ATH­LET­ICS: Wer­ring­ton club­mates cross the line to­gether hold­ing hands

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup - by BOB FRANK

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

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