Monday 11 May saw 295 starters turn out for the Berkeley 10K on a beautiful evening, the temperature was around 17 degrees at the start but rapidly cooling as the race progressed aided by a brisk South Westerly breeze. The race was run as part of the Gloucester Amateur Athletic Association Road Series and as a result there was a strong field across all age categories.


At the sharp end of the race a quartet of runners had broken away by the time the race entered Hamfield Lane for the first time, Phil Beastall, and  Anthony Bailey of Cheltenham Harriers were accompanied by Joshua Dixon and former GB runner Dan Robinson both of Stroud. At this point the first two women, Naomi Eaton (Stroud AC) and Petra Vymetalova (Almost Athletes) were still running together. Coming up to halfway the men were still closely bunched but Eaton had broken away from Vymetalova. For Dursley,  Rich Shirley, was leading the local team but having to work hard, Nigel Sankey was not far behind. Tony Wooldridge MV60 and Martin Ford MV70 were putting in impressive performances given their age categories. At the five kilometer point Margaret Johnson had a slim lead on Alice Lewis but was looking quite comfortable, all the more remarkable as she had completed the Stroud Trail Half Marathon the day before.

As the men came toward the finish Bailey dropped off the pace leaving Beastall, Dixon and Robinson to fight it out over the final 40 meters, with Robinson too strong for the others crossing the line in 32:13, a good time but some way off his course record of 30:22 set back in 2002 . Eaton made it a double victory for Stroud coming in over a minute ahead of Vymetalova. Robinson was first MV40, Dennis Walmeley was first MV50 in an impressive 8th place, Ford first MV70 in 32nd place and  Tony Wooldrige of Dursley first MV60 in 45th place overall. In the female Categories Joe Wilkie of Stroud was first FV35 and 37th overall, Katrina Hawkins first FV45, Alice Lewis of Dursley 1st FV55 and Sharon Smith first FV65. Cheltenham harriers won the men’s team event and Almost Athletes took the women’s team prize.

Whilst having a considerable number of membership involved with the organisation, Dursley Running Club still had 20 athletes competing, a number of new members impressed with their efforts, this was especially true of Megan Wren, Caroline Whitlock and Emma Richards from the 2015 Walk2Run programme,  who showed how far they had come since January. Shirley came in first but was some way of his scintillating form at the European Dualthon Championships, despite wearing his slinkiest vest.Sankey did well to hold on, his second 5K just a little off the first meaning he just nudged over the forty minute mark, much to his disappointment, and there were a number of strong and well paced runs from the other Dursley Athletes, a number having warmed up either at the Chipping Sodbury Park Run or like Margaret at the Stroud Trail Half. We will forgive her lack of sprint on the basis of te 14.2 miles on Sunday! Chris Young was another happy but disappointed runner  with a PB but in his case just over the 50 minute mark.

After the race Runners were treated to sports massages courtesy of the Courtyard Clinic event sponsor along with Gloucester Sports. Dursley Running Club will donate part of the proceeds for the race to Allsorts the local Charity that supports disabled Children and their families, the charity is the clubs nominated Charity for 2015

Pos          Gun Time  Cat           Cat Pos.             Chip Time                  5K

Rich Shirley            22             00:38:49.5 Senm        12                      00:38:48.8                 00:18:50.3

Nigel Sankey          31             0040:03.4  Senm        18                      00:40:02.4                 00:19:43.0

Tony Wooldridge     45             00:40:56.8 V60          1                        00:40:55.2                 00:19:53.4

Kevin Jackson         59             00:42:11.0 V50          9                        00:42:10.2                 00:20:26.2

Simon Holdsworth   93             00:44:33.4 V40          25                      00:44:25.2                 00:22:16.9

James Davies          94             00:44:33.9 Senm        33                      00:44:29.6                 00:22:05.8

David Saunders       101           00:45:07.8 V60          5                        00:45:05.0                 00:22:12.1

Jonathan Kerry        105           00:45:39.3 V50          24                      00:45:32.4                 00:22:22.3

Mike Froggatt          118           00:46:12.6 V50          27                      00:46:02.1                 00:23:29.0

Darren Richards      119           00:46:25.2 V40          30                      00:46:17.1                 00:23:09.5

Margaret Johnson    124           00:46:41.8 V45          7                        00:46:37.1                 00:23:00.6

John Dellafield         131           00:46:57.1 V50          28                      00:46:47.0                 00:23:35.8

Alice Lewis 132           00:47:04.2 V55          1                        00:46:59.5                 00:23:03.0

Chris Young            182           00:50:21.2 V40          43                      00:50:07.0                 00:25:01.9

Mark Western         205           00:52:11.6 V40          44                      00:52:00.7                 00:25:36.7

Claire Searle           242           00:55:57.7 V45          26                      00:55:38.2                 00:28:04.3

Annette Heylings     252           00:58:02.8 V55          11      Female     00:57:43.0                 00:29:34.3

Moira Woodward     261           00:59:45.2 V55          13      Female     00:59:30.1                 00:28:53.0

Megan Wren           266           01:01:02.1 Senf          18      Female     01:00:42.9                 00:30:57.5

Caroline Whitlock    267           01:01:05.3 V35          25      Female     01:00:45.9                 00:30:57.8

Nicola Evered          273           01:01:54.2 V45          29      Female     01:01:34.9                 00:29:49.3

Emma Richards      285           01:06:14.9 V35          29      Female     01:05:55.0                 00:31:23.0


Full race results can be found at:

A big thank you to John Rogers the Race Director and all those who assisted him preparing and organising the race on the night and out on the course course, in the car parks and in the race Headquarters.