The 172nd edition of the Street 5k races, and the accompanying junior races, went off with the usual endeavour last night (10th January), with many blowing away the New Year cobwebs, whilst some were still recovering from Christmas colds. This might explain slightly slower times than is usual, or maybe a surfeit of Christmas pud? Obviously not suffering from any over indulgence was junior Harrier u17 Ollie Thorner at last weekend’s National Indoor Combined Events Championships where he finished 4th overall!
Read on for Street report and times & the Indoor report.
Ollie goes clear to win the High jump in 1.98m
STREET 5k & JUNIOR RACES
The Clive and Angela Thomas Street 5k Series was back for 2018 with a hardy group of 64 finishers in the 5k race, which was won outright by junior Alexander Flack who was matched stride for stride on the first 4 laps by V40 Harrier Tom Dukes. Alex's time was 17.41 with Tom 17.43. First female home was Harrier Jess Hudson in 20.35, despite th fact that she'd raced earlier in the day at the Mendip Schools Xc trial; and 2nd was Maiden Newton's F35 Helen Southcott.Top of the pops again in terms of age graded results was 1st F65 Lesley Nesbitt - who achieved 83.3% for her 25.37 timing. Best for the guys was 3rd placed Peter Green, also 1st V50, where his time of 18.25 was worth 78.3%.
1st overall Alexander Flack 17.41 ;
1st V40 Tom Dukes (Wells City Harriers) 17.43;
1st V50 Peter Green (Somer AC) 18.25;
1st junior Charlie Cook (Mendip AC) 19.43;
1st Senior Jeremy Linter (u/a)19.45;
1st V60 David Carnell (Maiden Newton Runners) 22,52;
1st V70 Berni Mundy (Wells City Harriers) 24.01;
1st female Jessica Hudson (Wells City Harriers) 20.35;
1st F35 Helen Southcott (Maiden Newton Runners) 21.06;
1st senior female Ellie Mullinson (Durham City Harriers) 21.52;
1st F45 Elizabeth Parry (u/a) 23.26;
1st F65 Lesey Nesbitt (Yeovil Town RR) 25.37;
1st F55 Karen Shears (Wells City Harriers) 26.11
In the accompanying 1k and 2k races for juniors, Owen Dukes raced away to win the shorter distance in 4.18, with Alice King first girl home in 4.39. In the 2km race Isabelle Walker won in 8.41.
The clubs thanks once again to the race director, finish recording team, first aiders, marshals, results and tea teams. Next edition will be number 173......
January 2018 5k Results January 2018
January 2018 Junior Results
At the next Street 5k race, you can enter the Babcary 7+ mile road race due to take place on Sunday 25th February
LINK to SOMERSET SERIES website
NATIONAL INDOORS COMBINED EVENTS
Report from the national indoors by Al:
“On Saturday 6th January Ollie Thorner started his first national competition of 2018, the National Indoor Combined Events Championships at Sheffield indoor arena. A fantastic day one starting just outside his personal best in the 60m (7.57) followed by PB's in Shot Put (10m 51), Long Jump (6m 24) and Pole Vault (4m 28) saw him close Saturday in 5th position out of 27 junior U20 competitors.
He continued day two in similar style with PB's in the 60m Hurdles (8.86), High Jump (1m98) and 1000m (2mins 51) to finish in 4th place overall with a points score of 4696. Not only did he win the Pole Vault and High jump outright, his performances gain him the qualification standards for this years English Schools track and field championships. An impressive performance by Ollie in his first year as an u20 with some competitors 2-3 years older."
Virtually, last man standing after the 1000m! (photos by Al)
CHARD FLYER & STOKE STAMPEDE 10ks
Winning at the Chard Flyer 10k multi-terrain on New Year’s Day was Philip Bridge in a nippy time of 35.04 for the undulating course. Philip makes a habit of winning this race! V40 Justin Thomas also finished well up with his 15th place in 42.45.
Meanwhile at the Stoke Stampede 10km on the road on Sunday 7th January, V45 Adrian Davis ran well for 44.42 (48th) in a field of 365 runners.