This year’s BHF Blenheim Palace 10k and Junior 2k results show how much our runners have improved over the past year.
Andrew Craft takes first place in the Junior 2k
Having achieved second place last year in the Blenheim Palace 2k junior race, 14 year old Andrew Craft took no prisoners this time around, tearing across the finish line in a very impressive time of 7:46 minutes. This promises to be a mere glimpse of what Andrew is capable of as there wasn’t a bead of sweat on his brow as he bounded home well ahead of the pack. What’s more the hard grafting youngster has also started to beat his senior coaches at the 10k distance in training in recent weeks and seems to get stronger by the week.
Robert Merry came in second place in a more than respectable 8:53 mins. Robert could have improved on this time if only he hadn’t started off too fast and slightly burnt himself out – a mistake we have all made and one that the bright youngster is sure to learn from.
Shay Dixon gave his all, collapsing to the ground in complete exhaustion as soon as he’d crossed the finish line in a great time of 10:20 mins. We couldn’t have asked for more from the plucky young man.
Promising martial artist Diana Lima made the course in 12:13 while 9 year olds Isobel Craft and Kiera Dixon got round in 15:32 and 16:42 respectively and 6 year old Hannah Merry finished the course in 20:31 accompanied by proud dad, Phil.
IWCA AC take three of the top 50 places in Bleheim 10k
Veteran IWCA AC Coach, Stuart Craft, came in 12 place out of 754 runners in this year’s BHF Blenheim Palace 10k race with a personal best time of 42:49 mins.
Big David Craft, who is clocking up the miles for his first marathon in the spring came in according to plan, at 52:42 mins, taking 153rd place.
More impressive however were the times of 15 year old IWCA runners Peter Wright and Shawn Merry. Peter came in 47th place with a time of 46:09 minutes and Shawn, who completed the closing chapter of the race with a pulled hamstring, took 48th place with a time of 46:32 minutes.
Both lads have only stepped up to senior 10k training in recent weeks and we had no right to expect such decent times in their first competiton at this distance. Coach, David Troth commented: ‘All our runners put in a great effort today to do themselves and the club proud. I am very pleased with today’s results – it makes all the hard work in the sun, wind, rain and snow over the past year or so well worthwhile’.