Wet and windy conditions put paid to any really fast times, but the Aztec West Fast 5k produced some highly competitive racing on Tuesday evening. Our very own James Rodgers won the race in 15:29, beating the highly fancied Cheltenham Harriers of Alex Lee and Ben Price into 2nd and 3rd places. This was James’ fourth win at the event taking him clear of the previous record holder as the most prolific race winner of the event since inception in September 2014.
Josh Davis was involved in a close contest with Clevedon AC’s Alex Crossland, but managed to get himself over the line just in front for a 5th place finish with both recording 15.50. Alan Baker was the next club athlete to finish in a time of 17.11 for 25th place whilst junior U15 Jack Wilkinson recording a terrific time of 17.42 to finish 42nd overall and 4th U17M.
Katie Grinyer continues to improve and was happy with her time of 18.54 which carried her to 67th place and 4th Lady on the night. Jacob Faulkner finished 72nd in 19.03, Katie Hooper was 128th in 20.37 whilst club juniors Ollie Lock and Alys Withers finished close together in 139th and 141st respectively with times of 21.18 and 21.23.
On the same evening the Gentry Brothers entered the Milers Club event at Exeter and the trip down the M5 turned out to be well worth the effort with both recording big PB’s. Sam ran the 800m ‘B’ race in a time of 2.08 whilst Joe ran the 1500m ‘B’ race in 4.14, both knocking nearly 3 seconds off previous bests. Parent and V40 athlete Russ Forsbrook was a sub 4 minute 1500m runner in his hey day and he finished 2nd recording a time of 4.38 in the ‘C’ race.
On the previous Sunday four of the clubs boys competed for the Avon Team at the YDL U17/20 Midland Premier South League meeting in Carmarthen. Mike Proffitt finished 2nd in the ‘A’ race of the U20 800m with a time of 2.06, whilst David Warnes finished 2nd in the ‘A’ race of the U20 1500m in 4.14. Callum smith won the ‘B’ race of the U17 1500m in 4.32, whilst Luca Murray PB’d in a very tight ‘A’ race of the U17 3000m finishing 5th.
Matt Howard came 2nd in his category at the Eton Dorney High Performance Triathlon on the same Sunday and now goes on to the Nationals that take place in Scotland later this summer.