JENNY Spink finished 10th in a top class field at the Great South Run 10 miles road race in Portsmouth today.
In her first race since winning the Bristol half marathon Jenny (pictured below left) faced a very strong field including eventual winner and two-times Olympic 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba.
Dibaba was in a class of her own as she beat two other African runners for victory in a sizzling time of 51mins 49secs. Jenny battled in her normal manner to come in 10th overall, fifth Brit and first veteran over 35 in56mins 30secs.
Just behind Jenny there was a terrific effort by another west veteran with the much-improved Ruth Barnes of Avon Valley Runner smashing her PB with 56:47 in 12th.
Leading west man in a terrific race, which was won by international Chris Thomson in 47:23, was former Bristol & West AC runner Phil Wylie (pictured below right).
Rich Ayling of AVR smashed his PB to finish 30th in 54:23.
Great South Run 10 miles, Portsmouth – women: 1 Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) 51:49. WEST: 10 Jenny Spink (B&W, W35 1st) 56:30 (fifth Brit); 12 Ruth Barnes (AVR, W35 2nd) 56:47.
Men: 1 Chris Thompson (AFD) 47:23. WEST: 13 Phil Wylie (Chelt) 51:29; 14 Peter Le Grice (B&W) 51:32; 30 Rich Ayling (AVR) 54:23; 41 Jordan Morant (Hayle) 56:16; 52 Ben Tull (Taun) 57:18.