Granger runs away from her rivals to win title
BRISTOL & West AC's Annabel Granger was top woman in the final race of the GWR Towpath 10k multi-terrain series to wrap up the overall title.
Granger was in a class of her on in the five-race series, completing a clean sweep with four wins over 10k and the fifth over the shortened 5k last Friday evening.
Not to be outdone Team Bath's Alan Buckingham sealed his fourth win of the series to lift the senior men's title.
Men: 1 Alan Buckingham (TBAC, M40) 16:36; 2 Pete Woodward (B&W) 16:43; 3 Andrew Cooke (B&W) 16:55; 4 Scott Campbell (WH) 17:12; 5 Robert Hayes (unatt)) 17:45; 6 Will Hillier (GWR, M40) 17:46.
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Women: 1 Annabel Granger (B&W, W35) 18:00; 2 Lucy Richens (WH) 18:38; 3 Rebecca Lee (WH) 20:59.
Towpath 10k series, overall results – senior men: 1 Alan Buckingham (TBAC, M40); 2 Pete Woodward (B&W); 3 Andrew Cooke (B&W). M40: Will Hillier (GWR). M45: Jonathan Taylor (unatt). M50: Ken Ham (WH). M55: Steve Mann (GWR). M60: Wilf Burke (TRC). M65: John Cooper (unatt). M70: Michael Coupe (NRC). M75: Malcolm Offer (GWR).
Women: 1 Annabel Granger (B&W); 2 Sherrie Hair (SRC); 3 Elizabeth Nuttall (NRC).
W40: Camilla Barclay (GWR). W45: Fiona Elder (unatt). W50: Bernadette Lewis (unatt). W55: Jenni Travers (GWR).
A reminder that the Avon Championships will be incorporated again into the Oldbury Power Station 10 miles road race on Sunday September 16th.
This 'PB' course is a fast, flat, accurately measured figure-of-eight on quiet country roads and lanes and chip timing will be used to ensure complete accuracy.
"This year we will also be allowing entries on the day but please get there early," said a spokesman from Thornbury Running Club, who organise the popular event. "For those looking to do the Bristol half this is an ideal work out just two weeks before your big day."
Entries by post or online at www.fabian4.co.uk and for further information see the club website at: www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk.
Chris Born is the latest runner to complete the Green Man Challenge around Greater Bristol in a time of 9hrs 15mins on Saturday.
The North Somerset road relays, incorporating the Avon AA championships, take place from the Hand Stadium, Clevedon, next Sunday (September 9).
Organised by Clevedon AC the race comprises 5x5k for senior men and 4x5k for women with the action starting at 2.30pm. For further details see the website at: http://www.clevedonac.co.uk.
Tom Merson was the runaway winner of the inaugural Bridgwater half marathon. Racing into the lead from the start the Exmouth-based runner completed the 13.1 miles in 68mins 55secs, virtually five minutes clear of the field.
"It was a bit of a solo run but after a long run yesterday and a hard period of training I'm pretty happy with that," said Merson.
Team Bath AC will be staging an open meeting for minors at the University of Bath on September 9. For further details contact Di Viles on email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.