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Rimvydas Muduras shines as Wisbech Fenland Running Club take on Wissey Half Marathon at Oxborough


By Pete Woodhouse


On Sunday a magnificent seven Fenland Running Club members took on the Wissey Half Marathon, Norfolk, starting and finishing in the historic village of Oxborough.

Starting and finishing against the stunning backdrop of Oxborough Hall, the race takes in the lovely villages of Eastmoor, Beachamwell, and Barton Bendish along the way.

The route has some gentle undulations but could never be described as hilly, although the heat and the wind on the day made this race more of a challenge than usual.

Rimis 9.19 (16054099)
Rimis 9.19 (16054099)

First Fenlander home was Rimvydas Muduras in a wonderful sub 90 minutes time of 1:29:15, followed by Steve Bennington in a half marathon personal best (PB) time of 1:35:30 (a course PB of 11 minutes from last year). First Lady award goes to club chairperson Larissa Follen in a time of 2:02:48.

Tracy Adams 9.2019 (16056910)
Tracy Adams 9.2019 (16056910)

Next home was Adrian Searle in a PB time of 2:06:52, closely followed by Jane Greenwood in 2:07:36. Next home was Rachael Nichols in 2:08:57 with Tracy Adams rounding things off for Fenland in 2:20:12.

Steve Bennington 9.2019. (16056907)
Steve Bennington 9.2019. (16056907)

Meanwhile 2,515 runners took to the stunning Bedfordshire countryside to take on 13.1 miles – on a traffic free course.

The race started and finished in the beautiful Priory Country Park and runners celebrated in style at the unforgettable post-race party – live music, food and entertainment.

The finishers on this fast flat course received a medal, technical t-shirt, chip timing with SMS results service.

Fenland runner Stacie Louise Mann ran her debut half marathon in cloudy conditions with sporadic warm sunshine.

Stacie Mann 9.19 (16054094)
Stacie Mann 9.19 (16054094)

Finishing in a stunning time of 2:06:00, 126/341 gender position and 1,305/2,515 overall position, Stacie reported: “I thoroughly enjoyed my first half marathon and met some amazing runners on the way round.”

While the others tackled the Half Marathon races Sarah Rippon completed the Louth sprint tri which is 400mts pool swim , 22km bike ride in undulating hills followed by a 5km run.

Sarah Rippon 9.19 (16054096)
Sarah Rippon 9.19 (16054096)

The triathlon was based at the MeridianLeisure Centre in Louth. She finished the race in a time of 1:14:18 (a 3-min PB). Sarah finished the race 188 out of 222, 16 out of 69 in age category. Unfortunately Sarah suffered a black eye when she collided with another runner about 100 mtrs from the end.

Report: Steve Bennington, Sarah Gauvin, Sarah Rippon.

Wissey group shot 9.19 (16054092)
Wissey group shot 9.19 (16054092)

Group photo, from left: Steve Bennington, Rimvydas Muduras, Jane Greenwood, Tracy Adams, Rachel Nichols, Larissa Follen, Adrian Searle.



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