FORMER Greenfield girl Jen Bloor used local knowledge to her best advantage on the way to victory at the Mossley 10K.
The 28-year-old teacher was first female and 14th overall from 313 finishers in 40 minutes 23 seconds.
The only disappointment was failing to better last year’s time of 40:10 when finishing runner-up to Kirsty Johnson.
This time Saddleworth raised Jen, who now competes for Royton Road Runners, turned the tables on the Glossopdale Harrier and hopes to defend her title in 2017.
“If the two marathons before don’t kill me off,” she laughed. “I’m doing the Greater Manchester on April 2 and the London Marathon on April 23.
“I have never done them that close together before. And I don’t know why I do them at all because I hate them!”
Jen’s victory at Mossley, part of the course held over her former training routes, confirmed her as one of Royton’s leading runners.
Members are divided into groups based on ability and times. “I am the only female in the Premiership so I am up against all the fast lads as I call them,” she explained proudly.
The ‘fastest lad’ of all is clubmate Rob James from Slaithwaite who claimed the overall Mossley 10K crown in 34 mins 01 seconds to establish a new course record.