AN evening of tremendous running in the final race of the Easy Runner Bridge Inn winter 5k road series last night with the top three men and women all clocking personal bests.
In-form Steve Francis is really having a great season and the 21-year-old broke the magical 15 minutes barrier for the first time shaving 12 seconds off his previous best set over the same course last month.
Clubmates Charlie Maclean and Chris Dodd also posted PBs of 15:07 and 15:26, carving 18 and 13 seconds respectively off their previous fastest times.
Top woman was clubmate Imogen Ainsworth in 17:01, clipping two seconds off her 2010 PB to suggest she is at last returning to her best after a series of niggling injuries. Runner-up Emma D’Alton of Westbury Harriers smashed her best with 17:28 while Jenny Jagger in third slashed 31 seconds off her PB.
Men: 1 Steve Francis (B&W) 14:56; 2 Charlie MacLean (B&W) 15:07 (PB); 3 Chris Dodd (B&W) 15:26 (PB); 4 Dan Studley (WH) 15:36; 5 Steve McGuigan (B&W) 15:47; 6 Robert Farley (Bitt RR) 16:01 (PB).
Women: 1 Imogen Ainsworth (B&W) 17:01 (PB); 2 Emma D’Alton (WH) 17:28 (PB); 3 Jenny Jagger (B&W) 17:54 (PB).