Weston athletes enjoy a busy week

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Weston Athletics Club. - Credit: Archant

Weston Athletic Club members enjoyed a busy week, with three races being attended.

WESTON Athletic Club’s members have wasted no time in working-off the Christmas turkey, with three races in the past week.

The club’s first prom run of the new year took place on an exposed Weston seafront, and 232 runners battled 35mph winds, rain and sleet during the five-mile race. The first club member to finish was Dominic Taylor-Jones in 29.46, followed by Kieron Summers in 30.15 and Nick Briffitt close behind in 30.23.

Jules Pflaum was the club’s first woman to complete the course in 35.41, followed by Katie Gormley in 37.24, and Michelle Fryer in 37.37.

Other notable performances on the evening came from Wilf Huxtable and Shaleen Summers, who, despite the appalling conditions, managed to better their previous bests for the course, and also Paul Snelling, who now holds the record for completing the fastest prom run dressed as a banana.

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The race was well-supported by marshals and well-wishers, who did well to brave the conditions and keep cheering the runners on.

In the one-mile race, Jaylan Bacon continued to run well finishing in 5.34, followed by William Fuller in 6.03 and Evan Brunsdon in 6.12. Indeigh Winterson was the first girl to finish in 6.19, followed by Eloise Grandfield in 7.00 and Amy Lance in 7.23.

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The weather could not have been more different with a clear crisp day setting the scene for the Riverbank Rollick. A team of 31 of the club’s runners travelled to Thornbury to take on the nine-mile off-road race, which this year was characterised by mud, mud and more mud, making the going tough from the out-set.

Once again, Dominic Taylor-Jones outran the club competition, finishing in 1.02.19 and fifth overall. The race for second and third was had between Guy Bradford and Matt Wheeler in 1.06.42 and 1.06.51 respectively.

Kira Thorpe took the spoils for the club’s females in 1.22.36, followed by Niki Fulstow in 1.23.50 and Pam Withers in 1.38.05.

Paul Snelling finished in 1.18.56, earning himself first prize in his age category.

Earlier in the week, five club members also travelled to Street to take on the town’s 5k race. Gerry King finished in 20.06, followed by Steve Kibblewhite in 20.48. Michelle Fryer was first club female home in 22.03, followed by Nia Davies in 22.38 and Steph Shute in 26.09.

The club’s next race is the sixth Weston prom run in the current series on February 26. The main five-mile race starts at 7.30pm, and is preceded by the one-mile race at 6.45pm.

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

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