Rhys races to a big Sunday best at Woodhall Spa

Nene Valley Harriers who took part in the Woodhall Spa 10. from the left, Ruth Jones, Rhys Goddard and Sean Beard.
Nene Valley Harriers who took part in the Woodhall Spa 10. from the left, Ruth Jones, Rhys Goddard and Sean Beard.
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Nene Valley Harrier Rhys Goddard has only been running competitively for 11 months, but is gaining a reputation as one of the region’s most feared distance runners.

That reputation was enhanced by a fine run in the Woodhall Spa 10k on Sunday.

The undulating Lincolnshire course is regarded as a fast one, and the race always attracts a strong field, but Goddard was not intimidated by the opposition, coming home in sixth place in a time of 33.35.

This represented a personal best (PB) of over three minutes for the 22 year-old marine biology student.

Several other Harriers were in action, including Sean Beard, who had run his fastest 10k for years in London two weeks previously.

The 49 year-old surprised himself, improving on his London time by 30 seconds as he finished 11th and second Vet45 with a time of 34.34.

Beard is something of a glutton for punishment having cycled in a 10-mile time trial and run five miles the previous afternoon.

Philippa Taylor was pleased with her run, crossing the line in 36.47. Although Taylor suffered a rare defeat, finishing second woman, she took the first veterans prize.

Emma Penniston, another harrier in action, finished 71st in a time of 40.40 while Timothy Hunt finished two seconds and two positions further back, and was second in the Vet 50 category.

Ruth Jones and Barry Warne came home in 80th and 97th places respectively in a race that boasted almost 1,000 finishers