Upton Series Senior race report – race 3
A field of 150 athletes took to the start line once again this evening for the third race in the Upton Summer Series, fresh off the back of some very respectable performances just last week in Event 2. Going in to race 3 Matthew Brown of Littledown Harriers leads the series, having placed third and first respectively in races one and two. Charlotte Bunch leads the women’s rankings after her victory and second place in the prior two events. Poole AC have taken the lead in the Male Team positions in both previous races, while the Female Team league has been far closer- with one victory each to Poole Runners and Poole AC. Poole Runners ladies held the lead on points going into this evening’s race.
Matthew Brown soared to victory yet again this week, running another improvement on his previous race with a time of 18:58. He was followed home by John Ingleson, another recurrent high placer, in a time of 19:41, and Poole Runners’ own Dion Garner (19:46). Charlotte Bunch was back again to win the women’s race, also improving her time from last week, finishing in 22:23, while the second and third women home were Sophie Watton (Wimborne AC, 24:46) and Lesley Moore (Poole AC, 24:55).
In the team standing there was a shake up in the men’s competition, as this week the Lytchett Manor Striders snatched victory by a single point from Poole Runners, who finished a mere two points ahead of Littledown Harriers. Poole AC still lead the series, with all three of this week’s top teams in a dead heat for second place. Poole Runners women were back for a clear 27-point victory over Poole AC this week, with an impressive team combination rank of just 10 points! Runners can now go home to relax and enjoy the Euros, ahead of race 4 in a fortnight’s time.