BRISTOL & West AC chairman Roger Brocklesby has proclaimed the inaugural Fast 5000m a big success.
Inspired by the British Milers Club format and the Highgate Night of 10,000m races the club opted to put on the first meeting dedicated to 5,000 races offering several graded races to provide the opportunity for runners of all abilities to get a personal best.
“We are really pleased with how it event and there was a strong turn-out,” said Brocklesby.
Men’s 5000m winner Tom Merson, pictured above right after the Bristol half marathon last year
“Obviously there were a few teething problems and we’ll be tweaking things for next year but overall it was a success.”
Club Development Officer Keith Brackstone reported that there were nine races with 116 finishers including 75 personal bests and 17 season’s bests.
“The crowds stayed around until the end and the event was very well supported,” said Brackstone.
“We have already had lots of positive feedback about the first event of its kind we have run. We have lots to take on board but we will be back next year, bigger, better and with music and a BBQ.”
Top man was Tom Merson – the day before he won the Exeter 10K – in a time of 14mins 40.08secs while the next three also broke 15 minutes including Wells City Harriers’ junior international cross country runner Luke Prior (14:51.97) and Bristol & West’s Jack Millar (14:53.77).
The women’s elite race was poorly supported as many of the women preferred to run in the men’s mixed races and after initial pacemaking help from Charlotte Green clubmate Kate Maltby (pictured right) ran out a soo winner in 16:06.84.
Other notable performances came from Cornwall AC’s former international marathon runner Emma Stepto (pictured left), who clocked 17:04.80 in the D race. That is the second fastest time by a veteran over 40 runner this year in the UK..
Charlotte was hoping to run the Commonwealth Games qualifying time of 15 minutes 25 seconds but ultimately had to settle for 15:56.0.