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Haverhill runners claim top spot in Newmarket Grand Prix

JUNIOR SUCCESS: Haverhill runner’s Sorren Spall, Benji Darken, Jed Randel Charlotte Hulyer and Freya Rootes
JUNIOR SUCCESS: Haverhill runner’s Sorren Spall, Benji Darken, Jed Randel Charlotte Hulyer and Freya Rootes

Haverhill Running Club has enjoyed another weekend of ‘excellent’ results, which saw them claim top spot in both the men’s and women’s categories at the Newmarket 10K on Sunday.

Michael Gilbert claimed victory as part of a 25-strong contingent competing for the running club while Kelly Mepham – who won in a personal best time – was the first female as she also claimed victory.

The race is the fifth event in the 2018 Suffolk County Athletic Association, after the Tarpley 10 mile, 20 mile, Bungay half marathon and Sudbury Friday 5.

There are five races remaining in the calendar.

Haverhill are in a good position, made even better by Gilbert and Mepham’s race wins, in the team competition.

Andrew Bell, meanwhile, finished fourth and Tony Bacon sixth to see the Haverhill men win the team prize for the race.

And Cheryl Trundle also came first in her age category of V60.

Club chair Karen Martin said: “To say I’m proud of our runners is an understatement, it’s not easy running in heat like that but they went out and gave it their all.

“Michael and Kelly are especially on fire at the moment, performances like this really promote our club and show that we can be as competitive as the larger clubs that we struggle to compete against in terms of facilities.

“It was an excellent weekend of running.

“Kelly is the current star of the club and coming through with wins for the girls which is something we’ve lacked for a while.”

The success did not stop in Newmarket, however, with Alex Smith finishing second in the Stort 5 mile race organised by the Bishop’s Stortford Running Club.

He finished in 30 minutes eight seconds, behind Saffron Striders’ Andrew Mynott in first.

Martin had high praise for the young runner as ‘definitely one to watch in the future’.

She added that the club had also had a few runners compete in the Great Barrow Challenge over the weekend, with a number of runners competing in Bury on the Sunday.

Shirley Fowler competed in four marathons in four consecutive days, while Simon Wallis and Kirsty Millard completed two in two days.

There were also a number of runners who competed in the Bury half marathon on Sunday.

And Martin was also keen to shine a light on the success of the junior section at the club, with a number taking part at Newmarket.

She said it was one of the first times the juniors had competed since the club began the junior section in May.

Results had not been published at the time of the Echo going to press but Martin said the youngsters had done well.

The next Grand Prix event is the Framlingham 10K, which is due to take place on September 2.

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