Runners pleased to return to racing
After snow and ice had led to limited racing opportunities, Frome Running Club members were pleased to return to competitive action.
Damon Lanfear led a four-strong team home at the Southwick Parkrun 5k race in 22mins 56secs. Chris Stringer was next to finish in 24:00, ahead of Pete Berryman (MV40) in 24:06 and Elly Cope in 26:58.
There was an even bigger Frome turnout the following day for the Slaughterford 9, which takes place over nine miles of undulating countryside.
Rich Allen (MV40) was the first Frome runner to finish in 1hr 8:00, while Tom Stokes (MV50) was not far behind in 1:09:48.
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The other Frome finishers were Steve Frankl (1:10:45), Ian Holmes (MV40, 1:16:37), Chris Stringer (1:21:53), Fran Hunter (1:28:10), Marcus Gaffney (MV40, 1:31:21), Elly Cope (1:39:10), Karen Evans (FV45, 1:42:57), Simone Dumergue (FV35, 1:43:15), Mark Aston (MV60, 1:44;41), Dave Lowes (MV50, 1:47:21), Lucy Gaffney (FV40, 1:47:21) and Debbie Roberts (FV40, 1:56:21).
The previous weekend, the only local race to beat the weather was the Bath Skyline 10k, which saw Frome's Frances Hunter finish in 1:01:25 in difficult conditions.
Frome Running Club meets at 6.45pm on Wednesdays at Frome RFC on Gypsy Lane, ready to run at 7pm. For more details, visit www.fromerunningclub.org.uk.
Georgie Starkie was part of the Wiltshire senior ladies' team that finished third at the South West Cross-Country Championships last month and did not pick up individual bronze as reported on January 17.