Her­bert wins £150 and sets an­other record

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by BOB FRANK

WER­RING­TON Jog­gers vet­eran John Her­bert im­proved his club record and picked up £150 af­ter win­ning the Wood­hall Spa 10k.

He fin­ished strongly to win in 32.13, tak­ing 28 sec­onds off the club record he set when win­ning the Langtoft 10k last month.

Her­bert was de­lighted with his time, given the hu­mid con­di­tions, but he was made to work for his vic­tory. In­deed, run­ner-up Paul Lock­wood of Wake­field was still with Her­bert at 9k but the in-form Wer­ring­ton run­ner took 24 sec­onds out of him in the fi­nal kilo­me­tre.

He said: “I didn’t ex­pect to run that quick. I’ve been look­ing at get­ting down to 32.20 but it’s been windy in some of the re­cent 10k races I’ve done.

“The rain be­fore the race meant it was cooler al­though it was still muggy and I spoke to Mark Green­wood (the in-form Stam­ford Strider) be­fore the race and said I’d be happy to run 32.30.

“I didn’t have an ideal start as I got pushed back into the sec­ond row on the start line. I was jok­ing with Mark say­ing I’d started nearer the front at the London Marathon this year than I did on Sun­day but I soon got go­ing and three of us (Green­wood, Lock­wood and Her­bert) got away.

“Mark dropped away around one­and-a-half kilo­me­tres and Paul and I then ran to­gether, He was al­ways one or two strides in front of me but at 6k I seemed to strug­gle a bit and he got a small gap.

“I got go­ing again at 7k and felt strong again. I caught up with Paul and then he seemed to strug­gle a bit. It seemed too early to kick for home so I sat in and waited. At 9k there was a slight down­hill so I stretched it out a bit and he didn’t try to come with me.”

Her­bert will line-up in the Ram­sey 10k on Sun­day and will then go for his first Bri­tish Masters Cham­pi­onships when he tack­les the 5k at Hor­wich a week later. Her­bert is ranked sec­ond in the UK in his age group for the dis­tance.

Green­wood fin­ished third in a Stam­ford Strid­ers club record of 33.01 al­though he was frus­trated not to be of­fi­cially listed as in­side 33 min­utes as his chip time was 32.59.

But it was still an ex­cel­lent time given that Green­wood found the go­ing tough, and took three sec­onds off the per­sonal best he set in Belfast in De­cem­ber.

He now holds the Stam­ford club records for five miles (26.52), halfmarathon (71.51) and marathon (2.37.06) as well as 10k.

Green­wood said: “I went into it feel­ing very pos­i­tive but from the start I was strug­gling.

“I was off the pace and it just wasn’t click­ing for me. I was go­ing back­wards and de­cided to run my own race rather than try­ing to stay with them.

“John is pro­duc­ing good per­for­mances one af­ter an­other and I feel a bit en­vi­ous, but I see it as a good thing as it can only spur me on to do even bet­ter.”

Eng­land vet­eran in­ter­na­tional Stan Owen, the for­mer Nene Val­ley Har­rier who has now moved up north, came eighth and first Over 55, earn­ing £30.

Two Nene Val­ley mem­bers were in the money in the women’s race, Yvonne Scar­rott run­ning a per­sonal best of 40.50 to pick up £75 for sec­ond place while So­phie Wilkin­son was first Over 35 in 46.12. Wilkin­son re­ceived £30, small change for a woman who two years ago won £50,000 on Who Wants To Be A Mil­lion­aire.

Club­mate Sean Beard ran his best time of the year to fin­ish 14th, al­though he is cur­rently strug­gling

with a ham­string in­jury,

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