Kathy Butler won her first British Championship on the country with a determined display of front running, Not sure how she would feel after a week long bout of food poisoning had restricted her to little more than jogs in the days leading up to the race, she looked like the ‘rest’ had done her good and she set about the task in hand early on in the 8k race. In the shorter women’s race, it was the talented Kate Reed who used similar front running tactics to secure her British title.
Butler was tracked almost all of the way by Natalie Harvey who only two days before the race was cleared to run for Great Britain after moving from her native Australia. In third place was Hayley Yelling who , like Butler had been suffering with illness before the race. Her decision to race meant that she was able to secure the overall Reebok Challenge Title. Louise Damen secured 4th place after pushing yelling all the way and will expect to be named in the GBR team for the World Championships in Brussels in two weeks.
Behind Kate Reed’s dominant run, European Junior 5th placer Faye Fullerton took 4th place while 800m specialist Charlotte Moore finished one place behind having opted to run the 4k rather than the longer 6k event of her own junior age group.