Reed races to big victory in the Yeovilton 5k

BEIJING Olympian Kate Reed posted her fastest 5k road time for four years in the Yeovilton 5k road race on Wednesday evening.

The Bristol & West AC runner (pictured right) finished fifth overall from a field of 184 runners in a time of 16mins 18secs well clear of Taunton AC’s Hannah Taunton in second (18:09) with Emma Reed third (18:18).KateReed2

Reed also won the May race in 16:33 while her fastest tie on the course last year was 16:30. Before that she last ran the event in 2012 when she recorded 16:05.

Reed’s best 5k time on the road remains 15:36 at the London Hydro Active Women’s race in 2007 while on the track she has run 15:29.10 for the distance, also in 2007.

It was her second race in four days having won the 1500m B race for the club in the UK Women’s League match on Sunday.

As in May top man was Taunton AC’s Phil Burden (15:03) with ex-Bristol & West AC runner Phil Wylie runner-up (15:18) with James Denne of Honiton Running Club third (15:49).