Biggest weekend so far for Fenland Running Club

Aaron Petts

Aaron Petts - Credit: Archant

Twenty degree heat and light wind was the setting for Fenlands biggest weekend to date.

Maire Kay, third female

Maire Kay, third female - Credit: Archant

First up we had the Outlaw Nottingham Half triathlon event consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run.

Alan dug deep to cross the line ahead of Stuart by four minutes. Alan Bird finished in 5:21:25, Stuart Follen finished just behind with 5:25:12.

Rod Sinnot, second male

Rod Sinnot, second male - Credit: Archant

The next triathlon was slateman - a swim surrounded with mountains, a bike course in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and a run through a slate quarry.

The race offers a unique mix of incredible scenery and challenge with a carnival atmosphere that makes all feel welcome which is exactly what Sarah Rippon felt as she blasted the course to finish in 4:55:26.

Ian Milburn, winner category age

Ian Milburn, winner category age - Credit: Archant

We headed southeast to Grantham for the tough mudder which is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit.

With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasises teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.

Carol Bowett

Carol Bowett - Credit: Archant

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Aaron Petts took up this challenge alongside four of his friends and completed the course in 3:40:01.

Next up was the Hughes Sublime Swaffham 10k Race - a new event’s course which is virtually a straight out and back 10k road race.

Claudia Richards, first female

Claudia Richards, first female - Credit: Archant

The start is on West Acre road where it meets Bears Lane. This is a few minutes’ walk from the Green Britain Centre.

It heads out into the beautiful Norfolk countryside for about three miles before turning around and making its way back to the Green Britain Centre via Bears Lane.

John Shaw, third male

John Shaw, third male - Credit: Archant

The course is undulating with gentle changes in gradient and that is what brought 26 Fenland runners to the start line.

First man home was Andrew Plume with a blistering heat time of 37:04, hot on his heels was Rod Sinnott with a time of 41:29, 40 seconds later John Shaw hit the finish line with a time of 42:09.

Andrew Plume, first male.

Andrew Plume, first male. - Credit: Archant

First female home was Claudia Milburn in 46:39 again hot on her heels 44 seconds later Carol Bowett crossed the line in 47:23.

Ian Milburn followed Carol to win his category group with a time of 48:14.

Sarah Rippon

Sarah Rippon - Credit: Archant


Alan Bird and Stuart Follen

Alan Bird and Stuart Follen - Credit: Archant

Andrew Plume 37:04, Rod Sinnott 41:29, John Shaw 42:09, Nigel Seale 43:38, David Brammer 44:25, Andre Pittock 45:06, Claudia Milburn 46:39, Carol Bowett 47:23, Ian Milburn 48:14, Maire Kay 49:59, Bob Hicks 50:23, Ian King 50:44, Justin Brown 55:03, Jac Richards 55:25, Julie Garner 56:31, Benji Carter 58:19, Judy Seale 59:09, Hannah Ryan 59:15, Carol Slater-Garner 1:01:34, Cheryl Chapman 1:02:08, Lucy Hicks 1:03:41, Barbara Welbourn 1:04:02, Paula Connolly 1:04:08, Chris Anderson 1:09:36, Sally King 1:16:07, Kristy Brown 1:20:54.

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