Nene Valley 10 – Club Champs

You know that Christmas is just around the corner when it is time for the Nene Valley 10, and this year to add a bit of spice it was a club championship race.

On the day, (just 2 days after the annual christmas party) and still feeling worse for wear!!! 25 members completed the race. More were entered in the race but it seems that some of the members can’t quite handle their drink….

Anyway, onto the race, although not cold a fairly stiff wind was blowing meaning headwind for half of the race.  This however didn’t stop James Mogridge from coming 4th in a time of 55.53…. Next home for the gents was Matt Lauch followed just 40 seconds later by Mike Morley in a new pb.  After 6 races (Male runner of the bi-monthly for Oct/Nov) Mike Morley still leads the way, but the ominous figure of James is looming ever closer.

First home in the MV40 category was Dean Longman followed by Gary Masters and Tim Loutit meaning that Dean moved to the top of the MV40 championship standings ahead of Mark Evans who was otherwise engaged at the Malaga marathon.

In the MV50 and MV60 categories as there were no runners on the day Ross Cameron (MV50) and Neil Bason (MV60) still lead the way, however, with 4 races still to go thre are still some trophies in these categories that are up for grabs.

Onto the ladies and (runner of the bi monthly for Oct/Nov) Claire Piercy continued her amazing form coming home as first Yaxley lady in a time of 73.04 followed by Roslyn Loutit and Sharron Toms. The win means that Claire extends her lead over rivals Roslyn and Sharron.

Age categories next and Anna Totterdell closed the gap again on Sarah Smith  (Female Seniors category) who carried on even though she damaged her foot at 8 miles (get better soon Sarah). Anna Devine moved into 3rd place with a pb as Kirstin Homewood was otherwise engaged (though rumours of Sambuca were mentioned!!)

In the FV40 category Claire extended her lead over Sharron Toms with the race for 3rd place still wide open with just 5 points covering 3rd to 5th place (Lesley, Nina and Sharon Leslie)…

Roslyn closed the gap on Barbara Johnson at the top of the FV50 age category with 3rd place also still up for grabs. (just 6 points seperating Carol Riley, Lesley Harwood and Jean Maggs) who all ran on Sunday morning.

There were also notable runs for 1st timers Emily Hawke, Jean Maggs and Club Secretary Steve Joy-Good who slowly made his way through the field to miss a pb by just 8 seconds.

The next race in the club champs is just 4 weeks away and is at the County Cross Country Championsips at St Neots (speak to Hugh soon if interested)