Watt and Crawford race to big PBs in latest South West 5k

ANOTHER high quality South West PB 5k saw the top 11 men break 16 minutes at the Odd Down cycling track last week.

Bristol & West AC were again to the fore with five in the top ten led by winner Jonathan Thewlis (15:05), marking his debut in the event and remarkably his first outing over the distance on the road – though he has a swift 13:54 to his name on the track set 11 years ago.

Runner-up was Ollie Thorogood of South West Road Runners (15:12) and Wells City Harriers’ Christian Green was third (15:30).

Other B&W runners at the top end included Simeon Howson (15:31), Andrew Watt (15:33) and Jamie Crawford (15:33), as they placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

For Watt that was a big PB by 12 seconds as he finally beat his 2019 mark set at the Westbury 4k in Wiltshire while new signing Crawford smashed his three-year-old best by a huge 1min 05secs. For Howson it was his fastest time of the year, just six seconds outside his PB,

In seventh (15:37) it was good to see Westbury Harriers’ M40 veteran Matt Ellis perform strongly – it was his fastest 5k for 10 years! – while the fifth B&W man, Tom Foxon, finished ninth (15:50) – again a PB by eight seconds.

The increasing popularity of the race is reflected in the top three women who all represented clubs from outside the immediate area.

Victory went to Jordan Matthews (16:42) of the Cheltenham-based Western Tempo with Megan Marchant of Cambridge Harriers runner-up (16:54) and Chelsea Baker of the Vale of Aylesbury third (17:09).

The B&W pair of Kate Mactear (17:54) and Catie O’Donoghue (18:18) were fourth and sixth respectively with Team Bath’s former modern pentathlete international Heather Fell fifth (18:15).

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