Scott scorches to Spa victory

Paul Larkins (left) and John Pike.
Paul Larkins (left) and John Pike.
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Stamford-based Aaron Scott added the Woodhall Spa 10k to his long list of 2016 race victories, as he comfortably crossed the line first on Sunday.

Scott set off at speed and led from the start, extending his advantage throughout the race. His finish time of 31:12 gave him an advantage of well over two minutes on runner-up Matt Pyatt of Royston Runners.

Nene Valley’s Philippa Taylor often trains with Scott and also had a day to remember.

Taylor is nursing a chronic achilles problem, and is unable to train or race to the extent that she would like. Yet despite this the 48 year-old GB international is returning to something like her best form and had a tremendous run, finishing as second lady behind Natalie Burns of Lincoln Wellington AC. Taylor’s time of 36:54 gave her a huge winning margin in the veterans race.

Peterborough AC pair John Pike and Paul Larkins were both age group winners.

Spalding-based Pike (41) finished fifth overall and was first Over 40 in a time of 33:53 while Larkins’ 37:18 clocking was good enough to win the former four-minute miler the Over 50 prize.

Jake Richardson was the first Nene Valley Harrier home, finishing 14th in 35:10, while veteran Sean Beard finished 44th in a time of 38:14, one place and seven seconds behind Yaxley Runner Andrew Todd.

Harrier Jay Belham clocked 39:31 while team-mates Emma Penniston and Nicky Morgan were eighth and 10th ladies respectively.