5 Mar

Weirwolf Leads Silverstone Pack

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Paralympic champion David Weir led home a 6,000 strong field at the 11th adidas Silverstone half marathon on Sunday. Held at the famous Formula One raceway, Weir was burning rubber of his own as he scorched round in 47m 32s as part of his build up to April's Virgin London marathon.

The race for able-bodied runners was led home by another of GB's leading marathon protagonists, Scott Overall of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers. The Olympic runner stormed home in 65:43, almost seven minutes clear of second-placed Tom Atkinson of Leicester in 72:40 who just held off third-placed Steve Gallienne of Bideford AAC in 72:53.

Overall was delighted with his win, saying afterwards: "I planned to run a tempo effort as part of my build up to London marathon in April so today gave me a lot of confidence. The conditions were tough, but it seems to be windy everywhere I race at the moment. There were some long, hard drags but I'm pleased that everything went to plan today."

The leading lady in the field of 6224 finisher was Sarah Ivory of Colchester Harriers in 82:34. The race was started by former 400m star and TV personality Iwan Thomas who then proceeded to run the 13.1miles, setting a new PB of 1:38:01.

For Weir, it was his first race since his stunning quadruple gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games. He said: "I feel like I'm in pretty good shape considering the amount of time I've had out. Today's race revealed what I need to do in training, so I'll knuckle down for the next seven weeks so I'm ready to give it my best shot and go for a record seven wins at this year's London Marathon."