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Lauren Richards retains her shot putt title at County Championships

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

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SEVERN AC’s two-time Wales champion Lauren Richards comfortably retained her under-17 shot putt title at the Gloucestershire County Championships.

Having missed lots of training due to exams, her two opening throws of 11.66m and 11.52m were modest by her standards but enough to establish an early lead.

Her best throw of 12.39m came in round three, which sealed victory by a metre and a half over the second-placed athlete.

Once her exams are finished Richards will refocus on training for the English Schools Championships in July.

Severn vice-captain James Rose added to his tally of wins in the Dymock Half Marathon.

A previous winner, Rose was keen to prevail again on his home course.

He set the pace from the start and by four miles had broken away from his only challenger, Nathan Smith of Gloucester AC. Rose went on to win in 1 hour, 17 minutes, with Smith taking second place in 1:20.01.

Severn’s Tommy Brooks won the first of the summer Lloyds Bank Fitness four-mile runs from the Red Lion at Arlingham.

The 23-year-old has made steady improvement throughout the winter after a four-year stint playing rugby.

Now scoring regularly for the club, Brooks targeted the 24-minute barrier going into the race.

Leading from the start, he was surprised to have club-mate Dave Lander and Martyn Whitlock for company as neither had gone under 24 minutes for more than five years.

Whitlock dropped off the lead pace by the first mile, with Lander holding out until just over halfway.

Running strongly, Brooks went on to take the win in 23 minutes, 30 seconds.

First lady was Katie Jones in 29.12, the 16-year-old Pate’s schoolgirl breaking her PB by 20 seconds to finish 10th.

The second of the Fitness Four Mile runs will take place from Elmore Village Hall on June 3 at 7.30pm.

Club-mate Harry Bishop went to the top of the club’s 1500m seasonal rankings with a time of 4:18.6 at the Cheltenham Open.

The first of this year’s White Horse 5K road races, hosted by Severn AC, attracted the top local distance runners to its fast course.

Oli Mott from Bristol won the race in 15.24 to add to his three victories from last season’s series.

He managed to hold off and out sprint Will Ferguson over the final 100m.

James Rose led the home club, placing 16th in 16.51 to fall just eight seconds off his PB.

Mark Keeling won the V45 prize when 22nd in 17.21, with fellow veteran Steve Bradley clocking 18.19 in 38th for his best placing in a 5K.

Club newcomer Kyle Edwards gallantly completed his first 5K, finishing 85th in 27.48.

The Whitsun five-mile road race from the White Horse was won by Will New of Cheltenham in 27.09.

Severn were headed by Matt Atkins, achieving his best placing in the event as he finished third in 28.52.

Team-mate Mark Keeling claimed the second vets prize when seventh in a season’s best of 29.24.

Ninth placed Steve Bradley knocked 16 seconds off his PB, running 30.17.

Greg Leyshon won the V60 prize in 41.19 and rounding off the good performances was Katie Jones, who claimed a PB over the distance in 38.49.

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