Army man takes top honours
Welsh Guards captain Tom Evans won the 2017 Perkins Great Eastern Run. The 25 year-old army man who is based at Pirbright in Surrey, took top spot in a time of 68 minutes and 40 seconds.
He finished well clear of runner-up William Strangeway from Lincoln Wellington AC. He timed in at 68:57 with RAF man Ben Livesey from Notts AC claiming third spot in 70:29.
Tom had only run the distance once before, clocking a modest 73:45 in the Barns Green Half-Marathon in Sussex in 2016.
First local runner home was Steve Robinson from Peterborough Athletic Club. The 34 year-old physiotherapist from RAF Wittering claimed seventh place in 72:31.
The ladies race sprung a surprise winner when Kenyan hot favourite Caroline Nyaguthi pulled up injured after 12 miles. That left the way clear for Cambridge & Coleridge runner Georgina Schwiening to finish first.
Georgina was was 32nd overall in 75:26. Second lady was Hayley Kuter of Salford Harriers (76th in 79:01) and third Hayley Munn from Northampton Road Runners (79th in 79:08).
Matt Clarke won the wheelchair race for the second time following his first win in 2015. The 40 year-old civil servant from Scunthorpe completed the 13.1 miles in 59 minutes and 7seconds.
Of the record 5,383 entries there were almost 3,000 male runners. More and more female runners are entering every year, which is encouraging. Another pleasing statistic is that more than 2,600 runners had entered the race for the first time and 177 different UKA clubs were represented.