Personal best times set at Burnham 5k race

PUBLISHED: 09:15 14 October 2016

Weston Athletic Club.

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Weston Athletic Club members set 17 new personal best times at the Burnham 5k series.

Fresh from their successes at Burnham half marathon the previous weekend, Weston Athletic Club members returned to the town to take part in the first race of Burnham Pool’s 5k series.

The flat route is a favourite for runners looking to clock a quick time over this short distance.

The club’s runners were not disappointed either, and dominated the race from the start. Kieron Summers and Jules Pflaum were first man and woman to finish in 16.36 and 19.48, both setting new personal best times for the distance.

Matt Dell and Wilf Huxtable were second and third overall in 17.09 and 17.20, also with new best times. Rachel Andrews was second club female in 23.24, and making a strong return from a recent injury, Michelle Fryer pipped Helen Diamond at the post to take third club female spot in 23.34.

Of the 27 club members who ran, 17 achieved new quickest times for the distance.

The club put on its own Mendip Muddle off-road event, covering 12 miles of challenging off-road terrain across the top of the Mendips. The recent fine weather favoured runners with firm ground underfoot, and the weather gods were also kind for the duration of the race.

The first of the club’s members to complete the course was Darren Stacey in 1.29.20. Dan Potter followed in 1.34.32 and Rob Furlong in 1.34.59.

Niki Fulstow was first club female in 1.56.39, followed by Sian Roberts in 1.58.25 and Geraldine Hope in 2.16.30.

Meanwhile in York, Julie Monaghan was lining up to take part in her first full marathon. Having trained really hard throughout the summer, she ran an excellent race to finish the 26.2 miles in 4.35.57.

Tobias Hinchcliffe completed his fifth marathon in just two weeks at Dorney Lake in Berkshire. He completed the 10 laps of the lake in an impressive 3.29.05.

The club’s next event is the second race in the Weston prom run series on October 20. The junior one-mile race starts at 6.45pm, followed by the main five-mile 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 www.westonac.co.uk/promrun

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