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ATHLETICS: Lucky 13th for Massey runners.

Byline: JOHN WILKINSON

MASSEY FERGUSON finished 13th team in the inter-company road race organised by AXA Insurance at their sports facilities in Bristol.

More than 400 runners took part over an undulating 5.5-mile course which included a steep hill at the 4-mile mark, and the Coventry team's four runners all finished inside the top 100 behind winner Martin Hula (Xansa), 29-09.

Marlborough Sirling were the winning team. Martin Smith (36-54) was the first Massey runner home in 49th place, ahead of Paul Sturday (66th 38- 25), Alan Jones (67th 39-28) and Nick Rew (100th 40-29).

COVENTRY'S Steve Edwards chalked up the 363rd marathon of his career at Loch Ness and reached another landmark with his 300th sub-3 hr 30 min run.

"I'm not aware of any other runner in the world who has done this," said Edwards, who finished 89th in a field of over 800 at Loch Ness in 3-24- 39.

"It was a generally hilly course with very few flat stretches, but the weather conditions were good for running."

Peugeot UK's Phil Duffy completed his 14th marathon of the year, at the age of 61, in 3-45-00 and also enjoyed the Scottish scenery - arriving home in Coventry at 1am on Monday morning and snatching a few hours sleep before then cycling ten miles to work for a 7.30am start and running home afterwards!

Duffy earlier finished 23rd in the Aldbourne, Wiltshire 10km road race in 44-14, while clubmate Laurent Chairon returned home to France to complete the Sochaux half-marathon in 1-14-10.

CHRIS LEES (actual 37-12) had a fine run to record his first win in Peugeot's handicap road race series over a 5.2-mile course at Corley.

Glen Batchelor (38-56) was second home in the fifth round ahead of Chairon (28-40), who was the fastest on the day, Darrell Churchill (29-47) and Bill Clisham (32-35) in a field of 17.

ENTERING the Retford half-marathon on the day, Dave Phillips (Massey Ferguson) was give race number 151 - and went on to finish 151st in 1- 59-56.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 5, 2002
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