The clubs 5 representatives completed the FLM on Sunday the 26th of April, with Neil Parry leading the way in 3.05.21, Neil commented that it was little warm on the day, making it harder than he woudl have liked. Kevin Jackson followed him in 3.15.01 knocking over 9 minutes of his 2008 time, 10 minutes off his 2007 time (all that secret training on a tuesday night paying off) excrutiatingly just 1 second outside the automatic re-entry time for his age group, Kevin said he felt good with three miles to go but slowed down as he came into Birdcage Walk, so he had very mixed feelings about teh run, very pleased with teh improvement but frustarted at being 1 second too slow for automatic re-entry.  Graeme followed Kevin in and was placed 21st in his age category, which was the same as last year despite a slower time. Adam Cooke was hot on Graeme's heels crossing the line in 03:28:28 with Martin Parry crossing in a creditable 04:38:51. Yet to hear the gory details of the actual event, find out how they coped with the early pace setting and the weather! but look out for more on the event and how it went for our runners this week.

Severn AC Easter 10K 2009
Dave Durden and Neil Parry continued their warm ups for slightly differnt objectives. Neil targetting the FLM did not take any time off from his schedule, but came along to get a bit of speedwork in. Dave Durden was hoping to replicate his four mile form from earlier in the month building up for the Berkeley and Hogweed 10Ks in May. A cool breeze made the warm up quite pleasant but once on the start line this semed to disappear. The course is reasonably flat but requires runners to work over a number of inclines and rises. Neil was disappointed to come in seconds over 40 minutes but was reasonably happy with the outing. Dave Durden improved from his previous outings on the course by over 30 seconds clocking 38.30 to be the first vet 40 outside the top ten.

 

Gloucester Athletic Club organised the “Gloucester 20 mile Race”on 8th March. This  started and finished at Frampton-on-Severn with two laps around the Longney-Elmore loop. The race attracted over 500 runners, many using it as training for the London Marathon. Strong winds and freezing rain made this a very hard race, especially the last 3 miles back to Frampton into a head wind. The race was won by Chris Illman from Cirencester AC in 1.56.07.Dursley AC had good results with Neil Parry first home in 50th place in 2.18.50. This race is not one of Kevin Jackson’s favourites as he quite often struggles in it, but this year, despite the awful weather, he had a good run finishing in 55th place in 2.20.14. Adam Cook also had a great run finishing strongly in 75th place in 2.25.37. Graeme Hawkins was 88th in 2.27.42 and first V60. Ray Williams was 147th in 2.3540 and Mel Williams 328th in 2.58.59.
A week-end on the Road for Dursley runners. On Saturday 21st Severn AC organised the Grocery 4 Miler whilst most other sensible people were at home waiting for England to win the Calcutta Cup Dave Durden ventured out to try to get under 24 minutes for 4 miles. he equalled his PB 24.06 on the flat course. he couldn't quite keep up with the winner Zac Kihara from Birchfield Harriers who won in 19:14!!!!! However he came away with a lovely pack of biscuits as the first V40 outside the top 10. As ever Terry Haines was generous with the groceries and many prices were handed out across the categories.
Up and Coming
Good luck to Neil who is running Reading Half on Sunday, a number of the club will be doing the Cleevewold aslo this Sunday and for those who like quick road courses Severn AC are running the Easter 10K on Saturday the 11th of April.

 

Some Late News just in from Christmas and New Year .
Chris Ashworth and Mike Leeson took part in the Thornbury Fun Run on teh 28th of December, running in a field of 71 entrants they finished in 29.27 and 29.44 respectively.  
At the Weston AC Hangover 10K on January 1st. Chris Gaze finished in 16th place in 38.30. There were 158 finishers.