Nene Valley ladies clean up at Langtoft and win silver at Lynn

Nene Valley Harriers' all-conquering female road runners were in medal-winning form at the weekend.

Thursday, 5th May 2016, 9:17 am
Updated Thursday, 5th May 2016, 10:22 am
Nene Valley Harriers who took part in the Langtoft 10k were, fromt the left, Megan Ellison, Imogen Woodward, Alex Hampson, James McCrae and Grace Mullins.

They had the first three ladies home in the Langtoft 10k race on Sunday and on the same day finished as second team in the GEAR 10k at King’s Lynn.

Phillipa Taylor led the way at King’s Lynn, finishing sixth and first Over 45 in a time of 37.02.

The 48 year-old GB Masters international has limited her racing of late due to a persistent achilles problem, but on this showing has retained a good fitness level, and could soon be back to the form of a couple of years ago when she was a regular race winner up and down the country.

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Taylor was ably supported by Emma Penniston, who went round in 40:56, and 35 year-old Ruth Jones.

At Langtoft, the fastest woman was Grace Mullins in 37:58, followed by Megan Ellison (42:12) and Jordan Foster (42:47).

Ben Heron of Eye Community Runners was first over the line in the Langtoft 10k.

He led home a record field of more than 300 runners in a time of 33:12 finishing ahead of Kettering Town Harriers’ Robert Brownlee (33:23) and Alan Oliver (33:39) of Sleaford Striders.

The fastest male veteran was Simon Markley (35:25), of Thomas Cook Road Runners, with Suzie Brownlow (44:00), of Bourne Town Harriers, taking the female prize.

The 3k fun run was won by 14-year-old Codi-Leigh Holland-Middleton of Nene Valley Harriers. The fastest girl was Bourne Town Harrier Elin James (13).

Bourne Westfield Academy A won the schools team prize, while Lauren Stuart and Thomas Preston won the prizes for the fastest Langtoft School pupils.

A healthy contingent of Werrington Joggers ran at King’s Lynn with James Curt first home for the club in 37th place with a 36:20 PB. Jeff Lucas followed 20 seconds and five places further back.

Billy Slaven, James Button and Philip Hamyn all ran well, dipping under 40 minutes.

Claire Bracken was the first lady home for the Joggers with a 47:23 clocking.

The Milton Keynes Festival of Running which was held over the weekend, proved popular with local runners.

Yvonne Scarrott of Nene Valley ran well in the 5km with a 20:15 clocking.

This was the fastest 5km outing for years for the former Cambridgeshire Road League Champion.

Eye’s Laura Conway also ran well finishing in 21:26.

Darren Hire led a trio of Thorney Runners home in the Milton Keynes Marathon with a time of 3:40.31 which saw him finish 355th. Veterans Mark Louth and Eamonn Darling also made the top 500.

Eye’s Lee Whitton ran well in the half-marathon with his 1:33.05 securing 59th position.