Rusby and Kenny smash personal bests at Chilly 10k

FELIX Rusby raced to a convincing victory at the Chilly 10k road race in Wiltshire earlier today.

The Bristol & West AC runner completed the event, held around the Castle Combe motor racing circuit, in a time of 33mins 07secs, which was a fair effort in cold conditions.

Podium placers (L to R): Charlotte Taylor-Green, winner Victoria Kenny and Elizabeth Dimond

The time represents a massive personal best for Rusby, who is a student at Bristol University and only joined the club this year after previously representing Wells City Harriers.

According to the UK Athletics Power of 10 Ranking Rusby’s previous best at the distance stood at 37:08, dating back to 2015, when as a first year junior he clocked that time finishing runner-up in the Upton Bishop Big Dipper race.

Rusby has clearly come on a lot since then and today he was way too strong for the field as he finished 45 seconds clear of experienced Taunton AC runner Phil Burden (33:52) with Terry Emmett of Axe Valley Runners third (34:42).

Also from B&W Henry Sly was sixth (35:01).

In the women’s race it was great to see Victoria Kenny back racing and winning.

As a teenager Kenny started off with Westbury Harriers & Yate & District AC before switching to B&W in 2011 – though now she is no longer a member of the club.

She had a couple of terrific seasons as a junior – Kenny won the senior girls race at the 2013 South West Schools’ Cross Country Championships before going on to add silver in the English Championships – before then virtually disappearing from the sport.

A PB of 80:56 in the Bristol half marathon in September was a reminder of her talent and she reinforced that with a massive PB of 35:39 to finish ninth overall and top woman in today’s race.

Kenny’s only previous 10k was as a junior in the 2014 Bristol 10k when she ran 39:19.

This morning she beat Clevedon AC’s Charlotte Taylor-Green (36:08), who herself was returning to competitive action after a tough period of illness and injury.

Elizabeth Dimond of Lliswerry Runners was third (37:31).