Herbert wins £150 and sets another record
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,