Supercharged performances at Goodwood Circuit
Runners go through the gears at Britain's famous home of motor racing
On a hectic post-lockdown weekend in the South of England the best attended event was RunThrough's Goodwood Running Grand Prix at the Sussex motor racing circuit on Sunday 6 December.
Just over 1,100 competed in wave-started races at 5K, 10K, half marathon, 20 miles and marathon held on the only classic motor racing circuit in the world to remain entirely in its original form since opening to the public in September 1948 to host Britain's first post-war motor race.
It was cold and there was a stiff breeze as usual at this venue but there were some impressive performances as the chequered flag fell. Perhaps top of the tree for quality was Ewan Cameron's marathon PB by just over three minutes to win in 2:19:17. The Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets M40 master now ranks 12th in UK this year and is the second fastest M40.
Jason Porter (Candy Racing, 2:26:05 PB) and James Hurrell (London Heathside, 2:34:14 PB) were the men's runners-up and the leading women were Steph McCall (Herne Hill Harriers, 2:44:35 PB), Samantha Amend (Belgrave Harriers, 2:52:45) and Felicity Paye (2:57:20) as 262 finished in 6:32:40.
The 20-mile distance was rather less popular, with just 22 finishers led by M40 Paul Mitchinson (Victory AC, 2:05:53) and W35 Emma Wells, Lonely Goat, 2:55:55).
Half marathon times were tasty as Ross Skelton (HY Runners, 1:06:48) led the way from Paul Navesey (Portsmouth, 1:06:52) and Kevin Moore (Brighton & Hove, 1:07:12 PB). Great Britain international Tracy Barlow (Thames Valley Harriers, 1:18:02) – third British athlete in London's elite marathon this year – was pushed hard by W40 Alexa King 1:18:54 in the women's race, with Rebecca Gallop (Newark, 1:20:24) third.
A total of 358 competed in two separate 10K races. Wave 1 was for the faster runners and saw PBs for Guildford & Godalming team mates George Dollner (31:08) and Tom Foster (31:54). Naomi Mitchell (Reading, 34:27) and Helen Hall (Winchester, 35:19 PB) led the women.
Wave 2 of the 10K was won by Glenn Barden (Croydon, 36:33) and Siobhan Gorman (46:22) as 358 completed the undulating course at the foot of the Sussex Downs in 1:41:39.
Finally, the consolidated 5K race winners were Joe Croft (South London Harriers, 15:05) and Holly Dixon (Cambridge Harriers, 16:28).
Full results can be perused at runABC South race listing here
Image of happy 10K finishers courtesy RunThrough on Facebook