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Mussett powers to victory at Tiptree Ten
4:51pm Thursday 1st November 2012 in Sport
THE Tiptree Ten saw Adrian Mussett power to victory.
This year’s race, organised by Tiptree Road Runners, incorporated the prestigious ten-mile championship races for the British Masters Athletics Federation and the Eastern Veterans Athletic Club, attracting runners from all over Britain and featured chip-timing for the first time.
Despite the cold wet conditions, Colchester Harriers’ Mussett ran one of the fastest times on the course to win in 51 minutes 53 seconds.
He was comfortably ahead of Robert Reason of Harwich Runners in 54m 12s and Michael Aldridge of Rugby & Northampton AC in 54m 31s.
Mussett was also first V40, with Colin Ridley of Colchester Harriers first V50 in 58m 8s and Arthur Whiston making it a clean sweep for the Harriers by taking the V60 category in 65m 59s. Tamara Jordan was first lady in 61m 49s, ahead of Benfleet’s Tracy Swindell in 64m 3m and Fiona Halls of Saffron Striders in 67m 28s.
Halls was also first F35, with Swindell taking the F45 category.
First F55 was Aly Sloane, of City of Salisbury, in 72m 7s. Tiptree’s competitors in the race overcame the conditions to set personal bests or debuts at the distance.
Richard Liles improved his personal best by three and a half minutes with a run of 1h 14m 44s while Valerie Rees took some six and a half minutes off her previous mark, finishing in 1h 20m 50s.
Chris King’s time of 1h 27m 37s was a personal best by around 30 seconds, while Lucy Richards (1h 32m 17s) and Sally Wood (1h 51m 6s) made their club debuts at the distance.