THERE was a large turnout of Stratford Athletic Club members for the town’s hugely popular Big 10k, writes David Jones.
Forty-two club members competed, with many of them enjoying considerable success as seven of the top 30 finishers were SAC runners.
The first of these was Josh Newman, finishing in fifth place in 36:12, 37 seconds quicker than his time last year. Just 38 seconds behind Newman was Ollie Senior in seventh place and a time of 36:50.
Next to finish for the club was Dan Lynch (12th – 37:45), who just edged out Matt Burdus-Cook (14th – 37:51) by six seconds, despite the latter having run a competitive parkrun just 24 hours previously.
Tim Hutchinson (17th 38:00) has made a fabulous return to form following a long period of injury and this superb run followed hot on the heels of his great run in the Kenilworth Half Marathon last weekend.
He was followed by James Cusack (25th – 39:21) and then, just 13 seconds behind him, Owen Goschen (28th – 39:34) who was a couple of minutes quicker than last year.
Another runner who competed in the Kenilworth Half last weekend was David Smyth (64th – 42:02). Just seven seconds later he was followed by 18-year-old Seb Hopper (67th – 42:09).
Ryan Bakewell (78th – 42:26) recorded a superb PB, some three minutes quicker than his previous best. Adam Evans followed his good run at Kenilworth week with a 101st-placed finish and a time of 42:52.
Pete Sugden (111th – 43:41) was a minute quicker than last year and three minutes quicker than 2016.
Damian Wheeler (117th – 43:59) was successfully graduating up from a number of local parkruns and was followed by the first two female SAC members to finish.
The first of these was Sarah Boundy (155th – 44:50), followed just 23 seconds later by Lynne Hinson (163rd – 45:13) who also finished fourth in her age category and was more than a minute quicker than last year.
Just under a minute separated the next three SAC members to finish – Karl Harris (196th – 46:29), Sam Nicholson (204th – 46:51) and Craig Millard (239th – 47:24). The latter is currently in training for the Berlin Marathon next month.
Just 20 seconds behind Craig was Emily Adams (243rd – 47:44) who was delighted to have run exactly a minute quicker than last year. Spesh Maloney (247th – 48:07) was followed by Hope Lawton (356th – 50:31) and Suzi Graham (358th – 50:31).
Dave Maundrell was 390th in a time of 52:03 and Ruth Calderbank (491st – 54:25) finished second in the F65 category despite a recent injury.
Some 1,278 runners completed the race which was won by Cirencester’s Dave Bell, retaining his title in 33:17. Leamington’s Natalie Bhangal was the first woman to finish, placing 31st overall in 39:40.