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Newark Athletic Club’s Jan Bailey runs off course in Birmingham 10k but still cracks the top-20

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Two Newark runners earned top-20 finishes at the Birmingham 10k over the weekend, despite an unfortunate mistake.

Newark Athletic Club’s Jan Bailey and Conor Pacey ran in the Birmingham race on Sunday.

Unfortunately, Jan was sent off course, which resulted in him running extra and finishing in 11th place in 34-07 when he was on course for low 32s.

Jan Bailey (52363181)
Jan Bailey (52363181)

Conor finished 20th in 34-52.

Ed Buck and Elliott Smith-Rasmussen were in action at the 5,000m BUCS championships.

They finished in 15-03 and 14-48 respectively.

Helena made a return from injury running 18-07 in the Cardiff 5k.

Oli and Bex were in action at the Vitality British 10k championship, both securing new personal bests in the distance.

Oli finished 109th in 34-06 and Bex finished 18th in 35-59.

Newark were also in action over longer distance at the university championships.

Newark’s distance runners competed on the track and the road across the country over the weekend, with one rising star hitting a personal best.

The British Universities Track and Field Championships took place in Chelmsford on Monday, and rising stars Elliot Smith-Rasmussen (14-48 PB) and Ed Buck (15-03) found the pace a bit hot, yet declared it a solid early season outing in the 5,000m.

It was a tough race with the leaders ramping up the pace to the cover the last mile in under 4-20.

National Cross Challenge Champion Zak Mahamed, from Southampton, took the title in 14-18.

For Buck, it was his second British Universities Championship in a week as he’d finished a creditable sixth over the longer 10,000m distance the previous weekend at Loughborough.

On the road, marathon runner Becky Gallop made the trip to the Vitality 10K in London, and finished 18th in the ladies’ field with a time of 35-59.

In the men’s race Oliver Crampton secured a PB of 34.09 to finish 109th in the men’s race.

Moving down the distances Helena Schofield ran for the RAF rather than Newark AC in the Cardiff 5K and was part of the winning team.

After her recent four weeks off for injury this is an encouraging return and a PB of 18-07 to boot.

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