TAUNTON runner Alice Murray-Gourlay clocked a personal best as she stormed home as the first woman in this morning's (Sunday) 10k race.

Hundreds of spectators lined the route to cheer on more than 600 runners of all abilities at the event, which started and finished at Everyone Active’s Blackbrook Pavilion.

The overall winner was Jamie Barnett, of Teignbridge, who broke the tape at 32 minutes 42 seconds.

Alice, of Taunton Athletics Club, made it home in 37.17.

She said: "I've never done the Taunton 10k before.

"I've won a few races, but it means a lot winning in Taunton.

"Lots of people were shouting encouragement during the run.

"It was raining, but I quite like the rain. The worst part was that it was quite humid."

She paid tribute to clubmate Joe Walton, who paced her round the course.

There were five Taunton AC runners in the top ten, including Phil Burden and Ben Tull, who came second and third respectively.

Race director John Lewis said: "It's gone well.

"The weather hasn't been as challenging as we thought it might be, although it was humid.

"We're very very pleased. Just over 600 took part. There were some good times, but no records."


1 Jamie Barnett, Teignbridge, 32.43.

2 Phil Burden, Taunton AC, 33.34.

3 Ben Tull, Taunton AC, 33.57.

4 Ben Lloyd, Yeovil Olympiads, 35.20.

5 Peter Monaghan, Torbay AC, 35.58.

6 Paul Morgan, South Molton Strugglers, 36.46.

7 Thomas Barnes, 36.58.

8 Alice Murray-Gourlay, Taunton Ac, 37.17.

9 Joe Walton, Taunton AC, 37.18.

10. David Edwards, TNR, 37.28