Sky's the limit for Charlie
Charlie Pennington warmed up for next month's Bath Half with victory in the final Bath Skyline 10km race of the winter.
Success on the challenging multi-terrain course above the city is entirely different from pounding its streets but a time of 42mins 24secs – an impressive 3:06 better than he managed in December's race – will have done wonders for Pennington's confidence.
Pennington, who finished third in the Half Ironman World Championships in 2012, beat Will Christofi (42:51) into second spot, with Ryan Kestle (43:50) third.
The top Team Bath runner was Guy Woods, who finished fifth and first veteran over 50 in 44:57.
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Bristol & West AC newcomer Helen Sharpe led the women's race from start to finish to come 11th overall in a field of more than 200, clocking 48:23. Team Bath athletes Tamsin Simmonds (52:02) and Lizzie Wraith (52:49) finished second and third respectively.
"This was final race of the Bath Skyline 10km winter series and we would like to say a big thank you to our hosts at the University of Bath, our brilliant sponsors Running Bath and O2 Creation, as well as all the marshals," said organiser Tom Room, who is planning to hold a Roman Challenge 10k race in Bath on July 14.
Team Bath's Tom Hutchison was 41st overall and third veteran over 55 in the Lytchett Manor ten-mile road race, which also incorporated the British Masters Championships and attracted 443 finishers.
Hutchison covered the course in a time of 64:48, while club-mate and fellow over-55 Paul King was 80th in 67:58. David Rose (69:10) was 97th and fourth veteran over-65.
David Vaudin finished 21st in a field of 513 runners and second veteran over 55 after clocking 62:08 in the Bramley ten-mile road race.
Team Bath's Loren Bleaken is gunning for another British title this weekend.
The 17-year-old from Marshfield is entered in the 800m at the National Indoor Under-20 Women's Championships in Birmingham and, if she is anywhere near her best, will be hard to beat.
In contrast, Bleaken's club-mate and training partner Alex Carter is heading to the North East for the English Cross-Country Championships in Sunderland.
"I think the under-17 men's race is really wide open for the medals so I am hoping to be right in there," said Carter, who has recovered from a recent knee injury.
The club's under-13 boys' squad, who had swept the board at the Midland Championships, missed the entry deadline and will now target road relays instead.
The Castle Combe Chilly 10k road race takes place on Sunday, with more details available from www.dbmax. co.uk.
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