Jenny Carter finally a winner as park race makes a return
Jenny Carter continued her excellent form with an emphatic and popular victory in the women's section of the Royal Victoria Park four-mile road race on Saturday.
The Team Bath runner had finished runner-up to Amy Chalk the last time the event took place, in 2010, having been fifth twice and 11th in the three years before that.
She completed the five laps of the park in 24mins 5secs, while club colleague Ewen Malloch came home in 21:42 to take the men's honours.
A direct clash with the Gloucestershire Cross- Country League and then the popular Over The Hills race in Bradford on Avon the following day, plus the fixture's absence in 2011, affected entries as only 58 runners completed the course.
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But Lindsey Dow – who was part of the new organising committee along with Jo Thompson, Den Marchant, Alison Vaugniaux and Andy Reid – was pleased with how the day went.
"It was the first year that it hasn't been organised by either Ray or Sue Brigden," said Dow, who was keen to thank all the volunteers for their help.
"Now we know how to run it, we are looking towards next year and may even look at changing the date to find a weekend when it is not so busy.
"It was great to see runners out racing in Victoria Park on a day that started with pouring rain but gave us a window of respite to enjoy the event."
Other prize winners for Team Bath were Zosia Brown, who was runner-up to Carter in the women's race in 24:58, and youngster Will Peppercorn, who was third overall.
Steve Hale was the top veteran over-50 and recent Running Bath performance of the month winner David Vaudin took the over-55s prize.
Team Bath's Max Hazell was third in a snowy Over The Hills 12k multi-terrain race in Bradford on Avon on Sunday.
Guy Woods was sixth and top veteran over-50, while Barry Awan and Niall Urquhart also figured in the age prizes.
The race was won by Mike Towler of event organisers Avon Valley Runners, who completed the gruelling course in exactly 46 minutes.