IAN Smith’s training had been a little restricted due to a foot injury, but nothing that would prevent him taking to the start line in the London Marathon.
The Severn AC veteran called upon all of his experience to clock 3:07.10, comfortably beating the 3:10 he was expecting despite finding the last five miles heavy going.
This placed Smith just inside the top 2,000 overall and 120th in his V50 age group.
Severn AC's Harry Bishop got his road racing season off to a rousing start, competing against some top southern athletes in the Yeovilton 5k.
He was with the leaders from the start and at 3k made an effort to break free with only Ray Thompson able to stay with him.
In the final kilometre Thompson opened up a 50m gap ensuring Bishop had work to do to get back on terms with him.
Over the last 200m Bishop managed to reduce that gap as Thompson went on to take the win in a time of 15.37 with Bishop finishing in 15.40 – the third fastest Severn Under-20 athlete behind Josh Lily (14.54) and Tim Dalton (14.55).
The annual Easter 10k will start from the White Horse at Sandhurst at 11.30am. On Bank Holiday Monday Severn also host the 68th annual
Tredworth 4.3-mile road race from the Victory Hotel at 11.15am.
This race is confined to runners from city athletics clubs and residents of the city.
All runners must be 15
and over for Easter holiday races.
The Severn Athletic Club Fitness Four Mile road runs will be held on May 6t from Arlingham, June 3 from Elmore Village Hall, July 1 from Arlingham and August 5 from Elmore Village Hall.
These races are aimed to encourage novices and slower runners, excluding anyone fastest than 24 minutes over the four-mile distance.
This years 5k road race series from the White Horse will take place on May 20, June 24, July 15 and August 5. Places will be limited to 100 and runners are advised to enter in advance.