Monday the 13th of May did not presage the beginning of fine English Summer as the 345 competitors for Dursley Running Club’s annual Berkeley 10K Road Race gathered. Heavy grey clouds scudded across the sky along  and a brisk North Westerly wind briefly faded before rising again just as the race started and it continued to gust throughout the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having said this, the cool conditions were suited to running if the wind was not blowing in a favourable direction, with the runners having to work against it for the final mile and a half.  The race began with Kyran Hale surging into an early lead with Antony Bailey, Cheltenham Harriers and Steve Millward of Gloucester AC seeking to stay on terms with him. At 3 miles Hale had around 8 seconds on Bailey with Millward a couple of seconds behind the Cheltenham Harrier. Jo Emery from Coventry Godiva was the first Woman at the three mile mark some distance in front of Gwen Kinsey from Stroud. As the leaders turned for home Bailey was now glued to the heels of Kyran Hale with Millward struggling to get on terms with them. It was going to boil down to who was stronger in the closing stages, it turned out to be Hale who crossed the line in 33.31 just two seconds ahead of Bailey with Millward 29 seconds in arrears. The battle for victory in the women’s category was less exciting with Jo Emery maintaining her steady pace and lead through out the race.  

Dursley Running club, despite the demands of organising the event, had 19 entrants on the starting line. Dave Wood one the clubs off road specialists made a rare appearance on the tarmac and rewarded his feet for the pounding they took by being first Dursley Runner home, looking comfortable all the way around, he was closely tracked by Richard Pitts, with a mile to go the gap was around 25 seconds but Woods kicked on and finished 40 seconds ahead of Pitts, who was never the less pleased with a PB on the night. Paul Wellings ran well to finish third Dursley Male. The Dursley women’s contingent had raced on Sunday, which undoubtedly affected their legs. The first lap saw Rebecca Topham and Kate Brown side by side running steadily but Brown kicked on opening up a gap to finish first for Dursley women in 42:39, taking her revenge for the Aviator defeat, judging by Kate's  reticence about the Avaitor on club night the defeat clearly rankled. Kate was declared first FV40 after some gender re-assignment by the organisers, with Rebecca placed second in the category.  

 

Behind the front runners there were still a number of good performances to come on the night for Dursley, with Dave Saunders cruising around- at least it looked like that- to finish 3rd MV60 in  44:08, Rich Clarke continued his year on year on improvement knocking around 50 seconds off last years time which in turn had been a minute quicker than 2011. Despite an impressive super sprint tri- on Sunday Jerry Fowler had enough in the tank to post a PB, but could not hold on to Zoe Johnson (possibly previous form in relation to this?) with Zoe breaking free on the second lap to finish in 47:26. Behind Jerry and Zoe, Alice ran a PB having also run the previous day at the Aviator.

Jonathon Tudor ran an impressive first Berkeley 10K recording a time of 44:13, with Joe Browning posting 46:43, both these young runners have room for improvement, hopefully taking part in the Summer handicap Series will help bring them both on.  

John Delafield returning from a back problem ran a steady race, managing to keep ahead of Avrill Yearsley who placed 4th FV60. Erica Fuller came in behind them, looking comfortable, despite complaining that it was hurting, Steve Peers and Margaret Johnson behind Erica both worked hard on the night running steadily over the distance, but neither looking overly comfortable.

Zoe Fowler thinks she PB'd, but we not to sure she really cares! Rachel Carter was someway off the dizzy heights of her 2009 performance, both of them could have gone a lot faster if they hadn't talked most of the way round and Rachel had taken her coat off! Zoe did call for a bin bag at the half way stage, but there was not one to be had (Marshalls please not for future years). Andy Kilby did a sterling job as sweeper accompanying the Lanterne Rouge, Carrie Humphreys of Stroud, who finished in a time of 01:07:52 

Bourton Road Runners took the men’s team prize ahead of Cheltenham Harriers and Gloucester AC with the Women’s team event won by Stroud with Almost Athletes second in front of Bourton. The event was graced by some outstanding performances by older runners. Martin Ford from Cheltenham Harriers won the V65 category in time of 38:34, Ken Buckle of the same club finished first in the MV70 category in the fantastic time of 47:09, with Zina Merchant from Team Bath recording 44:21 to win the FV60 category.   

Results are currently posted on Db max site

http://www.dbmax.co.uk/assets/results/1328/original/Berkeley.html?1368474423

For category winnesr scroll down.

Bourton Road Runners took the men’s team prize ahead of Cheltenham Harriers and Gloucester AC with the Women’s team event won by Stroud with Almost Athletes second in front of Bourton. The event was graced by some outstanding performances by older runners. Martin Ford from Cheltenham Harriers won the V65 category in time of 38:34, Ken Buckle of the same club finished first in the MV70 category in the fantastic time of 47:09, with Zina Merchant from Team Bath recording 44:21 to win the FV60 category.  

Results:  Dave Wood 40:38, 57th (11th MV45); Richard Pitts 41:18, 72nd; Paul Wellings 41:53 79th; Kate Browning 42:39 94th; Rebecca Topham 43:04, 100th; David Saunders 44:08, 122nd (3rd MV60); Jonathon Tudor  44:13 127th; Richard Clarke 44:41, 138th; Dave Halford 45:51, 160th; Joe Browning 46:43, 172nd; Zoe Johnson 47:26, 189th, Jerry Fowler 47:56, 198th; Alice Lewis 48:15, 205th; John Delafield 49:15, 221st; Avril Yearsley 50:03, 232nd; Erica Fuller 50:42, 240th; Steve Peers 53:31, 275th; Margaret Johnson 54:23, 285th; Zoe Fowler 56:29, 310th; Rachel Carter 56:29, 311th. NB |Erica was missing from the DB max results sheet even though she picked up a timing slip and her inclusion woud knock everyone finishing after her back one place- sorry folks)

Category Winners

FV35 Gwen Kinsey    37:42

FV40 Kate Browning  42:39        MV40       Dave rentell 36:22                

FV45 Michelle Carroll 41:00        MV45       Mike Smith 34:56

FV50 Karen Galpin     44:02       MV50        Dennis Walmsely 35:14

FV55 Kathryn Morton 44:03        MV55       David Vaudin     37:11      

FV60 Zina Marchan    44:21        MV60       Mike Willis 40;29

                                                 MV65      Martin Ford 38:34

                                                 MV70      Ken Buckle 47:09  

The club would like to thank Ray and Mel Willliams, the marshalls and other helpers who made this excellent event possible.  Also many thanks to both Gloucester Sports and the Courtyard Clinic for their sponsership of the event, with prizes provided by Gloucester Sports and massages and other manipulations from the Courtyard Clinic.