KIERON Brown showed a clean pair of heels to a 49-strong field in the annual Coppett Hill race near Goodrich.

The MonRoss Trail-blazer covered the testing 5.4-mile, 1,000ft ascent course in 39 minutes 15 seconds to win the Forest of Dean AC-organised race by just over a minute from Chepstow Harriers' James Blore (40.21).

Third and fastest woman was Lucy Donaldson of Black Mountain fell club Mynydd Du, who finished in a scorching 40.29, more than seven minutes ahread of her nearest female rival.

Harriers' Paul Murrin was fourth and fastest over-50man in 40.36, 3.02 ahead of fifth-placed fastest-over 40 male runner Ryan Cook of Aberdare Valley.

Tom Mollekin of Mynydd Du was sixth (43.43) followed by Harriers' trio Dikie Hudd (43.45), Reuben Lawson (47.36) and Seth Lawson (47.42), with second quickest woman Rebecca Ward of Sheffield University Orienteering Club (47.46) completing the top 10.

Trail-blazers Richard Bevan and Grant White finished in 49.05 and 49.24 respectively, while third quickest woman and fastest over-50 female was Harriers' Lisa Jeffrey who crossed in 50.09.

Meanwhile, Trail-blazers had to go no further than Ross Sports Centre to join a 173-strong field in the second Hereford & Borders Summer X-country midweek race, organised by Forest of Dean AC.

Their teams finished in third and seventh leaving them third and 9th in the standings

Kieron Brown was fifth in 29.31, followed by Jack Miller in eighth (30.23), Bryn Arden-Thomas 12th (31.40), Richard Bevan 27th (33.53), Martin Turner 35th (34.39), Grant White 37th (34.45), Matt Webb 41st (35.26) and Andrew Stephens 45th (36.18).

Lucinda Lumley was fastest MonRoss woman in 36.52, just 23 seconds ahead of Emily Harrison.

Other Trail-blazers were Ben Dodd (37.18), Martin Woodhead (37.44), Rob Vidler (39.08), Gary Griffiths (39.34), Tony Davies (40.07), Catherine Finlay (40.39, Rebecca Wilson (42.17), Rachael Aitken (42.36), Emma Downes (44.00) and Adam Gray (44.54).

MonRoss member Emma Davies also took part in the Long Course Weekend Wales - a multi-discipline, multi-distance event at Tenby, with swimming on Friday, cycling on Saturday and running on Sunday.

She completed a 1.2 mile swim and 70-mile bike ride (with over 5,000ft of elevation), before wrapping up the weekend with a half marathon with her daughter Rosie.