Markley records his first vic­tory for five years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

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.


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