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Elsie soars up UK 5000m Rankings with big personal best

ELSIE Davis smashed her personal best for 5000m at the British Milers Club Gold Standard meeting yesterday.

The Bristol & West AC runner carved over six seconds off her previous best set in early May with a time of 16mins 15.14secs to finish fourth in the all-women’s race and lift her to 25th in the UK Rankings.

The race was convincingly won by British international Jessica Judd in 15:37.23 from Emily Thornhill (15:58.31) and Emelia Gorecka (16:06.30).

Davis, who is now being coached by former British international Helen Clitheroe, can take great encouragement from her performance claiming some decent scalps in the 21-strong field.

It is also worth recalling that while Davis didn’t run the event last season she has slashed 35 seconds from her previous best time of 16:50.9 set in 2016 when she was still a member of Newquay Road Runners.

In the same race Westbury Harriers’ Floren Scrafton finished 19th in a season’s best time of 17:29.04.

In the men’s race Wells City Harriers junior international Oliver Fox clocked a PB of 14:11.20 to finish runner-up behind fellow junior Jack Crabtree (14:07.74).

Cheltenham’s Graham Rush was third (14:13.85).