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Bath Half wins for Becky Briggs and Omar Ahmed

Bath Half wins for Becky Briggs and Omar Ahmed

Briggs clocks 74:24 to take women’s race as Ahmed runs 64:42 for overall win in big West Country road race

Double Birmingham League winner and Midland Cross Country Champs runner-up, Omar Ahmed led throughout the Bath Half-Marathon on Sunday (March 17) after going through 3km in 8:25 before winning in 64:42, Martin Duff reports.

Dylan Evans chased hard all of the way and was 17 seconds down on the Birchfield runner’s 14:51 at 5km and the margin changed by only a second or two at each subsequent checkpoint before finishing a comfortable second in 64:54.

London Marathon-bound Becky Briggs took the women’s race in 74:24 but followed eventual runner-up Anna Domville through 5km in 17:07 before going ahead before 9km then surging away to win by half-a-minute.

Overall:  1 O Ahmed (Bir) 64:42; 2 D Evans (SB) 64:54; 3 A Lawrence (VP&TH) 65:37; 4 J Escalante-Phillips (C&C) 66:04; 5 J Hoad (THH) 66:05; 6 S Hogan (Soton) 66:21

M40: 1 M Edwards (W Tempo) 68:55

M45: 1 R Michlaeson-Yeates (S&SH) 71:23

M50: 1 M Jennings (MMM) 73:21

M55: 1 L Aherne (P Bryn) 75:23

M60: 1 P Reddaway (Ware) 86:03

M65: 1 M White (B Pear) 98:40

M70: 1 I Newsham (L Goat) 98:55

M75: 1 P Rogers (T Bath) 1:58:11

Women: 1 B Briggs (CoH) 74:24; 2 A Domville (T Bath) 74:54; K Olding (TVH) 75:15; 4 C Arnell 77:31; 5 R Anderbury 78:41

W40: 1 A Harrold (Truro) 79:13

W50: 1 K Harris (High) 80:36

W55: 1 A Riddell-Webster (Fulham) 84:41

W60: 1 C Hawling (Chelt) 1:41:07

W65: 1 J Hutchinson 98:17

W70: 1 A Dockery (W’bury) 1:56:33 

Pete Robinson (Mark Easton)

ESSEX 20, Saffron Waldon, March 17 

In his first race of the year, Peter Robinson took the Essex title for the third year in a row but his 1:47:27 victory was down on his previous outings, although he did lead Essex to an inter-county title, Martin Duff reports.

In her first venture over the distance, Verity Hopkins took the women’s section by more than a minute in 1:57:42, a time that out to bode well for a marathon debut inside 2:40.

Overall:  1 P Robinson (S’field) 1:47:27; 2 B Stephenson (Dart, M40) 1:48:42; 3 J Eves (Bed C, M40) 1:49:32; 4 J Entwistle (WG&EL) 1:50:43; 5 P Molyneux (S’field, M40) 1:50:44; 6 O Knowles (Petts W) 1:50:53

M50: 1 T Farrer (Hunts) 2:02:07

M55: 1 C Dyce 2:04:28

M60: 1 O Dare (Witham) 2:09:01

M65: 1 C Stephenson (Col H) 2:23:23

M70: 1 D Butler (Bill’cay) 2:23:47

Inter-County TEAM: 1 Essex 5:29:11; 2 Kent 5:30:42; 3 Cambs 5:42:37; 4 Suffolk 5:49:45; 5 Norfolk 5:49:58; 6 Sussex 5:56:54; 7 Herts 6:02:36

Verity Hopkins (Mark Easton)

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