Race Report - BBQ 5k 2014


BBQ 5km - 4th July 2014


Well we said we would, didn’t we? This year’s running of the penultimate race in our summer series delivered up the BBQ as well as the 5k element and what’s more, the weather just about held until near the end of the race. So no repeat of the biblical deluge of 2011 and the tempests of 2012 which caused the cancellation of the food and the disappointing no-show during last year’s heat wave. Many thanks to everyone concerned in ensuring that we weren’t hauled up by Trading Standards under the Consumer Protection Act for a fourth year of misleading advertising.


To the more mundane subject of running, then and Tom Roberts of Meirionnydd edged out Welshpool’s Richie Roberts in a thrilling finish.


Roberts, recent winner of the prestigious Market Drayton 10k, recorded a time of 16:14 on the twisting out and back course along the River Severn, just two seconds ahead of his namesake who although based locally runs for the Eryri club. Jonathan Morgan of Newport Harriers completed the medal positions followed by Llandrindod’s Wales junior international Rhianwedd Price (Cardiff) who won the women’s event in an impressive 17:49.

Ian Lowe’s fifth placed finish means the Oswestry man still leads the Maldwyn Harriers Summer Race Series after four events ahead of our own Martin Copus who was sixth on this occasion. Jacqui Loxam who finished second behind Price leads the women’s Race Series with just one event to go – the Neil Howells Memorial Race in Montgomery on Friday 15th August.


The absence of several regulars due to injury or other commitments (we still managed 54 runners, not bad at all for a damp Friday night, and many of those not running either flipped burgers, marshalled or grabbed a clipboard) meant there were opportunities for others to shine as well as some of the more familiar names. There were some great finishes, the most dramatic of all featuring Vicky Gittins who overtook two runners in the home stretch and was travelling at such speed that she barely stopped before hitting the barrier. Jamie Dumayne can also take pride in his epic last 100m tussle with some determined Rhayader opposition, while Chris Copus says that Reece Moles has asked us to mention that he was again overtaken by Chris on a slight incline, ensuring that the Travelling Harrier was able to assume post-race bragging rights (Chris’ and Reece’s uphill struggles are becoming something of a “running” gag). Dave Johnson’s sprint for the last burger suggests that he too could soon join the growing ranks of Britain’s sub-10 second 100m men.


Club winners included:


For some good photos at the finish line visit Gareth Roberts’ facebook page.