TEENAGE runner Ellie Merriman took a narrow victory by just eight seconds in the women's event at the seventh Dorstone Dawdle 10k Multi-terrain race.

An increased field of 73 finishers took part in the most successful running of the event, which included a four-kilometre Fun Run.

The event was clearly won by veteran runner Stefan Sternkopf (Worcester AC) who finished over two minute clear of his nearest rival.

Paul Saville (Lonely Goat RC) took second while David Prosser-Painting finished third.

However, the standout performance was Merriman who finished fourth overall one place ahead of second woman Jodie Newell with Joanne Eddy in third.

The event, which was sponsored by Western Power Distribution, started in Dorstone.

The contestants set off on a circuit that included in a steep climb up to Vagar Hill and returned to the village via the ancient Cabin Lane.

The racers finished under the winners arch to the sounds of the newly-restored bells of St Faiths Church.

The winners were awarded rosettes by the Vicar of Dorstone the Rev Luci Morris.

The race is held in aid of three local charities.

Merriman also led Hay Hotfooters to the team prize.

In the Fun Run Ned Collins was the first boy home while Chloe Morgan was quickest girl.