Aaron Scott outran a high-class field to comfortably win the inaugural Great Grimsby 10k on Sunday.
The Stamford-based speedster lined up with over 1,000 hopefuls and produced a fine display of front running crossing the line in a season’s best 30:53 which gave him a 39- second advantage over second placed Spaniard, Iraitz Arrospide.
Scott was wary of the finishing speed of Anthony Whiteman, a former England Olympic 1500m runner, who has a 1:49:56 800m to his name this season at the age of 44.
Wanting to get a safe distance ahead of the Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier, who eventually finished over a minute behind him in fourth position, Scott had established a lead as early as the 1km mark
Delighted with his day’s work Scott said: “I thought it was a very fast course. With a few more quick guys we could have seen really fast times.
“I was pleased with my run in my last race before I start 13 weeks of training for the Frankfurt Marathon.”
Nene Valley’s Nicky Morgan was also in action running a solid 41:52, which enabled the 46 year-old to finish as 11th lady.
HECKINGTON SHOW 10
Philippa Taylor and Grace Mullins of Nene Valley finished second and third in the Heckington Show 10 mile Road race on Saturday.
The race represented a big step up in distance for Mullins, who had never raced further than 10km on the road prior to this outing.
The 21 year-old was delighted with her time of 63:45.
Team-mate Taylor crossed the line in 63:08.
Steve Robinson of Peterborough AC also had to be content with the runners-up spot with a 53:55 clocking, 26 seconds slower than race winner Ben Livesey of Notts AC.
Stamford Striders Simon Fell and Mark Popple ran well for 13th and 14th places while Nene Valley veteran Simon Bell finished 24th, one place ahead of Martin Stevens of Werrington.
Peterborough Athletic Club’s Daniel Mees continued with his superb season, finishing seventh in the England Track and Field Championships in Bedford at the weekend.
For Mees, still just 17 years-old, it marked a giant leap forward to make a senior men’s final.
He qualified with a 1:53.1, before clocking 1:54.9 in a cagey, tactical race.
“I felt really good in the heats,” said the Coates-based athlete. “And to be honest, I felt okay in the final as well, it’s just they ran a little bit quicker than me along the back straight and I missed the move.”
“He was really good,” said coach Paul Larkins. “It’s hard to stress enough just how amazing it is for a teenager to make a final at this level. Certainly it’ll turn a few heads.”
Two shot-putters from Nene Valley Harriers narrowly missed out on medals.
Martin Tinkler finished fourth in the senior men’s event with 14.21m while Rebecca Hall occupied the same position in the senior women’s competition with 12.56m.
Emma Hornsby (Nene Valley) was fifth in the senior women’s long jump with 5.79m.
Other local results:
800m - James McCrae (Nene Valley) 7th heat, 1:54.57.
Long Jump - Joel Grenfell (PAC) 11th 6.72m.
110m hurdles - Max Everest (Nene Valley)5th heat, 14.94.
COUNTY MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Peterborough Athletic Club’s Paul Larkins clocked the ninth fastest mile in Britain for an over 50-year-old when competing in the Cambridgeshire county mile championships at St Ives.
“It was quite pleasing,” said Larkins. “I hadn’t run a mile since 1993 and that was in 3:58.11 so to run 5:14 aged 53 was quite encouraging.”