Despite the spectacle of a flypast by a Lancaster Bomber, Nene Valley Harrier Jordan Foster was the one to watch at the Eye 10k – winning the ladies’ race by over two and a half minutes with a time of 38.06mins.
Foster has made huge strides this year, running lifetime bests over distances ranging from 5km to the marathon, and is the star pupil at Lloyd Kempson’s Team Project Run coaching school.
Finishing with just 16 men ahead of her, in a race where Cambridge and Coleridge’s Duncan Coombs was first over the line in a time of 34.03, the fleet footed Foster bided her time early on.
However, once establishing a gap over the other leading ladies, she was able to extend her lead at will as the race for second and third places hotted up behind her.
Toni Alcarez, of March AC, took the runners-up spot with a 40.57 clocking 11 seconds ahead of Ellie Swire (Cambridge and Coleridge).
The ladies then came in thick and fast with Nene Valley’s Emma Tomlinson-McCrae fourth with a time of 41.13, ahead of Melissa Neal, of March AC, in 41.22.
Ramsey’s Lisa Marriott, Peterborough’s Sarah Caskey and Geraldine Larham (March AC) also finished inside 42 minutes.
The first ladies team prize went to March AC, with the Nene Valley Harriers trio of Foster, Tomlinson-McCrae and Yvonne Scarrott taking second place.
“What a difference a week makes after my disappointing run at Langtoft,” said Foster. “I ran smart, I kept it steady, and it paid off. I felt so good for the whole race, and I know that I’ve got more in me. I can’t wait to race again at the end of the month in the London 10k.”
Phil Martin was runner-up in the men’s race in 34.39, more than 30 seconds behind the winner Duncan Coombs, while his Peterborough AC clubmate Simon Fell took third place in 35.11. John Peet finished seventh to ensure that Peterborough AC were the winning team.
Nene Valley were the third team and were lead home by 15-year-old Owen Wilkinson who finished 11th in 36.50.
The 3k fun run was won by Connor Ely of Bourne Town Harriers in 10.29 with Isabelle Wilkins from Team Bex second with 10.54.
- Nene Valley Harriers boasted a remarkable 23 county champions and 42 medalists at the Lincolnshire Track and Field Championship held in Boston.
Two club and championship records fell with William Hughes running 21.53 to win the under-20 200m gold and Beckie Hall winning the senior ladies’ shot with a distance of 12.96m.
Several Nene Valley athletes won multiple golds, and under-13 Katie Marsh collected an impressive four medals winning the 70m hurdles in 11.97 and the long jump with a leap of 4.64m. Marsh also won silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m.
Katie Calcutt won the under 15 75m hurdles with a time of 12.03, and the long jump with a distance of 4.92m. She also collected 100m silver.
The Capes family had reason to celebrate with under-15 Donovan Capes winning the discus and shot and Lawson Capes taking under-11 gold in the 80m hurdles and long jump.
Charles Hughes won the under-20 shot with a 10.20 putt along with javelin bronze.
Danielle Pusey hurled the javelin 22.67m to collect under-15 gold to go with her second place in the hammer.
Under-13 Evie Blow collected shot gold and 200m silver, while up and coming sprinter James Marsh won the under-17 200m with a 23.47m clocking. Marsh also collected 200m silver.
Under-20 Megan Pusey was one of the most impressive performers winning both the 200m and 400m
- Nene Valley’s Lloyd Kempson set a new 5k best of 15.03 finishing 13th in the Ipswich Twilight 5k, while Nene Valley’s Latvian International Edgars Sumskis clocked 14.36.30 coming home as runner up in a 5,000m track race in Naples.
- Charlotte Taylor won the Portland Twilight 5,000m in Oregon with a 15.52.84 clocking, the second fastest time of the high flying Harriers career.
- Rob Brownlee of Nene Valley finished fourth in the Titchmarsh 10k, clocking a time of 35.26.4.