The women's race developed into a duel between Kimball and Beverly Anderson-Abbs (Red Bluff, Calif.). At the 26.8 mile turnaround, Kimball led into the aid station, trailed closely by Anderson-Abbs. As they crossed paths at the aid station, Kimball headed out with the slight advantage with Anderson-Abbs in tow. The two remained in a close battle through the end of the first lap with just under 5 minutes between them.
For the next portion of the course, the two shifted leads and pressed the pace, each trying to break the other. Finally Kimball pulled away headed back out to the half-way mark of the slightly shorter second lap. At the turnaround, Kimball had gapped Anderson-Abbs by approximately 4 miles, as the searing daytime temperatures, terrain, and aggressive early pace battling with Kimball took its toll.
Kimball opened up through the final miles which were mostly downhill, to finish in 20:18:12 for the win over Anderson-Abbs, who held on for 2nd place in 23:28:10. Third place went to Jenny Capel (Reno, Nevada) in 24:53:38.
In addition to open male and female National Champions being crowned, age group national championships were awarded to the top finisher in age groups in five year intervals beginning with 40-44 through 70+ in men's and women's divisions.
photo Cheltenham jockey club
photo Cheltenham Racecourse