David Webb continues to dominate at 13.1 miles with a win and new course record at Saturday’s (8 July) Eastridge Trail Half Marathon. The Telford AC runner was first across the line in 1:19:41.
A field of 73 runners completed a challenging race that was capably organised by Shrewsbury AC. A hilly route on a very warm day made it hard going for participants, although the views from the top of Stiperstones were said to make it worth the effort.
Webb’s latest victory makes it a Shropshire Half Marathon hat-trick for him. He took first place at the inaugural Oswestry Half Marathon on 30 April followed by a win at Shrewsbury Half Marathon on 18 June. The win on Saturday was made more impressive by a gap of nearly six and a half minutes between Webb and runner-up Simon Lanckham of Brat (1:26:08), as well as the race being on tough trails with 2,324ft of ascent. Matt Hall of Shrewsbury AC completed the podium in 1:27:47.
The undulating terrain suited Amy Partridge of Mercia Fell Runners who won the women’s race in 1:42:29, just over four minutes ahead of second-placed Eloise Lee of BRAT (1:46:31). Deborah Millington of Wrekin Road Runners took third place in 1:47:51.
The last runner crossed the line in 3:04:28. In the relay race, Shropshire Shufflers were the first team home and received a barrel of beer as their reward.
David Webb is one of several runners coached by Bud Baldaro at the University of Birmingham. The well-respected endurance coach has worked with a host of national and international athletes over the years and guided them to success at the highest levels.
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