There was a win for Henry James as Western Tempo runners dominated the Severn AC Pilot Inn 5 mile time trials. With runners setting off on the out and back course to Elmore, in seeded waves of five or six runners, the first group featured Gloucestershire’s top two under 20 athletes as the main contenders against their senior rivals.
Straight from the gun the host clubs Alex Rawlings led the way with WT’s Henry James happy to follow the brisk pace over the opening downhill mile. Just before the two mile marker eighteen year old James passed his rival and worked up the hill to establish a gap by the halfway point. Running solo for the remainder of the race James built on his impressive sub 15 minute clocking at the Hereford 5k with a 26:03 victory. Fellow Tempo athletes Tadese Gebrehiwet, Mark James and Luke Carroll were also in the first wave, with the trio well spaced out and socially distanced in the opening miles. They then all passed Rawlings with James closing in, but failing to catch Gebrehiwet in the closing stages as the junior athlete took second in 27:59.
In third place James took the veteran honours with 28:05 before Carroll made it an all WT top four in 28:36. Setting off in the second wave Pete Carmichael and Andy Prophett were side by side throughout before Carmichael pulled a second clear in the finishing straight to record a time of 32:07 as they finished eighth and ninth in the overall standings.