The months of winter training for Fenland Running Club members finally came home to roost with the first of the Spring Marathon series of races at the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday.
Known for being one of the flattest marathon courses in England and a potential PB event, 12 FRC members set out in ideal conditions in a field of almost 9,500 and were cheered by a huge group of supporters from Fenland.
Rod Sinnott, Nicky Jennings, Ellen Connolly and Sarah Rippon all bagged PBs and Graham Millham, Marc Martin, Ian King and Tracy Else were first time marathon runners.
Sinnott was first home for FRC in a superb time and Jane Greenwood had the best age category position as 9th LV60.
Next weekend sees FRC in action again at the Brighton Marathon and then the following week at the big one in London.
Full results: Rod Sinnott 849th 3:13:40 (PB); Graham Millham 1,268th 3:22:28; Nicky Jennings 2,258th 3:37:16 (PB); Stuart Follen 2,435th 3:39:32; Ellen Connolly 3,510th 3:52:29 (PB); Keith White 4,437th 4:02:07; Marc Martin 4,848th 4:07:46; Larissa Follen 5,566th 4:23:22; Jane Greenwood 6,792nd 4:36:37; Ian King 6,811th 4:37:06; Tracey Else 7,437th 4:47:16; Sarah Rippon 8,431st 5:11:49 (PB).
l Three members of March AC took on the Manchester Marathon. Jevan Robertson ran his first marathon perfectly, crossing the line in three hours, 2 minutes and 3 seconds.
Mick Stacey was not far behind in 3 hours, 9 minutes and 26 seconds and Gaelle Bryant finished in 4 hours, 22 minutes and 6 seconds. Meanwhile at the Sandy 10-mile road race were another three March runners. Geraldine Larham won 3rd lady prize with 67 minutes 58 seconds with Karen Patterson securing 2nd vet prize with 70 minutes 10 seconds. Andrew Larham finished in a respectable 73.36.
lThree Counties Running Club’s Adam Chown completed the Manchester Marathon in a pb of 3.57.27. Stewart Harrison had to pull out with an injury when on course for close to 3 hours.
At the Olympic Park in London Sarah and Steve Whitelam with Gary Bligh teamed up to complete the Spartan obstacle race whilst Wendy Paynter was muddier in the Insane Terrain event at Peterborough.
In Sussex Sue George ran the very hilly Clair Hall 5K in 30.30 whilst Colin Simpson competed in the Sussex Road Relay championships.
There was still a good turnout at the King’s Lynn 5K.
Results: Richard Hammond 18.09 (pb), Tim Connor 22.34, Joseph Hammond 25.03, James Hammond 29.14, Ben Hammond 32.16 (pb), Sara Michelle Hibbins 33.07, Emma Sutton 33.21 (pb), Stephanie Clark 35.27, Misha-Zee Grant 40.25 (pb), Justeene Hammond 40.26.