Cheltenham Harriers enjoyed another comprehensive team victory at the White Horse 5K with six scorers packed into the top 13 places. Dave Roper led the team home in second place, just one second behind training partner Oli Mott of Bristol who clocked 14:58. Rhys Park (15:27) took fifth place to finish as first under 20 home and John Parker (15:46) made a welcome return to action to finish as first veteran in seventh. In eighth Ben Price broke the 16 minute barrier for the first time with 15:56 whilst the fight the final two places in the Harriers team went right down to the last quarter of a mile with Phil Beastall, Darren Jordan and Russell Forsbrook still locked together. Beastall smashed his personal best on his Harriers road debut as he finished just inches ahead of Jordan, with both runners clocking 16:07 to complete the scoring six in twelfth and thirteenth places. Jordan’s time was his fastest 5k since 2006 and also saw him finish as second veteran. In fifteenth, Forsbrook’s time of 16:10 was his fastest time for six years as he finished one place ahead of Anthony Bailey (16:17).
James Miller (16:28) passed Roger Mullins (16:30) in the final run in to make it ten harriers in the top twenty as they finished nineteenth and twentieth respectively. Dmitry Nazaraenko was the first under 17 runner home in 16:58. Whilst the official results did not include B teams, Elliot Prince (17:24) ensured that the second Cheltenham six man team finished 18 points ahead of hosts Severn AC who were officially second. A good intra club battle saw the next four Harriers filling four consecutive places with Gavin McCaugherty (18:00) finishing ahead of Dave Aubrey (18:08). James Wilkinson (18:16) and Steve Linton (18:18) quickly followed with both runners setting personal bests. V45 runner Dave Hemmings ran well for 18:27 whilst Vickie Wilkinson was the first LV35 runner home as she finished as third lady in 19:04.