Alan Bird of Fenland Running Club competed in the Staffordshire Iron Man 70.3 on a sweltering Sunday. Alan’s times for the three elements were: 1.2 mile swim 34:26, 56 mile bike ride 2:46:57 and 13.1 half marathon run 2:19:06 to give with transitions, an overall time of 5:52:47 and a finish position of 501. Also at the Staffordshire 70.3 was Alan’s wife Sharon in a relay team of Sharon who swam in 52:27, mathew Clarkson who biked in 2:49:29 and Denise Griffin who ran in 2:29:05 total time 6:16:30. Another relay team from Fenland Running club was Neil Bailey (45:59 swim), Jay Gilbert (3:48:59 bike) and Paulina Zub (2:04:03 run) with a total tome of 6:44:58.
Fenland Running Club had another outstanding performance at the Greater Peterbourough Athletics Network premier event,the Green Wheel Relay, on Sunday. A seven stage 50 mile relay starting and finishing at The Athletics Arena in Peterborough and following the outline of the green Wheel Cycle Route around Peterborough. The race attracted a record number of 43 teams this year but the scorching sun and extremely high temperatures resulted in nearly all runners being a minute a mile below their normal race pace. Fenland Running club entered six teams and were again amongst the trophy winners with Andrew Plume, Ann trett, Ryan Jones, Bethan Evans, Martin Jennings, Shane Draper and Claudia Milburn not only winning the Mixed Team category but they were also the first team to finish in a terrific time of 5:49:36 overall. Andrew Plume and Ryan Jones were both Stage Winners and Martin jennings was second on his stage. The Ladies Vets of Ellen Drew, Sam Lyddiatt, Carol Bowett, Maire Irlam, Sarah Gauvin, Nicky Jennings and Cat Duce also triumphed by winning their category and the Men’s Vets were a creditable second place. Full Results: Stage 1: 8.3 miles, Andrew Plume 1st 50:40; Rod Sinnott 59:48; Ellen Connolly 1:09:50; Carol Slater-Garner1:32:36; Paul Wiegand 1:07:08; Hannah Ryan 1:33:09. Stage 2: 4.3 miles, Ann Trett 33:57; John Chapman 31:34; Sam Lyddiatt 37:30; Judy Seale 45:51; Lucy Hicks 46:42; Carly Read 1:04:21. Stage 3: 7.35 miles, Ryan Jones 1st 48:43; Andre Pittock 1:01:58; Carol Bowett 1:09:10; Phil England 1:05:45; Michelle Gilbert 1:30:45; Melissa Milward 1:31:01. Stage 4: 8.21 miles, Bethan Everson 1:02:02; Richard Agger 1:10:54; Maire Irlam 1:06:25; Nigel Seale 1:09:51; Max Pearson 1:17:36; ian King 1:22:06. Stage 5: 8.6 miles, Martin Jennings 2nd 55:12; Tim Chapman 52:43; Nicky Jennings 1:09:01; Gilly anderson 1:38:47; Tracy Adams 1:31:19; Ian Milburn 1:06:54. Stage 7:5.7 miles, Claudia Milburn 46:10; Graham Milham 42:47; Cat Duce 52:00; Larissa Follen 1:00:09; Julie Garner 1:01:14; Gemma Read 1:03:20.
Three of the Mixed team L to R Martin jennings, Claudia Milburn, Bethan Everson, plus cyclist Steve Bennington
Ladies vets L to R Cat Duce, Ellen Connolly, Sarah Gauvin, Maire Irlam, Sam Lyddiatt (Captain), Nicky Jennings, Carol Bowett