There was a new winner of the women’s race at the Chichester 10k – Swansea’s Elinor Kirk crossed the line in 33.56.
The Southampton University student was delighted with her victory, while a more familiar name on the local athletics scene, Worthing’s Emma Macready, was also pleased to come in second in 34.39.
Kirk told the Observer: “It was my first time in this race. I’m a student at Southampton so it wasn’t too far to come across.
“I really didn’t know (if I stood a chance of winning). I hadn’t raced since October so it was a test of fitness. But I’m really pleased with it – it was a road personal-best for me.”
She found the course challenging, as most do, and said: “The second half was a lot nicer than the first half. I got to 5k and I think it had been gradually uphill and into the wind where as the second half was downhill and the wind was behind you.”
Kirk expects to return next year, adding: “It’s a really nice course and it goes quite quickly.”
Macready said she had done the Chi 10k once, a couple of years ago, and said: “I think I ran around the same time. I’ve just been doing cross-country this season so I haven’t been on the road since October.
“It’s local and it’s always a good event well-organised by the Rotary club. There was a good field too.”
Macready is also gunning for a rematch with Kirk next year but added: “I prefer to beat the boys.”
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