On the road again: Bristol and Berkeley 10k races
As well as making a strong start to the track season, CLC Striders have been out on the roads in force, too, for early summer 10k races.
In Bristol, on Sunday 13 May, Tom Kabalaclocked a super-quick PB time of 36:37 in this big city road race.
And on the next evening, it was the turn of a big group of Striders to prove themselves over the same distance in the local Berkeley 10k. It was to prove a great night for the club, as honours were won and PBs were earned.
First Strider home on the night in 13thplace overall was the ever-reliable Iain Porter in 36:29.2. He was followed home, in a new PB time, by Will Pearce, who finished in 18thoverall and ducked under the magic 37-minute barrier with a time of 36:57.8. Javid Norat impressed on the night with a sub-39-minute PB time of 38:52.2. And Paul Lockyer and Joel Freeland also dipped in under their 40-minute targets in 39:34.4 and 39:50.6 respectively – with Joel earning a long-sought-for PB time.
Evergreen JJ Willson came home in 40:47.8 to claim 1stposition in his V55 category. Karlien Heyrman ran 42:01.7 to finish as 7thlady overall and bring the Striders ladies home on the night. After his weekend exertions on the track, Gareth Harries cruised round in 42:15.3. Patricia Sturgess was 2ndStriders lady finisher in a new PB time of 42:26.4 and 2ndin her V35 category.
Amelia Mullinswon her V45 age category in a time of 43:19.7. Helen Knight came 3rdin her V35 category in a time of 43:30.9. Eoin McQuone and Gavin Jerman bagged big PBs in times of 43:35.1 and 43:44.6 respectively. And Amanda Steer finished 2ndin her V45 age category in a time of 44:13.8.
Gary Smith came home in 46:46.9, Nicola Weager clocked 47:41.1, Mike Speke ran 53:42.9, Gordon Bendall finished in 56:20.1, and Charlie Haward ran 56:26.9.
On the night, the Striders ladies also won top honours in the team competition.
Front row, left to right, Helen Knight and Nicola Weager. Second row, left to right, Patricia Sturgess, Amanda Steer and Karlien Heyrman. Top, Amelia Mullins.