Striders: back on track
After a long, cold, snowy winter of cross country and road competition, May has seen a welcome return to the track for CLC athletes.
** **Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham, Monday May 7th
On a scorching sunny day, a crop of Striders entered a variety events at the start of the track and field season.
Paul Lockyer clocked a club age category-equalling 13.0 seconds dead in the 100m, with Nicola Weager registering 15.1 seconds. Paul Lockyer also raced the 400m, in a strong time of 62.1 seconds.
Gareth Harries enjoyed a club record-breaking day in his V45 category with 28.5 seconds for the 200m and 2:27.2 for the 800m.
Over the longer distances, Clark Lawson maintained his very fine form this year by finishing well under his five-minute target time for the 1,500m in 4:52.8 . While, in the 3,000m, Joel Freeland smashed his PB with a time of 10:45.4, with Helen Knight clocking 11:59.1, Amelia Mullins 12:30.0 and Nicola Weager 13:54.9 .
Out in the field, Nicola Weager also competed in the long jump, setting a new club record of 3.91m in the process.
County Athletics Championships
** **Blackbridge, Gloucester, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May
The annual County Track Championships at the Blackbridge track in Gloucester saw a few Striders enter the fray.
Performance of the meet from a CLC athlete came from Will Ferguson who led out a quality field in the 5,000m, gradually shedding runners with each lap until just one athlete, Ben Robinson from the Bristol and West, club was left with him. Ferguson continued to drive hard but the B&W athlete kicked hard in the final lap to take gold with the brave Ferguson finishing in silver medal position in a time of 15.42.
Nicola Weager won double gold in the 3,000m, in a PB time of 13.28, and in the long jump, where she jumped a PB distance of 4.17m.
Veterans Paul Lockyer and Gareth Harries competed over shorter distances with Paul Lockyer registering a time of 2:27:2 in the 800m, Gareth clocking 63 seconds in the 400m and then both racing over 100m – with Paul coming home in 13.3 seconds and Gareth bagging a new club record age category time of 14.2 seconds.