Westbury’s Ellis is crowned new county champion

Partners: Robyn and Matt Ellis

MATT Ellis is the new Avon champion.

This blog has not written those words for a long time so it is much kudos to the Westbury Harrier for claiming the title incorporated into the Oldbury 10 miles road race on Sunday.

Ellis (55:11) actually finished runner-up behind Stroud’s Alastair Cambell (54:53) but well clear of Weston AC’s Chris McMillan (55:53) and Edd Baldry (56:27) of Southville Running Club.

According to the Power of 10 website Ellis’ time was his debut at the distance, which may surprise many who recall him running 2hrs 28mins 48secs for a marathon back in 2011 at the Amsterdam event.

Ellis also boats impressive PBs of 15:16 for 5k and 31:15 for 10k and he was a regular performer for Westbury until work commitments took him to France.

This year Ellis has joined the over 40 veteran ranks and is clearly good enough to be a major force within that age group – if he chooses.

Leading woman at Oldbury was Weston AC’s Susan Duncan (63:48), carving over a minute off her best set last year in the Great South Run in Southsea, with Westbury’s Vicky Tester second (66:42) and Kelly Dicks of Great Western Runners third (66:46).

Westbury’s Sophie Voller was fourth woman and first veteran over 40 (67:00). There were 387 finishers.