Jamil writes: “After the first John Carr 5k last week Simon Anderson warned us to expect faster times, and his crystal ball-like analysis did not disappoint as a number of Otley runners set new personal bests for the distance.
“The conditions were much improved as runners were blessed with a delightfully sunny evening and a cool breeze.
“I was first home for Otley in second place in 15:48, followed by second-claim member Zack Whitehead in fifth (16:06 and first PB since his return to road running).
“There were further personal bests for the men’s road captain Liam Dunne finishing in 10th (16:14) and Simon Anderson, who timed his final 1k to perfection with an excellent 24th place in 16:58.
“Following their impressive performances at the Leeds Half-Marathon, Richard Smith (17:45) and Tom Potter (18:23) also recorded fine personal bests over 5k, knocking a significant amount of time off their previous bests.
“Tom achieved a 40 second PB, which now means 5k, 10-mile, half-marathon and marathon PBs all in the past seven and a half weeks!
“There was also another outstanding run from Mark Hall who finished 11th in 16:36, very similar to his V50 championship winning time last week. Finally Richard Clarke recorded a season’s best time of 20:14.”
Next week sees the final race in the three-part series with several Otley runners in contention for prizes.
Jamil is in second place overall and both he and Liam are first and third respectively in the V35 category. Mark Hall is in first position in the V50 category, while Simon lies third in V40 category. All to play for next week!