Taylor finishes fifth overall in her first ultra-distance race
PETERBOROUGH 5k Series champion Philippa Taylor took a massive step up in distance to tackle her first ultra on Sunday.
The Stamford Strider, who has never even tackled a marathon, ran the 35-mile Northants Shires and Spires 35 Ultra.
She smashed the women’s course record when clocking 5.16.30, well inside the 2009 time of 6.34.51 set by Sarah Nason.
She finished fifth overall, the highest ever female position in any event organised by Go Beyond Ultra.
She said: “I absolutely loved it ... homemade cakes and jelly beans at every checkpoint and beautiful countryside, it was a great event.
“The biggest challenge was not the running but the navigation. I had to run with others or I would have got very lost, several times. I’ve discovered map reading while running is definitely not a skill I have!”
EYE Community Runners stage their annual five-mile charity race next Thursday (June 17).
This year the money will go to the Croft Residential Home in Eye. The race gets under way from Eye Playing Fields on Lindisfarne Road at 7.30pm and the course will include part of the as yet unopened A16.
Organisers hope to include the new Carr Dyke Bridge but will have to wait until Monday for confirmation. Due to the roadworks, the club describe the distance as ‘approximately five miles’. Although there are no prizes, all finishers will receive a bottle of beer.
Nene Valley Harriers boast an excellent record in the race as all six winners of the event were either members when they won or went on to join the club.
Current Cambs Road League champion Paul Halford won the inaugural race in 2004 and now competes on the track for Nene Valley, while remaining with first-claim club Werrington Joggers on the roads. Rob Prady was a member of Reading Road Runners but living in Chatteris when he won in 2007, joining Nene Valley soon afterwards, and it was a similar story when Lee Morgan won last year.
The Hampton athlete was with South London Harriers when he won 12 months ago but has since added depth to the Nene Valley squad, helping them win their first Frostbite League title during the winter.
Given the tendency of non-Nene Valley winners going on to join the club, Werrington Joggers might be advised to beg John Herbert and Michael Moore not to run at Eye next week!
BUSHFIELD Jogger Paul Page finished 26th out of 590 in the Whipsnade Zoo 10k in39.59. Clubmate Julie Tebb finished 430th in 61.12.
Another Bushfield member in action over the weekend was Paul Jephcott, finished 146th out of 305 in the Notts 10, clocking 78.46.
FINE RUN: Phillipa Taylor.