HOME-TOWN hero Naomi Warr was delighted to be first lady home at the Uttoxeter Half Marathon on Sunday.
The 35-year-old, who now runs for Hatton Darts, grew up in Uttoxeter and stormed round the course to better her fourth-place finishes in 2012 and 2011 – finishing 43rd overall with a time of 1hr 28mins 17secs.
Warr said: “As someone who grew up in Uttoxeter, this is always a favourite race of mine, and to finish first lady is really pleasing.
“Special thanks to my coach Mark White.”
Warr is an accomplished triathlete who has competed in a number of Ironman events, including the World Championships in Hawaii, representing Great Britain.
At the London Marathon last month, she set a new Hatton Darts record in 3:03:50.
Meanwhile, Ben Gamble crossed the finish line five minutes ahead of his nearest rival as he collected a fourth victory in six years.
Gamble completed the course in 1hr 11mins 9secs which, while slightly off his 2012 best of 1:10:07, was still enough to beat Carl Moulton.
Since his second-placed finish on debut in 2007, Gamble has won every time he has entered the race, in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
For local club Uttoxeter Road Runners, Ian Salt came ninth with a time of 1:18:58.
That result helped the club to an eighth-place finish in the team competition, with Gareth Morgan (33rd, 1:26:59), Tim Melville (94th, 1:36:41) and Grahame Cope (122nd, 1:42:15) completing the four counters.
Ady Wayne Woodhall (147th, 1:45:09), Simon Poole (155th, 1:46:05), Russell Reid (237th, 1:57:19) and Paul Hayman (301st, 2:10:34) completed the men’s finishers.
For the ladies, Helen Hastilow was first back, 46th lady, 244th overall in a time of 1:58:08.
Honor Cann (52nd lady, 256th overall in 2:00:41) was 10th in the L45 category.
Lisa Lancaster was 18th in L40, 294th overall and 69th overall, with Jennifer Goodwin (309th, 2:12:19) completing the pack as the 74th lady back.