Festive racing update

Jonny Mellor

There were some impressive performances across the country with breakthrough performances from Ben Branagh in Belfast and Ryan Thompson at the Tilli 10k. Fiona Matheson ran a UK W60 10k best, Jonny Mellor celebrated his birthday by winning the Ribble Valley 10k and Jess Piasecki was in 31-minute form.

The Titanic Festival 10km in Belfast saw a surprise PB victory for Ben Branagh (handicap -4.2) in 29:39 over the popular Olympian Stephen Scullion (handicap -6.6) with Eskander Turki (handicap -4.4) running a PB of 30:00 in third place. The top woman was Gillian McCrory (handicap 2.4) in 38:34.

Local runners, Gerard Heaney (handicap -2.4) and Dearbhla Cox (handicap 3.5) won the supporting Titanic 5k events in 15:36 and 17:51 respectively.

There were fireworks at the Tilli 10k in Tillicoultry near Stirling with wins for Ryan Thomson (handicap -4.1) in 29:45 and Morag Millar (handicap -1.2) with 34:02 but the big news was W60  Fiona Matheson (handicap 4.4) running a 38:49 gun time (38:40 chip) to record a UK W60 best. M65 Alastair Walker (handicap 1.6) took advantage of the Scottish weather with his 35:50 performance.

The Ribble Valley 10k in Clitheroe again produced outstanding results with Jonny Mellor (handicap -6.4) celebrating his birthday with a sub 29 minute clocking for a comfortable victory in 28:58.  Josh Griffiths (handicap -6.1) was next in 29:25 with young Chris Richards (handicap -4.1) a further 20 seconds behind. Jess Piasecki (handicap -3.2) was on fire with 31:38, and had to be as Laura Weightman (handicap -3.1) chased her up the final straight to close in with 31:45.

At the Boxing Day 4 mile event in Clevedon, Felix McGrath (handicap -4.2) retained his title in 19:20, some 15 seconds faster than his 2019 effort. The 27-year-old medic enjoyed an 11 second margin ahead of Jack Bancroft (handicap -3.8).

Laura Gent (handicap 2.2), Emma Pallant (handicap 6.7) and Anna Hughes-Davies (handicap 2.7)  were the top three women,  with a narrow 4-second victory in 23:52 for Gent.

Phil Nicholls (handicap 0.5) was turning back the clock for a 25:38 victory at the Wolves Winter Warmer 5 mile event. Amelia Samuels (handicap -0.6) was impressive with a 27:15 win over the women’s field.

UK runbritain rankings for endurance events and age groups 

Other results from the Xmas weekend are on the following links: 


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