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ENGLAND WIN LION’S SHARE

CLAIRE MARTIN AND MICHAEL HARTY WERE AMONG THE WINNERS AS THE TOP VETS FROM THE BRITISH ISLES GATHERED
Claire Martin: comfortably took her fifth outright win
PICTURES: BOBBY GAVIN

LESS THAN 24 hours after Scotland’s footballers suffered defeat to the English at Wembley, England again came out on top, this time in the five-way international.

Scotland had their best championships for some time on a very testing course in Tollcross Park, especially in the women’s events, but couldn’t stop the English athletes making the most of their huge population advantage.

Dot Fellows: W70 gold for England

England won two of the three main individual races and altogether took 11 individual and 10 team victories from the 17 age-group titles on offer.

One of the most notable things about the winners is the longevity of their success. Claire Martin, Dot Fellows and Angela Copson confirmed their positions among the all-time greats of the event, while Fiona Matheson and Clare Elms continued their successes with the two biggest wins of the day.

Next year’s race will be in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Mandy Vernon: W45 win by nine seconds

WOMEN’S RACE

THE women’s and M65-plus race was first off and England’s Claire Martin continued her remarkable success.

The initial leader on the first lap was Scotland’s Gillian Palmer, who at the age of 35 was competing in her first major masters event. Based on her recent 75:49 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run half-marathon and her sub-16 5000m pedigree and experience, which included an eighth in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Palmer looked the class of the field in the absence of defending champion Ann-Marie McGlynn.

After a mile, Emma Macready, who was also making her debut, and W40 Martin could keep pace with her but by the end of the first 2km lap, Martin went ahead and she prised a few seconds off Palmer on the big hill at the start of the second lap. Halfway around, the gap was seven seconds and that had grown to 16 seconds at the end of the lap with Macready in front of Palmer.

The Telford athlete dominated the final lap in isolation and, by the finish, her margin was 28 seconds. Macready held off a late rush by Palmer to secure W35 gold. Macready will run the Valencia Marathon this weekend.

It was Martin’s seventh age group title and her fifth win outright.

Emma Macready: W35 gold medallist
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