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RUNNING: Wet finish to Road Race League season
6:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Sport
MORE than 250 runners lined up in less than ideal conditions for the Salisbury Half Marathon, the final event of this year’s Wiltshire Road Race League.
Michael Towler, of Avon Valley Runners, led from start to finish to claim victory and the county gold over the 13.1-mile distance in a time of 1:15.45.
London Frontrunners athlete James Gillanders and Salisbury A&RC’s Eliot Haimes took silver, while Gary Dunstane of Chippenham Harriers was the first male vet 40 to finish and took the county bronze.
In the female section, Ruth Barnes secured a championship double for Avon Valley Runners with victory in 1:24.21. Jo Meek from Tavistock AC was second and Fiona Price - last year’s winner - had to settle for silver as well. Diane Hier took bronze.
In the Wiltshire Road Race League it was Avon Valley Runners who once again took maximum points to lift the Division One title for the second successive year.
Devizes Running Club completed their season by recording a 20-point maximum and victory in Division Two and have been promoted to the top flight alongside Frome Running Club.
Meanwhile, there was a limited local showing in the Devizes Half Marathon but Swindon Harriers runner Steve Goulding put in a good performance.
He triumphed in the male super vet 50 category and finished ninth overall in 1:26:17.85.
The winner of the female super vet 50 contest was Julie Goulding in 1:42:55.75, which was enough for 90th overall.
More than 400 athletes took part in Sunday’s race organised by Events Logic UK, with the course taking in Etchilhampton, All Cannings and Coate before looping back into Devizes.
The overall victor was Gary Till of the Army Athletics Association as he clocked 1:19:18.00 The women’s race was won by Fiona Cramp (Bitton Road Runners) in 1:26:39.65.
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