Clean sweep as Owen takes dominant win in steeplechase
DAN Owen led a Cheltenham Harriers 1-2-3 in the 2000m steeplechase at the club’s the Midland League Division Two match in Gloucester.
Owen hit the front from the gun and extended his lead in the second half of the race, Owen clocked an impressive time of 5:55.7.
Joe Turner followed in 6:12.5 to finish second and claim the B string win before Luke Kearns moved up into third to set a personal best of 6:27.9.
In the 1500m Owen led with 450m remaining and opened up daylight over Wolverhampton’s Psalm Robertsnash and Richard de-camps.
The duo passed Owen with around 200m to go with de-camps clawing back ground on Roberts-nash in the final 100m.
The Wolverhampton man hung on to take the win in 4:00.4 with de-camps just 0.4 seconds adrift in second place. Owen’s 4:02.5 earned him third place as he also took the B string win before Turner finished sixth in 4:17.5.
The 5000m saw Gloucester’s James Denne take the win in 15:25.8 withwight second in a PB of 15:37.2.
Dan Thomas held off the challenge of John Parker in a PB of 16:03.9 for fifth place and the B string win while Parker’s consolation in sixth place was a Harriers V45 record of 16:04.2.
In the 800m Corin Hughes recorded 2:14.7 for fifth in the A race while for the ladies team Rachel See was third in the 3000m in 11:10.2 whilst LV60 runner Kathryn Morton posted 13:02.5 for eighth. See was fifth in the 1500m in 5:21.8 with Caroline Cotterell second B runner in 5:30.4.
At the Loughborough International meeting, George Watson was three seconds outside his 3,000m PB in 21st with 8:41.95 and at the Irish Milers Club meeting in Dublin Liam Roarty was fifth in the 5000m B race in 15:54.81
Three masters athletes headed to the Plymouth Half Marathon with a top four finish guaranteeing them an England Masters vest later in the year.
Fee Maycock finished as first LV50 runner and sixth lady overall in 88:36 to earn her place on the team.
Dave Tomlin’s 77:02 earned him sixteenth place overall as he finished as sixth V45 runner whilst Dave Rantell finished as seventh V50 runner in 82:35.
At the Gloucester 10k Charlie Jones and Marcus England were second and third with 33.04 and 33.06.
The ladies were represented by Leah Hopton and Lucy Goode who recorded 47:54 and 48:06 respectively whilst Ed Grazier (31:10) and Les Hampton (39:26) were the first two wheelchair racers home.
At the Berkeley 10k saw Richard Dare was second behind Gloucester’s Steve Millward in a time of 33:31.
Parker finished as first V45 runner in fourth place, while Mark James (35:36) was sixth and the third veteran home as the Harriers claimed the team prize as Andrew Kaighin (35:54) placed ninth.
Elliot Prince (36:45) and Dan Schofield (36:42) followed before Dave Rantell (37:39) finished as second V50 runner, Martin Soakell (38:34) set a PB and Paul Barnes (41:46) completed the nine man squad.
Parkruns saw Phil Beastall (15:22) lower his own course record as led the field home in Tewkesbury where Chloe Sheppard (21:41) was the first lady home.
There was a first place for Rob Herbert (18:09) in Cirencester with Marc Fallows (18:26) third, Gareth Edwards (18:59) fifth, Matt Lambourne (19:38) eighth and Jo Wilkie (22:30) the second lady.
Second place finishes also came from Tomlin (17:50) at Haldon Forest in Devon, Mark James (18:02) at Gloucester City and Dave Aubrey (17:05) in Cheltenham where James Bingham (17:19) placed fourth.
Cotterell (21:14) was fourth lady at Worcester Pitchcroft where Nick Holliday (19:08) was seventh whilst Henry James (16:52) was fifth in Hastings.
Dan Owen of Cheltenham Harriers