Haverhill runners compete in Great Bentley and Peterborough

Twelve Haverhill Running Club members travelled to Great Bentley for their annual half-marathon event last Sunday (February 10).

First home for the club was Ian Longland in 72nd place with a time of one hour 27 minutes and 23 seconds.

New club chairman Nick Kirkham smashed his personal best with his time of 1.38.54 for 195th place.

Sian Barker (1.40.55) and Yusuf Firat (1.40.57) were next home in 218th and 222nd place respectively.

Sil Clay continued where she left off last year,breaking her pb for 276th place with 1.44.50.

Darren Cornell took an amazing 13 minutes of his best, timing 1.53.40 for 411th place.

Mike Hodson (1.54.25 for 417th), Mark Carpenter (1.55.09 for 428th), Kim Cromarty (new pb of 1.55.19 for 429th), Steve Halls (1.58.09 for 451st) and Ian Elden 1.58.30 for 455th place broke the two-hour barrier.

Haverhill veteran John Oakes, running in Cambridge colours, won his category again, finishing in 18th place overall with a blistering timne of 1.19.22.

As it stands, it is officially the fastest run by a 55-year-old for a half-marathon this year.

Over near Peterborough, Theresa Jones was the sole entrant from the club for the Folksworth 15-mile road race, recording a time of 2.20.28.

For all the latest sport see Thursday’s (February 21) Echo.