Weston ladies excel at Burnham with personal best times

PUBLISHED: 13:07 12 October 2017

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Weston Athletic Club ladies excelled at the October Burnham 5k with a third place and three personal best times.

It was a great night for Weston Athletic Club’s ladies at the October Burnham 5k with a podium finish and three personal bests secured on the night.

Conditions were cool and breezy and Nia Davies ran a strong race to finish third female overall in 21.53. Michelle Fryer followed four seconds later, while Jo Coveney, Susan Duncan and Shaleen Summers all earned themselves new fastest times for the distance.

Richard Brent was the fastest Weston male on the night finishing fifth overall in 18.54. It was a close run thing though, and he was only two seconds ahead of fellow club member Rob Furlong.

Phil Tomlinson took third position for the club in 19.18, earning himself a new personal best time in the process.

On Sunday the club held its own Mendip Muddle race - a challenging fell race over 12 miles of the Mendip Hills. The weather on the day could not have been better, with the lightest of breezes and glorious sunshine throughout the whole event.

The terrain was tough though, and as well as the unavoidable climbs and descents, runners also had to negotiate a lot more mud than in previous years thanks to recent heavy rainfall.

Not all survived the distance, with a couple of withdrawals along the way, but 269 made it to the end with two hours between the fastest and slowest runners - an indication of the toughness of the course.

Weston’s fastest runner on the day was Guy Bradford who completed the event in 1.39.44. Having stepped down from the role of race director for the event, Tony Hogg finally had the chance to run it himself, and he took the club’s second spot, and also third in his age category in 1.44.31. Rob Mountford continues to improve his running ability, and took third club spot in 1.48.14.

Sian Roberts ran an excellent race to finish just a second over two hours. Gerry Hope followed in 2.18.34 and Liz Green in 2.35.07. Liz was also the overall winner in her age category.

The next race organised by the club is the second prom run of the season on October 26. The main five-mile race starts on the seafront near the Tropicana at 7.30pm and is preceded by the one-mile junior race at 6.45pm.

Runners can enter on the night or online at www.westonac.co.uk/promrun

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