Special day for Weston AC members as records broken during Newport Marathon

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 May 2019

Weston Athletic Club runners at the Bristol 10k

Weston Athletic Club runners at the Bristol 10k


A successful day in Newport saw eight Weston AC members record their best marathon time as three beat three hours.

Weston Athletic Club runners at the Bristol 10kWeston Athletic Club runners at the Bristol 10k

Darren Spacey, Rob Furlong and Pete Clark-Yalland all came home in good time securing their good for age entry for next year's London Marathon.

A total of 12 Weston AC members headed over the bridge to Newport and in cool temperatures and only light winds conditions, eight of them came in with record breaking times with Spacey first to finish.

Having worked on his fitness over the last year, after being plagued with injuries, Spacey's time of 2:54.19 was more than impressive.

Second Weston member to finish was Furlong with 2:57.37 and he was followed two minutes later by Clark-Yalland crossing the line in 2:59.22.

Two more runners would secure good for age entry for the 2020 London Marathon after Matt Wheeler and Marc Whiting finished seconds apart recording a time of just over 3:10.

Shaleen Summers recorded her second-best ever time in a marathon when she came home in 4:34.26 putting her training frustrations behind her.

And in her first marathon Carol Brent ran 4:48.15 and Trish Abbotts came home in 6:08.43 as she knocked 40 minutes off her personal best.

The successes of Newport would transform over to Bristol and in the club's road running championship, as 27 members took part.

Will Fuller's time of 33.49 would place him as the third fastest at the distance among current members and saw him come home 22nd out of a big field of 12,000 runners.

Two more Weston runners would break the 40-minute mark as Toby Norman came home in 37.14, with Ian Connock 33 seconds behind with 37.47.

Nia Davies finished first for the Weston women with a time of 43.18 and recorded her second-best finish of all time for a 10k.

Julie Monaghan - known as the club's "pocket rocket" - would come home in second with a time of 53.16 and also recorded her second fastest 10k finish.

Madeline Cook was the third Weston female to finish as she came home with a time of 54.07.

The club's five-mile Beacon Batch is the next off-road-race on Tuesday June 18 (7.30pm), with entry now open.

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