Robinson and Taylor are the pick of the locals

Steve Robinson could be the first local home.
Steve Robinson could be the first local home.
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Peterborough Athletic Club’s Steve Robinson will again be chasing the prize for being first local finisher in Sunday’s Great Eastern Run.

The 32 year-old RAF man took the honour last year when finishing 10th in 70.04 and with Nene Valley Harrier Aaron Scott not taking part this year, the way looks clear for Robinson to repeat the feat.

His best years at the distance may be just behind him - his personal best of 69.02 was set in 2011 when finishing runner-up in the prestigious Fleet Half-Marathon - but he’s a gutsy performer who will be spurred on by a home crowd.

So far in 2015 he’s picked up notable wins in the Asda Foundation York 10k and the Huntingdon 10k and won four Peterborough Parkruns.

He’s also a powerful cross-country runner and was sixth in the RAF Championships and ninth in the Inter-Services Championships.

Another local looking for a prize will be Nene Valley Harriers stalwart Sean Beard.

Beard, who runs in the Over 45 age group, has a personal best of 76.54 and that was set in the 2007 Great Eastern Run when he finished first Over 40 veteran. He was 20th overall.

Two weeks ago he ran in the Berlin Marathon and clocked a useful 2:53:45.

In the Over 60 age group watch out for Thorney’s Eamonn Dorling. As an Over 55 vet he was third in 2013 in 87:57 and second in 2012 with 87:22. As an Over 60 this year he should be a major force.

And for the Over 70 prize there’s another formidable local force in the form of Eye Community Runners’ Terry Fone. He is ranked 13th in the 2015 UK Over 70 rankings with a time of 98:22 set in the Sleaford Half-Marathon in February.

On the local ladies front the one outstanding prospect is Nene Valley Harriers super veteran Philippa Taylor.

She has a personal best of 79:05 set in the Great Eastern Run in 2011 and is still running close to that time.

She won the Over 45 age group at the Wissey Half-Marathon at Oxborough last month in 81:55 and has also won the Sleaford Half-Marathon and the Hackney half-Marathon this year.

She was first female Over 35 vet in 2007, first Over 40 vet in 2008, 2009, 2010 , 2011 and 2012 and first Over 45 vet in 2013. Injury ruined her winning sequence last year and she’ll be determined to pick it up again in a race she loves.