New women’s record in Lord Mayor’s 5k City Centre Classic road race

A new women's course record was set in the Lord Mayor's 5k City Centre Classic road race.

Now in its 16th year and run along the route of the Lord Mayor's Street Procession in Norwich, thousands of people watched Saturday's event and saw Gemma Steel complete the route in a record 15 minutes and 59 seconds.

Previously the women's record had been held by Tara Krzywicki with 16 minutes and 23 seconds.

Twenty-five-year-old Gemma, from Caolville, in Leicestershire, and who belongs to Charnwood AC, said: 'I was second last year and I really wanted to win this year. I am over the moon.

'I loved all the support from the crowds during the race.'


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Justina Heslop, from Clapham Chasers, was the second woman to finish Saturday's race with a time of 16 minute and 5 seconds and she also beat the previous women's record.

Natalie Harvey, from South London Harriers, was third with 16 minutes 26 seconds.

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In the men's race Ethiopian Tewodros Shiferaw, 31 and from Birchfield Harriers, stormed to victory with an impressive time of 14 minutes and 26 seconds.

He said the event was a very nice race and he was very happy with his time.

Mark Draper, from Bedford and County AC, came second with a time of 14 minutes and 35 seconds, and Neilson Hall, from Bedford and County AC, came third with 14 minutes and 40 seconds.

Last year's winner Darren Deed, also from Bedford and County AC, was fourth this year.

Richard Polley, from City of Norwich Athletic Club which organises the race, said it was a great race with perfect conditions, really big crowds watching, and an absolutely superb atmosphere.

He said it had been a fabulous men's race and an even better women's race with the top two females both breaking the previous women's record.

He said 100 runners finished the event, the largest number ever to have finished the race which is part of the Lord Mayor's Celebrations

• To see the full results visit www.conac.org.uk

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