Jonathan Carter won Sunday’s (2 September) Little Aston 5 Mile Road Race and set a new course record. The Tipton Harriers athlete achieved this by the tightest of margins.
The Birmingham based Personal Trainer had competed the day before in the Midland 3000m Championships in Coventry and finished in a creditable 5th place. He decided to test himself again, this time at Little Aston and a 5 mile race organised by Royal Sutton Coldfield AC.
There was a £100 cash prize, sponsored by Colmore Services, for the male and female runner who broke the existing course records of 25:48 (M, 2012) and 28:26 (F, 2014). This was in addition to prizes for male and female age group winners.
The 5 Mile race and 2 Mile Family Fun Run started at 11am from Forge Lane with runners following a one lap mostly flat course on quiet country lanes. A few undulations in the last mile didn’t stop Jonathan Carter from racing to victory in 25:47, beating the course record by one second only! Kevin Farrow of Derby AC was second in 26:05 with Lloyd Biddell of Mercia Fell Runners taking third in 26:19.
Andrea Deathridge of Royal Sutton Coldfield AC was the fastest female in 32:39; however, the women’s course still stands. A gap of almost four minutes separated her and Fay Pollock who finished in 36:20. Jennie Lloyd of Royal Sutton Coldfield AC was third in 36:36 making it a good day’s work for the North Birmingham club.
Image courtesy of Marc Kirsten.