Chris crowned with cake and cider

PUBLISHED: 12:45 30 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:45 30 August 2017

Danny and Chris McMillan.

Danny and Chris McMillan.

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Runner Chris McMillan bagged two race victories over the past week, with wins at the Crook Peak Cake Race and the Battle of Sedgemoor 10k.

Weston Athletic Club’s Chris McMillan wasn’t content with just one race victory in a week, so he went on to bag a second over the bank holiday weekend.

His first came at the Crook Peak Cake Race. At only three miles, you could be forgiven for thinking the event would be a stroll in the park, but far from it, as runners tackle not one, but two ferocious climbs over the short course.

First, a visit to the peak itself, before descending to Wavering Down, then a call to the trig point before a tricky descent to the finish at Cross.

Chris wasted no time in covering the distance and crossed the finish line in 18.48, a time that most runners would be over the moon to achieve on a flat course. He was followed by five more of the club’s runners inside the top 10, including Kieron Summers in third place overall and Adrian Noble in sixth, both winning their age categories. Josh Harris took third club spot finishing in 22.01.

Phil Richards was second female overall in 24.28. Second Weston female was Michelle Fryer in 27.22 followed by Helen Diamond in 31.17. Phil and Liz Green also won their age categories.

Chris’s reward was a large chocolate cake which, as is tradition, he shared with other runners after the race.

His second victory was sealed at the Battle of Sedgemoor 10k around Langport. It was a hot morning and some of the race-goers struggled in the heat. Chris completed the undulating course in a blistering 33.27. Richard Brent followed in 39.37 and Josh Harris in 40.27.

Sarah Harris was the club’s fastest female on the day, finishing in 53.20. Sarah Whatley followed in 58.48 and Mary Oaten in 1.01.02.

Although not club championship races, other members decided to try their luck at other events over the bank holiday weekend, and a number of notable successes were made.

Carol O’Leary won her age category at the Severn Bridge Half Marathon, while Vicki Wilkins won hers at the Portishead 401 half marathon. At the debut running of the Pawlett Plod, a new 10k event organised by Burnham Harrieres, Martin Hurcombe was the overall winner.

Entry is now open for the club’s Christmas Cracker 10k which takes place on December 17. This year is the race’s 30th anniversary and anyone wanting to sign-up can enter online at www.westonac.co.uk/christmascracker.

The club’s five-mile Weston prom race series is also now available for entry at www.westonac.co.uk/promrun

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