Marathon training pays off as Duncan smashes PB

TOP Weston AC veterans Susan Duncan and Kieron Summers have plenty to celebrate after both recording personal bests in the Speedwell 10k on Sunday.

Duncan went into the race on the back of some heavy training in preparation for a marathon and clearly that is paying off as she slashed 1min 44secs off her previous best set in April last year

Duncan, who is a veteran over 40, clocked an impressive 37:42 to put her third in the South West Rankings for her age group behind Team Bath’s Amber Gascoigne (36:31) and Westbury Harriers’ Catherine Treble (37:40).

Sharpening up: Susan Duncan ran a big PB. Photo courtesy of Chepstow Harriers

Both of those times were also PBs – and were set in the super-fast and highly competitive Speedwell event held at Beachley, just over the old Severn Bridge.

“Susan hasn’t done any speed training yet so she can definitely go faster,” said her coach, former GB international marathon runner Wayne Buxton.

As was reported on the blog earlier this week Summers had a great run at Speedwell. He ran a PB 33:15 in the Glastonbury Levels 10k last September and has now beaten that again with 33:03 having also finished runner-up and first veteran in the Stoke Stampede 10k at the start of the month.

Summers’ PB is the fastest by an M45 vet in the South West this year.

Other Weston AC runners to catch the eye at the Speedwell 10k included under 23 runner William Fuller, who clocked a PB of 32:03 and Chris Selman, whose 33:05 was also a lifetime best.

A special mention also for Nia Davies. The W50 veteran hadn’t broken 42 minutes before the weekend a she lined up boasting a PB of 42:01 from the 2021 Round The Tor 10k.

Well, Davies not only broke 42 minutes but also 41 minutes as she clocked a super time of 40:32 to earn her the over 50s prize on Sunday.

It is also the fastest W50 time in the South West this year so far. So, overall a great day for the Weston AC runners.