Festival of running held at Portishead

PUBLISHED: 11:05 30 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:05 30 August 2017

Portishead Running Club.

Portishead Running Club.


Portishead Running Club members put in a sterling effort at the inaugural 401 Festival of Running held in the town.

It was a truly fabulous weekend of running in Portishead, where Ben Smith held the inaugural 401 Festival of Running and Portishead Running Club’s members put in a plethora of noteworthy performances.

In Saturday’s 10k, Stuart Ellis’ 45.28 would have looked good in any age category, let alone the V65, which he won.

In Sunday’s 5k, Duncan Manning narrowly missed out on a podium finish, his 20.04 earning him fourth place. A short while later, Mark Williams conquered the challenging half marathon course in 1.35.27” to claim 11th place, with Matt Palmer (1.39.18”) 16th.

Karen Thompson (1.50.25) and Jane Roscoe (1.57.02.) won the F40 and F50 categories respectively. Helen Tunnicliff (2.02.31.) claimed second place in the F35 category, Cath Taylor (2.06.06.) and Simon Faulkner (1.45.02.) third in the F45 and M45 respectively and James Lucas (1.44.17.) fourth in the M40.

Faulkner and Roscoe deserve a special mention for being first finishers in their age categories in the 10k, in 41.30 and 50.23 respectively, but most of all for completing the treble of 5k, 10k and half marathon events, alongside Stuart Wallace and Richard Nuell.

Many other runners in orange shirts put in sterling performances, but a special pull-out feature would be needed to list them all.

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