Fenland Running Club’s Irlam takes vet prize in Heckington

FRC the 8 starters at Heckington Show
FRC the 8 starters at Heckington Show

Twenty-one Fenland Running Club members travelled to Stamford on Wednesday for the fourth Peterborough Grand Prix 5K Series hosted by Stamford Striders.

This two-lap course is recognised as the hardest of all five races because of the challenging hill which leads into the finish and the long run-in on grass – which accounts for the 243 runners turning out, 100 fewer than the previous race.

Andrew Plume was first home for FRC in 18.09 and Rod Sinnott 19.10, but for some reason Paul Griffin, who also broke the 20 minute barrier, was missed from the published results.

Partial results: Andrew Plume 29th 18:09; Rod Sinnott 48th 19:10; Tim Chapman 73rd 20:11; Dean Clark 91st 20:58; Alan Bird 101st 21:29; Maire Irlam 102nd 21:30; Justin Showell 109th 21:43; Claudia Milburn 113th 21:51; Ian King 127th 22:37; Ian Milburn 130th 22:51; Paulina Zub 148th 23:46; Cath Duce 157th 24:04; Dean Racey 188th 26:25; Julie Garner 205th 27:22; Trevor Sutherill 205th 27:40; Neil Bailey 206th 27:51; Sharon Bird 210th 28:29; Tracy Veenendaal 211th 28:29; Stephen Brunton 218th 29:16; Gill Holmes 238th 32:54.

On Saturday eight runners travelled to the Heckington Village Show which celebrated 30 years of the 10 Mile Road Race, making it the longest running race in the 
Midlands.

Conditions were far cooler for the 207 finishers. The course record was broken in a stunning run of 50:12 by Notts AC runner Ben Livesey but five of the seven FRC runners also broke their PBs. Martin Jennings was leading the FRC team at half-way but pulled-up with a hamstring niggle, leaving Rod Sinnott to come home first with a stunning PB of almost 15 minutes!

Maire Irlam was next home and took the 1st FV50 prize.

Full results: Rod Sinnott 42nd 1:05:58 (PB); Maire Irlam 77th 1:12:06; Alan Bird 85th 1:13:25 (PB); Ian King 105th 1:17:58 (PB); Adam Oakes 123rd 1:12:34 (PB); Neil Bailey 182nd 1:36:25; Sharon Bird 191st 1:41:33 (PB of almost seven minutes).

On Sunday, Paul Wiegand and Stephen Brunton were racing in the Littleport 10K but the organisers have yet to publish the results.

n Walpole St Andrew’s Matt Pyatt was fourth overall in 55-17 at Heckington, four seconds shy of his PB.