Athletics: Doyle storms home in league opener
There was success for Leicestershire runners in the opening race of this season's North Midlands Cross-Country league.
Juliet Doyle, of Charnwood, romped home in the senior women's event at Marketon Park in Derby, completing the 6k distance in 23min 02sec, almost two minutes faster than her nearest rival.
Biathle world champion Nicola Roder, who runs for Leicester Triathlon, finished third in 25.42.
Roder will be looking to emulate last season's treble of North Midlands and Derby Runner cross-country leagues, as well as the County cross-country title.
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Charnwood's Kate Ramsey and Harborough's Hannah Eveleigh also made the top 10, finishing ninth and 10th respectively.
In the senior men's 10k, County 10k champion Alastair Watson claimed second spot in a time of 32.32.
Owls' Tom Mahon and Danny Hallam finished third and fifth respectively. Mahon completed the race in 32.35 while Hallam clocked 33.01. Shepshed's Tim Hartley was fourth in 32.47.
Leicester Triathlon's Connor Murphy finished sixth in 33.10, while County half-marathon champion Mark Powell was ninth in 33.33.
There was also a Charnwood one-two in the under-15 girls' 3k, with Lucy Jones (12.11) and Laura Mullin (12.56) first and second respectively.
Charnwood also had a winner in the under-13 boys' 3k, with Jo Pollard running home in 12.05.
Nigel Stirk was unable to add to his Leicester Half-Marathon title as he finished third in the Braunstone Parkrun.
The Leicester fireman ran home in 15min 40sec but had to settle for third place, finishing 14 seconds behind James Poole (Blackheath & Bromley).
In the women's race, Trentham's Sarah Johnson chalked up her third successive victory, running home in 18.09. Two-time winner, Florine Hiersemenzel was second in 20.19, with Vickie Hallam (West End Runners) third place in 21.35.
Charnwood's Archie Banks was first home in the under-15s race, winning in 17.36.