Eagon delight as he cruises to Grittleton 10k victory in PB time

DAVE Eagon smashed his personal best as he dominated the Grittleton 10k road race yesterday.

Going into the race, held on quiet but lumpy lanes in Wiltshire, the Bristol & West AC runner (pictured above) boasted a PB of 33mins 26secs which he set in January at the Speedway event.

But the manner in which Eagon won the race, racing clear of Winchester’s Marcus Green and his B&W clubmate Marcus Dunsford to win by over a minute, shows just how much he has improved in the subsequent months.

Dunsford worked hard and was also rewarded with not only his first appearance on the podium but also a PB.

“Conditions weren’t great and the course wasn’t exactly flat, so very happy to finish third overall out of 302 and managed to take a few more seconds off my PB,” said Dunsford.

Helen Newberry (pictured right) secured a Bristol & West double by winning the women’s race in a time of 37:05, well outside her PB of 35:42 set at the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k in May.

Helen Clarke of Bitton Road Runners was third in 42:02, which carved 19 seconds off the PB she set just over a year ago in the Exmouth 10k so a cracking result for her.

Grittleton 10k road – men: 1 David Eagon (B&W) 32:55; 2 Marcus Green (Winchester) 34:15; 3 Marcus Dunsford (B&W) 34:37.

Local: 16 Sergio Benitez Pozo (Southville RC) 38:51.

Women: 1 Helen Newberry (B&W) 37:05; 2 Jenny Carter (TB, W45) 40:04; 3 Helen Clark (Bitt RR, W35) 42:02; 4 Louise Cronin (B&W, W45) 42:11. 302 finishers.