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Chepstow Dominate Hot Troed

Chepstow Harriers, whose Club Championship it was, provided 37% of the field, but their leading man Paul Murrin couldn’t stop Mynydd Du’s Martin Shaw from repeating last year’s victory.

A very warm Spring day with a slight but refreshing breeze may have accounted for the slower leading times: that of Martin, 63.32, was a full seven minutes short of his record, while leading woman Helen Fines, at 74.47, was also four minutes behind her record.

First M40 Crispin Flower was well placed in 3rd, just two places above first M50 Pete Gardner. Les Williams, leading M60, was also well positioned in the top half.

The experienced women also placed well: Sharon Woods taking 2nd and Chepstow’s Vaness Lawson and Niki Morgan in 4th and 5th.

The category winners kindly donated their prize money to their chosen charities with the result that the Wyeside Arts Institute in Builth Wells and Greyhound Rescue West Of England will share the total entry fees of £171.

The race ‘organiser’ is very grateful to the magnificent support team – Louise & Carys Blackmore, Kay & Martin Lucas, Hanneke van der Werf, Ian Wade, Gareth Jones - who relieved him of all responsibilities and allowed him to run, in a feeble attempt to score some Chepstow Club points…