FOUR Evesham Vale Running Club members enjoyed a rare sunny day for the 30th Snowdonia Marathon.

Leading the Evesham runners home was Kurt Dusterhoff with three hours 31 minutes 16 seconds in a new personal best for the distance.

Roy Betts achieved his best time on the course with 3.57.45 followed by Christine Lloyd, in her fifth Snowdonia Marathon, in 4.35.37 and Nicola Dusterhoff in 4.49.47.

Local Rob Samuel took the win, breaking the tape in 2.35.

Four Vale members raced in Ilmington at the first of the Threshold Events Winter 10- kilometre Series.

Maria Lord finished first for the club in 50.34 for third in her age category just behind Bourton’s Niamh Shoemark and Stratford’s Debbie Cooper.

Elaine Clarke (57.06), Sian Sansum (58.38) and Daniel Gent (1.05.53) posted solid benchmarks.

  • Fourteen-year-old Helen Jubb from Pershore won the tough Mud Runner Classic junior race at Eastnor Castle.

Jubb was the first female across the line in a fine time of 24 minutes one second which also gave her the girls’ under 15s trophy.

Emma Gill, also from Pershore, was third in the open women’s category and won the under 35s trophy in one hour 11 minutes 44 seconds.

Tewkesbury’s James Bingham was second in the men’s category in 55.51 behind fellow Gloucestershire runner Garry Hughes.