Bideford Half Marathon won by Tavistock AC's Jim Cole
Jim Cole, of Tavistock AC, has won the Bideford Half Marathon.
He clocked a time of 1hr 8mins 56secs this morning, beating reigning champion Shaun Antell, representing Bideford AAC, by just ten seconds.
Antell's time of 1-09-06 was more than half a minute quicker than the personal best with which he won last year's race.
Dan Alsop, of St Austell Running Club, was third in 1-10-18 and Bideford AAC's Mark Jenkin, last year's runner-up, was fourth in 1-10-59.
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Helen Dyke, a former Bideford AAC member now running for Poole Runners, improved on last year's third-place finish by winning today's women's race in 1-22-04.
Bideford Half Marathon – top 5 – men: 1 Jim Cole (Tavistock AC), 1-08-56; 2 Shaun Antell (Bideford AAC), 1-09-06; 3 Dan Alsop (St Austell RC), 1-10-18; 4 Mark Jenkin (Bideford AAC), 1-10-59; 5 Aaron Richmond (North Devon RR), 1-14-14. Women: 1 Helen Dyke (Poole Runners), 1-22-04; 2 Catherine Newman (Exmouth Harriers), 1-25-50; 3 Emma Lake (Erme Valley Harriers), 1-26-54; 4 Chloe Thomas, 1-29-12; 5 Lisa South (South West RR), 1-29-59.