10 May Race For Victory 5K Race Report – by Jon Lewis
In its 2nd year, the Whitchurch ‘Race for Victory’ was a sell out and it’s not hard to see why. A flat 5k around the streets of Whitchurch with terrific support along the way, street stalls offering up food and drink, pubs bursting at their seams and a good mix of running abilities makes this a must-do race on any runner’s calendar.
The race t-shirt had all the names of the runners taking part on the back – a really nice touch which made it so much more personal. A 7pm start proved a challenge to some who found staying off the beer during the day as difficult a task as the race itself. The weather held good for the race and Penarth and Dinas were well represented throughout.
Leading the way was Richard Jackson-Hookins in a time of 17.06s. To think that this time saw him come in at 40th illustrates the quality at the front of the field where the first 6 home came in under 15 minutes. Zoe Dobbs came 2nd for P&D in a time of 19.51s followed closely by Frank Atherton in 20.26s.
3 runners posted times in 21 minutes – Ruth Cann (21.09), Malcolm Bradley (21.16) and Peter Trott (21.53). Next in was Louise Hunt in 22.33s with Glenn Powell making the most of the pavements to weave his way through the congestion in a time of 22.32s.
Steve Goodfellow rolled back the years with a blistering time of 23.36s followed home by Bethan Apglyn (23.47s) and Race for Victory Veteran, Nigel Adams, who couldn’t quite repeat the epic of 2016 in posting a respectable 24.22s this time round. Andrea Hurman posted 24.23s which saw her take 8th spot in her age category with Stephen Farmer almost breaking the 25 minutes barrier with a time of 25.00s.
Lyn Evans (25.23s) pipped Yvonne Williams (25.40s) with Shirley Howman crossing the line in a commanding time of 26.44s. Andrea Goodfellow achieved her goal in running sub 27 minutes with a time of 26.58s with Judith Maragna coming home in a time of 29.41s which was her fastest for over 4 years and Paul Mitchell following her in with 30.32s on the clock.
Abyd Aziz did run but without vest and number as he managed to lose both before the race started. From memory, his watch recorded somewhere around 23 minutes although it remains unclear who was wearing the watch at the time.
The runners were grateful for the vociferous support of Sarah, Tim and Ben and rounded a very pleasant evening off with a few drinks in the local pub.