Kieron thunders to his first overall victory

PUBLISHED: 10:25 09 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:25 09 July 2015

Weston Athletic Club.

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Weston Athletic Club’s Kieron Summers was the first runner home at the Dundry Thunder Run.

THE Dundry Thunder Run almost lived up to its name last Thursday, with a lunchtime rumble and heavy afternoon downpours giving way to clear evening skies for the race.

The 10k route took in about 900 feet of climb around local fields and tracks, with some rewarding views for Weston Athletic Club’s runners at the top of the hills.

Kieron Summers, who tends to favour racing on road routes, demonstrated that he’s none too shabby at the off-road events either, and cruised to take his first overall race victory comfortably in 43.19.

Nick Briffitt was the club’s second finisher in a time of 45.10 - impressive stuff given his recent 69-mile traverse of Hadrian’s Wall in under 11 hours. Darren Stacey followed just three seconds later in 45.13.

Jules Pflaum continues to impress and finished in 50.46, second overall in her age category. Cheryl Valentine, fresh from a marathon just four days previously took second club spot for the females in 57.00 and Tamara Bourne third in 59.16.

The race also proved productive for other club members with Tony Hogg and John Hinchliffe both bagging age category prizes. The women took the overall club team prize, with the men’s team coming second.

Saturday saw the annual journey south to Dorset to take on the Charmouth Challenge, aptly named as the off-road fell race takes in a gruelling 1,700 feet of climb over the eight mile route.

Runners were rewarded with stunning views from the top of Golden Cap - the highest point on the south coast.

Matt Wheeler was the club’s first runner to make it over the finish line, in an impressive 1.01.42, taking three minutes off his time at last year’s race. Guy Bradford and Adrian Noble followed soon after taking second and third club places in 1.02.21 and 1.04.15 respectively.

Michelle Fryer took on the event for the first time, and surprised herself by finishing in 1.15.12. Vanessa Andrews and Julia Withers both bettered their times from last year’s race finishing in 1.34.26 and 1.35.48 respectively.

Entries are now open for the club’s Christmas Cracker 10k event on Sunday December 6.

For more information about this and the club’s other races, as well as becoming a member, visit www.westonac.co.uk

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