Why Bitton 5k played a key role in Bell’s London PB success

EILIDH Bell was the leading West Country runner in the women’s race at the Vitality 10,000m road race in London.

The Team Bath AC smashed her personal best by almost a minute as she clocked a time of 35mins 48secs to finish 33rd, one place ahead of Bristol & West’s Natalie Griffiths.

Afterwards Bell revealed that she knew a fast time was possible when also setting a lifetime best at the Easy Runner Bitton 5k event earlier this month.

“I ran 17:09 in the Bitton event which was a PB (previously 17:21 recorded in the Pomphrey 5k in Bristol at the end of April) and I reckoned then I had a good chance of going under 36 minutes for the first time,” said Bell.

“I knew I was in good shape and I ran pretty even splits. I wouldn’t say it is the fastest 10k course I have ever run but the quality of the field and the great atmosphere really helps.”

The time lifts Bell to eighth in the South West Rankings and represents a huge improvement upon her previous best of 36:41 set in the Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay 10k in March.

It is worth noting that a year ago in the same London race Bell finished 57th in a time of 37:50 so her progress is very impressive.

This year Bell has also ran PBs over 5k, as mentioned above, 10 miles (60:36 in the Chippenham Good Friday race) and the half marathon (79:00, Paddock Wood).