Testing Times In Grunty Fen Half Marathon

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By elypeople | Monday, September 12, 2011, 01:07

With just under 500 competitors this year, the Grunty Fen Half Marathon can be a competitive event but this year the ultimate winner led from early in the race.

Stamford athlete Aaron Scott, 24, of Notts Athletic Club set a blistering early pace and finished the race a minute and a half ahead of his nearest rival, 39-year-old John Clarke of Newham & Essex Beagles. Paul Clark, 37, of Werrington Joggers finished it the third place. The highest representative of Ely Runners was Robin Webb, who finished in 44th place in the men's race (47th overall).

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The Grunty Fen Half Marathon has been an annual fixture in the local athletics calendar since 1991. Starting and finishing from Witchford Village College, the course took the runners through the village and out into the fens in two loops.

Phillippa Taylor, 44, of Nene Valley Harriers was the first woman home, just 26 seconds ahead of Alex Gounelas, 30, of Eton Manor. Saffron Striders won the men's team event ahead of Werrington Joggers, while C&C AC were the leading women's team, beating St Radegund RDC into second place.

The prizes awarded by the race director were as follows...

All Men

1 1:10:32 Aaron Scott Notts AC (Race Pos 1)

2 1:12:04 John Clarke Newham & Essex Beagles (2)

3 1:12:26 Paul Halford Werrington Joggers (3)

4 1:12:53 Andrew Thake Hallamshire Harriers (4)

5 1:12:56 Chris Wright Leeds City AC (5)

6 1:13:08 John Pike Newham & Essex Beagles (6)

Veteran Men 40

1 1:22:18 Andy Peet Wigston Phoenix (18)

2 1:24:40 Kevin Murphy (23)

3 1:26:33 Tim Ellis Saffron Striders (31)

Veteran Men 45

1 1:19:05 Colin Ridley St Edmund Pacers (14)

2 1:24:53 Giacomo Capetti C&C AC (24)

3 1:26:40 Brian Munns Newmarket Joggers (33)

Veteran Men 50

1 1:24:27 Ian Macdougall Saffron Striders (22)

2 1:27:05 Giulio Cinque C&C AC (36)

3 1:28:52 Roger Hobbs (45)

Veteran Men 55

1 1:25:36 Colin Robilliard Coltishall Jaguars (29)

2 1:32:54 Graham Chapman Ely Runners (68)

3 1:33:29 Ker Macrosson Stowmarket Striders (73)

Veteran Men 60

1 1:29:17 Jeremy Zielinski (48)

2 1:41:21 Ron Cave Werrington Joggers (135)

3 1:44:23 Richard Hurley (172)

Veteran Men 65

1 1:39:00 Ronald Penrose (112)

2 1:43:39 Robert Mackenzie (162)

3 1:45:09 Verne Barltrop 100 Marathon Club (184)

Veteran Men 70

1 2:13:18 Tony Lack Ramsey RRC (421)

2 2:26:25 Martin Tilley St Edmund Pacers (468)

3 2:30:13 Patrick Brown March AC (476)

Veteran Men 75+

1 3:05:17 Harrison Sherwood Little Falls Fliers (497)

All Women

1 1:23:12 Philippa Taylor Nene Valley Harriers (19)

2 1:23:38 Alex Gounelas Eton Manor AC (20)

3 1:25:11 Lucy Gossage Cambridge Tri Club (26)

4 1:30:53 Kathryn Chapman Bishop's Stortford RC (54)

5 1:32:28 Fiona Halls Saffron Striders (64)

6 1:32:56 Tanya Taylor Nene Valley Harriers (69)

Veteran Women 35

1 1:30:53 Kathryn Chapman Bishop's Stortford RC (54)

2 1:32:28 Fiona Halls Saffron Striders (64)

3 1:34:32 Louise Faherty Highgate Harriers (80)

Veteran Women 40

1 1:23:12 Philippa Taylor Nene Valley Harriers (19)

2 1:32:56 Tanya Taylor Nene Valley Harriers (69)

3 1:42:10 Sophia Connell (148)

Veteran Women 45

1 1:40:41 Joy Champion Sunderland Strollers (125)

2 1:43:13 Debra Wait March AC (154)

3 1:45:46 Jalanie D'alessandro C&C AC (192)

Veteran Women 50

1 1:37:37 Chris King Fairland Valley Spartans (105)

2 1:41:20 Judith Thomas Werrington Joggers (134)

3 1:51:41 Karen Hatton St Edmund Pacers (244)

Veteran Women 55

1 1:41:57 Catherine Wright Corby AC (145)

2 1:58:51 Sheila Obrien Orion Harriers (308)

3 2:07:26 Sue Hargadon Ipswich Tri Club (380)

Veteran Women 60

1 1:55:46 Paula Mccann (284)

2 1:59:30 Diana Braverman C&C AC (316)

3 2:02:19 Julie Mcgreal Royston Runners (339)

Veteran Women 65

1 2:30:24 Sandra Butler Ramsey RRC (477)

      

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