THE 10th anniversary of the Maiden Newton Runners New‘Ten’ Madness 10k saw one of the largest entries as 150 runners competed.

Last year’s winner, Ben Renshaw of Bridport Runners, took an early lead and despite some strong performances from the chasing pack, he led all the way, finishing in a time of 38.07mins.

This was almost two minutes quicker than his winning time last year and more than one minute ahead of second-placed Thomas Craggs.

First lady over the finish line was Maiden Newton Runners’ Lin Lascelles, chalking up her First Lady crown of the event in a time of 44.14mins and 13th place overall.

Despite strong support from many of the local running clubs, Maiden Newton took a clean sweep this year of the men’s and ladies’ team prizes.

Martin Lascelles, Phil England, Dave Carnell and Anthony Rimmer made up the men’s team and Lin Lascelles, Zoe Hayward and Victoria Barnett completed the ladies’ side.

It was a mixed field of social and club runners, with some past winners on the start line.

The undulating multi-terrain route, finished with an off-road section along the River Frome.

Final figures have not been completed, but hopefully the event will have raised a good deal of money, which this year is going to Macmillan CancerCare as part of the fundraising being done by race organiser Phil England and son James who are competing in the Challenge Weymouth Ironman distance triathlon on September 14.

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