18th November 2015
Felton And Griffiths Take Runbritain Grand Prix Titles
18 November 2015
The runbritain Grand Prix drew to a close on Sunday at the Leeds Abbey Dash with Dewi Griffiths (coach: Kevin Evans) and Rachel Felton (Christopher Frapwell) taking the overall series titles.
Griffiths went into the grand final in second place in the overall standings behind John Beattie (Gavin Smith) but a strong performance in the Yorkshire city saw the Welshman overhaul him in the standings. He finished second in the race on Sunday in a time of 29:47 to finish on 1592 points. Beattie saw no improvement to his overall points tally to finish second overall in the grand prix standings with Paul Martelletti (Nick Anderson) placing third.
Bristol & West’s Daniel Studley (David Harmer) posted a time of 29:43, a personal best, to take a breakthrough victory in Leeds. Jacob Allen (Mick Woods) finished third in 29:43 in a close finish which saw the leading three separated by just five seconds.
Felton earned the women’s crown after a consistent series, finishing fifth in Leeds this weekend in a time of 33:32. After two race victories at the Cardiff 10km and Cardiff half marathon, the Shaftesbury Barnet athlete went into the final event in a strong position, and extended her lead at the top of the standings to 992 points.
The two other podium positions in the women’s runbritain grand prix standings went to Michelle Ross-Cope (Bud Baldaro) who was the biggest mover during the final event, going from seventh to second after her sixth place finish in Leeds. Faye Fullerton (Georgina Fullerton) finished third in the overall rankings after an impressive second place finish in Yorkshire, clocking a time of 33:09.
Cardiff’s Charlotte Arter (James Thie) ran one of the races of her career to take the win on the day in Leeds, stopping the clock at 33:00, a lifetime best. Fullerton was second with Stevie Stockton (Rob Denmark) claiming third spot in 33:09.
At all six events that make up the runbritain Grand Prix, points are awarded for the first 250 finishing positions. 250 points are awarded for the first British finisher, down to 1 point for the 250th British finisher with time bonuses also available. Up to the best four scores from the six available races count at the end of the series. Prize money totals £18,000 and is shared by the top 10 male and female British runners.
For more results and standings in the runbritain Grand Prix, follow the link: http://www.runbritain.com/run-britain-grand-prix