Melton runner Jason Barton was in top form as he raced to a new personal best and top six finish in a 550-strong field at Whitwick last week.
Barton joined the Stilton Striders squad for the Carl Rutt Memorial 10k, the latest round of the Leicestershire Road Running League.
The race, hosted by the Hermitage Harriers, is held annually on a ruthless hilly course, but he clocked a superb pb of 34min 57secs to cross the line in sixth.
Next across the line with another strong run was Luke Eggleston in 39.05, while Stuart Shaw (39.53) also broke the 40-minute barrier.
Mark Stoneley clocked 41.10, just ahead of Nick Brown (41.25), making his welcome Striders return, and Darren Glover (41.38)
Natalie Teece was first Striders lady home in 104th place overall in a time of 42.40, followed by Katie Hateley (47.03), Louise Houghton (50.11), Sarah Proctor (51.06), David Hall (51.47), and John Houghton (52.07).
Just six seconds separated Vanessa Walker and Laura Pickard who completed the squad and recorded a strong personal best of 58.16.