Athletics round-up: Heron flies to a lifetime best, tactical mishap from Alex, locals at Olympic Park and Kai sets the pace

Ben Heron (left).Ben Heron (left).
Ben Heron (left).
Peterborough Nene Valley AC athletes were out in force at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough for a series of high quality 5km road races on Sunday (May 2).

Ben Heron flew found to set a new lifetime best of 15:18 when finishing eighth in the elite race. James Whitehead raced to a new PB of 16:10, while Dominic Watson was just seven seconds behind Whitehead.

Daniel Lewis clocked a useful 16:27 in his first race as a Peterborough Nene Valley AC member. Mark Popple went round in 17:35, and would have been slightly disappointed having covered the distance nearly a minute quicker just two weeks ago.

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Maggie Skinner was the fastest lady from the club with an 18:53 clocking, while Sophie Watson (20:37) ran well.

Kai Chivers.Kai Chivers.
Kai Chivers.

Two Helpston Harriers enjoyed impressive runs, and Ruth Jones recorded the fastest time for a local lady with 18:43.

Veteran Jim Morris is going from strength to strength, as he passes through his 50s, and he ran a speedy 17:16.

Eye Community Runners were also represented, and 51 year-old Alison Dunphy knocked over 30 seconds off her 5km PB with 21:09.


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Peterborough Nene Valley AC ace Alex Gibb was down, but not out, after a tactical mishap at the Mid Cheshire 5k.

Having run 14:42 recently, Gibb went off fast, but his attempt to go with some top quality athletes backfired as he faded in the second half of the race dropping from fifth to 35th and finishing a minute behind the winner.

Despite this Gibb’s time of 15:11 was nearly a minute quicker than he’d ever run prior to this season so there should be more to come.


James Sadlier finished fifth in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10k in London.

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The Peterborough Nene Valley man took a break from his Peterborough Marathon training to register a time of 34:49.

His club mate Sean Beard, who is fighting a battle with plantar fascitis, clocked 40:39.

Three Yaxley Runners also made the trip south and Darren Wells was the pick of the small bunch finishing 39th in 39:06.

Mike Holcombe recorded a time of 41:38, while Abi Schofield finished as eighth senior lady in 44:45.


Peterborough Nene Valley staged a club members 3,000m race.

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Of the 17 runners, 15 ran PBs, including race winner Kai Chilvers who clocked 9:14.7 when finishing five seconds clear of runner-up Benji Davis. Edward Linsdell ran 10.03.2 for third spot.

Chloe Findlay was the first lady home in 11:10.8, while teenagers Hannah Taylor and Evie Hemmings battled it out for second place.

Taylor with 11:30.4 finished just under six seconds ahead of her rival.

Other times: Ted Ash 10.09.3 Felix Bowling 10.09.9, David Brown 11.25, Louis Moulton 11.47, Harry Friend 11.47, Henry Moore 11.54, James Katona 12.00, Ellie Rainbow 12.11, Edward Judd 12:12, Barry Warne 12.31, Jaia Bull 12.50.

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