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Sel-mania! Dougie wins British 100k title by ten seconds from English rival – after six hours and 34 minutes

Sel-mania! Dougie wins British 100k title by ten seconds from English rival - after six hours and 34 minutes

Monday 25th March 2024

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By Adrian Stott

In near-perfect conditions, the Sri Chinmoy 100km and 50km races produced some outstanding performances in Perth on Sunday.

And the highlight for the host nation was undoubtedly Dougie Selman’s Anglo Celtic Plate win – by ten seconds from two England rivals after more than six and a half hours of running.

Selman’s run helpead lead led Scotland to team golds with Chris Richardson and Mike Deason the other two counters.

 Women’s 100km race

Sarah Webster ( Northern IOM AC) broke the European Women’s 100km record (subject to confirmation ) with a new time of 7:03:48

Webster, the defending champion, had run a faster 7:03:40 to win the 2023 championship in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, which set a new GB mark. 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, Ealing, just 40 seconds back. Julia Davis, Newquay, was a further four minutes back.

Webster powered on to run remarkably even splits with a second 50k of 3:27:39.  It was an extraordinary performance from Webster who now has the fifth and sixth women’s global best tomes for 100km.

Gibson took the silver medal in 7:13:23 and Davies the bronze medal 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.

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Men’s 100km race

In a very exciting finish to the men’s race, just over a minute separated the first three runners.

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, Brighton, leading the charge, Scotland’s Dougie Selman, Corstorphine, and Joe Turner, Cambridge, were the only ones to respond and stay in touch,

Going into the last lap Turner (Brighton) held a slim 9-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 took second in 6:34:38 – just 10 seconds behind and Joe Turner in third.

All three runners were inside the course record of 6:39:34 set by Matt Dickenson in 2022.

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