JAKEMAN WINS SE­RIES OPENER

ATH­LET­ICS: Triathlon in­ter­na­tion­als fin­ish first and third at Ferry Mead­ows

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - by BOB FRANK bob.frank@jpress.co.uk

TRIATHLON in­ter­na­tion­als filled two of the first three po­si­tions in the open­ing race of the Peter­bor­ough 5k Se­ries at Ferry Mead­ows.

An­drew Jakeman of Fen­land Run­ning Club fin­ished strongly to win and Peter­bor­ough Ath­letic Club’s Josh Daniels fin­ished third as Wer­ring­ton Jog­ger John Her­bert had to set­tle for sec­ond.

Her­bert, who had bro­ken his own club 10k record with 32.13 three days ear­lier, set the early pace as he so of­ten does but he be­gan tir­ing dur­ing the fourth kilo­me­tre.

Wis­bech-based Jakeman grad­u­ally reeled him in and hit the front with just 400m to go, win­ning by three sec­onds and tak­ing more than half-aminute off his per­sonal best.

Jakeman, sec­ond to Daniels at Eye dur­ing last year’s se­ries, said: “That was re­venge for when Josh beat me at Eye.

“I usu­ally have a strong fin­ish and I picked it up in the last kilo­me­tre and it was nice to win.

“I know Josh from triathlons and he told me there were a few good run­ners there so it was pleas­ing to beat them.”

Her­bert fin­ished 10 sec­onds out­side his club record, his ex­cel­lent run from Wood­hall Spa no doubt still in his legs, while Daniels was just a sec­ond out­side the 15.54 per­sonal best he set on two oc­ca­sions in 2009.

Michael Moore (Wer­ring­ton), Dar­ren Ping (Eye), Oliver Ma­son (Peter­bor­ough Ath­letic Club) and Jon Mass­ing­ham (Nene Val­ley) also broke 17 min­utes de­spite the slightly windy con­di­tions.

Her­bert was first vet­eran with for­mer Nene Val­ley Har­rier Stan Owen, now with Salford, the first Over 55 in an im­pres­sive 15th over- all.

Philippa Tay­lor was the women’s se­ries cham­pion last year but it was per­haps sur­pris­ing that the Stam­ford vet­eran won this opener given she had bro­ken the course record in the Northants Shires and Spires 35mile race just a few days ear­lier.

Tay­lor and Or­ton-based Sale Har­rier Ruth Wat­son were to­gether for much of the way but Tay­lor took vic­tory by nine sec­onds.

Spald­ing-based un­at­tached run­ner Amy Wil­liamson was a fur­ther two sec­onds back with Steph Cooper fin­ish­ing strongly to beat Wer­ring­ton club­mate Eli Scott in the bat­tle for fourth.

Nene Val­ley teenager Amelia Susu­lowsky took sixth fol­lowed by club­mate Ruth Jones, who col­lapsed over the line, and March vet­eran De­bra Wait.

The ju­nior 3k saw Chris Al­li­son win from Nene Val­ley club­mate Alex Hamp­son and Wer­ring­ton’s Daniel Richardson.

Fel­low Nene Val­ley ath­lete Jade Car­vath-Smith was sec­ond girl.

More ath­let­ics in Thurs­day’s ET

TOP THREE: An­drew Jakeman (117), John Her­bert (154) and Josh Daniels (cen­tre) were the even­tual one-two-three hav­ing wasted lit­tle time in hit­ting the front. Pic­tures: JOHN MOORE (http://jm1pho­tog­ra­phy.zen­fo­lio.com)

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