WILTSHIRE ROAD RACE LEAGUE: Simon out in front again in latest Race League event

Race league leader Gary Dunstone

Race league leader Gary Dunstone

First published in Sport

NEARLY 200 runners lined up for the Trowbridge 5K, organised by Stampede Sports – race four in the Wiltshire Road Race League, sponsored by Newsquest, the parent company of the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald.

While the event had a sci-fi theme for much of the field, Simon Nott, of Calne Running Club, won in a scorching new personal best of 15 minutes and 15 seconds.

He finished almost 90 seconds ahead of second-placed Gary O’Brien, of Swindon Harriers, and Gary Dunstone, of Chippenham Harriers in third.

Dunstone remains as the leading individual points scorer in the league.

John Crane, of Chippenham Harriers was the first male vet 40, with Robin-Mark Schols, of Avon Valley Runners, taking the male vet 50 prize.

Ruth Barnes, of Avon Valley Runners, defended her title in a time of 18.12.

Denise Grech, of Calne Running Club, was second, with Cordula Hurcum, of Chippenham Harriers next.

In fourth place, Fiona Price, of Avon Valley Runners, claimed the first female vet 40 prize and Aly Sloane, of Salisbury A&RC, the female vet 50 honour.

Securing seven positions in the top ten, Avon Valley Runners took full league points again and sit comfortably at the top of the league’s first division ahead of Chippenham Harriers.

Calne Running Club remain at the top of Division Two, ahead of Bybrook Valley Runners.

The next race in the Wiltshire Road Race League is the Bath Hilly 10 on Sunday, June 1.

The event was also the fourth in the Wiltshire Junior Race League, sponsored by Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) and again, Avon Valley monopolised the prizes.

Max Davis, Ollie Weedon and Alexander Tucker claimed the boys’ U13, 15 and 17 prizes respectively, while Ellie Brown and Hannah Gibbs won the girls’ U15 and 17 honours.

Bucking the trend was Poppy Crane, of Chippenham Harriers, who secured the U13 prize, but Avon Valley Runners look set to claim the inaugural Wiltshire Junior Race League title at the Frome 5K on July 20.

  • SUNDAY’S Oldbury White Horse Triathlon was won by Paul Ryman, from Frome, in a new course record.

Ryman clocked 53 minutes and 36 seconds for his 400m swim in calne Leisure Centre, 20km bike ride to Beckhampton and back and five kilometre run at the third running of the Events Logic UK event.

Second place went to Chris Stuart, from Army Triathlon with up-and-coming youngster Will Crudgington, from Total Fitness Bath, third.

First home in the women’s race was Cathy Cook, in another course record of 1:05.21.
She finished clear of Rachel Brown, from RG Active race team, and Sarah Kerswell, in third.

A day earlier, young triathletes aged eight to 14 from across the region took on sprint swims, ranging from 50-300 metres, a bike section of between one and four kilometres and a run of between 500m and two kilometres.

First home in the Tri-Start event for children aged eight years was Oscar Giller, from Swim 1st Tri Club, in 10.28, with Phoebe Freeman, of Wessesx Wizkidz, the first girl in her first event of the season (10.33).

The Tri-Star 1, for 9-10 years went to Taya Dee, from Vale Tridents, in 15.58, with clubmate Joshua Cumberland first home among the boys in 16.01.

Tri-Star 2 (11-12 years) saw Trystan Barnett, from Northants Tri Club, romp home in 21.42, with Caitlin Taylor (23.03) the first girl.

At Tri-Star 3 level (13-14 years), Archie Scott, from Vale Tridents, completed in 23.12, with Kirsty Jenkins (Bos Tri Academy) the first girl in 25.37.

Events Logic UK’s next event will be their triathlon around the grounds of Bowood House on Saturday-Sunday, June 28-29.

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