Record-breaking day for Langtoft road race and fun run
Ben Heron swooped to an 11-second victory in the Langtoft 10k on another record-breaking day for the fundraising event.
Heron, of Eye Community Runners, led home a record field of more than 300 in a time of 33:12 ahead of Kettering Town Harriers’ Robert Brownlee (33:23) and Alan Oliver (33:39) of Sleaford Striders.
Nene Valley Harriers recorded a clean sweep of the prizes for the fastest women with Grace Mullins first over the line in 37:58 followed by Megan Ellison (42:12) and Jordan Foster (42:47).
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 308 runners in the 10k represented another record for the Langtoft Road Race, beating last year’s record by more than 50. It was also an increase of 100 on 2014 when the event returned after a year’s hiatus.
There were also 281 in the 3k fun run – an increase of about 70 on 2015.
The race was won by 14-year-old Codi-Leigh Holland-Middleton of Nene Valley Harriers.
The fastest girl was Bourne Town Harriers’ Elin James (13).
Bourne Westfield Academy A won the schools team prize while Lauren Stuart and Thomas Preston were the fastest Langtoft School pupils.
Race secretary Sue Archer said: “The committee would like to thank the many volunteers who helped out on the day to make it another successful event.
“We’d also like to thank the runners for their support and all the spectators who turned out. Thankfully the weather was much kinder after last year’s downpours.
“We’ve had some really positive feedback about the event and our committee looks forward to seeing everyone again in 2017.”
Money raised through the event will be distributed to local charities and good causes over the coming weeks.