Markley records his first victory for five years
THOMAS Cook Road Runner Simon Markley recorded his first road race win for five years and only his second ever when taking the Brandon Half-marathon on Sunday.
The 37 year-old, who won the March 15 in 2005, finished strongly to win in 1.19.43. He chased a trio who were battling it out for second place, catching them at nine-and-a-half miles, and then caught the leader in the last mile.
Markley has been troubled by a knee injury for the past two months but hopes to now get a few more races under his belt as he prepares for the Abingdon Marathon in October.
He said: “I feel a bit embarrassed to win a race in that time. The guy who was leading was coming back to me and he didn’t try to stay with me when I hit the front.
“I’d hoped to do the Cambs Road League and a few half-marathons but I’ve been struggling with injuries. My half-marathon time has been bugging me because I’ve only done 1.17.17 - at the Grunty Fen race - and I feel I should at least be able to run 1.16.”
Another local athlete to chalk up a rare win on Sunday was Nene Valley Harriers veteran Steve Reid who won the Woodland Half-marathon at Bourne, beating Alex Toll by 10 seconds,
THE popular Peterborough 5k Series gets under way at Ferry Meadows next Wednesday.
Last year’s series was shared by Matt Blunden and Neil Addison but the latter will miss the opener.
The Great Eastern Run champion is still easing his way back after injury forced him to pull out of the London Marathon when on schedule to break 2.20 in April.
He hopes to make his comeback in the second or third race of the series but Blunden plans to line-up in Wednesday’s opener, which gets under way at 7.30pm (the junior 3k starts at 7pm).
Other dates in the series are: June 23, Eye; July 7, Ferry Meadows; July 21, Stamford; August 11, Werrington.
PAUL Page of Bushfield Joggers took two-and-a-half minutes off his personal best when finishing 13th out of 258 in the Dover Halfmarathon.
Page is in a rich vein of form, setting personal bests in most races at the moment, and his time of 1.30.03 was an improvement on the time he ran at Sleaford earlier this year.
THORNEY Running Club veteran Reg Allen finished fifth in the Long Bennington 10k in 38.42.
HALF-MARATHON WIN: Simon Markley.