Broadway Tower Charity Race
This year’s Broadway Tower charity run was a huge success with a bumper attendance of runners and a bumper day of May sunshine. Taking 300 pre-entries, it was the biggest field ever recorded by some margin. Delighted to be involved, Tewkesbury Running Club displayed 15 runners and a healthy support team for the Wednesday evening lung stretcher.
Running along the streets of Broadway before sharply ascending to the picturesque tower. Once the tower was in sight, runners circled around it and then descended along a less extreme route.
Hoping to win, Jon Mansfield had to settle for 6th after being surprisingly out-ran over the last 1km. He did nonetheless claim 1st Vet.
Mark Parker followed Jon but the story was his battle with Stuart Dudfield.
Stuart's form surprised Mark and it wasn't until the race unfolded that he was able to reel-him-in on the way back down to Broadway. Mark extended his lead to 20 seconds by the finish though there was no mistaking how well Stuart ran to the tower.
Alec Vincent would normally be with Stuart but on this night, the elastic was snapped and Alec, though running fairly well, had lost Stuart by almost 2 minutes.
Mark Gardiner ran strongly on his first time in the 'tower run'. Some of the course is on private land so for some it's new experience!
Paul Mason has vast experience in races and there's little doubt that he played a tactical game to snatch ahead of Gary Duxbury and Natalie Jenks - not that those two were affected for long as they both secured category wins with Gary taking his second V60 title and Natalie walked away as first FV35.
Jane Sauer has been off her training recently and ran a brave race to set the pace for Natalie and the other three. She certainly gave her best on the night and stayed within seconds of the fast finishing group.