ATHLETICS: Werrington clubmates cross the line together holding hands
MICHAEL Moore became the second Werrington Jogger to win the Eye 5, being given the verdict after crossing the line with clubmate and training partner John Herbert.
The pair ran round together, even holding hands as they crossed the line - believing they were joint winners - but Moore was given victory by the organisers.
Not that Herbert was too concerned as there were no prizes with this being a charity race, and it also came just three days before his first attempt at winning a British veterans medal so he was happy not to go flat out.
Herbert (40) has enjoyed a superb year so far, with victories in the Folksworth 15, Sleaford Half-marathon, Frostbite League at Huntingdon, Rhayader 20, Radar Challenge 10k, Langtoft 10k, Eye 10k, Woodhall Spa 10k and Ramsey 10k as well as setting the fastest time during the Harrier League 5k Series.
On two occasions, in the Radar Challenge 10k and Langtoft 10k, Moore followed him home and he had thoughts of doing so again on Thursday - but he certainly didn’t expect to ‘beat’ his clubmate.
The 38 year-old, winner of this year’s Thorney 10k, said: “As far as I was concerned we were joint winners.
“John paced me to try to help me break 27 minutes and if he’d wanted to he could have beaten me hands down. I got a stitch around four miles and John slowed down for me and we ran in together.”
Moore has a personal best of 27.15 for five miles but due to roadworks this race had been advertised as ‘approximately five miles’ and was in fact 4.95 so his winning time of 26.59 didn’t class as a new best.
He said: “It was a shame it wasn’t five miles but it was a great event and the hill on the course was quite sapping. I’ll have to wait until the Thorney 5 in August now to break my personal best.
“I’m looking forward to going back to Eye on Wednesday for the second race of the Peterborough 5k Series and hopefully breaking 16 minutes. I didn’t have a good run in the opener at Ferry Meadows (he was fourth in 16.27) but hopefully it will go better for me on Wednesday.”
Moore, who followed in the footsteps of clubmate Paul Halford - who won the inaugural race in 2004 - added: “I finished fourth in this race last year and have been really pleased