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: http://www.dbmax.co.uk/results
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.