England teams take gold and silver as the European Record falls at the ACP 100k

England's Sarah Webster (Northern IOM) set a sensational European 100k record as England's women claimed the top 4 spots at the Anglo Celtic Plate 100k (ACP) in Perth, Scotland.

Julia Davis at ACP 100k

In cool conditions Webster claimed the British 100k title running 7:03:48 around the 1.5 mile loop to break the previous record by 15 seconds. She led home a sensational team performance by England's women with Melissah Gibson (Ealing Eagles) running 7:13:23 and Julia Davis (Newquay Road Runners) clocking 7:25:48 moving to 2 and 3 on the UK all time list behind Sarah. Samantha Hudson dos Santos Figueira produced an excellent run of 8:00:14 as England dominated the women's race. Webster and Gibson now see themselves in line for automatic selection for GB&NI at the World 100k Championships. 

James Turner (Brighton & Hove) found himself in an exciting battle for victory in the men's race with a minute splitting the top three athletes. Scotland's Dougie Selman finished strongly to take the victory with James 10 seconds back in a fantastic 6:34:38, a performance which also sees him eligible for automatic selection for the World 100k.

James Turner completing ACP 100k

Alex Milne (Hercules Wimbledon) was the next England scorer in 5th running strongly for 6:49:17. Michael Young (West Cheshire) battled injury in the race but completed the distance to ensure England's men claimed a team silver medal crossing the line in 8:41:13. Experienced ultra runner Ollie Garrod withdrew during the race with an injury. 

Outside of the fantastic England team performances Joe Turner (Cambridge & Coleridge) was again in excellent form finishing 3rd overall in a time of 6:35.37. In the 50k, Bideford's Ronnie Richmond claimed the British title running a sensational British road record of 2:48:25, just seconds short of the overall British record held by Jeff Norman. Scotland's Jennifer Wetton claimed the women's 50k title in 3:29.03. 

Pack running at the ACP 100k

Team leader Robbie Britton said:

"The whole team put in an incredible effort today, with the women’s team performance good enough for a gold medal in every single World Championships in the history of 100k running. Congratulations to all the athletes and coaches, and a big well done my fellow team staff of Aly Dixon, Vanessa Atkin and Jamie Pugh for providing exceptional support to the athletes across the weekend and in the build-up."

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Images by Norbert Mihalik