Gloucester AC just miss out on promotion to the top division
GLOUCESTER AC's senior men's cross-country team failed by the narrowest of margins to win promotion to the top flight of the Birmingham Cross-Country League.
They placed fourth in the final Division Two fixture of the season at Pittville Park in Cheltenham.
Heading into the race the Gloucester squad were locked in a three-way battle with Telford AC and Cannock and Staffordshire, with all three having a realistic chance of gaining the third promotion place behind Severn AC and Warwick University.
Despite another strong turn-out that has been the hallmark of the season Gloucester failed by just five points and face another season in Division Two next winter.
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However, the whole squad rallied to captain Omar Alim's call and raised their game.
The ever-consistent Richard De Camps led the team home again in ninth position, just one place ahead of team-mate Steve Millward.
Paul Barlow (23rd) was the next city runner to cross the line, having only returned that morning from a business trip in Sweden.
Jeremy Mower was next in 50th place, just holding off Mike Mansfield who placed 53rd and Simon Fortnam in 55th.
Gloucester's B team also placed fourth to finish the season in second place, while junior Dan Steel finished his first full season in style to lead the team home in 79th place.
Nathan Smith put in another solid performance to place 96th, with Matt Powell finishing 111th, Ian Summers 121st, Alim 133rd and Matt Wade 134th.
Evergreen Arthur Daley again belied his years to place 136th, Simon Barnes placed 153rd, Paul Nash 157th, Merlin Tolley 166th, Nick Bishop 179th and Paul Loveridge 190th.
Andrew De Camps won the Midlands senior indoor 800m title at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.
After qualifying comfortably from his semi final the former Midlands outdoor champion turned on the heat to win the final in a season's best of 1.56.31.
De Camps' training partner Thomas George knocked an astonishing six seconds off his personal best 800m time when winning the bronze medal in the Under-20 men's event in 1.58.34 – his first time under two minutes.
Dominic Tutton was another club runner to lower his 800m PB at the Championships, winning the silver medal in the Under-17 men's event in 2.00.96 for an improvement of two and a half seconds on his previous best.
Heptathlete Kate Davies had a busy day, competing in no fewer than five events.
She placed second in the 800m in 2.33.45, eighth in the 60m hurdles in 10.57 seconds, third in the high jump with a clearance of 1.55m, fifth in the long jump with 4.60m and second in the shot putt with 9.08m.
Julian Richardson lowered his PB for 60m indoors when recording 7.69 seconds in the Under-17 men's event.
Thomas and Alex George both represented Marling School in the King Henry VIII Schools cross-country relays in Coventry, where Alex recorded the fastest leg of the day.
Gloucester 10K: 33 Hayley Winters 41.15 PB (3rd senior lady), 113 Mark Rickard 46.36, 161 Allan Rowland 48.41, 337 Heather Christie (U17) 55.34, 383 Sarah Rowland 57.34.