Ellis joins M40 ranks and goes fourth on South West Rankings over 10k

MATT Ellis ran his fastest 10k since joining the veteran over 40 ranks in Chichester on Sunday.

The Westbury Harrier (pictured above with wife Robyn)  clocked a time of 32mins 54secs to place 57th overall and ninth over 40 in a fiercely contested race, which was just his second of the year after a low-key parkrun event.

It put him fourth fastest in the South West Rankings in his age category.

The last time Ellis ran a serious 10k was in September 2018 when he ran 32:08 in Colomiers, France. His lifetime best remains the 31mins 15secs he clocked when finishing runner-up in the First Chance 10k on January 2nd 2011.

Not sure if Ellis will ever get close to that again but I wouldn’t bet against him getting a lot faster this year if he can avoid injuries.

Leading local runner in Chichester was Bristol & West’s Peter Le Grice down in 24th on 30:59. The honour of finishing top local runner went to Calne Running Club’s Simon Nott in 13th (30:15) while Bristol-based Jonathan Thewlis was 18th (30:27).

Team Bath’s Gary Dunstone ran a PB of 33:37 to place third veteran over 45, which should be good enough to secure him a place in the England team for the British & Irish Masters International later this year.