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Former GB runner Dan Robinson wins Berkeley 10K

by Editor
Tuesday 12th May 2015

Race report: Berkeley 10K - Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday the 11th of May saw 295 starters turn out for the Berkeley 10K on a beautiful evening, the temperature was around 17 degrees at the start but rapidly cooling as the race progressed aided by a brisk South Westerly Breeze.

The race was run as part of the Gloucester Amateur Athletic Association Road Series and as a result there was a strong field across all age categories.  At the sharp end of the race a quartet of runners had broken away by the time the race entered Hamfield Lane for the first time; Phil Beastall and Anthony Bailey of Cheltenham Harriers were accompanied by Joshua Dixon and former GB runner Dan Robinson both of Stroud.

At this point the first two women, Naomi Eaton (Stroud AC) and Petra Vymetalova (Almost Athletes) were still running together.

Coming up to halfway the men were still closely bunched but Eaton had broken away from Vymetalova. For Dursley, Rich Shirley, was leading the local team but having to work hard, Nigel Sankey was not far behind. Tony Wooldridge MV60 and Martin Ford MV70 were putting in impressive performances given their age categories.

As the men came toward the finish Bailey dropped off the pace leaving Beastall, Dixon and Robinson to fight it out over the final 40 meters, with Robinson too strong for the others crossing the line in 32:13, a good time but some way off his course record of 30:22 set back in 2002.

Eaton made it a double victory for Stroud coming in over a minute ahead of Vymetalova. Robinson was first MV40, Dennis Walmeley was first MV50 in an impressive 8th place, Ford first MV70 in 32nd place and  Tony Wooldrige of Dursley first MV60 in 45th place overall. In the female Categories Joe Wilkie of Stroud was first FV35 and 37th overall, Katrina Hawkins first FV45, Alice Lewis of Dursley 1st FV55 and Sharon Smith first FV65. Cheltenham harriers won the men’s team event and Almost Athletes took the women’s team prize.

Whilst having a considerable number of membership involved with the organisation, Dursley Running Club still had 20 athletes competing, a number of new members impressed with their efforts, this was especially true of Megan Wren, Caroline Whitlock and Emma Richards from the 2015 Walk2Run programme, who showed how far they had come since January.

After the race Runners were treated to sports massages courtesy of the Courtyard Clinic event sponsor along with Gloucester Sports.

Dursley Running Club will donate part of the proceeds for the race to Allsorts the local Charity that supports disabled Children and their families, the charity is the clubs nominated Charity for 2015.

Men's 10k results

1 Dan ROBINSON Stroud & District Athletic Club 00:32:13
2 Phil BEASTALL Cheltenham & County Harriers 00:32:14
3 Joshua DIXON   00:32:15


Women's 10k results

1 Naomi EATON Stroud & District Athletic Club 00:38:42
2 Petra VYMETALOVA Almost Athletes 00:39:48
3 Laura GUSH CLC Striders 00:40:27


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