Fenland Running Club launched a new event on Easter Monday with the inaugural running of the Green Thumb FRC Spring Relay, a relay of four runners each doing a 5K lap starting and finishing by West Walton Church with race headquarters at West Walton Village Hall. Early rain cleared to give a superb sunny, if a little breezy, morning for the 80 runners taking part. With 20 Teams of four runners there were some very quick times recorded with 10 runners breaking the 20 minute barrier. The fastest male prize went to Darren Hire of Thorney Running Club and the fastest female prize to Bethan Everson of Fenland Running Club in times of 18.31 and 19.15 respectively. The first Team to complete the four laps was ‘March G Force’ from March AC in the Mixed Team category with an overall time of 1:19:23 and impressive individual times by Toni Alcaraz (19:43), Geraldine Larham (20:29), Andrew Larham (19:17) and Michael Stacey (19:54). The second and third finishing Teams were ‘Fenland Speedwell’ (1:20:50; Sean Connolly, Ann Trett, Bethan Everson, and Graham Milham) and ‘Thorney Fast Boys’ (1:21:54; Dean Houlton, Richard Coles, Andy Cowling and Darren Hire). March AC also scooped awards for best Age Graded Percentage performances for male and female runners with Andrew Larham 82.5% and Lavinia Seward 80.3%. The fastest Male Team award went to ‘Thorney Fast Boys’, Dean Houlton (19:00), Richard Coles (21:02), Andy Cowling (23:21) and Darren Hire (18:31) of Thorney Running Club and the fastest Female Team award went to ‘4Midable Ladies’ of Maire Irlam (22:15 ), Sarah Gauvin (21:54), Ellen Connolly (22:45) and Carol Bowett (22:14) of Fenland Running Club.
20 runners ‘Take Off’ on the first ever Green Thumb FRC Spring Relay
March G Force, first team to finish and Mixed Team Winners (back L to R Andrew Larham, Michael Stacey; front L to R Toni Alcaraz, Geraldine Larham)
4Midable Ladies, fourth Team to finish and Ladies Team Winners (L to R Maire Irlam, sarah Gauvin, Ellen Connolly and Carol Bowett)
Also racing on Easter Monday was FRC star runner Andrew Plume who took part in the Boston (Lincs) Marathon. In a field of 412 finishers, Andrew finished in an incredible 5th place in a stunning new PB time of 2:48:06.
Andrew Plume at Boston (Lincs) Marathon