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Rachel Bamford is top class as Jonathan Brownlee takes third


Missing out: Jonathan Brownlee settled for third

Missing out: Jonathan Brownlee settled for third

Missing out: Jonathan Brownlee settled for third

Great Britain steeplechase international Rachel Bamford was the beneficiary of Irish star Mary Cullen’s no-start last night in the Women’s 3k International, crossing the line in a victorious time of nine minutes 16.14 seconds.

The Leeds woman had six seconds to spare over newly-crowned NI Senior Cross Country champion Teresa Doherty (9.22.95). Bronze went to Loughborough’s Gemma Hillier in 9.23.95.

Afterwards, 25-year-old Bamford said she was delighted with her victory which followed her third place last year. Bamford has hit a purple patch in recent months, including a PB of 9.45.51 for seventh place in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games steeplechase last summer.

Fourth place went to Coventry’s Katrina Wootton (9.25.83) followed by England’s Rachel Felton (9.27.32) and Strabane’s Anne Marie McGlynn (9.39.62).

London Olympics triathlon bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee, meanwhile, just lost out in a sprint finish in last night’s Armagh 5k International Road Race. The 25-year-old Bingley man had to settle for third position, less than two seconds behind winner Joe Stilin of the US.

For most of the race, a 12-man group vied for the lead with 2012 World Champion Brownlee setting the pace on several occasions. However, he simply could not break away and the superior speed of Stilin finally paid dividends as he took the victory in 13 minutes 58.34 seconds.

Daniel Cliffe of Liverpool was second in 13.59.47 followed by Brownlee in 14.00.13. Fourth place went to Dan Strudley (14.01.60) with Christian Zalewski of Poland (14.02.24) and Newham’s John Beattie(14.03.41) following.

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Brownlee had the satisfaction of running a personal best time, proving he can mix it with the best in the world of UK athletics.

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