Stamford-based runner Aaron Scott made a victorious return to racing after a couple of months away from the circuit, with a confidence-boosting win in the Nene Valley 10 at Bretton on Sunday.
Scott, along with Steve Robinson of Peterborough Athletic Club, set off at a cracking pace dropping the rest of the lead group after the first kilometre.
Robinson stayed with the Notts AC man for six miles, but a small gap eventually formed with Scott pulling further away in the last couple of miles to win the race in a time of 53.38.
Although over four minutes down on his fastest 10-mile clocking, the England international was upbeat after the race saying: “I’m not really in shape after my failed Toronto Marathon a couple of months ago, but it’s nice to be back racing and winning a local race.
“I hope the win will give me the encouragement to get race fit, though I will need to avoid too much Christmas turkey.”
Robinson stuck to his task well finishing as runner-up, 33 seconds adrift of Scott.
Joe Turner of Nene Valley Harriers, is enjoying his best form since joining the club from Gateshead Harriers a year ago, and took third place in 55.46, just yards ahead of fourth-placed James Mogridge of Yaxley.
Josh Reed and Lloyd Kempson of Nene Valley both finished in the top 10 earning the team prize for the Harriers.
Another well known name on the local scene, John Pike of Newham and Essex Beagles, finished ninth and first over 40, while former Nene Valley favourite Peter Thompson won the vet 55 prize crossing the line in 1:02.51.
The ladies race was won by Ramsey Road Runner Lisa Marriott in a personal best (PB) 1:05.50 with Sarah Davis-Foxton of Northampton Road Runners second and Fiona Halls of Saffron Striders third.
The rapidly improving Eye Community Runner Sarah Overington was fourth in 1:08.15, and Geraldine Larham finished fifth in the colours of March AC.
Host club Nene Valley Harriers made it a win double taking the ladies team prize.
Emma Pennington and Yvonne Scarrott both ran well finishing sixth and seventh with Sophie Wilkinson completing the scoring for the triumphant trio.