Rising star impresses on debut with third place in junior road race
YEOVIL Town Road Running Club's rising teenage star Laura Coppard made her debut appearance in the club's 5KM race at Yeovilton last week and managed to secure third place in the junior section.
Coppard, an A Level student, managed to run off her pre-race nerves to secure an impressive time of 23:48 mins in a strong field that saw a battle at the front for pole position by some key runners
The battle for first place was won by Phil Burden of Running Forever with a time of 15:28, who dominated the race in the early stages.
Behind him, only 29 seconds separated the next nine positions. The ensuing battle saw Daniel Long of Bournemouth AC secure second (16:05), with third going to Luke Prior of Wells City Harriers (16:09) and Ben Brewster of Salisbury securing fourth (16:13).
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Lucie Boyland of Crewkerne RC dominated the female contingent with an impressive time of 17:46, nearly two minutes ahead of second and third placed females Emily Smith of Wells City Harriers (19:03) and Lin Lascelles of Maiden Newton Runners (19:11).
Jill Harrison, of YTRRC, was the first female home for the club with a time of 19:34.
The race also marked a momentous feat for David German of Langport Runners who celebrated his 75th birthday by competing. The celebration was marked with a chorus of 'Happy Birthday' from the 167 participants at the start of the race and during the race by the YTRRC marshalls.
He finished third in his MV70 category with a time of 31:39.
Leyton Green was the first male home for YTRRC with a time of 18:40 and placed 34th overall.
YTRRC was also represented by Dickie Whyte (21:40); James Stott (21:43); Mark Larcombe (21:55); Andrew Brown (22:24); Rachel Hayton (22:24); Nigel Moysey (23:04); David Moysey (24:19); Darrell Sheen (25:03); Joanna Henley (27:10); Flora Brooke (27:53); Deborah Keeble (28:53); Adam Hawkins (30:00); Theresa Moysey (30:53); David Whigham/Richard Dodge (34:52) and Stephanie Hopkins (40:15).
The only wheelchair entrant came from Chris Nash (19:00).