14 Jan

Chertsey House 5mile road race – Record run. Record field.


It was a record event in two dimensions as Ryan Burling led home a record field of 118 finishers in a new course record of 24 minutes 45 seconds to win the 5 Mile opening race of the 2018 Chertsey Road Race series.

23 year old Burling recently moved to the island and the Luton Athlete, coached by 1976  Olympic 4th placer Tony Simmons, was clearly delighted with this run.

“wow that was great – perfect, the course had slight up and downs but that helped as it broke it up”.  “ I think that was a personal best by a few seconds”.

Steve Dawes, himself returning to his best form was a clear second and said “I went with him for the first half mile or so but we were doing 4:40/mile pace and I thought I’d better let him go – I won’t finish at this rate”. The image(Phil Nicolle) shows Dawes tracking Burling at the 600m mark having already gapped the field significantly.

Ultimately Burling maintained an average pace of 4:57 per mile ro set down a new course record, coincidentally the same pace as Dave Kreckler’s legendary Liberation Day 7mile record and Lee Merrien’s pace for his best locally run time Half Marathon.

Behind Dawes, who clocked a respectable 25:40 for second and third placed Steve Bienvenu, who also ran a PB to finish in 27:30  there was a close finish for the next few places with Alex Rowe, James Priest, Jim De Garis and Tom Shaw all finishing below 28 minutes.

Laura McCarthy ran a measured 31 minutes 16 seconds and was the leading woman in 16th overall, Liz Dudin was second woman just outside 33 minutes and triathletes Amy Critchlow and Emily Bookless crossed the line side by side for third.

No Less than three septuagenarians finished the 5 mile event but it was Julie Lawlor who crossed the line ahead of Ian Bloese and Ray Scholes  and finished with the highest age graded performance (90%) of the whole field. Veterans Simon Ingrouille, Chris Travers and Sean Galpin also elevated themselves into the top 6 on age with graded performance of 79%.

The field itself was the largest for the event by some margin as the field depth, and in this case quality, of locally based endurance events continues to rise.

The club’s next event is the finale of the FNB Cross Country Series at Home Farm (Saumarez Park) on Saturday 20th and the Chertsey House series returns with the popular Imperial 10 on February 4th.

Runbritain result listing


102.4 KiB

Age Graded Results    

107.8 KiB






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