More than 15,000 miles along Weston's prom
PUBLISHED: 11:30 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 23 May 2017
A record number of runners entered this year's Prom Run Series, organised by Weston Athletic Club.
As the sun set on the final race of the 2016-17 Weston prom run series, the organisers at Weston Athletic Club were celebrating their most successful season yet, with a record number of finishers across the nine races.
Between September and May, 3,007 runners crossed the finish line of the five-mile race covering more than 15,000 miles between them along the prom.
At the final race, 302 runners took part, but none quicker than Josh Davis from North Somerset Athletic Club, who completed the course in 27.07. Hot on his tail came James Denne of Cheltenham Harriers in 27.10 and Weston Athletic Club’s very own Kieron Summers in 27.32.
Jen Bishop of Clevedon Athletic Club was fastest female on the night in an impressive 30.33. Kelly Dicks of Great Western Runners was second fastest in 31.02 and Julie Belyavin of Bristol and West took third female spot in 32.14.
Race director Malcolm Gammon said after the race: “I am really pleased that our Weston prom runs are so popular with so many runners across the region. But we could not manage without the tremendous amount of support from our own members and supporters who volunteer every month to make every race a success.
“I’d also like to thank the seafronts and events team at North Somerset Council, and at The Bay Cafe at the Tropicana, who help us out so much with the race organisation.”
In the final junior one-mile race, Vaughan Clarke was the fastest male on the night and Poppy Burton-Dickie was fastest female, finishing in 5.28 and 6.03 respectively.
Jakub Trybull and Louie Brunsdon were second and third in 5.45 and 5.56. Second and third female honours went to Stephanie Brooks in 6.08 and Keira Devereux in 6.17.
Junior runners were rewarded for their efforts throughout the series with a special commemorative t-shirt. Quickest male overall for the season was Will Fuller, who clocked a 5.02 mile and Poppy Burton-Dickie and Connie Ballentine shared the fastest female mile time of 6.02.
Entries for the 35th Weston prom run series, starting in September, will open in the summer. In the meantime, for runners who fancy a five-mile race over different terrain, the club is also hosting its off-road Beacon Batch race on June 20.
Race HQ is the Burrington Inn in Burrington Combe and the race starts at 7.30pm. Online entries are available at www.westonac.co.uk/beaconbatch