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Kerry Marchant was first lady finisher

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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LEEK athlete Kerry Marchant was first lady finisher in the Coniston 14-mile road race in the Lake District.

The course follows the circumference of Coniston Water.

This year over 1500 runners completed the undulating course. Marchant competed with fellow Staffordshire Moorlands AC runners Debbie Hope and Linda Dale.

She ran a comfortable race and enjoyed the first 10miles, before pushing on to win in a time of 1:31:59.

Marchant said: "I am really pleased with my win, I first ran the race in 2001 when I ran for Cheadle Running Club and won then so to come back 13 years later and win again at the age of 40 is great.

"I would have been happier with a better time, I should have pushed on earlier."

Hope finished in 1:45:00 and Dale 2:11:00.

Three more Moorlands runners competed in Lad Leap, a 5.9mile fell race that takes place in Crowden.

The race is run over a 1700ft of ascent and descent, with the majority of the ascent coming in the first few miles, taking the runners breath away right from the off.

Gareth Briggs was marking his birthday at the event, which is one of his favourites.

He competed in the race two years ago when it was part of the English Fell Running Championships.

Briggs powered up the first ascent to maintain his place in top 10. Fellow club member David Bethell had competed in a mud run the previous day with fellow Moorlands club member Mark Platts.

The field became stretched on the first climb and Briggs ran at least half-a-mile in front of Bethell.

On the turn back to the start Briggs raced down the descent in fourth place with Nick Barber on his heels.

Briggs eventually finished fifth to win the V40 category.

The previous week he came sixth in Edale Skyline and was third V40. Bethell finished 17th in a time of 55minutes. The course and technical footing took Mark Platts out of the race in the last half of the course and he had to retire.

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