The annual Tamworth Gate Gallop hosted by Peel Road Runners offers something for everyone, with the main 10km race preceded by a 4.4km Fun Run and a smaller event for younger children. The off-road course and good weather at the Anker Valley Sports Complex attracted a strong field of runners and Tamworth AC was again well represented.
The 10km event, part of the Burton and District Summer League, saw Dale Langley and Ben Evans switch positions several times as they battled it out as Tamworth’s lead runners. Evans suffered a heavy fall part way through the race but continued on to keep the pressure on his teammate. In an exciting sprint for the line, Langley just edged it for 5th place with a time of 38:31; leaving Evans to settle for 6th. Peter Hackett, running with heavy legs from the Fractured Marathon on Friday night, finished in 10th place with 39:26; sealing the hard-earned Men’s Team prize for Tamworth. Howard Bush, winner in 2016, followed shortly after in 12th place with a time of 39:35. Daughter Charlotte Bush once again put in a great run, winning the Women’s Under-20 category for another year with a time of 48:31.
In the 4.4km race, Oliver Goldsworthy had a great race, finishing in 2nd place with a time of 18:46 having led the field for the first half of the race. Ben Godber was next for Tamworth in 9th place with 22:10, followed by Tegan Vickery who claimed 4th placed female with a time of 22:24. Charlotte Evans put in a determined effort for 6th female with a time of 25:07.
The next Burton and District Summer League event will be the Worthington 5 Mile (including Junior Fun Run) on the evening of Tuesday 9th July.