Athletics: Dursley Running Club member has one eye on London Marathon

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SUNDAY saw Dursley runners back hitting the roads of the county in two races.

For the distance runners the Gloucester 20 was there to whet the appetite.

This year’s event saw two Dursley athletes on the start line.

Emma Denton was using the race in her preparation for London, whilst Andy Kilby was getting the miles in for his Ironman later on in the year.

The weather conditions were a little warm for running 20 miles, with both Dursley runners managing to come in under the three hour mark.

Kilby squeaked into the top 10 for the vet 50 category.

Denton was running dressed as an eye, preparing for her attempt to run the London Marathon in this costume, raising money for the charity RP Fighting Blindness.

She is hoping to achieve the fastest marathon time for a woman dressed as a human organ.

Kilby finished just under two minutes ahead of Denton so she did have her eye on him for most of the run.

Denton ran the Copenhagen Marathon in 03:24 last year, getting to 10 miles in just over 02:30, which indicates the difficultly of running in the costume.

Results: A Kilby 02:57:10, 233rd (10th MV50); Emma Denton 02:58:42, 245th (12th LV35).

The other event was the Minchinhampton 10k.

Dave Saunders was the only Dursley runner.

Organised by Cotswold Allrunners, the race is in its fifth year and has steadily grown in size with this year's event attracting the maximum possible entry of 500 runners.

The course is mainly downhill for the first part. Runners then have to contend with a long steep climb at 6k and then undulating to the finish.

The conditions were almost ideal with the runners bathed in plenty of warm sunshine although there was a headwind to contend with.

Whilst a fairly fast course, it is not one for a personal best.

Although Saunders was 15 seconds slower than last year he was still able to place first MV60, with an impressive 44th position overall, finishing in a time of 46.02.

The club runs from Dursley Rugby Club on Tuesday nights. Meet at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

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