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Fenland Running trio break 20-minute mark

FRC Ferry Meadows
FRC Ferry Meadows

Nineteen Fenland Running Club members were at the third Peterborough Grand Prix Series 5K race at Ferry Meadows hosted by Thorney Running Club on Wednesday.

Although there was a field of 346 runners, unfortunately a fault on the race timing devices meant times were recorded for only the first 231 runners, leaving six FRC runners with position but no time. Sean Connolly, Paul Griffin and Rod Sinnott all broke the 20-minute barrier but Tim Chapman missed out by just one second, perhaps due to the fact he had cycled from Wisbech to the event.

Results: Sean Connolly 44th 18:42; Paul Griffin 50th 19:02; Rod Sinnott 52nd 19:08; Tim Chapman 94th 20:01; Graham Millham102nd 20:12; Dan Carrington 103rd 20:15; Maire Irlam 126th 21:05; Max Pearson 150th 21:53; Ian King 166th 22:24; Marc Martin 186th 23:07; Jay Gilbert 189th 23:18; Alan Bird 190th 23:18; Catherine Duce 219th 24:10; Ian Barlow 230th 24:39; Ramune Raicheline 238th; Cheryl Chapman 279th; Jane Greenwood 284th; Stephen Brunton 298th; Tracy Veenendaal 311th.

The following day, FRC Club members, together with friends and relatives, held a charity fun run in aid of two charities: for Tyler Maxwell Fundraising and amputee Billy Lee. Tyler suffers from Spastic Diaplegic Palsy following premature birth and a brain bleed and needed a £40,000 operation in America when he was three and now needs specialist physiotherapy costing around £7,000 per year. Billy Lee had sarcoma cancer, resulting in the amputation of his leg at the hip and needs a special Helix 3D prosthetic limb not funded by the NHS.

Running from the beautiful setting of the Wisbech Town Cricket and Hockey Club Pavilion on Thursday, 74 people ran 3K, 5K or 10K to raise a superb £650 which will be split between the two charities. They also enjoyed a barbecue supper and drinks at the bar after running.

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