Powerful run earns a top five finish for Strider Merrick

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Powerful running by Jason Merrick earned the Driffield Strider fifth place in the challenging Yorkshire Wolds Half-Marathon.

Jason clocked 1 hr 23 min 22secs in a race won by Phil Taylor of Bridlington Road Runners, in 1.16.39.

First woman in 22nd place was Darlington Harrier Sharon Barlow with 1.32.09.

Taylor was the only one of 176 runners to break 80 mins on the notoriously tough Bishop Wilton course with its lengthy uphill finish.

Striders Shaun Hobson finished strongly for eighth place in 1.24.15, followed by Debbie Church (1.44.10).