Lucas leads Haverhill to victory in Kedington

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Haverhill Running Club ladies’ team triumphed at the latest Kevin Henry 5K league race, winning the female competition by a landslide at the club’s home race in Kedington.

Sian-Marie Lucas won the ladies’ race after a hard-fought battle with Sarah Wightman of Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club last Thursday.

The pair swapped places several times during the race, but Lucas managed to edge ahead with just 200m to go and out-sprinted Wightman to the finish line.

Second lady over the line for Haverhill was the ever-improving Siobhan Dockerill in sixth place, and Mary Ann Moseley achieved 10th place.

Lucas, Dockerill and Moseley also made Kevin Henry history as the first trio of Haverhill ladies to finish in the top 10.

For the men, Andrew Bell continued his recent excellent form, blazing home in fourth place on the challenging course, which included a long ascent up Cock Hill.

Just one second behind Bell was Mat Bigley (fifth), with Michael Gilbert taking 13th place.

The total turnout for the club was an incredible 112 runners — again Haverhill making history as the first club to field more than 100 runners in a Kevin Henry race.

An honorary member for the evening was former Olympic athlete and Chicago Marathon 1996 winner Paul Evans, who ran with a group of Haverhill beginners in their first 5K race.

Overall, the club currently sits in second position in the league behind Cambridge Triathlon Club, with two fixtures still to come.

n The last two Fridays have seen the continuation of the Friday Five series of races, with Trevor Bunch and Lucas travelling to the home of Springfield Striders for the five mile race.

Bunch again broke the magic 30 minute mark, with his time of 29.53, giving him 10th place overall in the field of 128 runners.

For Lucas it proved a profitable journey as well, achieving a new personal best time of 32.20, for 25th place overall and a prize for being the third lady to cross the finish line.

The following Friday saw Bunch and others travel to Great Bentley for their five mile event.

The course is pretty much as fast and flat as it can get, making it very popular for runners looking for personal bests. Indeed all five runners from the club achieved their aims.

Bunch smashed his best time to bring his new pb down to 29.12, and 17th position out of the near 400 athletes.

Ian Elden was next in (31.04) demolishing his old best, and 39th place. Graham Dickens’ new pb now stands at 35.48, enough for 164th place.

Charlotte Acheson continued her fine recent form with 38.21 and 217th place, with Dawn Dixon obliterating her old five mile best with 46.22, coming home in 336th position overall.

At the other end of the spectrum, at Great Bentley also run on a Friday, was the Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog, a five mile run set in the woods of Thetford Forest with a twisting course and obstacles to manoeuvre.

A superb turnout of Haverhill runners took up the challenge of something a bit different to the normal race, with Ian Elden in 34.05 for 11th the first Haverhill runner in (results on page 45).

n Sunday saw the annual Newmarket 10k take place on an undulating course set in Stetchworth.

A handful of runners from Haverhill took part in the field of 140 with success for three ladies from the club, Carole Le-Roy, Helen Spooner and Debbie Slater, who took the prize of top female team.

Also grabbing some silverware was Martin Lawrence, who won the male veteran 50 category (results on page 45).