An excellently organised Berkeley 10K Road Race was greeted enthusiastically by around 300 entrants, thunder and showers abated in time for the start and running conditions were ideal apart from a brisk westerly wind. Garry Hughes had already created a gap at the front by the first quarter of a mile and extended his lead to a minute by mile three finishing over two minutes ahead of Robert Hayes in 33:10.Whilst pleased with his victory Hughes was disappointed with a time that was a minute and half down his 2011 effort, possibly down to a heavy training weekend and not have anyone close to test him. Behind these two front runners an intriguing battle took place for third spot with Craig Gardner, Stephen Cadwell and Mark Harvey remaining together for most of the race. As Cadwell and Harvey made their final effort, Stroud runner Gardner exploded past them to take third place in a time of 36;17. The first lady was not far behind with Lucy Hodgson of Newquay Road Runners finishing in 36:41.
There was great turn out from the Dursley Running Club with 22 runners participating on the night. Kevin Jackson was next home after Hughes , starting briskly he created a ten second gap on Tony Wooldridge extending this lead to 32 seconds at the halfway mark. Wooldridge was able to reduce the deficit by 7 seconds over the remainder of the race but was unable to get back on terms with the hard working Jackson. Wooldridge had to be content with first male vet 60 as a consolation.
Behind this battle Laszlo Berdan and Dave Wood were seeking to get under the magic 40 minute mark but left it too late to achieve this goal, too busy chatting according to Mr Wood, despite this Dave achieved a new personal best after a very long wait. Mel Williams led the Dursley Ladies home but had to work to achieve this. Laura Price leading Williams through the 5K split by 3 seconds, Mel took her time and edged past Laura, with three quarters of a mile to go the gap was 12 seconds but Williams extended this to 33 seconds over this final section. A chasing pack of Anne Marie (Its not hot enoght to take offmy gillet) , Kim and Alice were in close company at the 5K mark. Anne Marie and Kim continued on steadily despite dropping back Alice recorded a PB by around 2 minutes. Ian Hobbs also improving on his 2011 time by just over a minute and a half.
Quite a few of the clubs runners looked quite comfortable, a point that no doubt Ray will remember when addressing the issue of times for the club handicap! speaking of which Trevor Lewis made much of his time at this years event clearly hoping to get some lenient treatment. The clubs lanterne rouges were Zoe Fowler and Deidre Baird cruising in just over the hour and again looking relaxed and comfortable doing so.
The race was well supported by other clubs, in particular Chepstow Harriers with almost thirty runners making the journey over the River, they reaped the reward winning both team events, beating Dursley's men into second by just under a minute, with Hogweed Trotters second in the Ladies.
Ray Williams would like to thank all who helped with the organisation and the race sponsors Courtyard Clinic, Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, who provided first aid support, as well as Gloucester Sports. And of course the club thanks Ray as Race Director and Mel for all their efforts.
The race raises funds for charity and this year’s nominated charity is Help for Heroes, last years race raised £1000 for charity.
Full race results are available at http://www.dbmax.co.uk/store/results
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Results Gary Hughes 1st 33:10; Kevin Jackson 30th 39:26; Tony Wooldridge 31st 39:26; Laszlo Berdan 38th 40:20; Dave Wood 39th 40:32(PB); Mark Waller 65th 41:59; Gareth Bradbury 75th 42:51; Ian Hobbs 94th in 44:16; Chris Ashworth 98th 44:28; Trevor Lewis 106th 44:57; Richard Clarke 113th 45:30; Mel Williams 123rd 46:36; Laura Price 132nd 47:09; Anne Marie Berdanne Hamvas 150th 48:15; Kim Stevenson 154th 48:23; Barry Topham 157th 48:37; Alice Lewis 159th 48:53 (PB); Gerry Fowler 163rd 49:00; Margaret Johnson 207th 53:10; Rachel Carter 257th 59:29; Zoe Fowler 260th 01:00:38; Deidre Baird 01:00:38.