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Great Manchester Run: Shelly Woods wins wheelchair race

Jade Jones and Shelly Woods Image copyright Shelly Woods
Image caption The ultimate ambition of Shelly Woods (right) is to win gold at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio

Paralympian Shelly Woods has secured her second successive win in the Great Manchester Run.

The Blackpool athlete won the Elite Women's Wheelchair event with a time of 25:21, closely followed by Jade Jones who finished in 25:35.

Woods, 29, said she was "proud" of her win as Jones "pushed me all the way" which helped her to a faster time.

Woods, a two times Paralympic silver medallist, said she felt strong as she prepares for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

'A bit bumpy'

She said the Great Manchester Run has a "brilliant atmosphere".

"I always love coming here to race, the course is quick too, a bit bumpy, but good fun."

Image copyright Great Run
Image caption Woods has won two Paralympic silver medals

Woods, whose ultimate ambition is to win gold at Rio, said: "It was a good race. Jade's strong, she's on the way up, so she's doing well. It pushes you on."

She added: "It's a Paralympic year and I'm feeling strong and fast."

Woods won a silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics in the 1500m event and bronze in the 5000m race. She picked up a silver at the London 2012 Paralympics.

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