Werrington Joggers and Eye Runners outpace Nene Valley!

Phil Martin in action in the Frostbite League.

Phil Martin in action in the Frostbite League.

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The tables were turned at Hinchingbrooke Park on Sunday as Werrington Joggers and Eye Community Runners took the local honours in the Frostbite League, consigning Nene Valley Harriers to a heavy defeat.

Werrington are enjoying one of their best campaigns since the glory days of the late 1980s and early 1990s when they won the series five years out of six.

After finishing as third team at Hinchingbrooke behind Hunts AC and Riverside Runners, they are sitting in third position in the overall standings.

The usual order was maintained at the front of the field with Paul Vernon of triathlon club PACTRAC again first over the line, wading his way through the mud to complete the five-mile course in a time of 27:59.

Michael Taylor (28:24) of Riverside was the second runner home, with James Whitehead (29:40) leading the Werrington challenge in third place.

Welsh cross-country international Paul Halford was the second Werrington Jogger home finishing 12th, ahead of a group of runners that included Phil Martin (15th) of Bushfield Joggers and Nene Valley’s first finisher Jevan Robertson (14th).

Werrington packed their seven scoring male runners into the top 70 in a field of nearly 400 finishers, while Jade Watson (90th) was their first lady.

Eye Community Runners finished fourth on the day, and were indebted to Sarah Overington (58th), who was second lady behind Ramsey Road Runner Lisa Marriott (39th).

Both Marriott and Overington are enjoying a rich vein of form and will be looking forward to the spring and a chance to test their mettle on the road against Nene Valley’s acclaimed ladies team.

The Eye men were led home by Martin Fox in 44th place with team-mates Tom Howling (52nd) and Nigel Walls (56th) hot on his heels.

Many Nene Valley runners opted to take a weekend off after a punishing recent racing schedule, and their club finished down in sixth place.

Despite this they are fourth in the table and will be looking to reassert themselves in the next round at March on January 10.

With three rounds of the popular series remaining everything is still to play for.

Joey Croft from Huntingdon AC romped home in the junior race, finishing well clear of the field.

There were some notable performance from locals Jonathan Oakley of PACTRAC and Codi-Leigh Middleton of Nene Valley who came in sixth and ninth respectively.

Shannon Flockhart of Hunts AC was the leading girl, though she was chased all the way by Flo Brill of PACTRAC.

Ella Robinson of Eye was the third girl to finish

PACTRAC took third place behind Riverside Runners and Hunts AC, which is also the position they occupy in the league table, just one place ahead of Nene Valley Harriers.

ANDY READING 10k

Nene Valley Harriers veteran Yvonne Scarrott is one local runner with plenty to look forward to in 2016.

Since changing her coach and adopting a heart rate zone based training regime earlier in the year, the Nene Valley veteran has experienced an encouraging upsurge in form.

Scarrott followed up her fine run in the Nene Valley 10, in which she finished first female Over 45, by winning her age group in Sunday’s Andy Reading 10k in Bicester.

The former Cambridgeshire Road Race and British Masters 10k champion completed the course in a time of 41:46, her quickest over the distance for a couple of years.

COUNTY COLOURS

A number of talented track and field youngsters from Nene Valley Harriers and Peterborough Athletic Club were recently presented with their Cambridgeshire county colours.

They were: Casey Hilliam, Holly Brown, Kelsi Ellis, Isaac Huskinsson, Megan Sims, Ella De Lucis, Katie Porter and Amber Park.

Talented high jumper Megan Porter, who had an outstanding season in her first year as an Under 17, just missed out on winning the Junior Field Performance trophy.