Matt a hot potato with Spud win

March AC Spud Run
March AC Spud Run

On the hottest day of the year so far over 100 senior runners and 60 fun runners took part in the March Athletic Club Spud Run on Sunday.

A 1.5-mile fun run followed by a 5-mile race was held at their clubhouse on Elm Road sports field.

Fenland Running Club Spud Run.

Fenland Running Club Spud Run.

First junior home for the club in the fun run was Robert Shepherd with a time of 11 minutes 40 seconds, 7th place overall. He was followed by Ryan Thomas for March AC with a time of 11.59 and 8th place overall.

Times for the March AC juniors were: the two named above plus Lewis Kent 9th 12.07, Louis Beningfield 11th, 12.20, Rhys Thomas 28th, 14.40, Freddie Yates 30th, 14.43, Ben Shepherd 32nd, 14.58, Mia Carey 35th, 15.35, Luke Glover, 36th, 16.04, Sean Stacey,37th, 16.07, Megan Stacey 38th, 16.11, Rebecca Perring 41st, 16.33, Judd Gove 42nd, 16.47, Archie Patterson 43rd, 16.56, Erica Richmond 45th, 17.03, James Richmond 46th, 17.03, Jake Carey 47th, 17.06, Emma Carey 48th, 17.10, Bronwyn Davies 51st, 18.09, Soraya Shepherd 54th, 18.45, Ashleigh Patterson 55th, 19.45, Emily Richmond 56th, 20.13, Twanette Richmond 57th, 20.13, Megan Davies 58th, 20.33.

For the 5-mile the club participants were fewer as a lot of the team were busy with duties helping to run the event. However first home for the club was Jevan Robertson securing 8th place overall with a personal best time of 31.36 followed by another personal best time of 32.26 from Tony Daplyn in 10th place overall.

Other times were: Simon Oldfield 13th, 32.42, Simon Render 22nd, 34.43, Rick Ware 26th, 35.19, Tim Boyd, 35th, 36.23, Darren Moat 36th, 36.37, Tony Epps, 37th, 36.54, Joe Bradshaw 42nd, 38.17, Karen Patterson 44th, 38.40, Harry Littlemore 47th, 39.04, David Tuffnail 49th, 39.32, Justin Elvidge 53rd, 40.39, Rhys Davies 56th, 41.44, Nik Okerika 58th, 43.22, Dawn Veal 62nd, 44.05, Shaun Donkin 66th, 45.48, Michelle Seward, 70th, 47.21, Pat Brown 74th, 48.40, Lisa Donkin 75th, 49.21, Helena Mueller, 82nd, 52.45, Lavinia Seward83rd, 53.39, Sue Ward 97th, 59.08, Chris Amps 98th, 59.08, Lorna Okerika 99th, 59.08, Jacqui Hall 100th, 59.53, Sarah Westbrook 101st, 1.01.46, Sue Logan, 102nd, 1.04.50.

Thanks to QV Foods Ltd for donating the bags of potatoes which every runner received at the end of the race.

l Nineteen Fenland Running Club members took part in the third Peterborough Grand Prix 5K Series hosted by Eye Community Runners on Wednesday last week.

Unfortunately due to a technical fault with the timing device times for positions 126th to 245th of the 260 finishers are unavailable which was particularly disappointing for the FRC runners who from their own watches had achieved new PBs.

Results: Tim Chapman 48th 19.00; Rebecca Cousins 51st 19.04; Paul Arnold 65th 19.23; Stuart Follen 71st 19.40; John Chapman 73rd 19.43; Paul Griffin 80th 19.57; Richard Betts 91st 20.13; Maire Irlam 91st 20.36; Ann Trett 109th 20.44; Sarah Gauvin 116th 20.51; Colin Ferguson 120th 21.00; John Shaw 124th 21.12; Dean Clark 140th; Jay Gilbert 158th; Paulina Zub 178th; Michelle Gilbert 199th; Sue George 209th; Jane Whiskens 216th; Julie Garner 236th.

Six FRC members ran in the March AC Spud Run on a multi-terrain 5-mile course. In a field of 103 finishers, Matt Pyatt finished in first place in a time of 28.45, almost a minute ahead of the second place runner. Maire Irlam was 4th lady home and took the prize for the 1st LV45 category.

Results: Matt Pyatt 1st 28.45; Paul Griffin 18th 34.40; Maire Irlam 28th 35.30; Colin Ferguson 30th 35.40; Ann Trett 33rd 36.18; Paulina Zub 55th 41.24.

Also running on Sunday was Sarah Gauvin who was third lady overall and 1st LV40 in the Ryston Runners Hancock 5-mile race.