CC and road round-up 30/03/09

Hywel Care made his international debut for Wales on Saturday in the Home Countries CC international at Bangor, Wales. Lauren Stewart ran a very good quality race at the Reading Half-Marathon on Saturday. Daniel Agustus led home our representatives at the Victoria Park Open 5, while Angus Holford made his 10K debut at the Eastleigh race.

Hywel Care finished 12th in the international, being Wales' 3rd scorer and forming part of the bronze medal-winning team. He reserved further judgement on his "solid" performance until seeing the official results, which have not yet appeared.

At the popular and high-quality Reading Half-Marathon, Lauren Stewart finished 9th woman and 124th overall out of 11,800 finishers. She clocked 1:19.19, a time which would have ranked her around 60th in the UK last year.

The Victoria Park Open 5 was again this year bedevilled by unpleasant cold winds which slowed times significantly. Daniel Agustus, however, was not using the winds as an excuse for a very under-par performance. After a heavy week at work he woke up feeling out of sorts and had a "very bad day at the office" and only notched 26.20 for 10th place of 415 finishers, well down on what recent form had suggested.

Craig Berg returned to racing activity with 27.28 for 31st. He ran the first half well, in 13.20, but suffered over the second half. 17-year old Darren Southcott ran very impressively for 39th in 28.24 and is definitely one with a good athletics future ahead of him. Next in was M40 Johnny Wallis (54, 29.37), Simon Seigar (66, 30.07), M50 Terry McCarthy (89, 31.16) and M45 Julian Thorpe (179, 34.34). We also had 2 new members making their debut: Rob Cox ran round with legendary dad M55 Dave for 33.34 (148 & 149), and M45 Adrian Russell ran 40.26 for 289th.

Dave Barrett's photos from Vicky Park

Angus Holford chose the Eastleigh 10K in Hampshire for his 10K debut, and ran a useful 33.22 for 37th of 1581 finishers on a fairly flat, fast course.

Dave Cox ran 17.41 in the Last Friday of the Month 5K, another race slowed by the wind.