Summers breaks through on New Year’s Day
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Weston Athletic Club runner Kieron Summer was the first club member home in the annual 10k Hangover race.
NEW YEAR’S Day saw 222 runners take on Weston Athletic Club’s annual 10k Hangover race which follows a route along mainly country lanes around Kewstoke and Sand Bay.
The unseasonably warm day and lack of rain made for greatly improved conditions compared with last year’s race.
The first club member to finish was Kieron Summers in 37.25, followed by Wilf Huxtable in 41.44 and Marc Bostock in 43.56.
Katie Gormley was the first club female to cross the line in 47.07, closely followed by Niki Fulstow in 47.35. The third club woman to finish was Carol O’Leary in 50.25.
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Club members worked off their turkey and pudding by taking on the Boxing Day race in Clevedon - a four-mile road route around the town and taking the beautiful Victorian seafront on the home straight.
The morning was cold and damp, but the conditions did not put off Chris McMillan, who, as well as being the first club member to finish in 21.07, also shaved almost a minute off the club record over this distance. Kieron Summers took the club’s second spot in 23.10, followed closely by David Stock in 23.17.
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Hannah Moore was the club’s first female to finish in 28.28, followed by Michelle Fryer in 29.03 and Nia Davies in 29.21.
This was the final race in the club’s annual road race championship which sees runners compete for points in races throughout the year. Kieron Summers finished at the top overall in the men’s standings, while Phil Richards claimed victory for the club’s women.
The club’s next race is the fifth Weston prom run in the current series on January 15. The main five-mile race starts at 7.30pm, and is preceded by the one-mile race at 6.45pm.
For more information about the club’s activities, and becoming a member, visit www.westonac.co.uk