-6th August 2019
With the finish line of this 10K race put on by Cheltenham’s Almost Athletes being on the grounds of the famous Prescott Hill Climb, runners were under no illusion that a flat course awaited them, with several testing climbs on route, mostly all within the final half of the race.
A whole host of Tewkesbury Running Club members assembled at the Dixton start line for this late summers evening race. Greeted with light rain showers at the start and finish of the race, runners were almost presented with perfect conditions.
As with the victorious Ladies team from last year, the men from TRC found themselves (this being race 10 of a 12 race County Road Race Series) with a chance of winning the Masters County Team 2019 title - something that has never happened before. With this in mind, Tewkesbury fielded a strong men’s team.
Leading the way home for TRC was James Head as he placed 7th in time of 38mins 53secs. Although his slowest time by far on this course, James was happy as he nursed his hamstrings round the course for a pleasing result.
Next male home for the team was the 'ever-present' Simon Meadows. Simon has scored more points for TRC in the Masters team prize than anyone else and again performed solidly finishing in 16th place with a time of 40mins 6secs.
Jon Mansfield also put in a great team performance as he finished just behind Simon in 16th place with a time of 40mins 30secs. With Jon’s position, TRC again scored a great Masters team score of just 19 (1st 3 runners count), putting Tewkesbury in an even stronger position come the final 2 races.
Recent new ‘returning’ member Stuart Baker showed what an impact he will make by joining TRC. Stuart ran an impressive paced race and had Jon to chase for the last challenging kilometre of the race. Dipping across the line in 19th place, Stuart was only 10 seconds behind Jon in an excellent time of 40 mins 40secs.