Merson leaves nothing to chance as he crushes rivals in Exeter 10k

TOM Merson unleashed another terrific performance to utterly dominate the First Chance 10k road race in Exeter.

TomMersonThe Bristol & West AC simply ran away from the field to win in an outstanding time of 30mins 09secs in what was in an effect a solo time trial.

That’s because Merson finished 2mins 34secs in front of runner-up Simon Longthorpe of Torbay (32:33) with Yeovil junior Philip Bridge third in 32:51.

So Merson’s last three 10k times now read a lifetime best of 29:50 in Leeds, 30:50 to win the Hangover race in Weston on New Year’s Day and now this 30:09 –which averages out at around 30mins 6secs. Fantastic stuff Tom.

Bristol & West junior Jason Drew was fifth in a personal best of 33:20, which carved a minute off the 18-year-old’s previous best set two years ago in Bristol.