WILTSHIRE narrowly missed out on victory in the inter-county road race fixture against Dorset at the Lytchett 10.
Nathan Blunden of Swindon Harriers finished 26th overall in 1:02:08 while on the women’s side, Sam Kelly of Wootton Bassett Hounds was 63rd in 1:06:12.
The 50k world record holder, Steve Way, broke the eight-year-old course record with a time of 51:46 at the event near Poole.
That was enough for the Bournemouth AC runner to beat Simon Plummer (Salisbury A&RC) into second with Kyle Pepperman-Hackett - a Poole Runner but competing for Wiltshire - in third.
Kelly led the way for Wiltshire in the women’s race but they also had to settle for second behind their hosts.
Results (top 10 plus selected others)
1, Steve Way (Bournemouth AC) 51:46; 2, Simon Plummer (Salisbury A&RC) 52:30; 3, Kyle Pepperman-Hackett (Poole Runners and second claim Salisbury A&RC) 53:48; 4, Jacek Cieluszecki (Bournemouth AC) 53:54; 5, George Miller (Poole Runners) 55:01; 6, Martin Yelling 57:27; 7, Michael Towler (Avon Valley Runners) 57:35; 8, Julian Richardson (Oxford City AC) 57:40; 9, Chris Harry (Cornwall AC) 58:01; 10, Tim Hawkins (Wells City Harriers) 58:03; 26, Nathan Blunden (Swindon Harriers) 1:02:08; 63, Sam Kelly (Wootton Bassett Hounds) 1:06:12; 70, Georgie Starke (Frome Running Club) 1:07:25; 82, Fiona Price (Avon Valley Runners) 1:08:09; 106, Diane Hier (Avon Valley Runners) 1:10:01; 109, Denise Grech (Calne SMaRTT) 1:10:15; 116, Jo Mumford (Avon Valley Runners) 1:10:45.