Monday, 17 November 2008

Wimborne 10 race report

Local athlete Nigel Leighton took home the honours in the Wimborne 10 mile road race at the weekend.

The Bournemouth based VOTWO club runner, led the near 500 strong field from start to finish, crossing the line in a time of 52:54, just a dozen seconds ahead of Poole Runner George Miller.

And it was Poole Runners who dominated the front of the field, filling four of the top ten positions, with returning Willard Chinhanhu (3rd, 53:22), Lee Rodriguez (4th, 53:49) and Martin Lewis (6th, 55:59) ensuring the club took the team prize.

Lewis though was forced to succumb to Bournemouth AC club captain Jon Sharkey (5th, 55:43). Fresh from guiding Dorset to Bronze last week in the South West Inter-Counties championships, Sharkey’s strong finish was enough to snatch 5th place and retain his County road running title.

Bournemouth AC’s Steven Way also enjoyed a good outing, finishing 10th in 58:33, a mere two weeks after his New York marathon exploits, where he was first British male home in 2:35:12.

Team mate Dawn Broom was the only local runner on the women’s podium. A year best time of 1:04:36 took second behind race winner Melanie Ellis of Shaftesbury Barnet (1:01:13).

In the team competition Littledown Harriers were triumphant with Heather Khoshnevis (9th, 1:08:46) spearheading the scoring trio, while colleagues Janice Chapman (11th, 1:09:20) and Jacqueline Goldsmith (13th, 1:12:35) were in close attendance.