October 25th, 2016

Dave Pettier falls short on Great Britain duty

Updated: 7:10 pm, May 25, 2016

DAVE Pettifer represented Great Britain at the European Masters Athletics Championships Half Marathon in Portugal where he finished 14th out of 50 in the V65 category.

The GB team for the V65 field was strong but Pettifer was left pondering what might have been after letting slip third position with just three miles to go.

At the ten-mile mark the Kenilworth Runner looked on target for a bronze medal but he dropped down to fifth after suffering from the effects of the heat and hummidity in Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

Given the conditions, all the GB finishing times were at least five minutes slower than envisaged and Pettifer’s time of 1 hour and 37 minutes was his slowest half marathon time for a few years.

Elsewhere, Andrew Graham led the local runners home at the Worcester Half Marathon after winning his age category and finishing eighth overall on Sunday.

The Spa Strider runner crossed the finish line in 1.25.05 to win the V45 category and he was closely followed home by Mel Venables in 1:32.34.

Venables was making a welcome return to the shorter distance off the back of her recent ultra-distance success and her time was enough to finish a the third fastest female.

Kenilworth Runners also took a team across to Worcester with four runners entering and Jon Mettyear was the first home in 16th position in a time of 1:28.28.

Darren Pettifer was next home for Kenilworth just over ten minutes later and his time of 1:39.12 secured 75th position, while Stuart Batchelor (2:00.32) and Liz Hegan (2:08.52) finished above the two-hour barrier.

Also competiting in the same half marathon distance was Bethan Gwynn who travelled to Shropshire for the ‘Shindig in the Shire’ event.

The Spa Strider produced an impressive performance across the Wenlock Edge course and her time of 2:09.14 was enough to claim the title of the fourth fastest lady. Kenilworth Runners’ Claire Murphy also completed the course.