Distance Running News, 30 July - 4 August 2019

06 August 2019

George Watson continued his excellent form, running another personal best for 3000m at the University of Birmingham. The Loughborough student came third in a close race to finish in a time of 8:28.22. In the same race Richard de-Camps ran 8:49.06, just outside his seasons best.

At the final Midland League fixture at Wolverhampton, Dom James also kept up his good form with a PB over 1500m where he finished second in 4:07.10. Alex Lindfield also ran a PB over 3000m with 9:40 to finish sixth. Caroline Cotterell ran 5:33.20 in the 1500m and Rachel See 11:36.20 in the 3000m.

On the roads, Phil Wylie came fourth at the Barry Island 10k in 31.10. More locally, at the Beacon Inn Haresfield 5k, Under 15 runner Kiya Dee ran impressively to finish first Lady overall in a time of 18.27. Mark James was first V40 in 17.35 to place 5th overall, Dave Rantell was second V50 in 18.30 and Nick Holliday won the V60 category in 18.47. Jacob Howes 19.29, Taya Dee 20.18, Mike Ede 21.27 and Kathryn Morton 22.40 completed a strong Harrier’s contingent.

At the Severn AC Pilot Inn 5K the previous evening, Mark James claimed second place in 17.02, behind overall winner Steve Kenyon of Gloucester AC. Dan Schofield in fifth stopped the clock at 17.41 with Gareth Edwards chasing in 17.49, Ian Giles was the fourth Harrier home in eleventh position with 19.03.

The weekend’s parkruns saw several Harriers win including Alex Lee at Cheltenham in a time of 16.19 followed by James Bingham in 2nd (16.44). Andrew Kaighin won at Gloucester City, also wins for Marc Fallows at Cirencester in 17.14, Matt Lambourne, 19.04 (Millfield), Charlie Jones, 17.21 (Hereford) with Chris Cleary a close 2nd in 17.29. Kaitlyn Sheppard was 1st overall at Tewkesbury (19.19), with sister Chloe 2nd and mum Sarah 3rd lady. Dad, Kevin also claimed 2nd overall to add to family success. Beth Hawling was 1st lady at Mile End in 17.29. Jamie Penton was 3rd at Chippenham in 17.54, Ian Giles came 4th at Gloucester North (19.57) and Ryan Berry ran 19.24 in San Francisco, CA.