Fenland Running Club hosted their 32nd running of their ten mile race on Sunday, the GreenThumb FEN10. As guest Starter, Stephen Barclay MP for North East Cambridgeshire got the race off to a flying start with a field of 310 finishers, 11 of whom broke the one-hour barrier with fantastic runs and a winning time of 54:48 from Ben Heron of Peterborough AC. Although recognised as a PB course if it’s not windy, the wind was present and pulled down times of many but others still managed that elusive PB. Fenland RC members put in a strong field of 24 members but were overshadowed by a huge contingent of 41 runners from Werrington Joggers who made this race one of their Championship races. First man home for FRC was Andrew Plume in 15th place in a time of 1:01:21. Carol Bowett was first FRC lady home and 3rd FV35 in 151st place and a time of 1:21:02 (PB). Jane Clarke finished 3rd FV50 in 1:25:34and there were PBs for Stuart Webb, John Shaw, Gilly Anderson and Lucy Hicks. Fenland RC would like to thank local clubs March AC and Three Counties RC for manning water stations and GreenThumb Lawn Treatment Services for thier continued financial support for this race and Dawbarn and Sons Ltd, Alan Clarke Electrical Ltd, Kirk Coachworks Ltd and Minuteman Press for their additional financial support. Full results: Andrew Plume15th 1:01:21; Stuart Webb 50th 1:08:28 (PB); John Shaw 63rd 1:09:26 (PB); Richard Agger 65th 1:09:52; Paul Griffin 70th 1:10:03; Paul Wiegand 71st 1:10:17; Andre Pittock 79th 1:11:40; Tim Clough 107th 1:14:42; David Brammer 134th 1:18:12; Carol Bowett 151st 1:21:02 (PB); Jane Clarke 186th 1:25:34; Ian King 187th 1:25:44; Jac Richards 215th 1:29:23; Denise Griffin 223rd 1:29:23; Aaron Petts 228th 1:30:38; Emma Smith 230th 1:31:01; Stacie Youngs 234th 1:31:51; Julie Garner243rd 1:33:42; Carol Slater-Garner 244th 1:33:41; Hannah Ryan 251st 1:34:49; Vani Mauremootoo 271st 1:38:11; Gilly Anderson 279th 1:41:18 (PB); Lucy Hicks 291st 1:47:27 (PB); Vanessa Hunt 293rd 1:50:01.
Also running at the weekend was Sarah Rippon who took on the Challenge Running Stort 30 mile Ultra race in Hertfords hire finishing 219th of 247 runners with a PB time of 6:29:26 and Paulina Zub who ran the Illuminator Run 15 mile trail run near Aboyne in the Cairngorms in Scotland and finished 321st in a field of 1,560 in a time of 2:45:23.
Even further afield FRC members were in the USA at the Cleremont Waterfront Parkrun near Orlando in Florida. Martin Jennings had an outstanding run to finish 2nd in a time of 17:32 (1st MV45), Stuart Follen was 5th overall and second MV40 in 19:47, Nicky Jennings was 22nd overall and 1st lady to finish in a time of 23:03 and Larissa Follen was 38th and 2nd LV40 in 27:11.
“The Off” at the GreenThumb FEN10 (photo by Tim Chapman)
USA Parkrun Florida: L to R Nicky Jennings, Martin jennings, Stuart Follen, Larissa Follen