Essex county gold for Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners’ Josh Sowman

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners' Josh Sowman with his Essex county gold medal.

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners' Josh Sowman with his Essex county gold medal. - Credit: Archant

Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners’ Josh Sowman was the fastest in the U18 category to claim an Essex County Championship gold medal at the Wix 5 mile road race.

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners were out in force at the Wix 5 Mile race.

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners were out in force at the Wix 5 Mile race. - Credit: Archant

More than 450 runners took part in the race, which followed a relatively flat course resulting in some fast times.

The event was won by Edward Michell of Colchester Harriers in 26 minutes 13 seconds with Sowman finishing 11th in a personal best of 27:41.

He was followed 20 seconds later by James Bosher in 12th.

There were also PBs for Luca Predebon (33:49), Martin Atkinson (34:02), Emily Predebon (36:25) and Hayley Morley (40:46).

Karen Pickering was the fastest GFDR female in 36:02.

Meanwhile at the Chelmsford Marathon Ashwin Shah achieved a PB of 3:12:46 with Ian Lawson finishing in 3:59:36.

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And Jason Bepey also picked up a PB at the Abingdon Marathon, clocking 3:35:12.