There were nearly 500 competing including 13 men over 70, making this a very strong and competitive category on the day and our local lads were very much in the thick of the action.
Just a few weeks ago Ray Elston missed out on an age group win by 3 seconds. At this event he again just missed out on second place by 3 seconds but managed to secure himself a podium position in his category (3rd MV70). In so doing he left nearly 170, mostly younger, rivals trailing in his wake as he finished in 315th overall and comfortably inside 8 minute mile pace with a 39:21 clocking.
Mick Allen was still recovering from a heel injury but finished 405th overall and 7th in the same MV70 age group in 43:41. Just one category place behind him, finishing 8th MV70, was Les Turner who was 412th overall in 45:24.
This is a fast, flat road race where PB times are very much up for grabs in the right conditions. The race was won by Chris Powner in a time of 25:16 and the top female was GB international athlete, Lousie Damen, in a swift 26:59. 482 finishers.