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Leverington Three Counties Running Club tackle Ferry Meadows, Marham and Sutton Bridge tests


By Pete Woodhouse


Three is the magic number for Three Counties Running Club members.

It started with the Peterborough 5k Series Wednesday evening at Ferry Meadows with a total field of 453 participants.

First home for the club in 62nd position was Lee Johnson, also claiming a fantastic PB 18:56; followed by Richard Stapleton 23:02, Mark Mattless 23:06, Fay Gratton 28:58, Steve Clarke 31:06, Jennie Sinclair 32:40 and Anne-Marie Mattless 32:52.

TCRC Ferry meadows 5k6.19. (12096198)
TCRC Ferry meadows 5k6.19. (12096198)

Next was a trio of runners at three events on a very sunny, warm Sunday morning.

Melvin Green and Tony and Sarah Lamb travelled for The Sutton Beast 10k multi-terrain race.

First home for the club was Tony in his first race since the Manchester Half Marathon in 1:00:52, followed by Melvin in 1:04:06 and Sarah in 1:09:57.

TCRC Donna Johnson, Sarah Johnson and Fay Gratton at Marham 10k. (12096190)
TCRC Donna Johnson, Sarah Johnson and Fay Gratton at Marham 10k. (12096190)

The Marham 10k saw females battle the heat. Sarah Johnson’s aim was to get Donna Johnson and Fay Gratton across the finish line in under 1hr.

The ladies smashed that target and Donna crossed the line in a fantastic PB of 57:49, followed closely by Fay and Sarah in 57:55.

TCRC Tony Lamb, Sarah Lamb and Mel Green at Sutton 10k 6.19. (12096194)
TCRC Tony Lamb, Sarah Lamb and Mel Green at Sutton 10k 6.19. (12096194)

Antony Coultard, Vicki Drake and Sarah-Jane Macdonald took part in the new Tribe 2-hour bridge to bridge challenge, a charity event to raise money and awareness for the fight against human trafficking. It began at the bridge at Sutton Bridge and the aim was to get to Freedom Bridge at Wisbech within the hour then return before the two-hour time limit. The race was in thick waist high grass in places along the riverbank. The group got to the docks at Wisbech in 1:03:55 and to Sutton Bridge in just over two hours.

Matt Hunter took part in an unusual event that was The Nene Park 10k swim-run: you would run until you got to the water then you swim to the other side and continue running until the next stretch of water.

Matt finished in an unofficial time of 1:22:34 and won 1st in age category.

TCRC Junior runner, 13 year-old Maisie Macdonald, was picked to represent The Isle of Ely for Cambridgeshire in the County Schools Championship at Peterborough on Saturday. It was a horrible wet, windy day and the Championship was between Peterborough, Ely, Cambridge and Huntingdon.

Maisie finished in 5th position in the 300m event in a respectable time of 50.1 seconds.

Arthur Sargeant took to his bike this weekend in the Pedal Lynn Sportive event on Sunday. Arthur managed his furthest distance of 100 miles.

Junior Parkrun had another great turnout of 43 runners this weekend with 6 of them being TCRC junior club members. Maisie Macdonald was first Home for the club in 5thplace in a time of 9:04 followed by Keira Fines 10:33, Jake Trundle 10:41 PB, Stephanie Harbord 10:54, Isaac Western 11:00 and Joshua Trundle in 11:09.

Ultra Marathon wristbands were handed out to Stephanie and Isaac for completing 50 JPR events, massive achievement for the youngsters.

Oliver Knott had another fantastic run at King's Lynn JPR getting another PB of 12:08.



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