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Haverhill record league’s record-breaking turnout

Haverhill Running Club (HRC) enjoyed a record-breaking evening at the third Kevin Henry 5K league fixture, hosted by Newmarket Joggers.

Ninety two Haverhill runners completed the race in hot and dusty conditions last Thursday — the highest ever turnout from any club for the league.

HRC maintained their scintillating form, and remain in second place at the half-way point of the series.

For the first time, three HRC men finished in the top 10, with personal bests (pbs) from Mat Bigley (16 minutes and 40 seconds, for fourth place), Andrew Bell (16.56, fifth) and Michael Gilbert (17.10, eighth). Sian-Marie Lucas continues to lead HRC ladies, achieving first-placed female with a new pb of 19.08 after a nail-biting battle with Vickery of CTC over the final 50m.

Siobhan Dockerill also finished in the top 10 ladies, posting a time of 20.52 for 10th position.

It was a remarkable night for HRC ladies, who are steadily closing the gap on first-placed ladies team CTC.

The club is in a very strong position moving into the second half of the series, and will have home advantage at the next race in Kedington, hosted by HRC on July 2.

n Haverhill’s Michelle Brazier can be very pleased with her first ever attempt at a half marathon, clocking two hours and 25 minutes for 421st place in a field of 450 runners in sweltering conditions at the appropriately named Flaming June Half at Impington.

Taking in the off-road Poppyline Marathon in Norfolk, with stunning views and sights, was David Edwards, competing in his 71st marathon, Theresa Jones and Shirley Fowler. The trio kept each other company around the course, completing it in six hours and five minutes each.

n Club chairman Trevor Bunch has continued his sparkling form in the Suffolk Grand Prix Friday Five series, smashing his personal best to record a stunning time of 29 minutes and 46 seconds at Ipswich, enough for him to grab a trophy as second veteran 40 overall.

Also well up the field was Ian Elden, running 33.08, with Charlotte Acheson, the sole lady from the club, recording 39.04.

At Kirton the following week, Bunch was the sole entrant from Haverhill and he kept up his strong position overall, recording a time of 30.35 for 26th place out of 396 runners.

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