Runners in Sunday’s Crewkerne 10K Race, now in its 39th year, had a cool breeze behind them as they set off from the starting line at Pople’s Well. With the lead motor-cyclist in position and marshals stationed along the route at drink stations, MC Derek Boles counted the 177 runners down from five. The winner of the Men’s 10K, Daniel Cahill from Wells City Harriers, with an impressive time of 0:35:52 also retained his title of King of the Hill from last year. Second man home was William Bailey and in third place, Michal Lesniak from South Molton Strugglers.

In the men’s veteran classes, first home in the 40 to 49 years group was Ed Stahl from Wells City Harriers. Miles Pearce from Bristol & West AC won the 50 to 59 years race category and Nick Brooke from Dorset Doddlers came in first in the 60 and over class. The first lady home was Elaine Hurley from Yeovil Town Road Running Club in 0:43:51. Elaine Hurley was also crowned Queen of the Hill. The second lady home was Agi Obidowicz from South Molton Strugglers and in third place, Juliet Morrice.

In the veteran’s ladies classes, Lisa Jane Hallett from Running For Time won the 35 to 44 years class. Frances Malin from Yeovil Town Road Running Club was first home in the women’s veteran 45 to 54 years category and Eleanor Wood from Axe Valley Runners, first in the women’s 55 years and over race class. The Men’s Team race was won by Wells City Harriers – Daniel Cahill, Ed Stahl, Justin Thomas and Andrew Piper.

The Ladies Team race winners were Yeovil Town Road Running Club – Elaine Hurley, Frances Malin and Lesley Nesbitt. The first member of Crewkerne Running Club to finish was Paul Thomas, the first Rebel Runners male, Pete Mason and first female runner for Rebel Runners, Donna Berry. Crewkerne’s town clerk Peter Davidson recorded an impressive time of 0:53:29, running in the veteran 60 years and over class. Temperatures for this year’s 10K and 5K races, organised by Crewkerne Running Club and sponsored by Stokes Partners LLP, were cooler than predicted with a very light rain falling at times, but as always there was strong competition among the lead runners.

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