A NEW course record was set at the fourth staging of the Puddletown Plod road race.

Wells City Harrier Carl Morris shaved four minutes off the 20km record in a time of 70mins 33secs.

Rob McTaggart from Bournemouth AC was three minutes behind in second place with Royal Manor of Portland AC runner Mark Pittaway in third.

First women home was Steph Slade of Egdon Heath Harriers.

Royal Manor's Jenny Moloney was second with Poole Runners' Daveena Tweed third.

Organiser John Mills said: "I was very surprised the record was broken because it was very arduous out there with the hot conditions."

"This is the fourth time we have held the event and this year's was very successful.

"There were 169 finishers in the 20km race and 30 in the fun run."

results PUDDLETOWN PLOD First male: Carl Morris (Wells City Harriers) 70.33; Second male: Rob McTaggart (Bournemouth AC) 73.26; Third male: Mark Pittaway (Royal Manor of Portland AC) 77.00; First female: Steph Slade (Egdon Heath Harriers) 87.38; Second female: Jenny Moloney (Royal Manor of Portland AC) 91.37; Third female: Daveena Tweed (Poole Runners) 93.03; M17-39: Peter Rabjohns (Poole AC) 77.49; MVets40+: Nicholas Kenchington (Bournemouth AC) 79.23; MV50+: Simon Hunt (Bournemouth AC) 82.07; MV60+: Ian Barnes Poole Runners; F17-34: Judith Vlaarkamp (Lytchett Manor Striders) 105.50; FV35+: Janie Chapman (Littledown Harriers) 94.18; FV45+: Heather Khosnevis (Littledown Harriers) 93.13; FV55+: Caroline Horder (Bournemouth Joggers) 105.27; Male team: Bournemouth AC; Female team: Egdon Heath Harriers.

1.5km FUN RUN First boy yrs 4 and under: Ben Hargreaves; First girls yrs 4 and under: Martha Saunders, 2nd Caitlain Garney; First boy yrs 5/6: Jack Hargreaves, 2nd Luke Trim; First girl yrs 5/6: Olivia Freeman, 2nd Claudia Davison; First boy yrs 7/8: Joe Foard, 2nd Samuel Scott; First girl yrs 7/8: Charlotte Hanns; First boy yrs 9/13: Nathan Hook, 2nd Harry Chamberlain; First adult male: Jason Freeman, 2 Dominic Hargreaves; First adult female: Annie Hargreaves, 2nd Jenny Frampton; First boy pupil: (St Mary's Middle School), Joe Foard; First girl pupil: (St Mary's Middle School), Charlotte Hanns.