A THRILLING sprint finish saw the course record lowered at this year’s Stathern 10k.
The race came down to a neck-and-neck duel between Barkestone-le-Vale runner Josh Norman and Stuart Spencer, of Barrow Runners.
Norman, who was running less than 24 hours after competing over 5,000m at the UK Under 23 Championships, finally broke away from his rival in the final 100m to win. His time of 31min 8secs smashed the record of 31.30 set by Mark Powell in 2011, while Spencer also beat the previous mark, crossing the line just six seconds behind the winner.
Joanne Spencer was the first lady finisher in 40.53, while Duncan McPherson was the junior winner in 46 minutes flat, and Tom Fowler was the first Stathern runner home in 39min 40secs.
The annual charity race, part of the Stathern Festival, brought out a field of 98 runners and one Nordic walker who helped raised more than £800.
Proceeds went to the Teenage Cancer Trust, with Jemma Morris (12) leading the fundraising efforts in memory of her sister Lizzie who died of cancer.
Jemma and friends also ran a stall where runners could guess the weight of the cake and numbers of sweets in a jar, which were won by Helen Fagan and Jo Lovell respectively.
First aid was provided by BelvoirCare, who also organised the event on behalf of the Stathern Festival.
l To support Jemma’s fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust, visit www.justgiving.co.uk/Jemma-Morris which will be open until the end of July.
Top 10 and selected: 1 Josh Norman 31.08; 2 Stuart Spencer 31.14; 3 Jim Morris 35.35; 4 Scott Hastings-Stuart 37.10; 5 Paul Massingham 37.44; 6 Darren Glover (Stilton Striders) 38.05; 7 Alex Wright 38.21; 8 Jonathon Oxbrough (Stilton Striders) 38.41; 9 David Kay 39.03; 10 Ian Cox 39.26; 11 Tom Fowler 39.40; 19 Joanne Spencer 40.53; 20 Mike Bryan (Stilton Striders); 31 Chris Harby 44.53; 32 Louise Houghton (Stilton Striders) 45.08.