Race Report - Chocoholics 2014
Chocoholics 5km - 19th April 2014
They say the sun shines on the righteous. That would indeed be an extravagant claim in our case, but in keeping with recent years the weather was kind to us on the occasion of this annual curtain raiser for the Maldwyn Harriers Race Series.
It was another brilliant turnout, the race attracting 92 competitors (compared with 91 last year) drawn from 17 clubs and none.
Winner was Brecon AC wunderkind, 13 year old Luke Davies in a time of 17:12 ahead of Oswestry’s Ian Lowe, who had such a good race series in 2013. In third spot was Maldwyn’s James Ashworth who for the second time in as many club championship races had the distinction of being first Harrier home. He certainly has put a strong marker down for championship honours. Just one place behind James was Martin Copus, “fresh” from his 26.2 mile sightseeing tour of London the previous week which he completed in a more than satisfactory 3 hrs 08:49. This was one occasion where the fractionally quicker hand timings took precedence over Dave’s electronic readings, which gave Martin the distinction of dipping one second under 18 minutes. We are sure that no lobbying took place whatsoever in order to influence this decision but then who would begrudge Martin his “17-something” after his heroics of last weekend?
Fifth overall and first woman was Luke’s big sister, 16 year old Heidi, another prodigious talent (for the record mum Nicola representing Thornbury won the women’s V40 age group making it a clean sweep of firsts for the Davies family and ensuring that a sizeable haul of chocolate disappeared south over the Dolfor). Heidi was followed home by Dunya Hurley and, in another “bronze medal” for the host club, Jacqui Loxam.
There were several category wins for the Harriers including Martin Copus (M Senior), Eddie Davies (MV55), Jenny Evans (F Senior), Catrin Thomas (FU20), Rachel Butler (FV50) and Jill Hillman(FV55).
There were also a couple of “near misses” in terms of age group honours. His youthful vitality belies the fact that Chris Copus was having his first outing as an MV60. As a “newbie” how Chris must have been relishing not only the prospect of a category win and a photo opportunity with MC “Grandmaster” Paul Beeson but also the pick of some free Easter eggs with which to curry favour with Mrs C (who, incidentally, performed an excellent job in coaxing water out of the Slowest Bowser in the West in order to slake the thirst of some fast finishing runners). Alas it wasn’t to be as Chris was pipped to the post by little more than the thickness of a vest. One imagines a detour via Lidl had to be arranged on the way back to Casa Copus.
There was yet another PB (23:42) for Claire Abel (Dolly Mixtures) who seems to be collecting them like other people amass stamps or parking tickets. She even went out and bested her Parkrun mark the following day. Honestly Claire you will eventually get bored with doing this week in week out! Sharon Lloyd, like Martin, thumbed her nose at conventional wisdom which decrees that after running a marathon you should have one day’s rest for every mile run, by equalling her best ever time in a club 5km event (24:37). Very well done to both Sharon and Claire.
Our Commonwealth Games representative-in-waiting, Andy Davies, received the second biggest cheer of the day when introduced to the crowd at the presentation. However the loudest ovation - and deservedly so - was reserved for Alys Phillips, who was completing her first full 5km.
Full results are available on the results page.
Next up is the Newtown 10km on Sunday 4th May at the Football Club – twice the distance, twice the fun.
See you there.
Sharon Lloyd and Martin Copus – two of Maldwyn’s London Marathon runners before the Chocoholics 5k, at which they both ran extremely well.
James Ashworth – early leader in our Club Championship series