Tay­lor fin­ishes fifth over­all in her first ul­tra-dis­tance race

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

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.

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