INTERNATIONAL runner Tom Humphries was very much to the fore in the Bupa Great Edinburgh cross country races series last week.
He was included in a strong team for this leading cross country challenge event as Great Britain took on teams from the USA and Europe.
In the men’s 8k race, Humphries, pic- tured, took up the early pace and gained an early advantage over his rivals which included fellow Brit Andy Vernon, who al so went out hard from the start, America’s Bobby Mack and Ayad Lamdassem from Spain.
Going into the final lap, Humphries still led the way, but in the closing stages his main rivals gradually pulled back the gap and in the end Mack took the race in 24.27, edging out Lamdassem (24.28), from Vernon (24.59) and Humphries (24.32). The overall team standings on the day saw victory go to Team Europe on 154 points, ahead of Great Britain (175) and USA (201).
ENTRIES are still being taken for this
year’s Stafford half marathon, which also incorporates a school and family fun run.
The date for your diary is Sunday, March 17 and once again the limit for the half marathon is 2,500.
Runners can register online or, in per- son at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, East- gate Street or by calling 01785 254653. Online entries are available via www.staffordbc.gov.uk/halfmarathon
The race starts at 10am in the town cen- tre, before heading out into the country- side and taking in two steady climbs, fin- ishing in Market Square.
The closing date for entries this year is Friday, January 19 (main race), while fun run entries will still be taken up to and including race day.