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Hat-trick for Calne runner
Calne runner Simon Nott achieved his third win of the Bishops Cannings 5,000 metre dash and was close to the record time despite muddy conditions.
The 18-year-old, of Horsebrook Park, was first home in a time of 18 minutes and 45 seconds.
At the time of the race on Saturday afternoon the rain had stopped but the heavy rainfall over the past few days had made the ground wet.
Eighty runners entered although three did not finish. This was the 30th dash, which is held as part of the church fete.
Francis Goddard, race organiser, said of Simon Nott: “His time was only 24 seconds off the record which, given the wet and muddy conditions, was remarkable.
“It was a great race although the weather may have discouraged the more cautious. The 5,000 metre dash continues to stand out as one of the most challenging 5k type races in Wiltshire and we are already looking forward to the 31st consecutive running of this event on July 13 next year.”
Second place was Tony Hogan and third was Peter Merritt.
The first woman to finish was Lottie Colquhoun in a time of 26.15. Lottie won the junior section for three years up to 2010. Second was Laura Pyle and in third place was Margaret Knight.
At the church fete there were numerous stalls including books and cakes, a barbecue, darts, skittles, basketball competition and air rifle target shooting.