Upton Series – race 6 and overall 2021 series report
Wednesday 18th August saw the final instalment of the 2021 Upton Summer Series. This brought to a close the series of six 3.5-mile races, each held at Upton Country Park through the summer months, with winners in each age and gender category having the fewest points from their aggregate finish positions over their best four races in the series.
The Summer Series, by necessity, was hosted in a different format this year- with all 276 entrants for the whole series registered before the first race, and competitors running for the first time on chip time. Despite the changes and the restricted field, the atmosphere didn’t drop for a second, as week after week a good turnout alongside a bustling juniors’ event ensured that the Summer Series felt as energetic as it ever has. The season saw course records fall and positions jostle in the race to take a series trophy, all cheered on by the perennial team of enthusiastic volunteers around the course.
The race was led home by host club Poole Runners’ own Dion Garner in 19:23 this week, a best position and best time finish to close the series on a high. He was followed home by Brian Underwood of Poole AC (19:44) and Lewis Clarke of Lonely Goat Running Club (19:47). Fern Kimber of Poole AC was the first woman home also with a season’s best, coming through the line at 21:19; she was followed by Kate Wilkinson and Charlotte Bunch, both Poole Runners, in times of 23:39 and 23:49 respectively. Poole Runners won the team race in both the men’s and women’s categories this event, closing out the series until next year.