28 Jul Champions crowned at final SSAFA 5k race
By Chris Seal
There were champions crowned, personal bests and club debuts in the final SSAFA 5k of the series last week.
Penarth runners took to the podium to claim their celebratory bottles of wine after the race in the summer sunshine on July 20.
Cath Barker, in her club debut, was First Lady 40 winner and the first lady from club to finish.
Ruth Cann notched up yet another PB this summer as she was crowned First Lady 35 on the night and overall in the race series.
Lisa Cleary was also First Lady 50 in a hugely successful night for the ladies.
The men weren’t to be outdone though, with Richard Jackson-Hookins and continuing his comeback in the club championship.
Ben Butler-Madden maintains his position at the top of the club championship on 137 points after running seven races. He needs just one more to have a best of eight tally, but will be hoping to get a few more maximum point finishes to cement his place at the top. Richard Jackson-Hookins, with two races in hand, is breathing down his neck on 98 points with a 3-2 head to head record. Malcolm Bradley and Marc Durkin, both tied on 92, are next up, followed by Rob Wilcox on 65.
Ben also leads the senior men’s table on 137, once again shadowed by Richard on 98. Marc Durkin leads the chasing pack on 92, followed by Dave Mathews on 51 and Glenn Powell on 49.
Despite not running Rob Wilcox remains at the top of veteran men 40 on 80 points, but his lead has been cut down to four points after a maximum finish from Jon Lewis. Cameron Large, who will need to run one more race to complete the minimum of four, is next up on 54 points.
Nigel Adams is marching his way to the veteran men 50 title as he stands at the top of the division on 93 points. Ian Warburton, who has a race in hand and four maximum point finishes, remains strongly placed to claim the win though with just a 13 point deficit on 80. Steve Goodfellow is next up on 39.
Malcolm Bradley looks odds on to claim the veteran men 60 division with a tally of 119 points after running six races. Chris Nellins can’t be written though despite sitting back on 39, as he has four races in hand with seven races to go. With a 1-1 head to head record this one could go down to the wire.
Please see below the times of all the men who ran the SSAFA 5k.
|Richard Jackson-Hookins||Senior Men||16.55||17|
|Ben Butler-Madden||Senior Men||17.02||23|
|Marc Durkin||Senior Men||20.22||60|
|Ian Warburton||Veteran Men 50||21.04||66|
|Glenn Powell||Senior Men||21.33||73|
|Malcolm Bradley||Veteran Men 60||21.34||74|
|Paul Morton||Senior Men||21.54||81|
|Chris Nellins||Veteran Men 60||21.59||82|
|Jon Lewis||Veteran Men 40||22.57||93|
|Steve Goodfellow||Veteran Men 50||23.26||101|
|Nigel Adams||Veteran Men 50||23.4||102|
|Tim Monckton||Senior Men||23.45||104|
|Cameron Large||Veteran Men 40||24.05||107|
Lisa Cleary maintains her lead at the top of the ladies club championship on 114 points after running six races. Sarah Lees, the only other lady to have run six races, is 13 points behind on 101. Lindsey Hunt leads the rest of the chasing pack on 84, followed by Yvonne Williams on 78 and both Debbie Evans and Cath Tailby on 59.
Ruth Cann, who was the only senior lady from club to take part in the race, narrowed down the gap on division leader Lindsey Hunt to 37 after a maximum point finish. Lindsey remains on top on 96, followed by Ruth on 59.
Cath Barker, in a hugely successful first run for club, notched up a maximum point finish in the veteran ladies 35 division. This remains one of the most fiercely competitive age categories, with four women all tied on 20 points: Helen Griffiths, Clare O’Reilly, Michelle Hoey and Cath Barker.
Lisa Cleary has climbed to the top of the veteran ladies 45 division with a tally of 116 points. Sarah Lees, who was overhauled after not running the SSAFA 5k, is next up on 110, followed by Cath Tailby on 60.
For Yvonne Williams it was 100 not out in the veteran ladies 55 division, as she claimed her fifth maximum point finish. Judy Maragna is currently her sole rival on 20 points, but she will need to run three more races to be eligible for a trophy at the end of the season.
Please see below the times of all the ladies who ran the SSAFA 5k.
|Cath Barker||Veteran Ladies 35||21.24||69|
|Cath Tailby||Veteran Ladies 45||21.36||76|
|Ruth Cann||Senior Ladies||21.43||78|
|Lisa Cleary||Veteran Ladies 45||22.25||84|
|Yvonne Williams||Veteran Ladies 55||25.09||112|
Here are the upcoming club championship fixtures:
Severn Bridge Half Marathon: August 28
Ponty Reverse 10 Miler: September 4
Cardiff 10k: September 11
Cardiff Half Marathon: October 2
Gwent Leage, Bridgend, October 16
Richard Burton 10k: November 6
Sospan 10 Miler: November 20