Chris storms to two victories in a week

PUBLISHED: 09:17 10 February 2017

Chris McMillan.

Chris McMillan.

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Weston Athletic Club member Chris McMillan enjoyed a successful week, winning the Two Bays Tough Ten and the Burnham 5k.

Last week’s championship races were memorable for two of Weston Athletic Club’s members in particular.

After second place finishes at both of his previous events, Chris McMillan went on to win both of his next outings - the Two Bays Tough Ten and the Burnham 5k.

Chris Edwards, a long-standing club member, proved it is never too late to improve your running, and, at the age of 63, knocked a colossal 13 minutes off his 2016 Tough Ten time to finish in 1.49.09.

A punchy northerly wind and no shortage of mud on the off-road sections made for an interesting run for the 63 Weston members who lined up for Sunday’s Tough Ten race - 10 miles of sand, tarmac, mud and hills from the Grand Pier, to Sand Point and back via Weston woods.

Chris McMillan led from the early stages of the race, and the distance between him and the second-placed runner widened as the miles ticked by. By the end of the race, the gap had stretched to over two minutes, allowing Chris to cruise to victory in an impressive 58.32.

Matt Dell worked hard throughout the race to finish fourth overall in 1.02.12, and Rob Furlong took the club’s third spot in 1.09.39.

Hannah Moore was the club’s first female finisher in an impressive 1.19.54. It was not clear cut all the way though, and Niki Fulstow put up a strong challenge to finish in 1.22.10. Michelle Fryer took third club spot in 1.25.33.

The Burnham 5k just three days before saw a Weston one-two-three with McMillan winning the race in 17.09, followed by Dell in 17.22 and Wilf Huxtable in 18.29. Nia Davies was the club’s first female to finish the blustery course in 22.43, followed by Fulstow in 22.59 and Fryer in 23.17.

Although not a championship race, also worthy of mention is the result Martin Hurcombe achieved at Saturday’s muddy Avon Valley Railway 10k. He came in 10th overall and second in his category with a time of 48.49.

The next races in the 2016-17 Weston prom run series take place on February 16. The main five-mile race starts on the seafront near the Tropicana at 7.30pm and is preceded by the one-mile junior race at 6.45pm.

Runners can enter on the night or online at www.westonac.co.uk/promrun

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