Fleet-footed Kurt claims half marathon win in personal best

Front runner: Kurt Taylor heads a four-strong group in the Fleet half marathon yesterday. Photo courtesy of the organisers

KURT Taylor claimed a notable and hard-earned victory in the Fleet half marathon yesterday.

The Bristol & West AC runner had to dip deep and produce a personal best of 66mins 03secs, shaving five seconds off the time he clocked in Valencia last year, to beat Max Nicholls of Kent AC by just two seconds.

The pair were well clear of MaxWalker in third (66:46).

It was Taylor second’s road race of the year and second PB having recorded 14mins 00secs in the Armagh International 5k last month.

On the country he has also finished third in the Midlands and 19th at the ‘National’ so 2023 has been good so far – and there is much more to come for sure.

Team Bath AC’s Dan Soltys, who is preparing for the London Marathon, was 23rd (PB 71:54) with Zak Hurrell of Wells City Harriers 28th (72:29).

Also from B&W Adam Stokes was 31st (72:52), Richard Boyes 43rd (PB 74:49) and Sam Appleton 105th (79:41).

In the women’s race B&W’s Annabel Granger placed 9th and second veteran over 45 in 82:06 with clubmate Laura Skinner 13th in a big PB of 84:38, slashing over two minutes from the time she ran at Bath last October.

In-between the pair Westbury Harriers’ Lucy Richens was 12th and third W45 (84:18) while W45 runner Helen Clark of Bitton Road Runners finished 42nd (95:53).

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