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Gemma Steel wins Bupa Great Yorkshire 10k

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Gemma Steel dominated the rest of the field at the weekend as she eased to victory in the Bupa Great Yorkshire 10k.

British athlete Steel, who produced an outstanding race in September to finish second behind Kanya's Mary Keitany in the Great North Run, was always in control as she stormed to the win in a time of 33 minutes and 19 seconds.

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It was the 28-year-old's fourth successive, and perhaps most convincing, win in Sheffield, her time two minutes and 54 seconds ahead of her closest challenger Julie Briscoe.

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Steel had set personal bests in all three of her races prior to Sunday and, although she wasn't able to continue that run, was nonetheless happy to take the win.

"It was good to win it again but I wasn’t going to break any records today," she was quoted as saying by The Star.

"Unfortunately Jess Coulson pulled out just before the start and I was on my own pretty much from the start."

It was the 24-year-old Coulson who had been expected to be Steel's main competitor and once she had pulled out it left the race there for the taking for Steel.

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"I was a minute outside the course record I did last year but in the circumstances I was pretty satisfied. I ran PBs in my three previous races. You can’t do them all the time."

In the men's race, Ross Millington edged out last year's winner Ryan McLeod and Matt Hynes.

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