Medway & Maidstone AC runner Michael Coleman wins third Barretts Canterbury 10 race
by Alex Hoad
Michael Coleman returned to the Barrett’s Canterbury 10 field
this year and to the top of the podium on Sunday morning.
Coleman made it three wins from three appearances in the race,
the 2007 winner also leading from start-to-finish in 2011 before
missing last year’s race, won by Blackheath & Bromley’s Andrew
Rayner in 53.31, after a season plagued by illness and injury.
Nearly 800 runners of all standards braved strong winds to
tackle a course which started in the streets near Chaucer
Technology College and then moved out through lanes around Bridge,
Patrixbourne and Bekesbourne before returning to the
The winds, particularly a stiff headwind around miles seven and
eight, and occasional muddy puddles in the off-road sections, saw
times drop slightly from a year ago, although early morning heavy
rain stopped shortly before the off.
Coleman (pictured right) finished in 55.01, 13 seconds
ahead of Anthony Jackson, of Sittingbourne Striders, with Ben Cole,
of Tonbridge AC, third a further six seconds back.
Coleman, who runs for Medway & Maidstone AC and South Kent
Harriers, said: "I was disappointed with the time but considering
the conditions and the fact I’ve been coming back from injury, it
was all right."
The 34-year-old added: "It was my first 10-mile since March 2011
and it was a bit of a shock to the system.
"I am gradually working my mileage up each week, I’ve done 70
the past couple of weeks and hopefully I’ll be back up to 100
The first veteran home, over-40 Jim Addison from Beckenham RC,
was fifth overall in a time of 56.59 while Des O’Donnell (Tunbridge
Wells Harriers, 1:01.35) was the top vet-50, in 1:01.35 and Trevor
Edgley (Istead & Ifield Harriers, 1:08.56) was the leading
Maria Heslop, of Paddock Wood AC, took the women’s title after
crossing the line in a time of 1:01.49 for 23rd place overall.
Runner-up, also from Paddock Wood AC, was former winner Tina
Oldershaw, who clocked 1:02,28. Both women are female vet-45s.
Jill Cliff (Deal Tri, 1:04,44 ) was the first female vet-35,
with Janet Lenton (Orpington Road Runners, 1:19,04) first home in
the vet-55 category. The race was organised by Invicta East Kent AC
and sponsored by Barrett’s Group, Ralph Noel & Sons, and
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