BURTON Athletics Club led the way at the mid-summer 10k race – which they hosted themselves – at Shobnall Leisure Centre last Tuesday.
From a smaller field than usual, Alex Benfield made home soil count by finishing second, behind eventual winner Martin Whitehouse of Nott AC.
After a spirited start, early gaps appeared throughout the field with the two leaders setting a hot pace on a very warm muggy evening .
Hatton Darts were also well represented at the race, with youngster Jamie Fletcher leading the way, eventually finishing third in 34 minutes, 30 second.
He ran very well, but try as he might, he could not catch Whitehouse and Benfield.
Richard Nash (pictured) was next in for the Darts, striding around the course to finish 10th, as he achieved a personal best time of 38:46.
Seasoned runner Nigel Elson (16th) was very content with his performance in 39:49, while Pete Stevens’ determined efforts also gave him a personal best with a fine time of 41:38 in 20th position.
Paul Smith (22nd) seems to be ever improving and his hard-working running style gave him an exhausting time of 41:43.
Having been short of races recently, Steve Clewes was satisfied to see normal service resumed in a time of 43:30 for 29th position.
There were three Darts ladies also taking part, and although lacking a few races recently, Helen White still performed well and her reward for a controlled outing gave her a pleasing 54:23 (71st).
Next lady in was Carol Sharratt, whose passion for racing for the Darts continued as she galloped around confidently and strongly for a time of 55:03 (73rd).
New recruit Bex Dent will only improve, but she showed a never-say-die attitude to finish strongly in 65:04(88th).