Chris cracks Bridgwater Bolt course record

Weston Athletic Club members.

Weston Athletic Club members. - Credit: Archant

Weston Athletic Club’s Chris McMillan broke the Bridgwater Bolt 10k course record at the weekend.

Sunday morning saw 30 Weston Athletic Club members travel to Bridgwater to take on the Bridgwater Bolt 10k race.

A cool sunny morning with light winds gave the runners near perfect racing conditions. Chris McMillan took advantage of the terrain and led throughout to win the race outright with an advantage over the second placed runner of more than two minutes.

Chris’s winning time of 35.27 saw him take two seconds off the previous course record set at last year’s event.

Rob Furlong and Marc Whiting were the second and third club members to complete the race in 41.30 and 42.12, and they also placed second and fourth in their age categories.

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Sara Cronje ran a strong race to finish first among the club’s women in 51.46. She was followed by Leanne Gardner, setting a new personal best for the distance in 53.21, and Lesley Bowskill in 55.15. Victoria Jones crossed the line in 1.08.55, earning her second place in her age category.

Meanwhile, in Brighton, four of the club’s women took on the Brighton marathon, with three of them tackling the 26.2 mile distance for the first time. Brighton is popular among runners missing out on a place in London marathon, and is also favoured thanks to the enthusiastic crowd support along the whole route.

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There was little to separate Wendie Beardsall and Shaleen Summers who finished in 4.42.25 and 4.42.53. Sarah Wheatley and Denise Davies made all their hard work in training pay-off to finish in 4.57.28 and 5.18.06.

Thursday night’s Weston prom run, the penultimate in the current series, saw 270 runners complete the fast, flat five-mile course. Weston’s own runners held their own against stiff competition, and Chris McMillan finished third overall in 27.12.

Kieron Summers took six seconds off his previous fastest time to finish fourth overall in 27.26. Wilf Huxtable, running on tired legs from Vienna marathon the weekend before, still managed to take third club spot in 28.28 - a personal best by 12 seconds.

Jules Pflaum knocked seven seconds off her previous best to finish in 32.17 and third overall for the women. Nia Davies and Niki Fulstow took second and third club spots in 35.12 and 35.22.

In the junior one-mile race, William Fuller remained on top form to win the race in 5.19. Guy Owen and Louie Brunsdon followed in 6.08 and 6.28. Ruby Owen was first girl and third overall in 6.15. She was followed by Stephanie Brooks and Alysha Forsbrook in 6.57 and 7.03.

The final achievement of the week goes to Tobias Hinchliffe who completed the Fowlmead 50-mile endurance run in 8.32.18, eighth overall. This was an impressive result at the best of times, but particularly so given that he’d run a 32-mile race the weekend before.

The club’s next event is the final race in the Weston prom run series on May 12. The junior race starts at 6.45pm, followed by the main race at 7.30pm.

Race HQ for both events is the Bay Cafe on Weston seafront. Runners can enter on the night, or online at

Entry is also now open for the Beacon Batch race - an off-road five-mile race on the Mendips - on June 21 at 7.30pm. More information and entry details are at

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