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Silson Joggers Banbury 5

Author: Stella-Maria Thomas Published: 19th June 2012 14:06

Silson's Andy Pacey checks his timeSilson's Andy Pacey checks his time
With the East Midlands Grand Prix series now well underway for 2012, Silson Joggers AC runners were in action again at the Banbury 5 last week, with the results we have very much come to expect this year.

Fastest member on the night was Andy Pacey, again living up to his name with 10th place overall, which netted him 2nd in the M40 category with a time of 27:59, a personal best for Andy and a new club record for the distance by a good 30 seconds. He ascribed his success on the night to the support he received from his fellow club members who turned out to cheer him and the other runners on.

Pacey was not the only runner to record a personal best on the night, the Veteran Men’s team coming home 2nd and the Senior Men finishing 5th after some strong running from the likes of Stewart Shears in 92nd place overall in an excellent 33:06. In addition, Kevin Reboul was 6th in the M45 category (42nd overall), in 30:14, beating Jim Darcy over the line by 23 seconds. The other men in action for the club were Richard Davies (103rd overall, in a time of 33:44), Paul King (113th in 34:08), Jonathan Gale (147th in 35:51), Dave Jarrett (199th in 38:20) and Tim Hulett (260th overall) who ended the race 3rd in the M65 category with a time of 42:51.

If the men are showing well this season, the Silson women are also making their mark in 2012. Despite fewer competitors than the men, the F50 category has seen some superb performances from Madeleine Moutrie and Mel Bignell. Madeleine came home 4th in the category, with a new personal best of 38:20 and not to be outdone, Mel was 6th in the F50 group, also setting a personal best over the distance with a time of 39:15. To add to the celebrations, Ellie Lock was 5th in the F35 category, and Sarah Clark, who finished just behind Lock on the road, was 17th in the senior women’s grouping.

With three races left in the series, the club’s overall positions in the standings are promising too. Bignell is 4th on the F50 points table, while Moutrie is 8th. Clark is currently 12th in the senior women’s grouping. Of note in the men’s standings, Reboul is 7th overall in the M45s, again just ahead of Darcy, while Hulett leads the M65 standings, and Allan Lock is 2nd in the M70s.

The next round of the series is the Harborough 5 on Tuesday 19th June at 19:45. That will just leave the Weedon 10k on 26th June and the Milton Keynes 10k on 3rd July.

Further information about Silson Joggers AC, and about opportunities to run at the Home of British Motorsport, can be found on the club website at www.silsonjoggers.org.uk.

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