the Stroud Half Marathon. This earned Parker sixth place in a race where he finished as first veteran and second British runner home behind Oxford’s Darrell Bellinger who placed fifth. Anthony Bailey and Will New were locked together until the final kilometre when Bailey moved clear to finish sixteenth in 75:56. Whilst New rallied in the final run in, he couldn’t catch Bailey, finishing just one second and one place behind his teammate in a personal best time. Dave Rantell then followed in 79:22 before James Wilkinson set a pb of 84:53. Martin Ford was the first over 55 runner home as he went to the top of the national over 70 rankings in an impressive 85:08, a time that has only been bettered by only one over 65 runner in the country this year. Steve Linton (85:45), Dave Hemmings (87:05), Ken Buckle (1:49:46) and Gavin Cotter (2:1:157) completed the Harriers contingent.