Bell and Souter take the honours at HSBC UK | National Marathon Championships

Bell and Souter take the honours at HSBC UK | National Marathon Championships

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Tom Bell and Amy Souter came out on top at the Manx 100 to win the HSBC UK | National Marathon Championships titles.

Bell (Delv) and Souter (InGear Coaching naughtone) made it a double victory for Yorkshire in technical and, at times, treacherous conditions.

In the men’s race, Bell, alongside last year’s winner Ben Thomas (Mountain Trax Vauxhall) and Paul Oldham (Hope) lead the front of the peloton as the race started at an incredible pace.

The three held off the rest of the competition for much of the day, before Thomas and Bell dropped Oldham at the start of the climb from Kirk Michael.

In the final descent, Bell navigated a tricky corner and water splash slightly better than Thomas to pull clear ahead of the slight climb on the finish, winning by 18 seconds in a time of 5:16:00, with Oldham two minutes behind in third.

Local rider Kirree Quayle saw her challenge scuppered by a mechanical at Mountain Gate, leaving Souter to ride solo to victory.

The Leeds rider completed the course in 7:08:19, over 20 minutes ahead of second placed Erika Moks (Mountain Goat Coaching) with Katherine Simpson (Rock and Road) a further 16 minutes back for bronze.