Athletes taking part in last Sunday’s Friskney Half Marathon in Lincolnshire, described the conditions as amongst the most challenging they have ever encountered in a race.
A flat, open fenland course was hardly ideal terrain on a day when the south westerly winds were gusting at over 50mph, and the course was set out in such a way that nine out of the 13 miles were spent running in to the gale.
Most runners times were well down, and some felt that the weather conditions had added five minutes on to their times.
Steve Robinson of Peterborough AC took it all in his stride, and won the race in an impressive time of 1:15:33, over a minute and a half ahead of his nearest rival.
This was the first road race victory for the RAF corporal since the Henlow 10 last October.
A large contingent of Eye Community Runners made the journey north, and they were led home by Peter Kirwin who finished 23rd in a time of 1:32:01, with team mate Matt Buller just two places behind him.
Nene Valley Harriers veteran, Barry Warne, preparing for his 10th London Marathon, finished 31st in 1:35:59, with former Cambridgeshire Road League champion Yvonne Scarrott following Warne home.
The Sandy 10 also took place on Sunday in slightly calmer conditions, and the local challenge was led home by Nene Valley’s Chris Mooney who completed the undulating course in a time of 1:03:38, finishing 25th.
Fellow Harrier, Simon Bell finished in 57th position in a time of 1:09:59.
An eye-catching performance came from Eye Community Runner Samantha Cullen.
Despite finishing third lady, behind two veterans, Cullen picked up the prize for first senior lady finishing 62nd overall in a time of 1:10:54.