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20th Jan, 2022

ATHLETICS - Stratford AC runner Kruze wins British Masters 10k Road Championships

STRATFORD AC runner Ben Kruze won the British Masters 10k Road Championships with an inspired performance around the Cyclopark in Gravesend, Kent.

 

Kruze came home first in 31 mins 57 secs – 30 seconds faster than any other runner – whilst fellow club member Matt Burdus-Cook finished ninth in a personal best time of 34 mins 2 secs over the distance.

 

And Kruze was just five seconds slower than his personal best time and club record which he set earlier in the year.

 

Kruze said: “This was a great way to finish a nice block of races and a fun, well organised event, we look forward to next year.”

 

Fellow Stratford runner Burdus-Cook improved was delighted to improve his personal best time by 18 seconds and finish fourth in the MV45 category.

 

Burdus-Cook said: “I’m really happy with my execution and getting my race back in control to run a PB.

 

“I’m honestly not bothered that I missed out on a medal, they didn’t look that good anyway.”

 

The Cyclopark was geared towards cycling but offered runners an ideal traffic free route of a 2.5km undulating tarmac loop.

 

And given conditions were near perfect for the time of year both athletes settled into their race plans which they executed flawlessly to achieve impressive finishes in a field of 173 runners.

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