Top five Lee and Eng­land on song in half marathon

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

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

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