Hat-trick of medals for inspired Jones - The Stratford Observer

Hat-trick of medals for inspired Jones

Stratford Editorial 16th Dec, 2020   0

STRATFORD Athletic Club’s David Jones bagged three medals following a hugely successful Worldwide Virtual Masters Athletic Challenge which took place over 12 weeks.

Jones won two events and finished second in another as more than 500 athletes from 46 nations took part in the challenge between mid-August and early November.

Jones entered the 100m, 800m and 1,500m races and was able to submit times from actual races he had competed in at Leamington and Nuneaton in August and October.

In the 100m he was placed second, being beaten by a Costa Rican runner. This was Jones’ first 100m race for six years and he recorded a club record time of 17.18 seconds.

He then won the 800m event as he reversed the positions of the 100m by beating the same Costa Rican. His time of 2:48.08 was also a club record.

Finally, Jones also managed to win the 1,500m in another club record time of 5:44.20.

FAMOUS motorsport venue Oulton Park played host to the Grand Prix Marathon which offered athletes a unique opportunity to compete in anything from a 5km, 10km, half marathon, 16-mile, 20-mile or full marathon and enjoy the thrill of running a brand new course on a smooth traffic-free tarmac motor racing circuit.

Stratford Athletic Club’s triathlon specialist Emma Bexson took on the challenge of the full marathon option and finished in 34th place overall.

Emma Bexson thrived at Oulton Park.

Bexson was the fifth female to finish and won her age category comfortably by more than 30 minutes.

Her time of 3:30.38 was a couple of minutes quicker than her time in the Malaga Marathon exactly two years ago.

Some 122 runners completed the race, which was won by Joseph Baker in a time of 2:37.56. The first female finisher, in eighth place overall, was Gill Bland in a time of 2:53.25.

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