Runners take on a variety of challenges

Weston Athletic Club.

Weston Athletic Club. - Credit: Archant

Weston Athletic Club members were out in force, taking on a number of different challenges.

WESTON Athletic Club members were out in force to take on a variety of challenges.

Closest to home were the 37 runners who took on the Bristol 10k route around the city centre. Remaining on top form, Chris McMillan was the first club member to complete the race, finishing in 34.19. Wilf Huxtable took second in 38.37 and Dean Bridges third in 40.54.

Niki Fulstow was the club’s first female runner to cross the line, finishing in 44.48. Helen Diamond followed in 51.04 and Wendie Beardsall claimed third in 52.24.

All six bagged new personal best times for the distance, along with 24 other members.

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Meanwhile, down in Yeovil, 14 club runners completed the Ninesprings 9km race, which features a mixed terrain course through fields, woodland and parkland. Dominic Taylor-Jones ran well to finish third overall, and first for the club in 38.16. Adrian Noble and Matt Wheeler took second and third in 40.05 and 40.44 respectively.

Julia Withers was first club female, finishing under the hour in 59.02. She was closely followed by Rachel Hedges and Julie Shergold, with only a second to split them in 1.00.26 and 1.00.27.

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Adrian and Julie also won their age categories at the race.

At least 13 members took on the Weston Hospicecare Mendip Challenge. While most people opt to walk the hilly 30-mile route from Wells to Uphill, the gang of brave club souls decided to run it.

There are no official results for the event, but Nick Briffitt from the club was the first back to Uphill in a time of about four and a half hours.

Club members travelled to all three British capitals at the weekend to take on three different events.

Four of the club’s members competed in the Olympic distance World Series Triathlon event in London’s Hyde Park. They each took on a 1500m swim in the Serpentine, followed by 36.5km on the bike and a 10km run - double the distance of the elite athletes later the same day.

Simon Andrews was the club’s first finisher, smashing his previous Olympic distance time by 23 minutes to finish in 2.25.59. Mark Bowskill took on the distance for the first time and finished in an impressive 2.37.35. Andrew Sandiford claimed third spot in 2.45.16.

Rachel Smith was the club’s only woman to compete and finished sub three hours in 2.54.44.

Edinburgh set the scene for a hardy bunch of marathon runners. Elaine Eldridge and Edel Robbins crossed a marathon finish line together for the second time this year in 4.08.26.

Dave Elliott finished in 3.35.25. It was not such a good day for Steve Kibblewhite, who had to pull-up during the race due to injury.

Meanwhile, closer to home, Carol O’Leary completed the Women’s Running 10k race in Cardiff finishing in a speedy time of 49.10.

The club’s next race is the off-road Beacon Batch fell race on June 16 at 7.30pm.

For more information about this and the club’s other races, as well as becoming a member, visit

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