JON Barnes and Nicola Emerson proved to be in good form in the Summer 10k race organised by Wye Valley Runners.

Barnes, of Cheltenham Harriers, set a strong pace from the start and quickly pulled away from his rivals, securing a convincing first time victory in this race in a time of 35.00.

Charlie Jones, of Hereford Couriers, held off a strong challenge from club mate Matt James to finish second in a time of 35.51.

Wye Valley Runners, meanwhile, claimed the first four places in the ladies race.

Emerson put in an excellent performance to win in a time of 43.45., ahead of Johanne Morgan-Rolfe (44.12).

Kate Owen managed to overhaul club mate Laura Tootell close to the finish with a time of 44.44.

Wye Valley Runners secured both men’s and ladies team awards.

The winning men’s team were Daniel King, James Richards and Steven Flowers, while the leading ladies were Emerson, Morgan-Rolfe and Owen.

A total of 87 of the 92 finishers completed the course in under an hour.

The next Wye Valley Runners organised race will be at Breinton on September 4.

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Men: 1 Jon Barnes (Cheltenham Harriers) 35.00, 2Charlie Jones (Hereford Couriers), 35.51, 3 Matt James (Hereford Couriers) 36.07; MV40 :James Richards (Wye Valley Runners) 37.28; MV45: Ian Sockett (Wye Valley Runners), 38.12; MV50: Nigel Baker (Monross Trail Blazers) 43.21; MV55 Peter Carwardine (Hereford Couriers) 47.01; MV60: David Davies (Brecon AC) 38.26; MV65: Steve Herington (Hereford Couriers) 46.13; MV70: Brian Symonds (Wye Valley Runners) 51.29.

Ladies: 1 Nicola Emerson (Wye Valley Runners) 43.45, 2 Johanne Morgan-Rolfe (Wye Valley Runners) 44.12, 3 Kate Owen (Wye Valley Runners) 44.44; FV35: Kate Owen (Wye Valley Runners) 44.44; FV40: Nicola Emerson (Wye Valley Runners) 43.45; FV45: Johanne Morgan-Rolfe (Wye Valley Runners) 44.12; FV50: Emma Poole (Newent Runners) 49.39; FV60: Jan Edwards (Wye Valley Runners) 49.50; FV65: Brenda Avery (Chepstow Harriers) 52.02).