More than 200 runners tested themselves on Haverhill Running Club’s Thurlow 10 in another successful year, with the 2015 event also including a five mile alternative.
There were plenty of black home vests strewn out along the course, in what was the fifth running of the race from the village on Sunday, which had the added incentive of being picked for the Suffolk Grand Prix series.
Picking up prizes for the host club were: Andrew Bell, who won the five miler, Martin Lawrence, who managed first veteran 50 male, Sian Marie Lucas, who also won the five mile race for the women, with Mary-Ann Moseley coming in behind her for second place overall.
Theresa Franklin was delighted to receive the prize for first vet 50 woman in the 10 mile race.
There were plenty of other great runs achieved as well, ensuring that the club will remain in the hot seat for the prizes in the Grand Prix.
Haverhill’s press officer and participant Martin Lawrence said: “All in all it was another successful day for the running club and we would like to pass on a massive thanks to our main sponsors this year, the Haverhill Chiropractic Centre and Feelgood Fitness gym.
“Thankfully the weather was kind as well, making the hilly course less unbearable underfoot.”
n Flying the flag for Haverhill Running Club in Germany recently was Lyndsey Matthews, who took part in the Berlin Marathon, along with 40,000 others.
This race is hailed as the fastest marathon course in Europe, with Matthews finishing in a very respectable four hours and 37 minutes.
Another globetrotter was Trevor Bunch, participating in Holland for the Eindhoven Marathon. Running strongly throughout, Bunch grabbed a new personal best, completing the route in a cracking 3.00.17, enough for 233rd place out of the thousands taking part.
Back in Blighty, three ladies: Cheryl Trundle, Joanne Rosenwold and Shirley Fowler, travelled to Oxford for their half marathon. Good solid running from all three resulted in times of 1.44.47 for Trundle (second vet lady 65), 2.00.42 for Fowler, and Rosenwold completing in 2.07.09.
The Great Eastern half Marathon in Peterborough saw a clutch of HRC members taking part. For four of them, this was their first attempt at the 13.1 distance.
Gareth Thomas, Sarah Miller, Cherylin Lane and Ruth Bayne all came through with flying colours.
Matt Bigley was the star of the show for the club, storming around the fast flat course in an amazing 1.16.22, giving him 46th place overall in a race where there were plenty of top class athletes running.