D'Alton's displays continue to impress after another Stroud show
EMMA D'Alton and Jenny Jagger delivered eye-catching performances in the 31st Stroud half marathon.
D'Alton, pictured, hasn't looked back since making her debut for England in the Jungfrau Mountain Marathon and, having already improved her personal best in the Bristol half marathon last month, made another big stride in Sunday's event.
The 35-year-old Westbury Harrier finished third overall and top Brit behind two Kenyans in a new PB of 76mins 49secs to carve 59 seconds off her previous best.
D'Alton said: "I felt quite strong at the start and carried on feeling good, so I am really pleased with that time and breaking 77 minutes for the first time. My times were a bit static last year, but training for the Jungfrau and doing more miles has helped me and I feel a lot strong for that."
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At the start of the year D'Alton's best stood at 77:49, coincidentally also set in the Stroud event two years ago.
"I am not sure what it is about Stroud but I like it!" added D'Alton.
The time puts her third in the South West Rankings for 2012 behind Olympian Jo Pavey (69:20) and Holly Rush (74:04).
D'Alton's time also eclipsed Marilyn Palmer's club record of 76:57 set in the Bath half marathon in the late 80s.
To further underline the good conditions, Bristol & West AC's Jagger also recorded a personal best.
The 31-year-old clocked 77:42 in fourth to demolish her PB by a staggering two minutes 31 seconds, which like D'Alton she set only the previous month in Bristol.
That means in the last year Jagger has improved by almost five minutes as her best in 2011 stood at 82:25 which represents tremendous progress.
Jagger was followed home by clubmates Kate Goodhead and Annabel Granger in fifth and sixth respectively to clinch the team prize for Bristol & West AC.
Men: 1 Luka Rotich (Kenya) 63:47; 2 Ander Russell (Stroud) 69:44; 3 Stephen Price (UK Net) 72:25.
Local: 5 Tom Morris (B&W) 74:04; 10 Tom Dudden (TBAC) 75:58; 16 Jaroslaw Motyka (HT) 79:05; 24 Neil Williams (B&W) 80:50; 45 Mark Gildersleve (GWR) 84:35; 54 Patrick Foley (PRC, M45) 85:31; 57 Gary Stretton (HT) 85:31; 59 Ewan Kilgour (WH, M40) 85:51; 60 Shaun Howie (WH) 85:57; 70 Steve Duddell (GWR, M55 3rd) 86:36; 87 Mark Clements (HT, M45) 87:31; 93 Dave Gynn (HT, M40) 88:12; 96 Craig Pritchard (HT) 88:29; 97 Paul Kent (HT, M40) 88:34.
Women: 1 Edinah Kwambi (Kenya)) 73:52; 2 Agnes Chebet (Kenya) 75:00; 3 Emma D'Alto (WH, W35) 76:49; 4 Jenny Jagger (B&W) 77:40; 5 Kate Goodhead (B&W) 79:53; 6 Annabel Granger (B&W, W35) 79:52; 7 Gwen Kinsey (Stroud, W35) 81:06; 8 Shana Crombie-Hicks (BRR, W40) 81:27; 9 Heidi North (B&W, W35) 82:52; 10 Michelle Kerfoot (Bitt RR, W40) 84:59. 1,154 finishers.
Dan Summers of Westbury Harrier was 13th in the Abingdon marathon 2:47.11, with Bitton Road Runners' Ian Hoare 91st in 2:5.52.
In the women's race, Clevedon AC's Laura Coker clocked 3:11.59 to just miss her PB of 3:09.14. Weston AC's Liz Wiggins clocked 3:12.51.