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Asda Horwich 5k Road Championships

The ASDA Horwich Carnival Road Races were not blessed with great weather on Sunday 18 June, but there were some good performances from the leading British athletes, battling for the AAA 5K Championship title.

 

The men’s 5K race was thrilling from start to finish and built up to an incredible push for glory. Birchfield Harriers Tewodros Shiferaw and Patrick Makau, together with Telford’s Chris Davies and Peter Riley (Leigh Harriers) formed the leading group from about the 2 Kilometre mark. Eventually Riley was dropped to leave the other three to battle it out for the podium places. In the final sprint the first three were to be split by a mere two seconds as Shiferaw finished first in 13.54 and Makau snatched second by a whisker from Chris Davies, with both athletes recording the same time of 13.56. Davies was the worthy winner of the AAA of England title.

 

Peter Riley finished fourth in a time of 14.01, whilst Sale Harriers narrowly took the team honours in the North of England (Rick Hayman, Steffan North, Matt Bond) ahead of Leeds City AC. Belgrave Harriers won the AAA of England men’s team title (Mark Miles, Simon Jones, Richard Ward), equalling last year’s course record.

 

In the women’s 5K race it was Bristol & West’s Kate Reed who led from start to finish. Her winning time of 15.45, secured the AAA title and shattered the previous course record of 16.05, which puts her at the top of the UK rankings this year.

 

Second home in the women’s race was Birchfield’s Cathy Mutwa and third was Kate Ramsay (Charnwood AC), who not only took the bronze medal but beat the 2006 UK’s previous best time for an Over 35 woman by a tremendous 26 seconds.

 

Chester-Le-Street won the women’s North of England team title, whilst Telford (Claire Martin, Sian Dixon, Kim Green) were elevated from second team overall to first place, thus winning the AAA team title, after one of Charnwood AC’s athletes was disqualified for not wearing her club vest.

 

The race again produced superb times, showing the quality of the fields assembled. The first five men are now currently at the top of this year’s UK rankings for 5K and the top class women’s race had seven athletes finishing with times placing them in the top ten of this year’s UK rankings.