Alex Dunbar at forefront as City of Norwich Athletic Club take ninth in BUPA London 10,000m Road Race
While Mo Farah was out in front of the BUPA London 10,000m Road Race on Sunday, five endurance athletes from the City of Norwich Athletic Club were battling it out for team honours.
This premier race incorporated the UK Athletics 10,000m Team Championships, with the added incentive of sizable cash prizes for the first six teams to complete.
On what proved to be one of the hottest days of the year the early start time of 10am was a blessing to the competing thousands.
Alex Dunbar headed the City club's challenge for honours when finishing in 34th position in a pleasing time of 31:45.
Rick Ward, an 800m track specialist, proved to be a surprise package when finishing in a high 47th place. He clocked 32:25, just two seconds quicker than Nick Earl, who finished 50th. Hot on their heels was Josh Entwistle, who made the finishing line in 60th position when posting a time of 32:49.
Young Damian Rogers, running in the biggest race of his life, managed a commendable finishing position of 107th in a time of 34:17.
The squad's efforts were rewarded with a ninth-placed finish in the team event.
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One of the club's absent stars, Mitch Goose (Iona University), continues to make his mark in the USA. Competing in Jackonville, Florida he secured his place in the National Collegiate T&F Championships final at 5,000m. His qualifying time of 14:17.74, very modest by his standards, secured his final place after a last-lap burn-up, proving he has the stamina plus the ability to change pace.
Another USA based athlete, Ruth Senior (New Mexico University), will also be testing herself at National Collegiate T&F Championships being held in Des Moines, Iowa, in two weeks time.
Competing in Austin, Texas over the weekend she qualified for the 3,000m steeplechase when clocking 10:21.58 – again a modest time, but achieved in very windy conditions.