Local athletes impress in a national relay final

Peterborough Nene Valley AC finished 19th in the final of the England Athletics Virtual Road Relay competition.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 2:22 pm
Alex Gibb (centre) and Phil Martin (right).

Competitors had to complete a five-mile run with the fastest four men and women from each club combining for a total time.

Peterborough Nene Valley had sailed through the qualifying round staged over the Christmas and New Year period and were one of 50 clubs in the final which was won by Merseyside based outfit Wirral AC.

Phil Martin was the speediest local and his time of 24:46 was the 25th fastest of the competition. Alex Gibb was 38th with a 24:58 clocking.

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Virtual Road Relay Times: Phil Martin (24:46), Alex Gibb (24:58), Dominic Watson (25:41), James Whitehead (28:00), Maggie Skinner (30:08), Daniella Hart (31:20), Emma Hankin (32:28), Florence Leftley-Gynn (33:22).

* Safety conscious road racing is set to be re-introduced from the beginning of April and Parkrun have announcing a re-start date of June 5 (April 11 for the junior event).

* With the easing of lockdown restrictions, Peterborough athletes are eager to get back on track this summer.

The Eastern Master’s Track and Field League have announced dates for the 2021 season, and Peterborough Nene Valley AC will kick their campaign off at the Embankment track on June 2.

With a wealth of talented oldies in their ranks, the city club will be amongst the favourites to land silverware come the finals in September.

Dates: June 2 (Peterborough), June 30 (Corby or King’s Lynn), July 28 (Corby or King’s Lynn), Sept 1 (venue to be confirmed) Final w/e 25/26th Sept.