There were two new names on the roll of honour at the the third race of the Peterborough 2016 Grand Prix Series in Stamford.
Stuart Haw of Peterborough AC was fastest over the hilly and twisty course, racing to his maiden road race victory in a speedy time of 15:49.
Although the 22 year old Haw controlled the race, he had to be at his best to hold off the challenge of 17 year old Nene Valley youngster Ollie Bowling, who finished as runner up in only his second senior road race with a time of 16:04.
John Pike, the Newham and Essex Beagles veteran was third, 11 seconds behind Bowling.
Nene Valley stalwart, Nicky Morgan gained her first road race victory in the seven years she has been with the club. The 46 year old speedster is enjoying a sparkling summer, being resurgent on the road and track.
Morgan is currently ranked in the British Veterans 45 top 10 for the 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m, in which she is ranked third.
Although Morgan’s time of 20:00 was down on her best, she knew that she was holding a comfortable advantage over her pursuers.
Nene Valley Harrier teenager Ellie Piccaver was runner up with a fine 20:25 clocking. The Jack Hunt student is currently improving with every race. Piccaver’s 16-year old team mate Josie Fortune finished third in 20:33, capping a fine day for the city based club’s ladies.
The Junior 3k curtain-raiser was dominated by Nene Valley athletes with Benjamin Roberts winning in 10:24, closely followed by Ethan Ellison, Samuel Oakley and Matthew Dowling in second, third and fourt places.
Bourne Town Harrier Molly Peel crossed the line as first girl recording a time of 11:00. Ella Robinson of Nene Valley was secondnd, ahead of her teammate Katie Tasker.
The Eye Charity 5 at Lindisfarne Road with Yaxley’s James Mogridge winning in a time of 27:16. Danny Snipe of Peterborough Athletic Club finished as runner up some 40 seconds further back. Stamford Strider Simon Fell finished third.
Veteran Geraldine Larham of March AC, was firstst lady with a 33:57 clocking and was followed home by Nene Valley’s Sophie Wilkinson-Hargate.
A pair of locals ran were in the money at the Whissendine 6.
Phil Martin from Bushfield Joggers finished third, covering the undulating course in 34:27. Philippa Taylor finished seconnd lady and 12th overall.
The England Veteran’s international ran well with a time of 37:36, but was beaten by Huncote Harrier Nicky Nealon, also one of the country’s top veterans.