Harry Wells from Quedgeley and Chris Brown from Hempsted repeated their 2017 battle for the Tredworth Easter Monday 4.3 Mile Road Race. In the 71st renewal event, the two quickly established a lead over their city rivals. Pacing and alternatively testing each other the decisive moment came with a mile and quarter to go. Last year, Wells track speed gave him a lead with Brown chasing. Wells equaled his course record of 24:09. Brown finished second in 28:18, six seconds closer this time. Third went to newcomer Owen Parry from Linden who ran 25:11.
The ladies event went to another newcomer Kirsty Martin(LV35) from Quedgeley, 14th in 32:10. The under 17 award going to Laura McPeake from Hardwicke, 16th in 33:33(an age group record).
Former Tredworth winners, two times champion Dave Lander(Quedgeley) won the over 50’s placing fifth in 27:06 & 1975 champion Rob Cytlau(V65) who ran 2:15:20 for the marathon was 25th in 39:21. Over 25 times competitor Dave Spackman Vet 70 (Kingsholm) was 22nd in 36:33. His grandchildren finished 17th Kieran Spackman(U15) in 33:52 and 19th Ellie Gabb(U15) in 36:03.
Race prizes were presented by John Mitchell who holds the old course record of 20:39 along with the late Norman Thomas.
Other finishers: 4th Michael Jenkins(Haresfield) 27:03, 6th Dave Clarke(Kingsway V45) 28:00, 7th Adrian England(Hardwicke) 28:30, 8th Victor Marques(Quedgeley V45) 29:02, 9th Gordon Sanders(Kingsway V45) 29:04, 10th Dave Howells(Kingsholm V50) 29:29, 11th Sam Turner(Linden) 29:42, 12th Andy Brown(Barnwood V55) 29:57, 13th Neil Taylor(Kingsholm V45) 31:48, 15th Ryan Hickman(Abbeymead) 32:19, 18th Greg Leyshon(Matson Vet 65) 34:07, 20th Chris Young(Quedgeley V60) 36:18, 21st Chris Clarke(Churchdown) 36:28, 23rd Trudy Wells(Quedgeley LV50) 36:58 & 24th Alan Davis(Longlevens) 38:38.
Best 5K Parkrun performances by Severn Athletic Club were Richard Brown’s fourth at
Crystal Palace and Les Davis leading home the Vet 70’s by over two minutes at Burnham.
Burnham & Highbridge: 69th Les Davis(V70) 24:16. 216 ran.
Crystal Palace: 4th Richard Brown 19:44. 275 ran.
Gloucester City: 27th Victor Marques(V45) 21:18, 28th Andrew Brown(V55) 21:24, 113th Sandra Brown(LV55) 30:12 & 172nd Adrian England 30:47. 147 ran.
Gloucester North: 8th Dave Howells(V50) 22:04 & 12th Neil Taylor(V45) 24:19. 66 ran.
Kingsway: 66th Kevin Probyn(V50) 26:38. 242 ran