Bishop smashes best time on racing return
SEVERN AC's final White Horse 5K of the year in Sandhurst doubled as the Gloucestershire County Championships.
Oli Mott of Bristol and West raced to victory in the fastest time of the year to secure the title, clocking 14 minutes, 55 seconds.
The early pace was set by Dave Roper of Cheltenham Harriers before he was overtaken by young team-mate Rhys Park alongside Mott, until Roper produced a sprint finish to beat Park on the home strait, both men clocking 15:03.
The Severn AC team was led by Harry Bishop, making an impressive return from injury to finish eighth and lower his PB by 15 seconds which also secured him the Under-17 title.
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Leading Under-20 Kyran Hale was fractionally behind, having run with Bishop for most of the race but losing out on the line.
Both men clocked 15.54 after finishing strongly to overtake Anthony Bailey of Cheltenham.
Next man home was the remarkable Martin Rees of Les Croupiers, who lowered his own world record in the Over-60 age group to 16.08 for an improvement of six seconds and his third record this year.
Austin Blackburn in 19th was next scorer for Severn AC, smashing his PB by 43 seconds in a time of 16.46 and showing that ultra-distance training is still compatible with running fast.
Mark James in 22nd also set a PB of 17:02, while new recruit Tom Bloodworth made a promising debut to clock 17.08 in 25th position.
The Severn AC team was completed by Dave Lowthian, 60th in a time of 19.28 and enough to secure second place for the team behind Cheltenham Harriers.
In track and field Severn AC's Leigh Pritchard made a welcome return to throwing at the club's internal track meet.
After getting to grips with shoulder problems that limited his training he threw the javelin 46.29m, improving Nick Walker's old club record by five meters and securing Pritchard a place in the national top ten for his V40 age group.
Son Brandon, 14, may follow in his father's footsteps after making his competitive debut and throwing a PB of 37.31m.
Paula Jones re-kindled a talent for discus, competing for the first time since school sports days 20 years ago, and she threw 24.41m to break the club's record by 1.5 metres.
The Robinswood Hill Fell Race, held over five miles of off-road terrain, starts at 2.30pm from the Robinswood Hill Visitors Centre this Saturday. All runners aged 15 and over are welcome.
The final Lloyds TSB Four Mile Fitness Run returns to the road on Thursday, September 5 from 7.30pm at Elmore Village Hall.