The format of having the 5k championship race incorporated within the open race was continued at Blackburn with the men’s team packing well and taking the bronze medals. James Kevan – who has been progressing well over the last couple of weeks – turned on the burner on the last lap of the three lap course for a super run, finishing 12th overall and 9th in the championship, running 15.40. Gary Priestley also broke the 16 min barrier with 15.47 for a huge PB in 14th overall and 11th in the championship; Gary paced the race well and remained strong throughout the race. Gareth Booth our third team counter started with real pace shadowing Matt Barnes from Altrincham – a sub 4 miler – Gareth ran his current PB on this course last year and was out to trim it back a little, but the early pace caught up with him a little later in the race and he had to settle for 16.05. Colin Rigby got a last minute entry and ran to support the team and do a little race speed work, his 21st overall and 16th in the championship was a credit to him and he got the 1st 0/40 time for his efforts. Alastair Murray was next in 25th overall and 19th in the championship; Ali worked hard throughout the race and was just 20 seconds short of his PB, running 16.27 – but he was hoping for a faster time. Karl Ward made up the club entry, Karl did not run in the championship race but finished well in the open race with a time of 17.45 for 46th place.
As you can see in the results we were just three places down on silver, from Salford, so well run everyone today, good result.