Nine Dursley Running Club athletes competed in the 2017 version of the Angel’s 10K. It is over a tough undulating course with a long drag of a hill at 3 miles which really sapped the runners ‘strength.
There was also a strong cold wind. Dave Saunders reported a “lovely atmosphere”, despite the chill wind, with the race, starting and finishing at the Cricket Club in Ashleworth, which is just to other side of Gloucester. It was the fourth round of the Glos AAA Road Race Series and Dave Saunders recorded his fourth age category wins out of four and has 40 points on the board. Dave is currently waiting to hear from the Guinness Book of records to ratify a world record time in the London Marathon as a postbox, quite a week for Dave! Eileen Heiron was first in her category and with Dave walked away with a nice looking prize.
Mike Brown was first DRC runner home, producing the best DRC time at the event since its move to Ashleworth, and is showing some good form after a disrupted winters training, with Jadie Cottrell leading the DRC women home.
A special well done to Damian (Damo) Lai who not only raced and ran a PB, but cycled to and from the event as well around 40 miles. Another London Marathoner back out on the road was Steve Barnes. Both probably need a bit of R&R.
Results: Mike Brown,18th 41:23; Tom Smith 29th 42:55; Dave Saunders 55th 47:47 (1st MV65);
Jadie Cotterell 63rd 48:55; Damian Lai 89th 52:20; Charlotte Palmer 98th 53:43;
Steve Barnes 132nd 1:02:00; Karen Eadon 135th 1:03:05; Eileen Hieron 136th 1:03:10 (1st LV65)
On Sunday 17 April there was a brilliant turnout for DRC with 12 members taking part in the Angels 10K. The weather was cold despite the sun. Mark Owen led the club home with a solid 46:48, Despite the hilly course Louise Beck and Kelly Gabb ran personal bests, eight members were in the top ten of their categories with Dave Saunders first MV65 and Annette Heylings 3rd LV60. Valuable Glos AAA points were gained both individually and as a team.
Results: Mark Owen 52nd 46:48 7th SM; Dave Saunders 56th 47:29 (1st MV65); Tara Truman 66th 48:51 (7th LV40); Kris Rymer 72nd 49:26 (8th SM); Mark Western 91st 53.55 (14th MV45); Damian Lai 101st 56:57 (9th SM); Annette Heylings 106th 57:59 (3rd LV60); Vicci Phillips 115th 59:16 (11th LV40) Kelly Gabb 124th 1:01:32 7th SL; Emma Boxall 134th 1:05:59 10th SL Louise Beck 143rd 1:08:35 (19th LV40); Cara Zoglowek 147th 1:15:09 (20th LV40)
Dave Saunders and Jan Short were at the Angel’s 10 km run on Sunday 19 April. Third in the Glos AAA Road Race Series, the race starts and finishes at the Woodpeckers Cricket Club in Ashleworth. A total of 135 runners enjoyed an undulating course, with the first km all downhill. Dave completed this bit in 00:04:01, giving him, in his own words, “false optimism for the rest of the race.” A very steep uphill section between 4 and 5 km coupled with a strong cold easterly wind meant it wasn't a day for a PB after all. Dave could not have done any better in terms of the race series, though, as he placed first. Jan Short was second in her category.
Results: Dave Saunders, 38th (1st MV 65), 00:45:52; Jan Short, 64th (2nd LV55) 00:51:25
With a significant number of the club in Wales it was no surprise to see that Dave Saunders was the only Dursley Running Club member at the Angels 10k Sunday 27 April. The event is held at Ashleworth just north of Gloucester. The race is part of the Glos AAA Road Race series and Saunders notched up a victory in the MV65 category, finishing in a time of 44.20 (33rd overall); giving him a maximum 10 points from the race, which bodes well for the series as a whole.