Personal bests from both Dan Galpin and Jenny James saw them as fastest man and woman in the GIAAC’s 5000m Festival races but whilst James’ edged her time nearer the 19 minute barrier Galpin removed a massive 42 second chunk from his previous best with an impressive run that saw him dip below 16 minutes for the first time with a 15:53.21 clocking.
With the wind dropping during the evening the A event started in near perfect conditions and after an opening kilometre of 3:15 Galpin’s steeplechase training partner Ed Mason, tasked with pacemaking duties, gradually increased the pace to 16 minute schedule. Many onlookers were waiting for Matt Loveridge to stamp his authority on the race but soon after the halfway mark the previously tightly bunched trio started to stretch as the consistent 76 second laps took their toll. Galpin stuck superbly to his task as Loveridge fell away and after Mason withdrew at 4,000m the 18 year old Elizabeth College student increased the pace with a fast last kilometre to finish comfortably within his 16 minute target.
Carl Holden edged inside his previous best for second in 16:24 and Lee Garland was third a further 18 seconds in arrears.
Jenny James emerged from a close battle with Kate Wilesmith to finish top woman in 19 minutes 12.25 seconds with Wilesmith also breaking her previous best with 19:29.93. The B race was won by Ben Foote.
Jenny’s husband Paul may have been lightly slower than his wife but earned some bragging points with a 25 min 22 second win in the ‘C’ event.
Alex Rowe ran a massive personal best to lead the junior 3000m runners home in 9 29.33.
|Date:||May 23, 2016|