Warnes and Taylor bloom in the Tulip 10k
Nene Valley Harriers' road runners were blooming at the weekend, as two of their leading lights rose to the occasion with convincing victories in The Tulip 10k at Spalding.
Drew Warnes was first over the line, running a personal best of 34:52 to win the race by over a minute.
England international Philippa Taylor has been nursing a long-term achilles injury which has restricted her competitive appearances.
The 48 year-old proved that she is still a force to be reckoned with when comfortably winning the ladies race at Spalding.
Despite not being fully race fit Taylor crossed the line in 38:25 - a time that her younger rivals in the region will do well to match this season.
Thorney’s Peter Ward finished sixth in 39:02.
Ben Heron was in great form in Sunday’s Lincoln 10k. The Eye Community Runner finished 10th in a high-quality field, with a time of 33:18.
Heron, who has only been running competitively for just over a year, finished one place ahead of former Nene Valley star John Pike.
The Nene Valley ladies were again in top form, with their three entrants featuring towards the front of the field.
Emma Penniston led the speedy trio home in 12th position with 40:31, an agonising one second short of her fastest outing over the distance.
Club stalwart Nicky Morgan was one place back in 13th. The 46 year-old took first place in her age group, and her time of 40:47 was her fastest 10k for over 10 years.
All this was achieved just 20 hours after scoring vital points for her club in a 3,000m track race.
Ruth Jones was next home for Nene Valley in 16th, just 30 seconds further back
Unusually there was no team prize. Had there been it would have comfortably gone to the Nene Valley ladies.
Nene Valley’s Jay Belham finished 120th, picking up a new PB of 39:17.