ALEX Benfield of Burton AC moved into joint first place in the Burton and District Summer League race series after winning the sixth race of the series – the Worthington 5-mile race.
With fellow rival Ashley Hurdman absent through injury, Benfield breezed to a comfortable win in 27.33, almost a minute ahead of the rest of the field.
Both Benfield and Hurdman now have two wins and a second place in the league, meaning the competition in the last two races – the Burton 10k on August 31 and the Tamworth 5-mile race on September 21 – will be hotly contested.
Also in with a shout of honours is fellow Burton AC runner Cory Parker who has one win, a second and third place to his name.
With Burton missing two of the top three runners in the league this season, it was left to the veterans to carry the team through. Mark Wrigley came home next in 33.30 for 61st place. One minute behind saw Ian Parker take 77th spot.
Eamon O'Hanlon ran well for 91st place in 36.13, while Rob Sharrat was fifth team scorer in 104th place (37.28). Graham Dingley ensured a full team complement, crossing the line in 112th position (38.36)