Howorths' heroics lift Team Bath
Team Bath AC's senior men made a solid start to the new Gloucestershire Cross- Country League season at Cotswold Farm Park.
The quartet of Stephen Rose, Paul King, Barry Awan – barely a week after breaking three hours for the first time in the Berlin marathon – and Nick Bower took second place behind Clevedon in the veterans' team contest.
Dan Jones, who spearheaded the Team Bath challenge in 16th place, and Andrew Maggs joined the foursome to help the club come sixth in the open team competition.
Rory Howorth won the under-11s boys' race in emphatic fashion, finishing seven seconds clear of the field, while twin brothers Robert and John were second and third respectively behind Luke Davies of Brecon AC in the under-13s category.
Alex Stainthorpe, still only 18, was never going to challenge Gloucestershire senior international Rachel Felton in the women's race but ran superbly to finish as runner-up and first junior.
Since taking her A-levels at Sheldon School in Chippenham, Stainthorpe has begun a 12-month internship with a management consultancy company in London, so has had to fit her training around a completely new lifestyle.
Club-mate Rebecca Pierce also ran impressively to finish fifth and another top-ten finisher would have secured the team place in the first three. Jan Rambridge was the leading veteran over-65.
Team Bath international marathon runner Holly Rush finished 14th overall and easily top woman in a huge Windsor Half Marathon field of 4,087, clocking a solid 1hr 19mins 51secs.
Nick Watson was 60th in the Cricklade Half Marathon in a time of 1:33.45, with Team Bath club-mate Paul Godbold 115th in 1:43.38 in a field of 283 finishers.
The leading Team Bath female was Ilana Wigfield, who was 136th overall and 12th woman in 1:48.15.
The Marshfield Mudlark 11k multi-terrain race, using a new and improved course, will be held on Sunday from Marshfield Cricket Club (10.30am). For entry details see www.corshamrunningclub.co.uk.
Sunday also sees the Mendip Muddle 20k, with further details at www.westonac.co.uk.
The second race in the Weston Prom five-mile series will be held on Thursday, October 18 (7.30pm), with entries taken on the night.
Entries are being taken for the opening race in the McCain UK Cross Challenge in Ashton Court, Bristol, on Sunday October 28. For further information see www.runbristol.com.
On the same day, the tenth Portishead 10k and 5k multi- terrain races take place from the Lake Grounds. Visit www. portisheadrunningclub.co.uk for information.
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