The penultimate race of the Burton and District Summer League was hosted by Hatton Darts at the Burton 10k on Sunday. Road closures around Shobnall Leisure Centre delayed some runners from getting to the start and tensions grew as the start of the race was pushed back by 10 minutes.
Once the runners got underway Tamworth AC’s Ben Evans and Dale Langley settled into a steady pace behind the lead group through the hills in the opening miles. Evans, who has struggled to find his best form during the summer looked more his usual self, putting in a solid race and pushing through the field to 4th place in the final mile; only to be pegged back into 5th by a resurgent Liam Bradbury of South Derbyshire Road Runners in a sprint finish. Evans crossed the finishing line on the Shobnall Athletics track with 35:33 on the clock to claim the Men’s 40-49 category prize.
Dale Langley once again had a strong race, pacing himself well over the undulating course; staking his claim as a regular finisher at the front end of the field with an 11th place finish and a time of 36:55.
Club Chairman Derek Bolton and Rebecca Hobbs made it home with times of 44:19 and 46:12 respectively; avoiding the worst of a torrential downpour that soaked the back end of the field.
The race was won by Lloyd Biddell of Mercia Fell Runners, who notched another fine victory by some margin with an impressive time of 32:56. The final race of the Burton and District Summer League will again be hosted by Tamworth AC. The Tamworth 5 Mile (including 1 Mile Fun Run) will take place on Sunday 15th September.