County 5000m Track Championships

August 21st, 2021.

With the 2021 County T&F Championships taking place on a single day this year, the 2021 County 5000m Track Championships was held as part of the 5000m Track Challenge at Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottingham. Medals were awarded on the basis of times achieved across the various graded races. A small but select field of County athletes contested the men’s Championship. … Alas, there were no female entries to contest the County title and the medals on offer.

The overall County title was won by Alastair Watson (Notts AC) who narrowly missed his personal best by less than a second in a time of 14-22.40. Alastair’s time leads the UK V40 track 5000m rankings in 2021 (to date). In addition, the time was a new Championship (Veterans/Masters) Best Performance, eclipsing the 2007 time of 15-02.2 by Gordon Lee.

Two other County athletes achieved an impressive sub 15 minute clocking: with Adam Barber (Harborough AC) recording a time of 14-48.35 on his debut at the distance (to add U20M Gold to the County 1500m title won in July); & Tom Mahon (Wreake & Soar Valley AC) narrowly dipping under his previous best with a time of 14-53.43.

The full results by those who entered the Championships were as follows:

# Alastair Watson (Notts AC): 14-22.40 – County Title & Masters Gold

# Adam Barber (Harborough AC): 14-48.35 – U20M Gold

# Tom Mahon (Wreake & Soar Valley AC): 14-53.43 – Senior Gold

# David Robertson (Leicester Coritanian AC): 15-16.45 – Senior Silver

# Jason Williams (Race Rapid): 16-45.92 – Masters Silver

# Gurmit Singh (Roadhoggs Leicester AC): 17-16.89 – Masters Bronze

# Zach Spence (Wreake & Soar Valley AC): 17-38.11 – U20M Silver

# Sam Jolly (Roadhoggs Leicester AC): 19-28.69 – Senior Bronze

# Rob Sheen (Leicester Coritanian AC): 19-40.76

The County Association would like to thank the above athletes for supporting our 5000m Championships and the organisers of the Track Challenge (Olly & Sam Stabler) for offering to incorporate our Championship within their event.

Alan Maddocks

County Secretary