The balls were definitely frozen off the brass monkeys as the competitors lined up for Gloucester ACs 10 miler on the 04th of January. There was a good turn out again from the club with 7 runners braving the icy conditions.
The cold may have helped some keep their core temperatures down but others suffered with pulls and strains due to the cold. Kevin Jackson slowed up in the latter stages for this reason, finishing almost 3 minutes down on last years time as a result. Neil Parry again showed that running with the  club is having its benefiits with a PB. Graeme Hawkins continued to show good form after his impressive result in the Sodbury Slog. Tony Freer and Mouse Clutterbuck were just outside the top 25%, with Ray and Mel Williams not far behind.

 44
 Neil Parry
 1:05:18
 64
 Kevin Jackson
 1:06:58
 81
 Graeme hawkins
 1:08:46
 108
 Tony Freer
 1:11:37
 118
 Mouse Clutterbuck
 1:12:36
 177
 Ray Williams
 1:16:38
 226
 Mel Williams
 1:20:24

 

 

Severn AC's Boxing Day 4 Miler saw good turn out from Dursley with Mel Williams taking the prize for first LV40 cruising home in 31.03, a little way off her personal best on this testing course.
A cold December morning greeted the runners and a chill headwind faced the runners for the outward leg. Dave Durden reached the turn in around 12.24 a somewhat sluggish leg but hearing the split time from Terry Haines and seeing Neil Parry hard on his heels focused him to the task in hand running sub 12 to finish in 24.18. Neil Parry running the course for the first time was very pleased to go under 25 minutes with 24.56. John Burt running the course for the first time in 2008! came home unscathed in 26.40 with Ray Williams following him in in 29.26, a good run considering the number of layers he was wearing! and continuibng injury problems. The winner was J Bradley, Cheltenham Harriers in 20.38.
Club runners have been out and about in droves over the last two weeks, running the Oldbury 10 , Fitness 4 miler
Kevin Jackson is starting to come back to form as ever in the fall, showing this with a 1.03.32 to come in 51st, Neil Parry although not strickly speaking a club members is already benefiting from the high quality club runs and ran an impressive 1.08.21 to come in 110th. Other Dursley Runners were:
Dave Sanders 179th in 1.14 42
John Delafield 187th in 1.15.23
Martin Parry 237th in 1.20.12
Roly Hobbs 248th in 1.2058
Mel Williams 271st 1.22.56
Mel Williams ran 29.59 to get under the 30 minute mark at the last 4 miler after running Oldbury the Sunday before, Dave Durden again flouted the opportunity to go under 24 minutes with a sluggish 24.29 to come in 6th, John Delafield came in 24th with 28.30, Chris Ashworth 43rd in 29.31 and John Spicer 58th in 34.12. Chris did slow down to take a phone call in the first mile much to the distress of race organiser Terry Haines who likes to keep new technology out of his races!

 

Gary Hughes continued an impressive return to racing with a second place in the Cirencester park 10K in 32.46 just 10 seconds behind the winner, following up his win in the Berkeley 10K and the White Horse 5K earlier in the summer. Kevin Jackson came in 44th in 39.38 folllowed in by Dave Durden who was 52nd in 39.59. Ray Williams was 128th in 45.12 with Mel Willams 219th 48.55. 
The new course was easier than the old one with only the one steep climb to the Polo grounds but it had a couple of little digs at the end. As ever it was a glorious autumnal day and for those who took the trouble to look the scenery was magnificent. A definite for anyones race calendar.
Return to the Road May 08 
Dursley Runners returned to the road with a vengence in May, and the club organised the Berkeley 10K which was a great success after a years sabatical.