Athletics - RAF man flies to victory in the Thorney 5

Action from Sunday's Thorney 5 road race. Picture: David Lowndes
Action from Sunday's Thorney 5 road race. Picture: David Lowndes
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RAF runner James Bellward flew to victory in the Thorney 5 road race on Sunday (August 23).

The 31 year-old corporal from RAF Marham clocked 26.47 to pip Peterborough Athletic Club’s Steve Robinson by a second with Nene Valley Harriers youngster Rhys Goddard third in 27:04.

More action from the Thorney 5. Photo: David Lowndes

More action from the Thorney 5. Photo: David Lowndes

Peterborough AC had three other runners finish in the top 20 - Daniel Snipe was 10th, Steve Hall 13th and James Whitehead was 16th - and they won the men’s team prize.

First lady home was Nene Valley Harriers veteran Philippa Taylor in 31st place in 30.40 and she led Harriers to victory in the ladies team stakes.

RESULT (top 20)

1 JAMES BELLWARD 00:26:47 RAF

2 STEVE ROBINSON 00:26:48 PETERBOROUGH AC

3 RHYS GODDARD 00:27:04 NENE VALLEY HARRIERS

4 TOM BRACEGIRDLE 00:27:24 MUDDY MUCKY MUNKEYS

5 PATRICK STUART 00:27:29 BEDFORD AND COUNTY

6 MATT PYATT 00:27:39 RYSTON RUNNERS

7 DANNY KEATING 00:28:17 CORBY AC

8 MICHAEL CHANNING 00:28:22 VICTORIA PARK HARRIER

9 DREW WARNES 00:28:39 NENE VALLEY HARRIERS

10 DANIEL SNIPE 00:28:41 PETERBOROUGH AC

11 SIMON MEAD 00:28:47 RAMSEY ROAD RUNNERS

12 PHIL MARTIN 00:28:49 BUSHFIELD JOGGERS

13 STEVE HALL 00:28:54 PETERBOROUGH AC

14 JOSH REED 00:28:59 NENE VALLEY HARRIERS

15 ADAM MATTHEWS 00:29:02 RUSTON RUNNERS

16 JAMES WHITEHEAD 00:29:07 PETERBOROUGH AC

17 BEN HERON 00:29:12 EYE COMMUNITY RUNNERS

18 RYAN FAULKNER 00:29:13 HERTS PHOENIX

19 AARON SHEPHERD 00:29:15 NENE VALLEY HARRIERS

20 JEVAN ROBERTSON 00:29:23 NENE VALLEY HARRIERS