10:30am Thursday 31st October 2013
By Ed Mezzetti
DARRELL Bellinger led Oxford City to the men’s team title at the Stroud Half Marathon.
Bellinger finished fifth and broke 70 minutes for the second time in his career, despite facing a fairly stiff breeze.
The 28-year-old completed the 13.1-mile course in 1hr 9mins 59secs and was only beaten by three Kenyan athletes and Olympic marathon runner Anuradha Cooray.
Steve Male was tenth in 1.13.47, which placed him 11th in the British vet 45 rankings.
With Nick Jones (1.15.42) and Mark Tankard (1.18.15), completing their quartet, City saw off Cheltenham Harriers for the men’s team prize.
Headington Road Runner Jason Smith was 20th and second vet 40 man home in a personal best time of 1.16.49.
Clubmate Sandra Wolanski won the vet 50 ladies’ title after finishing 203rd in 1.35.25.
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