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Sarah Webster wins UK 100km title in European record

Sarah Webster wins UK 100km title in European record

Sri Chinmoy event in Perth on Sunday also saw Dougie Selman win UK 100km crown while Ronnie Richmond ran British men’s 50km record

In near-perfect conditions, the Sri Chinmoy 100km and 50km races produced some outstanding performances in Perth on Sunday (March 24). The 1.5-mile (2.831km) course at the North Inch Park is known for fast times and this year was no exception, Adrian Stott reports.

Women’s 100km

Sarah Webster broke the European women’s 100km record with 7hr 3min and 48sec, surpassing the previous time of 7:04:03, set by Florianne Hot of France in August 2022, by a mere 15 seconds.

Webster, the defending champion, had run a faster 7:03:40 to win the 2023 championship in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. However, due to a technicality it was not ratified as a European record.

This time Webster went through 50km in 3:26:01 with Melissa Gibson just 40 seconds back and Julia Davis a further four minutes back on 3:30:46. Webster powered on to run remarkably even splits with a second 50km of 3:27:39.

It was an extraordinary performance from Webster who now has the fifth and sixth women’s global best times for 100km.

Gibson and Davies now move to second and third on the GB all-time women’s 100km rankings behind Webster.

Gibson took the silver medal in 7:13:23 and Davies bronze in 7:25:48. It made for a clean sweep for England in the women’s home countries team competition, with all three runners well inside the previous course record of 7:41:12 set by Jo Murphy in 2002.

Sri Chinmoy 100km start

Men’s 100km

In an exciting finish to the men’s race, just over a minute separated the first three. Once the race had settled down a solid group of around seven runners seemed to be working together. Then after the 50 miles the group started breaking up with James Turner leading the charge, Scotland’s Dougie Selman and Joe Turner were the only ones to respond and although working hard, were still in touch.

Going into the last lap James Turner held a slim nine-second lead over the local favourite Selman, with Joe Turner a further 35 seconds back.

In a storming last lap, Selman was to overhaul Turner to take the tape in 6:34:28 and raise a huge cheer from the local crowd, James Turner taking second in 6:34:38 just 10 seconds behind and Joe Turner third in 6:35:37.

Dougie Selman (Rob Sara)

All three runners were inside the course record of 6:39:34 set by Matt Dickenson in 2022 and are now the seventh, eighth and ninth ranked all-time GB men at…

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