ANDY Bond was first home in the 58th running of the Weymouth 10 road race.

The Dulwich Runners athlete crossed the line in a fast time of 56.10 minutes.

This was the best finish time since 2014 when Steven Bayton finished a slightly different version of the course in a time of 54.31.

Mayor of Weymouth, Councillor Graham Winter, started the event, which is organised by the Egdon Heath Harriers and nearly 300 competitors set off along the Esplanade to cover a total distance of 10 miles.

A close second place this year went to Christopher Peck of Waverley Harriers (56.22) and third place went to Jonathan Cooper of Egdon Heath Harriers (59.03).

The first lady was Anna Wiles of Royal Manor of Portland AC (1.11.35).

Both the male and female team trophies went to a triumphant Royal Manor of Portland AC.

The event saw inspirational performances from local and visiting runners and great support from the Weymouth community.

Many who took part in the race were relatively new runners, who have progressed from the popular Parkrun (5k) to the Egdon Easy (10k) and now this historic 10-mile race.

Egdon Heath Harriers welcome runners of all abilities, from enthusiastic racers to social plodders.

Race director, Damian Summerscales, expressed his thanks to the event’s sponsors, Laceys Solicitors of Bournemouth and Sainsbury’s Weymouth.

He also praised the considerable help provided this and every year by Weymouth Town Council and Weymouth Pavilion.

Particular thanks were given to the many race marshals who volunteered their time to make this event safe and enjoyable for competitors and spectators alike.


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