IT was a busy week for Dursley Running Club with both runners and triathletes competing.

The Dursley RC week finished on Sunday with the Gloucester Marathon plus a half, and the standard Tri at South Cerney at the York 10K.

DRC’s amazing marathon man Damian Lai was again in action and was joined on the start line by Kevin Jackson, Mark Sprigings, Jon Tudor and Andy Hara.

Mark Sprigings led the Dursley RC team home with a personal best, very close to a sub 03:30hours but found the headwinds draining.

Lai managed to knock seven minutes off his previous best and was tantalisingly close to sub four hours.

Jon Tudor squeezed in 20 seconds under four hours.

Anne Harris was first home for DRC in the half marathon and was eighth in category, while Lucy Fairall completed the half marathon in just over two hours with Andrew Eades recording a five minute PB despite being injured.

Results (positions by gender) Mark Sprigings, 80th, (15th Male 30-34), 3:31:11; Kevin Jackson, 96th,(3rd Male 55-59), 3:38:30; Andy Hara, 174th, 3:57:19; Jonathan Tudor, 184th,3:59:40; Damian Lai, 190th, 4:01:42. Half: Anne Harris, 31st, (8th F40-44), 1:50:06, Lucy Fairall, 126th 2:08:34; Andrew Eades, 315th, 02:14:21.

Neil Hodgson completed the Jane Tomlinson York 10K in 37:16mins (chip) which was around about a par run for Hodgson, but he had run a brisk parkrun the day before.

Westonbirt House hosted another 10K on Friday evening. The race saw twenty DRC athletes on the start line.

Nigel Burford was close to the start line ready for the gun and led the way for DRC. He finished in a great time on a sporting course to finish 14th overall (third MV50) just ten seconds ahead of Nick Pollard who was also third in category.

Jadie Cotterell was first DRC woman home and not far off her 10K best, a good run on a testing course.

Eileen Hieron ran strongly to finish first F70 and whilst Graham Tudor did not enjoy the off-road sections he still placed fourth in his category.

Tony Ball, Mike Thomas and Emma Keating all ran personal bests and all the runners were well supported with by DRC members.

Results: Nigel Burford, 14th, 40:32, (3rd V50); Nick Pollard, 18th, 40:42, (3rd V40); Jadie Cotterell, 73rd, 46:19, (7th SenW); Graham Tudor, 98th, 47:46, (4th V60) Antony Ball, 120th, 48:59, PB; Mike Thomas, 167th, 51:26, PB Lisa Hindshaw, 172nd, 51:30; Charlotte Palmer, 185th, 52:22, Catherine Pinnock, 214th, 53:32; Steve Barnes, 322nd, 58:04, Emma Keating, 337th, 58:36, PB; Julie Froggatt , 343rd, 59:08, Nicki Squire, 354th, 59:35; Nicky Grant, 356th, 59:32; Eileen Hieron, 411th, 1:02:10, (1st V70); Samantha Evans, 418th, 1:02:16, Shona Darley, 441st, 1:04:12; Veronica Higgins, 475th, 1:05:59, Sam Stevens, 484th, 1:05:51; Louise Beck, 579th, 1:17:18.

Parkrun saw a few tourists and some returning to old stomping grounds plus quite a few PBs.

A trio of speedsters were all around 19 minutes with Mark Brasier knocking Neil Hodgson off the top spot with fifth place and 18: 50mins at Kingsway.

Hodgson finished on 19mins dead and third at Tees Barrage with Gareth Bradbury having another super run at Wotton to place fourth with a PB of 19:35mins.

Joining him with personal bests were Lisa Gilooly, Joanne Munyard and Carly Heath, Carolyn Thraves, Angie Sinton, Julie Furneaux, Terry Cother, Peter Chaffer and Margaret Johnson another sub 22 minute run in Killarney, with DRC Junior Cormac Johnson not far behind.