Stirk and Cocks capture honours for County
Nigel Stirk and Liz Cocks have flown the flag for the county as they both ran to victory in the half-marathon.
Stirk, a fireman from Leicester, was first across the line in 72:39, while Cocks, of Birstall Running Club was the fastest female, running the 13.1-mile distance in 79:31.
Stirk won the event in 2010 but was unable to compete last year, pulling out through injury just days before the race.
The 40-year-old said it feels good to win again. "It was a good win – I worked hard though," he said.
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"I was hoping for a bit quicker but I was struggling with my calf a bit.
"There were two of us up until five miles and then I managed to pull away and lead from the front for the rest of the way.
"They were perfect conditions to run in – I couldn't ask for it to be any better really.
"It's always nice to do it on your turf on the local scene."
Matt Adcock, of Hermitage Harriers, came in second in 74:56, while Tom Bells, of Owls Athletics Club, took third place in 75:38.
Liz Cocks said it felt good to be first over the line.
"I'm really please – it's a great achievement," she said.
"It's nice to be out there in your home city."
Desford Striders' Emma Marvin was the second fastest woman in 1:28:15, while Katie Mellor, of Thames Valley Harriers, came in third.
In the Veteran age group categories, Richard Whitelegg picked up the V40 award, while Victoria Carter was the fastest V40 female.
Geoff Newill and Jane Fraser were the fastest athletes in the V50 category.
In the V60 category, Les Chesterton was the fastest male, with Sarah Hargreaves the quickest female.