Top five Lee and England on song in half marathon
CHELTENHAM Harriers athletes enjoyed success at the Chippenham Half Marathon as Alex Lee and Marcus England claimed top five finishes and Doug Wight set a new PB.
Representing Gloucestershire in the South West Inter-counties match, Lee was fourth.
Lee’s time of 70:58 was his second best time over the classic 13.1 mile distance and 19 seconds outside his PB from last year’s Cheltenham Half Marathon.
England finished a place and nineteen seconds behind Lee as he too was within a minute of his PB with a 71:17 clocking.
Having trimmed his PB by two seconds to 75:44 at last month’s Severn Bridge Half Marathon, Doug Wight was took 12th place by taking almost two minutes from this time to cross in 71:18.
Also representing the county, LV50 runner Fee Maycock finished as 14th lady with a time of 87:29.
A Cheltenham team contested the Rose Inn Relays in the Welsh village of Redwick.
After the opening 1.91mile leg Chris Cleary put the Harriers into second place, a position they maintained as Charlie Jones (9:36) and Eliot Taylor (9:38) brought the team home behind hosts San Domenico and clear of third placed Lliswerry.
Elsewhere veterans Nick Holliday (41:21), Caroline Cotterell (44:47) and Kathryn Morton (45:45) all contested the Stratford 10k.
A new September track open meeting was hosted by Gloucester AC and the 800m A race saw Jamie Harper finish two seconds clear of the field in 1:57.72, two hundredths of a second outside his PB.
In the 5000m A race Oli Mott kicked clear of Cardiff’s Muktaar Farhan with 200m remaining to take second in 15:48.10.
Richard Dare (15:57.36) and Dave Aubrey (16:00.29) followed in fourth and fifth respectively with James Bingham (16:24.42) eighth before Joe Willgoss (17:38.86) and Andrew Kaighin (18:18.99) completed the 16-strong field.
In the B race Dan Schofield stuck closely to the host club’s pacemaker Harry Wells who did an excellent job in taking him to 4800m.
Schofield stopped the clock at 17:08.46 for a 12-second PB and sevensecond victory.
Gareth Edwards ran a season’s best of 17:47.56 for third place before Matt Lambourne (18:06.25) took seventh.
Steve Bradley (19:29) claimed 13th position whilst Rachel See (19:35.19) finished as second lady and V60 athlete Michael Ede (20:26.14) recorded a season’s best time.
The following evening Chris Booth concluded his track season at the Watford Open where he was less than three seconds outside his 3000m PB as he finished 16th in the A race in 9:02.03
The weekend’s parkruns saw Dom James in fine form as he took first place in Cheltenham.
James’ time of 15:48 moved him up into joint third position on the event’s all-time ranking list alongside clubmate Phil Beastall, but still behind Graham Rush (14:59) and Dave Roper (15:42) in a list that shows Alex Lee (15:54), James Brewer (15:55) and Ben Price (16:00) in a Harriers top seven.
Matthew Dwerryhouse (18:18) took third with Simon Critchley (18:30) fifth and Dave Rantell (19:01) ninth.
Beth Hawling (17:33) was first lady and eighth at Mile End in London whilst Naomi Eaton (19:51) finished third and first lady at Stonehouse.
There were also firsts for Dave Aubrey (17:12) in Ross-on-wye where Cleary (18:09) placed third, Luke Pennington (17:46) in Cirencester and for Gareth Edwards (19:48) at the new Stratford Park event in Stroud and Caroline Cotterell (22:02) was the second lady in Tetbury.
Fee Maycock, Alex Lee, Marcus England, Doug Wight
Chris Cleary, Charlie Jones, Eliot Taylor