Athletics: Thornbury Running Club ace Ros wins her category at Rogue Runs Night Race

THORNBURY RUNNING Club’s Clare Demarquet and Ros Rowland made their second appearance in the dark at the Rogue Runs Night Race at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean.

The two-lap, six-mile course course included some wide forest tracks with plenty of small paths, pleasant undulations and some corridor-taped dense forest sections.

Demarquet was 31st overall in 57:38 and third senior female. Rowland was 35th at 59:53, but first in her VF50 category.

There was a field of over 850 at the popular Boxing Day run at Clevedon.

The first Thornbury runner home over the four mile course was Wilf Burke, 92nd place in 25:28 and second in the MV60 category.

Fiona Eatherington had a fast time of 27:13 in 160th place.

Richard Phillips and Sandra Webber ran together to finish in 31:28, leaving Ross Phillips unable to keep up with his dad, to complete the race in 34:40.

Richard Illingworth was close behind at 34:51 with Janet Gaze sixth FV60 in 37:57.

The journey to Little Stoke parkrun was dark and wet on Saturday but thankfully the sky lightened and the rain stopped in time for the start.

Ben Toomer, a Thornbury runner though representing ICL, had the only club personal best of the day, finishing first overall in 16:29, the seventh fastest time recorded over the course.

Kevin Arnold in 20:45 was three seconds slower than last week as was Judy Mills at 25:45.

Hugh McPherson was first to finish in the Vet 60-64 category, though running below his best in 22:26. John Francksen was happy to run with daughter Lizbeth, home for Christmas, with his time of 37:43 being immaterial.

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