Super Steph smashes personal best as she breaks 34 minutes barrier

Celebrating: Steph Barnes (left) with friend after her latest personal best in France

THERE was a great performance by Steph Barnes in France over the weekend.

The Bristol & West AC runner from north Somerset, who has been living in Belgium for several years now, dipped under 34 minutes for the first time in her career with a sparkling time of 33mins 48secs in the Les Foulees Valenciennoises 10k, Valenciennes, on Sunday.

That time earned her seventh place in a competitive race but more importantly for Barnes it carved 27 seconds off the time she set just over a year ago in Luxembourg.

To put that mark into context it immediately puts Barnes 11th in the UK Rankings and is the fastest time by a West Country runner this year.


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