Hundreds hit the road in Fenland Running Club’s Green Thumb FEN10 race

The Green Thumb FEN10 gets underway. Photo: Tim Chapman

The Green Thumb FEN10 gets underway. Photo: Tim Chapman - Credit: Archant

A record number of athletes flocked to Fenland last weekend for Fenland Running Club’s flagship race.

March AC's Karen Patterson, Geraldine Larham and Toni Alcaraz.

March AC's Karen Patterson, Geraldine Larham and Toni Alcaraz. - Credit: Archant

The Green Thumb FEN10 welcomed almost 400 runners from 54 clubs from across the country, and Bedford & County AC star James Bellward eased to success over the 10 mile course, finishing in 52 minutes and 35 seconds – 12 seconds quicker than the previous record.

Phillipa Taylor of Nene Valley Harriers was first lady in a time of one hour, four minutes and 23 seconds, and the winning relay team – a new feature for this year’s race – was the Super Striders in a time of one hour, 14 minutes and 57 seconds.

With 21 runners from the hosts, Fenland’s first man home was Ryan Jones in a personal best time of one hour, three minutes and five seconds, and first lady was Claudia Milburn, running her first 10-miler and finishing as second Senior Lady in one hour, 13 minutes and eight seconds.

Ian Milburn finished as third MV70 in one hour, 16 minutes and 24 seconds.

Three Counties Running Club's Colin Apps, Lauren Day and Trudy Sayell.

Three Counties Running Club's Colin Apps, Lauren Day and Trudy Sayell. - Credit: Archant


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Other local clubs were also in action at the FEN10, with Three Counties stars Colin Apps, Lauren Day and Trudy Sayell clinching first place in the relay.

March Athletics Club also experienced success, with Geraldine Larham finishing in second in the ladies category and Toni Alcaraz in third.

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Karen Patterson won first prize in the Vet 45 category, and the trio later combined to win the ladies team category.

Andrew Larham came third in his category with an impressive time of one hour, five minutes and 44 seconds.

FRC results: Ryan Jones 31st 1:03:05 (PB); Lweis Saunders 46th 1:05:49; Claudia Milburn 105th 1:13:08; Paul Wiegand 112th 1:13:46; Ian Milburn 133rd 1:16:24; Greg Tagney 149th 1:17:59; Sarah Gauvin 174th 1:21:15; Roger Williams 179th 1:21:31; Carol Bowett 185th 1:22:17 (PB); Trevor Sutherill 194th 1:24:10 (PB); Sam Lyddiatt 200th 1:25:32; Pamela Reynolds 211th 1:25:56; Aaron Petts 216th 1:26:19; Becky Murley 226th 1:27:27; Jac Richards 233rd 1:28:16; Gemma Rose 240th 1:29:00; Tracey Else 271st 1:35:42 (PB); Sam Henriques 279th 1:36:31; Joanne Clarke 307th 1:40:37; Gilly Anderson 326th 1:43:31; Debra Wate 328th 1:44:28.

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