Mighty Max scorches to brilliant runaway victory

Max Davis receives his prize from co-organiser Denise Nott

BATH runner Max Davis warmed up for his assault at the English Schools’ Championships by racing to an emphatic victory in the Compton Bassett 5 miles road race.

The 18-year-old Ralph Allen School student and member of Avon Valley Runners was in a class of his own as he completed the course in a club record time of 25mins 10secs, leaving him over two minutes clear of runner-up Simon Byrne of Swindon Harriers.

“It has been a busy week as I ran 4mins 18secs for the mile at Cheltenham on Wednesday and that equates to a personal best over 1500m as well,” said Davis.

“Simon led for the first kilometre on Sunday and then I took over and felt good. It is a very fast course with just one tiny hill and it was brilliantly organised with plenty of support out on the course which was great.”

Bethan Francis, who lives near Bradford-on-Avon, completed an AVR double by finishing eight overall (31:55) and top woman.

From Team Bath AC it was great to see Zina Marchant in action placing 60th overall, 16th woman and first veteran over 65 in a time of 42:39.