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Gloucester Athletic Club trio enjoy age category wins

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Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Thursday, 6th February 2020, 14:50

Gloucester are hoping to seal the Birmingham Cross-Country League Division Two championship on Saturday Gloucester are hoping to seal the Birmingham Cross-Country League Division Two championship on Saturday

Gloucester Athletic Club members were successful at the Pomphrey 5K road race in Mangotsfield, near Bristol, coming away with three age category wins.

Jeremy Mower is currently in a rich vein of form and with that extra confidence went off fast over the opening two kilometres before slowing so that he could pick up speed again over the closing stages. He finished strongly in 8th place overall and first M50 in 17:40.

In her first 5K race, Tina Wickens tracked coach Arthur Daley for the first four kilometres before using her track speed to pull away over the final kilometre to clock 21:43 for 60th place overall and first place in the W50 category.

Daley completed the trio by placing 65th overall and first M70 in 22:00.

By his own admission Daley had held back in the Pomphrey race as he was using it as preparation for the Chichester 10k at Goodwood where he placed 426th overall and second M70 in 43:07.

Despite being disappointed with some aspects of his run there, he was able to gain some consolation by setting a new club age group best by over four minutes and gaining selection for the England Athletics M70 team that will compete in the Bristol 10K in May.

Despite suffering with a heavy cold picked up on the evening of the race, Anna Midgley made it round the famous Goodwood Racecourse, clocking 41:32 in 357th place.

Sophie Hope competed in the Mayhill Massacre, a nine-mile off-road race that starts and finishes with a tough climb up the famous county landmark, made all the more challenging this year as the heavy rain in recent weeks had made the course muddier and more slippery than many regular competitors could remember. Hope placed 21st overall and the first lady in 1:25:51.

Meanwhile, in the far sunnier climes of Torremolinos on Spain’s Costa del Sol, Gray Davis clocked 1:31:17 and placed 115th in the town’s 31st annual half marathon.

After the race he said: “The temperature was 18 degrees when I crossed the line but the breeze off the Mediterranean along the sea front made it seem much warmer. It’s definitely not a course for setting personal bests as it’s very undulating with a steady climb over the second half.”

The Gloucester club’s senior cross-country teams will be in action in their respective Birmingham Cross-Country League and Midland Women’s Cross-Country League races this Saturday, both with very different aims.

The men travel to the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall hoping that another top two placing will seal the Division Two championship for their second successive divisional title and a return to the topflight.

By contrast, the women will be fighting for their Division One lives at Newbold Comyn near Leamington Spa following a difficult season which has seen an already small squad depleted at crucial times by injuries and non-availabilities.

The team placed 15th of the 19 teams in the previous match and will be hoping for a similar placing to avoid the drop to Division Two.

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