KURT Taylor and Fiona Blackmore were today crowned the new Avon 10 miles road champions.
The county event was once again incorporated into the popular Oldbury Power 10 which is promoted by Thornbury Running Club and boasts a flat, fast course along the banks of the River Severn.
Course records of 50mins 19secs (Michael Johnson in 2010) and 57:09 (Kim Fawke, 2008), testify to that and today were in never any danger, particularly in the men’s race as Taylor dominated with some ease.
The Bristol & West AC runner eventually came home 2mins 41secs clear of the West AC pair of Kieron Summers and Ben Haines with Westbury Harriers’ Alex Hamblin fourth.
The time – his first at the distance according to the UKA Power of 10 statistics – continues Taylor’s good form this year following his PB of 15mins 15secs in the AVR Westbury 5k last month and the 32:36 in the Great Bristol 10k in May.
Blackmore didn’t quite dominate the women’s race to the same extent but the Bitton Road Runners’ veteran still enjoyed a 39 seconds advantage over Westbury Harriers’ Sophie Voller with another Harrier, Robyn Ellis, a distant third.
Men: 1 Kurt Taylor (B&W) 54:35; 2 Kieron Summers (Weston, M40) 57:16; 3 Ben Haines (WAC, M40) 57:48; 4 Alex Hamblin (WH) 58:27; 5 Anthony Glover (WH, M40) 60:15; 6 Bryan Walsh (B&W) 60:48.
Women: 1 Fiona Blackmore (Bitt RR, W40) 67:37; 2 Sophie Voller (WH, W40) 68:16; 3 Robyn Ellis (WH, W40) 70:25; 4 Lynette Porter (Bitt RR, W50) 70:33.