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Race leader James Denne on his way to victory at the Linda Franks 5 Mile Race

Speedy James Denne wins Linda Franks 5

His pace was such he almost caught up with the lead bike.

James Denne put the hammer down from the outset at the 28th Linda Franks 5 Mile (Sunday 23 January). He went on to win along with female teammate Gemma Collier on a successful day for Gloucester AC that saw the club claim the runner up spots as well. 

There was a good turnout from Gloucester AC and several other clubs at a well organised and supported race from Almost Athletes. Conditions were cold and dry as more than 200 runners toed the line in Cheltenham, eager to go over the 5 mile distance. 

Fast racing was expected and delivered on all fronts as they pushed the pace over the two loop circuit on residential roads with personal and club pride at stake. Marshals encouraged them every step of the way. 

Race leader James Denne of Gloucester AC flew around the course and was first home in 24:59 – a minute and half ahead of his teammate Steve Kenyon who was second in 26:30. Joe Willgoss of Western Tempo took third in 27:07. 

More plaudits for Gloucester AC with Gemma Collier the winning female in 29:12 followed by her teammate Tracy Hinxman in 29:54. Fee Maycock of Western Tempo came third in 31:22. 

Equally impressive was MV60 Nick Holliday’s performance as the Cheltenham & Gloucester Harrier won the age category with 30:06 and was 18th overall. Here is the proof that Masters Athletes can stay competitive even as the years roll on. 

The last runner crossed the line in 1:04:22. There were 205 finishers.

The full results are available via the runABC Midlands Race Listings page. 

The first race in the Almost Athletes Road Race Series 2022 and the Gloucester AAA Race Series, the Linda Franks 5 put down a marker for the rest of the season.

Image courtesy of David Chittock.

 

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