JAKEMAN WINS SERIES OPENER
ATHLETICS: Triathlon internationals finish first and third at Ferry Meadows
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)