2013 Bristol 10K race report by Bud Baldaro


RECORDS GALORE – as runbristol shines in the sun
On a fine mid-spring morning around 9,000 runners assembled for the 6th Bristol 10k.

There were records a-plenty with Gemma Steele (32.15) shattering the womens course record by over 1min in a thrilling race.

Welshman Martin Rees went one better as he bettered the world best by almost 30secs – winning in 32.54. The Welshman clearly enjoys the south west as he also bettered the world half marathon best at Bath. When asked to what he accredited his fine form he quipped “retirement”.

Dave Webb timed his race to perfection winning in 30.05.

There was also a splendid new PB for wheelie David Cooke a reglar supporter of the runbristol events.

Frank Tickner threw down the gauntlet to the field with an opening 2.50km that took him 50m clear. Tickner continued his charge from the front going through a 3k in 8.50 and 5k in 14.51. Ominously the chasing pack which included Webb, London Marathon Olympian Anuradha Cooray, Martin Williams, Carl Smith and James Connor.

Webb was the first to make the move as they approached 7km and he surged to pass the tiring Tickner. The following 3k saw a tremendous tustle develop as the runners sought precious RunBritain points. Celebrating his recent fatherhood it was the Leeds man Dave Webb who prevailed maximising his marathon strength to full force he enjoyed an 8sec victory ahead of Cooray and Martin Williams squeezed past Tickner in the last 200yds.

Carl Smith finished a fine 5th with James Connor 6th, Aaeron Scott 7th and Nick Torry 8th , Matt Barnes in 9th, Ben noad in 10 and Ben Jones in 11th claimed the Brits only prize money.

22 athletes bettered 31mins with 29 slipping inside the 31.30 marker.

The womens race produced a thrilling event with Gemma Steel (32.15), Katrina Wooton (32.23) and Selam Abere (32.21) mixing and matching at the front of the field.

Steel demonstrated quite emphatically that she has fully recovered from her injury problems with an exciting 6sec victory over the Ethiopian. Abere just held off fast finishing Wooton as the first 3 all bettered the previous course record.

Bingley Harrier Emma Clayton continued her spell of excellent form with a fine 4th placing as she dipped inside 34mins with 33.49. Next home was super-vet Andrea Whitcombe with a brilliant 33.56 timing. Andrea was just 2secs ahead of Lorna Russel.

CLARKE WILLMOTT BUSINESS CHALLENGE - Results 2013

  • Fastest Team – Team Nvidia
  • Fastest Man – Owain Jones, Team Nvidia
  • Fastest Woman  - Claire Hann, Ernst & Young 1
  • Fastest Male vet (over 40) – Martin Indge, Team Nvidia
  • Fastest Female vet (over 35) – Sandy King, Rolls Royce Team B

TEAM RESULTS:

Men:

1st Bristol & West (Charlie Maclean, Tom Merson, Owain Jones, Rob Bugdon)

2nd Coventry Godiva (Ben Jones, Toby Spencer, Harvey Speed, Daniel Clarke)

3rd Serpentine AC (Nicholas Torry, Rick Weston, Hugh Torry, Dave Morgan)

NB: Leeds City AC & Tipton Harriers 1st runners discounted for not wearing club vests)

Women:

1st Bristol & West (Deborah Niccol, Jessie Sanzo, Annabel Granger)

2nd Westbury Harriers (Emma D'Alton, Sophie Voller, Elizabeth Smith)

3rd Coventry Godiva (Katrina Wootton, Ann-Marie Smith, Sarah Rose)