Strong-finishing Abram boosts Abingdon credentials in Forest
TEWKESBURY AC's Vet 50s led the charge in the Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon.
Tim Abram made steady progress in the early stages of the demanding multi-terrain course which were predominantly downhill, slowly moving through the field.
Steve Wiggall was hoping for a sub two-hour finish, while Abram had pencilled in a 1:45 performance as a decent benchmark for the upcoming Abingdon Marathon.
Abram finished strongly with a chip-adjusted time of 1:40.34, taking third prize in the MV50 category and 33rd overall.
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Wiggall finished with a chip time of 1:58.23 – 17th in the MV50 category and 187th out of the 400 runners.
Angie Sadler was the sole representative for Tewkesbury AC at the Chester Marathon and came away with first place in the Vet 50 category.
Out of the 3,000 runners she was the 12th lady overall to finish the 26-mile course.
Her target was to complete the course in under three hours, 15 minutes, which would guarantee her a place on the Championship line for the London Marathon next year.
And she crossed the finish line with three minutes to spare.
Tewkesbury's cross-country teams faced a strong line-up of runners as they competed in the first league fixture of the Gloucestershire Amateur Athletics Association (GAA) season.
Caroline Thomas ran strongly to finish the two-lap course in a time of 29.07 and claim fifth place in the senior ladies category.
Debbie Lee continued her encouraging return to fitness, finishing in 31.29 and claiming eighth place in the LV40 category.