A humid overcast evening with increasingly heavy drizzle welcomed the 407 starters to the Berkeley 10K, making it one of the biggest fields of recent years.

The race for the men’s prize starting to take shape within the first half mile with Brett Halliwell taking an early lead a few meters in front of Ian Radford of Black Pear Joggers with Mark James of Cheltenham Harriers a further 10 meters behind. Halliwell extended his lead on Radford as they completed the first circle, only for Halliwell to pull up with a hamstring injury on Hamfield Lane. This left Radford now being chased down by James with Robin Loftus of Stroud not far behind him. Radford held on to finish in 33:16. In the women’s race Gemma Hargraves of Almost Athletes started quickly followed by Shona Crombie Hicks. Hargraves established a comfortable lead over the first lap with Crombie-Hicks falling back to fourth, Naomi Easton of Stroud AC came through into second place but some way behind Hargraves. Hargraves held on finishing strongly to finish in 38:14. Behind second placed Easton, Crombie-Hicks recovered and came through strongly passing Nicki Morgan and almost catching Easton to come home first F45.

Dursley’s fifty starters were led home by Joe Browning who finished in under 40 minutes, knocking 6 minutes off his previous best at Berkeley, and he can now hopefully push on having breached this psychological barrier. Behind him Nigel Sankey worked hard having completed a Half Marathon the day before to be second DRC runner in, behind Sankey Thomas Smith led home a posse of Dursley men on the forty one minute mark, with Carl Fivey pacing Mark Sprigings around the course only to drop away at the finish. Kevin Jackson squeezed in between these two with another good run placing 5th M55, Tony Wooldridge was a little way behind placing 2nd M65. Zoe Lamerton had a fine run to finish first DRC woman with a personal best a a provsinal 2nd F35. 

Others running PBs including Louise Biddell, Julie Fenn, Audrey Harris, Tracey Strickland, Sue Jones Lise Young and Jadie Cotterell who manged to pip Alice Lewis to the line, Lewis 3rd F55.

Clair Norman ran her first race and Beth Alexander ran her first ever 10k. Elieen Heiron is old enough to know better but still ran the race the day after a half marathon and was placed 2nd F70. All results are provisional

 Jadie Cotterell who manged to pip Alice Lewis to the line, Lewis 3rd F55. A fantastic turn out from the club and some excellent support around the course. A big think you to all you assisted in anyway and aslo to Race Director John Rogers.

 

We had a glitch with numbers going to wrong runners (seems to be runners with the same surname), so if you notice any issue with time or position please e-mail DB Max and they will sort. we can then award category winners and will send prizes out in post or if possible deliver at other events!

Results PROVISIONAL) Joe Browning, 42nd, 39:51; Nigel Sankey, 48th, 40:12; Thomas Smith, 58th, 41:07, (1st U20); Mark Sprigings, 68th, 41:37; Kevin Jackson, 69th, 41:42.8, (5th MV55); Carl Fivey, 70th, 41:48; Tony Wooldridge, 79th, 42:39, (2nd V65); Zoe Lamerton, 109th, 44:56, (2nd V35); Jadie Cotterell, 120th, 45:59, (8th SenF); Alice Lewis, 124th, 46:03, (3rd V55); Julie Easthope, 135th, 46:39.6, (4th V35); David Saunders, 144th, 47:07.5, (5th V65); Matthew Wortley, 149th, 47:00; Tony Waye, 188th, 49:10; Audrey Harris, 191st, 49:20, (8th V40); Charlie Strickland, 208th, 50:35; Lucy Kirmond, 211th, 50:37; Daniel Gabb, 230th, 51:37; Charley Palmer, 236th, 52:11; Louise Biddell, 241st, 52:46.2, (10th V35); Lise Hindshaw, 245th, 52:54; Steve Rugman , 246th, 53:23; Liz Halford, 248th, 53:26; Lisa Young, 265th, 54:17; Tracey Strickland, 292nd, 57:11; Garry Strickland, 293rd, 57:10; Clair Norman, 295th, 57:05; Becky Court, 296th, 57:06; Julie Fenn, 303rd, 58:04; Steve Barnes, 319th, 59:08; Emma Keating, 320th, 59:10; Dominique Pemberton, 333rd, 59:53; Sue Carter, 334th, 01;00:06; Jackie Pennington, 338th, 01:00:07; Diana Gore, 341st, 00:26; (10th V55); Kevin James Proctor, 342nd, 01:00:20; Sallly Williams, 348th, 01:01:21; Gordon Lewis, 349th, 01:01:24; Nicki Cowle, 353rd, 01:02:11; Jo Fearns, 355th, 01:02:08; Eileen Hieron, 356th, 01:02:11, (2nd V70); Claire Rees, 361st, 01:03:49; Sue Jones, 371st, 01:06:52; Veronica Higgins, 386th, 01:09:10; Rebecca Halford, 387th, 01:09:15; Annie Hidden, 388th, 01:09:15; Becky Whatling, 392nd, 01:10:24; Charlie Taylor, 396th, 01:12:20; Avril Bagnall, 398th, 01:12:42.

Thank you to Lisa Wiles Matthew Sherrington Mary Beth Staddon. Jo Turner and others I have not mentioned from the Courtyard supporting the event.

A big think you to all of you who assisted in anyway and there were loads of you marshalling, supporting, handing out tickets and water sorting parking etc etc... !

Also a big thank to to Race Director John Rogers and right hand man David Saunders for all their work preparing for the event, setting up and taking down the course.