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IT is hard to believe that former British junior international and English Schools’ champion Amber Gascoigne is now in the veterans over 35 ranks.

Amber Gascoigne, photo courtesy of Daniel Anderson

The hugely talented former Kings of Wessex School student and ex-Wells City Harrier from Cheddar is 38 now and races, albeit only occasionally these days, for Reading AC.

So it was great to see her turn up for the annual Brent Knoll fell race near Burnham-on-Sea and not only lift the women’s prize but also perform well enough to finish fifth overall from the 131 runners.

Amber completed the tough climb and quick descent of the Brent Knoll, which all drivers down the M5 will have seen many times, in a time of 42mins 45secs to finish almost two minutes clear of Bristol & West AC’s Michelle Weaver.

The men’s race was completely dominated by Weston AC’s Chris McMillan as he completed the course in 36mins 31secs – and had time for a mug of team and warm down before Taunton’s Jonathan Gilling came in five minutes later. A great run by Chris.

Brent Knoll fell race – men: 1 Chris McMillan (Weston) 36:31; 2 Jonathan Gilling (Taunton) 41:32; 3 Matt Bowden (Minehead) 42:10.

Women: 1 Amber Gascoigne (Reading, W35) 42:45; 2 Michelle Weaver (B&W, W45) 44:36. 131 finishers.