Scott wins Coventry half race

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Stamford runner Aaron Scott’s build-up towards his big marathon challenge next month took in another race success at the weekend.

A week after storming to victory in the Cambridge Half-Marathon by over three minutes, the Nene Valley Harriers man from Stamford added the Coventry Half-Marathon title to his CV on Sunday.

And he was again a comfortable winner, this time hitting the tape 46 seconds clear of runner-up Alex Milne from Enfield. His winning time was 68mins 50secs.

Scott, who had entered the event for the first time, said: “I’m planning to run the Manchester Marathon in two weeks time to try and get a Commonwealth Games qualifying time and this was perfect preparation for that.

“The first eight miles were a bit tougher than I expected. There were a lot of hills and we were running into the wind. But the end had some nice long downhill parts so it was good to make some time up.

“I was really impressed with the number of spectators outside the city centre. It’s nice to have encouragement when you are pushing up hills and the crowds were really supportive.”

Philippa Taylor, Scott’s training partner, made it a Nene Valley Harriers double. The Over 45 veteran finished in 25th place in 81.53.