ELLIE Wallace, Megan Hornung and Rhiannon Paton all raced to superb personal bests in the atmospheric Cardiff Race For Victory 5k road race last night.
North Somerset AC’s Wallace, who is coached by Julian Emery, just keeps on getting better and better so her second place in a time of 15mins 59secs comes as no surprise.
That time clipped five seconds off the time she ran a few months ago at the Under The Lights Podium 5k around Battersea Park and left her just nine seconds adrift of Wallsend Harrier Danielle Hodgkinson, for whom it was also a big PB as she broke 16 minutes for the first time.
Like Wallace Bristol & West AC’s Hornung has also enjoyed a great winter culminating in that silver medal at the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships.
Representing the Midland Counties last night Hornung carved 15 seconds off her previous best with a time of 16:37 to place her seventh overall and top junior.
But the biggest PB of the evening, which saw the runners cheered on by thousands of spectators and accompanied by music and flame machines at the start and finish, came from Westbury Harriers’ Paton.
Selected for the Wales U20 team Paton travelled to the suburb of Whitchurch in the Wales capital with a best of 18:36 set last year also in Cardiff.
She smashed that to cross back over the Bristol Channel with a new best of 17:10 which gave her sixth place in the under 20s age group and equal first with Cardiff’s Moli Lyons (also awarded a time of 17:10) in the Wales Championships, which was incorporated into the race.
Wallace’s NSAC clubmate Alice Bridger-Morales, who is also coached by Emery, carved 30 seconds off her PB with 18:00.
In the men’s race leading local runner was B&W’s Owain Jones, who finished 30th overall and first veteran over 40 in a time of 15:04 while NSAC’s Alan Baker (15:56) was third M40 with 15:56.
B&W’s Nicky Tuftnell was first in the M45 category (16:05) while clubmate Tony Roper was runner-up in the M55 age group (17:18). The B&W pair of Aled Anderson (16:12) and Lee Gowler (16:18) also made the top 100.
In the women’s over 60s category Fliss Russell finished third in a time of 22:44.
Overall winner was Cardiff’s GB international Jake Smith (13:59), who recently won the South West Fast 5k race at Odd Down.