Gower dominates last leg to nail five-year relay reign
SEVERN AC have enjoyed success on both the track and the road.
Promising results at the County Track and Field Championships provided the catalyst, as in the first race of the evening the senior men's 4 x 100m relay team of Leigh Pritchard, Quincy Quayson, Eric Clark and Jason Gower retained their county title for the fifth year.
This was mostly thanks to a quick final leg from Gower, who overtook Gloucester AC and helped the team to a time of 48.7 seconds.
Next the club's middle-distance men claimed three of the top-four places in the Jubilee County Mile, where Kyran Hale ran 4.37.3 but was beaten into second by Dave Roper of Cheltenham.
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Hale was followed by Mark James and Steve Maguire, who set a PB and was delighted to break the five-minute mark for the first time in clocking 4:59.4.
Hale was soon back on track in the 10,000m and was unchallenged in the first few kilometres until his pace began to falter and he was passed by Bristol and West man Pete Woodward.
And Hale claimed the county gold medal, upgrading from silver last year and benefiting from Woodward not being a county resident.
Further down the field a semi-fit Oliver Starkey was ninth, while Dave Lowthian set a steady pace and placed 12th.
The 4 x 400m team, featuring the indefatigable Hale, James, Harry Bishop and sprint specialist Courtney Hamilton, regained the county title that was lost last year and clocked 3:53.4.
Away from the track, Bishop stamped his authority on the Arlingham 4.4 mile road race, running with pace-setter Anthony Bailey until the last three-quarters of a mile when he made a decisive break for the finish and secured victory in 23.29 – a PB by more than two minutes.
Fast times appear to run in the family, with dad Nathan clocking 23.55 back in 2004 for fifth place.
Next Severn finisher was Matt Atkins, making a welcome return to racing in fourth place and just edged out of the medals in the final mile.
Maguire charged through the field to finish eighth while veterans George Scully (second V60), Dave Blackburn (first V70) and John James (third V60) completed the winning team, extending Severn's unbeaten record to nine years.
Severn's next race will be the Autumn Five Mile this Saturday from the White Horse in Sandhurst.
It promises to be an opportunity to break PBs on a fast course, and all runners aged 15 and over are welcome.
Preliminary reports suggest Martin Rees will target the race in an attempt to better his own world record in the over-60 age group.
County Championships; Jubilee Mile: 2 Kyran Hale (first U20) 4:37.3, 3 Mark James 4:56.5, 4 Steve Maguire 4:59.4 (PB), 8 C-race Katie Jones (LU17) 6.28.6 (PB), 18 B-race, John James (V60) 7:10.4.
10,000m: 2 Kyran Hale (first U20) 34:04.4, 9 Oliver Starkey 38:59.6, 12 Dave Lowthian (V45) 41:16.9.
Midland Championships, Under-17 shot: 2 Lauren Richards 9.61m.
Club trials, 100m: 1 Jason Gower 12.0, 2 Eric Clark 12.4 (PB), 3 Leigh Pritchard (V40) 13.0, 4 Graham Berry 13.0.
Javelin: 1 Leigh Pritchard (V40) 46.29 (CR), 2 Eric Clark 32.48 (PB), 3 Jason Gower 26.28 (PB).
Arlingham 4.4M: 1 Harry Bishop (U17) 23.29, 4 Matt Atkins 25.46, 8 Steve Maguire 28.27, 14 George Scully (second V60) 31.49, 23 Dave Blackburn (first V70) 35.41, 24 John James (third V60) 36.38.