Katrina White and Nikki Whittaker in race 3 of the Upton Summer Series

Katrina and Nikki make further progress at Upton Summer Series Race 3

Katrina White and Nikki Whittaker in race 3 of the Upton Summer Series
Katrina White and Nikki Whittaker were competing in their third race of the Upton Summer Series and looking to make further progress

With both Katrina White and Nikki Whittaker seeing some improvement in their second race of the Upton Summer Series, the question was, could they do it again in Race 3?

Katrina completed the 5.5km course in 27:30 in the first race and then went 16 seconds quicker to clock a 27:14 in her second race.

Starting off with a 29:44 in the first race, Nikki followed that up with a 29:38 in Race 2 so that was the time to beat for her.

Katrina White in Race 3 of the Upton Summer Series
Katrina makes her way along the gravel track
Nikki Whittaker in Race 3 of the Upton Summer Series
Nikki follows along shortly after

The conditions were slightly cooler again this time round which was likely to work in their favour.

Now targeting a sub 27 by the end of the series, Katrina had a new focus and served as a good motivation for her to push hard in the third race.

Feeling strong most of the way round, Katrina had an excellent run and as a result, managed to achieve her goal there and then. Getting round in a time of 26:50, she came in 55th overall and was 6th woman over the line.

It was a very impressive performance from Katrina and she was extremely pleased with the outcome.

Katrina White in the Upton Summer Series - Race 3
Katrina was going for a target of under 27 minutes
Nikki Whittaker in the Upton Summer Series - Race 3
Nikki progressed well round the course this time round

Nikki went over on her ankle in second mile but it didn’t see to effect her much and she continued on at a good pace. Completing the course in 29:26, Nikki reached the line in 84th place overall.

That made her 22nd fastest female and gave her a 12 second improvement on her time from Race 2. Her splits were much more consistent this time round as well which is always a good sign.

A total of 148 runners featured in Race 3 of the Upton Summer Series, so once again, it was a pretty good turnout for a Wednesday night and the runners seemed to enjoy rediscovering that competitive racing spirit.

Katrina jostles for position in Race 3 of the Upton Summer Series
Katrina was the 6th fastest woman on the day
Nikki going well in Race 3 of the Upton Summer Series
Nikki was 12 seconds quicker than she was in Race 2

As he did in the previous race, Matthew Brown of Littledown Harriers sealed the win in a time of 18:58. He was followed by John Ingleson who took 2nd in 19:41 and Dion Garner of Poole Runners who was 3rd in 19:46.

Places 4, 5 and 6 were taken by the same athletes as in the previous week, with Tom Andrews of Lytchett Manor Striders taking 4th in 19:54, Duncan Cooper of Poole AC in 5th with 20:07 and Aidan Dure-Smith of New Forest Juniors finishing 6th in 20:08.

Charlotte Bunch of Poole Runners was 1st female in 22:23 putting her 21st overall. Then it was Sophie Watton of Wimborne AC who was 38th overall in 24:46 and just pipped Lesley Moore of Poole AC to the post. She registered a time of 24:46.

Katrina White in her third race in the series
Katrina moved up to 6th place on the female leaderboard for the series so far
Nikki makes her way round in the third race of the series
Nikki is currently sitting 14th placed female for the series so far

In the cumulative leaderboard after the first three fixtures, Katrina moved up to 6th placed female and Nikki moved up to 14th.

Charlotte Bunch still leads the way, now with two wins and a 2nd place from here three races. Lesley Moore is 2nd female with two 5th places and a 3rd.

In the overall stakes, Matthew Brown is still out in front with two wins and a 3rd place. Then it’s John Ingleson with a 6th, a 3rd and a 2nd. Then Tom Andrews with two 4th places and a 9th.

In terms of the teams, Poole AC still lead the way ahead of Poole Runners in 2nd for the Male teams. And for the Female teams, Poole Runners are just ahead of Poole AC.