Club Championship Race Report: Weston Prom


Westbury Harriers’ Club Championship returns!


A decent Westbury contingent turned out at a bright and windy Weston-super-Mere on Thursday (07/04/22) evening, for the penultimate Prom Run in this season’s series of nine races.

This was also the first Club Championships race since (checks records) the Thornbury RC organized Riverbank Rollick on 12th January 2020 (which feels so long ago it might as well be 1920). That factor attracted a number of familiar Westbury entrants, including 2019 male club champion (and still custodian of the trophy, which has not been sighted in over three years)  Trevor Fitsall, and previous multiple champion Robin Philips.
The heavy showers and high winds had abated by the time the race started, on an uncharacteristically quiet and light sea front, with 147 runners lining up for what is now a chip timed UKA/Run Britain event.
Star performer and top Westbury finisher was Alex Hamblin with a fantastic run of 27:27 for third place overall, ahead of some very fast and well known local runners including Weston’s Chris McMillan and Kieron Summers.
Not too far behind was defending male club champion Ewan Paton, in a close and competitive v50 tussle with runners from Bath and Clevedon, finishing 16th in 28:48 (2nd MV50).
Ben Wood (29th; 30:02) followed, heading home a Westbury trio (in wildly contrasting headgear) of himself, Robin Phillips (33rd; 31:05) then the Thornbury RC – bandana’d Alastair Blackwood (37th; 31:08).
Well done also to Richard Hughes (71st; 35:31, 3rd MV60), Stuart Bennett (79th; 36:33), Trevor Fitsall (87th; 37:27), Helen Sawyer (105th; 39:03, 4th FV50, first Westbury woman) and defending female champ Kay Ridgwell (143rd; 49:42, 4th FV50).
We are also claiming Kate Hoffen (95th; an excellent 37:53, 2nd FV50) who entered as a Bristol & West, but ran in a Westbury vest!
The last Weston Prom race of the season is on Thursday 5th May, and the next Club Championship round is the Towpath Mob Match on Friday 20th May.
Alex and Helen top the early leaderboard!
Race Report, Ewan Paton.