Last weekend our resident international athlete went off to Cardiff to compete in the British National Masters (Vets to most of us)Championships. In very windy conditions, Gail annihilated the rest of the field to lead the race from gun to tape and take the V55 gold medal with a time of 19:22. This was a great effort, when running twelve and a half laps on her own. This is a warm up to the European championships in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary later this month! Just for good measure, Gail also ran at Watford last week and is now the top ranked V55 in the country over 1500m after running 5:20 for a distance which is not her speciality!
Category Archives: 5k
Whilst some of us were enjoying the vast quantity of sport on TV over the weekend and recceing our relay legs for next week, gail decided to go all the way to Horwich in Lancashire for the British Masters 5K Road Championship. The road runs are part of the Horwich Carnival Races that also include cycling and walking on the same day.
The 5K was a mixed event with the men and women competing alongside each other across all the age groups. The course produces some good races, although not great times due to some sharp bends and an incline that you hit four times! This year, there was a strong wind against you going up the hill as well but it was positions that were crucial as the race counts towards England selection for the Home International in November.
Three members of the club took a brief respite from the world cup by heading over to Marston Mortaine on Friday night for the Marston Forest 5K organised by Ampthill & Flitwick. Those who watched the football probably wish they'd had the same foresight as Tim Bacon, Finoa Towell & John Adam who started off at exactly the same time as England in Cape Town.
The race had 313 competitors varying in time from Matt Janes from Bedford winning in 15:03 to the final finisher coming home in 43 minutes. Our three representatives were all nearer the winning time than the slowest with Tim Bacon first home in 21:04. Fiona Towell was delighted with getting very close to 25 minutes, just eleven seconds over, and John Adam completed our representation with 26:06 in 192nd place.
Last Tuesday, young Gail had something of a blast from the past as she went over to Charndon near Bicester for their annual 5K race, hosted by Alchester RC. Back in the mists of time, when we were all vaguely young there was a series of races in that area called teh Fox Four and they became something of an annual event. The series has long gone, but a couple of the races still remain and Charndon is one.
The course is pretty fast and flat, as is shown by the host of club records that come from the race, including the senior men's best of 15.39. On this occasion Gail ran around the course in 19.02 and therefore set a new record herself, whilst finishing as 3rd lady overall.