Harris is a flyer

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 06 May 2010

And they're off...

And they're off...

The Boxing Day run at Pirton was a tremendous success. Pre-entries trebled for this year s event and there were 166 finishers in the main race and 34 children in the fun runs. Tim Harris of Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers won the main race, with clubmate Adr

The Boxing Day run at Pirton was a tremendous success.

Pre-entries trebled for this year's event and there were 166 finishers in the main race and 34 children in the fun runs.

Tim Harris of Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers won the main race, with clubmate Adrian Wadsworth runner-up.

In the women's race, Jo Clarke of Victoria Park Harriers and Paula Downing were well ahead of the others, with Jo winning comfortably.

Harris set a new course best time (17:47) and many other course records were set.

Josef Rivers, who holds the boys' under-11 best from last year, did the same for the under-13s this year (24:10), running six minutes faster than last time. Tom Young set a new time for the under-15 boys (23:22).

The men's vet classes also saw new bests for over-40 (Dil Wetherill in 19:18), over-50 (Norman Brown in 22:06) and over-60 (Peter Donovan in 31:00).

The women's race saw new records in every single age class.

Caroline Willis ran brilliantly to finish in 27:21 in the under-11 class, only six seconds behind Helen Harbon, setting a new best for the under-13s.

New bests in the senior group (Jo Clarke in 22:11), over-35 (Paula Downing), over-45 (Rachel Lancaster in 26:06) and over-55 (Monica Winston) were also set.

The children's fun runs were taken seriously by all taking part!

In the under-11s, Mathew Baxter tore round the single 600m lap to come home first, followed home by Dan Young and Joseph Davies. All three finished within two minutes - equivalent to running a mile in five minutes!

The under-11 girls was won by Zoe James in 2:20, with Louise and Rebecca Crombie in second and third.

Under-seven Emily Simmons, running with the under-11s by mistake, set a best time for the girls' under-seven of 3:10. Louise Baxter made the same mistake as Emily and finished only just behind.

The under-sevens race was competitive, with the first three finishing within 20 seconds of one another. Mathew Davies came first in a time of 2:20, followed by Mike Tonge and Ben Wetherill.

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