Shrewsbury Athletic Club’s Kevin Francis has been enjoying his most
successful season to date, leading the side home in the most recent
events on the local road and fell running calendar. In the Shropshire 4
Mile Race, the third race in the Telford Sexarathon Series, he finished
in 16th place in 23/25 and 2nd in the Veteran over 45 category, while
in the Batch Bash Fell Race in All Stretton, the third in the Summer
Fell Series, he was once again first home for the club, in 6th place in
30/55 and 3rd in the Veteran over 45 category.
Kev Francis in action at the Shropshire 4 - pic courtesy of Brian Smith.
At Telford, the fast improving Claire Burgoyne was next home for the
club in 25th place in 23/57, another personal best performance by over
2 minutes and an improvement of some 15 places, achieving 1st in the
Senior Female category. At All Stretton, club captain Graham Jones
edged out club rival Steve Turk for the first time this season, the duo
finishing 9th and 10th in 31/32 and 31/40 respectively.
Aspiring junior fell runner, Ross Kirby, has had a string of successes
on the local and Welsh fell running scene. He achieved 1st place in a
Snowdon Junior Fell Series Race at Carneddau, then followed that with
1st under 14 runner in the Batch Bash junior race and then teamed up
with club captain Graham Jones to win the team competition at the
recent Gogbatch Gallop race at Church Stretton.
Shropshire 4 Results:
16 Kevin Francis 23/25(2nd Vet over 40), 25 Claire Burgoyne 23/57(1st
Senior Female), 27 Ben Calder 24/04(4th Vet over 35), 30 Paul Clark
24/10(4th Vet over 50), 38 Grant Lloyd 24/30(6th Vet over 35), 49 Chris
Wakeman 25/12(7th Vet over 50), 62 Nick Jones 26/17(8th Vet over 50),
87 Sean Hickey 27/41, 260 Tony Scales 42/12.
Batch Bash Results:
6 Kevin Francis 30/55(3rd Vet over 45), 9 Graham Jones 31/32(2nd Vet
over 55), 10 Steve Turk 32/02(1st Vet over 40), 19 Grant Lloyd 34/02,
30 Jack Francis 35/49(1st under 18), 36 Chris Wakeman 36/23(1st Vet
over 50), 67 Adam Stockwell 42/42.
Summer Fell Series after 3 events:
Steve Turk 3rd Vet over 40, Kevin Francis 2nd Vet over 45, Chris
Wakeman 1st Vet over 50, Graham Jones 1st Vet over 55, Jack Francis 3rd