McMillan hits personal best form at Weston and Glastonbury

IT has been a busy and very productive couple of days for Weston AC’s AC’s Chris McMillan with an impressive start to the autumn racing season.

Having finished seventh in the opening race of the 2021/22 Weston Prom 5 miles series he then went on to win the Glastonbury Levels 10k road race.

McMillan (pictured left) clocked 32mins 03secs to finish nine seconds clear of Bristol & West’s Adam Stokes with Christian Green of Wells City Harriers third in 32:20.

Remarkably for such a talented runner that was a big and long overdue PB for McMillan as his previous best of 32:38 had been set back in 2018 in the Simplyhealth Bristol 10k. Clearly it is only a matter of time before McMillan dips inside 32 minutes.

Leading local woman was B&W’s Helen Hinsley in sixth (44:51), earning her the over 55s prize. Overall winner was Basingstoke veteran Nina Martin (39:10).

As for the Prom opener McMillan clocked 28:16, well adrift of winner Ben Robinson as the former Bristol & West man won convincingly with a time of 25:46 but nonetheless another PB for the Somerset runner.

That left Robinson, who is now with Gloucester AC, almost a minute clear of North Somerset AC’s Oliver Lock (26:40) with Weston’s Ben Haines third (27:03).

Over 50 runner Steve Wood of Clevedon AC had a great run to finish fourth and first veteran in 28:03.

First woman at Weston was in-form GWR athlete Kelly Dicks placing (pictured right wearing number 798) 17th overall in a time of 29:54. That was another PB for Dicks, who is coached by Dave Taylor, coming soon after her PBs at the Severn Bridge half marathon (84:03) last month and the South West PB 5k series in Bath (18:16) in July.

Rachel Stowell of Bitton Road Runners (31:36) and Westbury Harriers’ Sophie Voller (31:47) completed the podium places while Weston’s Susan Duncan was the leading veteran over 40 in fourth place (31:59).