Fen runners have a successful Sunday at the Great East Anglia Run in King’s Lynn
PUBLISHED: 11:14 08 May 2014 | UPDATED: 11:14 08 May 2014
Fenland Running Club members were out in force in King’s Lynn on Sunday for the Grand East Anglia Run with many great performances and everyone finishing under the magical one hour.
From the largest field ever assembled for the 10k GEAR race, 1741 runners completed the course which weaved in and around the streets of the town.
With 23 Fenland runners taking part, there were eight personal bests and first home in 85th was Andrew Plume, who finished in a time of 36min 56sec to improve on his best time by more than a minute. One place and seven seconds behind was Martin Jennings. Third for the club was Dean Clark.
Huntingdonshire Athletics Club runner Matt Pyatt, who lives in Walpole St Andrew, was 25th in the race, which attracted national class runners from across Britain.
For his 25th place, Pyatt received the Duncan Gooderson Memorial Trophy, which is awarded each year to the first man or woman from the King’s Lynn area.
He finished the race in a time of 34min 4sec, which was 2min 3sec quicker than when he last ran the race in 2012.
The runner described receiving the award “as a great honour”, despite still feeling the after-effects of the London Marathon in his legs.
Fourteen members of March Athletics Club also completed the race with youngster Jevan Robertson first home for the club in a time of 37min 36sec for a 107th finish.
The first lady home for March AC was Melissa Neal in 38min 13sec. She was 121st overall.
Fenland Running Club: 85 Andrew Plume 36.56pb, 86 Martin Jennings 37.03pb, 281 Dean Clark 42.58pb, 297 Rod Sinnott 43.14, 321 Colin Ferguson 43.32, 350 Sarah Gauvin 44.20, 372 David Brammer 44.42, 407 Clive Harrod 45.24, 424 Ian Milburn 45.47, 465 Richard Agger 46.28, 469 Alan Bird 46.37, 500 Sarah Cooper 46.59. 554 Richard Hammond 47.53, 635 Nicky Jennings 49.11pb, 642 Paulina Zub 49:21, 661 Hilary Allen 50.06, 729 Keith White 51.03, 894 Marc Martin 54.00pb, 929 Brian Kett 54.08, 1098 Tracy Veenendaal 56.47pb, 1103 Sharon Bird 56.48pb, 1142 Julie Garner 57.24pb, 1292 Noel Meehan 59.41.
March Athletics Club: 107 Jevan Robertson 37.36, 121 Melissa Neal 38.13, 157 Mick Stacey 39.29, 179 Melanie Staley 39.54, 220 Wayne Stimson 41.28, 435 Justin Elvidge 45.38, 488 Nick Okerika 46.47, 497 Brian Harding 46.33, 613 Sarah Gove 48.54, 971 Lorna Okerika 54.47, 1199 Pat Norris 57.53, 1317 Lavinia Seward 1:00.02, 1515 Sue Ward 1:05.37, 1741 Pete Jackman 1:42.23.
At the Milton Keynes Marathon, Eamonn Dorling, left, of Thorney Running Club set out to qualify for the London Marathon – and his time of 3hr 11min 54sec was more than quick enough to secure that place.
Runners needed to run inside 3hr 20m to gain qualification for next year’s London race and Dorling said: “I set off from the start to get at least 12 fast miles in.
“Getting to half distance in about 1:31.12 gave me a good margin to play with on the return section of the race.”
Meanwhile, another Thorney club member, Gill Holmes, ran the half marathon with Terry Moat and Arron Friend running their first marathons and Leigh Howson knocking 22 minutes off her personal best time.