First-class honours for Scott in Cambridge

Aaron Scott.

Aaron Scott.

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Aaron Scott was in a class of his own when winning Sunday’s Cambridge Half-Marathon for a fourth successive year.

With his 100 per cent record in the race, Scott set off with a degree of confidence, but was surprised to find himself on his own just half-a-mile into the race.

There was no looking back after this and Scott crossed the line well clear with a 1:07.58 clocking, though given the gusty wind the Lincoln Wellington AC member would’ve preferred company for a few miles to share the effort of battling the elements.

As a seasoned racer, Stamford-based Scott knows well that perfect running conditions can never be guaranteed and was realistic after the race saying: “I was hoping to run really fast but the weather put a stop to that.

“It seemed like we had a headwind for 90 per cent of the race and even when the wind was meant to be behind us, it was gusting into our faces.

“I thought a couple of people might have pushed the pace, but I found myself clear from 800 metres and set a pretty decent pace for the first 5k or so, but then the wind hit and it was a case of keep pushing in the fear that someone was catching from behind.

“It was only at nine miles that I realised I had a big lead and could step off the gas a little.

“It’s great to keep another local winning streak going. Hopefully one year the weather will play ball and I can go for the course record of 1:06.15.”

Scott’s main target this spring is next month’s London Marathon where he is hoping to better last year’s time of 2:19.18, his quickest marathon to date.

Four other locals made the top 100 with Stamford Strider James Skinner clocking 1:18.58 for 64th place.

Peterborough AC’s James Sadlier and Kirk Brawn of Thorney Runners finished 77th and 78th in identical times of 1:19.40.

Stamford Strider Mark Popple was less than a minute furthur back coming home 91st with a 1:20.26 clocking.