There’s no keep­ing up with Jones as she records an­other 5k race win

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports Awards -

NENE Val­ley Har­rier Ruth Jones is cer­tainly end­ing the year in fine form, sug­gest­ing 2012 should see her get­ting back to her best.

For most of 2011, the 31 year-old has been un­der doc­tor’s or­ders not to push her­self in races due to the health prob­lems that caused her to col­lapse at the end of a cou­ple of races, but af­ter two months with­out a win she’s chalked up two vic­to­ries this month.

De­cem­ber could hardly have gone bet­ter for Jones. She be­gan when fin­ish­ing third wo­man in the Nene Val­ley 10, record­ing her fastest time for more than a year, and with club­mate Philip­patay­lor tak­ing sec­ond place the host club were only de­nied team suc­cess by not hav­ing a third wo­man to sup­port the speedy duo.

She fol­lowed up by win­ning the Frost­bite League at Hinch­ing­brooke, her first vic­tory in the pop­u­lar lo­cal event since tak­ing the Ely Newyear’s Eve 10k on hon­ours at the same venue Satur­day. 12 months ear­lier, although Jones first col­lapsed af­ter it wasn’t enough to pre­vent fin­ish­ing sec­ond in thethor­reign­ing cham­pi­ons Cam­ney 5 in 2010 - four days af­ter bridge and Co­leridge chalk­win­ning Wer­ring­ton race of ing up a third win in as many the Peter­bor­ough 5k Se­ries races this win­ter, - in a per­sonal best of 18.17

A week later Jones fin­ished her health prob­lems con­tin­run­ner-up to Bri­tish in­ter­naued and it hap­pened again at tional So­nia Sa­muels in the the Lin­coln 10k. Bed­ford Parkrun in 19.10 and The health prob­lems came go­ing through 5k in 18.50 - just when Jones was hit­ting not much out­side her fastest top form in 2010. It was a time of the year, de­spite the break­through year for her course be­ing slip­pery. as she took eight min­utes

Then on Satur­day, she off her 10-mile per­sonal best pro­duced her fastest 5k of (PB), five min­utes off her 2011 when win­ning the Camhalf-marathon time, three bridge Parkrun 5k in 18.39, min­utes off her 10k best and de­spite muddy con­di­tions al­most a minute off her 5k again mak­ing the course mark. slip­pery. PBS seemed to come in

In be­tween those two short ev­ery race and she also won races, she also com­pleted the Eye Char­ity 5, March her long­est train­ing run (17.5 Spud Run, two Frost­bite miles) since 2009 so Jones League events and the Spire 10.has ev­ery rea­son to look for­ward to 2012 with op­ti­mism Sadly her health prob­lems - not that she has fin­ished pre­vented her build­ing on yet for 2011 with the pop­u­lar that prom­ise as var­i­ous tests, in­clud­ing hav­ing a re­veal de­vice fit­ted un­der her col­lar­bone, forced her to take things rel­a­tively easy in 2011 but she has now tar­geted a re­turn to her best next year.

She has set her sights on break­ing 18 min­utes for 5k the first time next year. Sev­eral more wins in the Cam­bridge Parkrun also seem likely as she has won 11 times in 15 out­ings in the weekly event. Just think how im­pres­sive that record may be­come when she a fit and healthy Jones lines up! Lo­cal re­sults 23 Ruth Jones (Nene V, SL) 18.39; 30 Frank Holmes (BRJ, MV40) 19.08; 39 Roger Hol­l­i­day (BRJ, MV40) 19.56; 53 Nicky Mor­gan (Nene V, LV40) 20.33; 123 Phil Pear­sons (BRJ, MV40) 23.05; 126 Mike Holt (Nene V, MV65) 23.13; 161 Mark Ha­zle­hurst (Yax­ley, MV50) 24.24; 183 Sue Yend­ley (BRJ, LV45) 25:07; 238 Tony Gold­smith (BRJ, MV40) 28:12; 265 Michelle Fin­negan (Hunts, LV40) 30.20; 270 Su­san Richard­son (Hunts, LV50) 30.50; 282 Linda Crook (BRJ, SL) 31:50; 290 Es­ther Cotton (BRJ, LV65) 32:29; 312 Cameron Smith (BRJ, U15) 35:21; 314 Karl Tay­lor (BRJ, MV35) 35:23; 316 Tony Cotton (BRJ, MV70) 35:40; 322 John O’cal­laghan (BRJ, MV60) 38:36; 323 Sarah Hall (BRJ, SL) 38:37.

AN­OTHER lo­cal in parkrun 5k ac­tion on Satur­day was Wer­ring­ton Jog­ger Paul Hal­ford who fin­ished sec­ond at Cardiff.

The Welsh marathon cham­pion vis­ited fam­ily for Christ­mas and de­cided to make the short trip to the Cardiff Parkrun rather than set­tle for vic­tory in a vir­tual time trial in his home town of New­port.

He fin­ished sec­ond in 16.07, a time that would have seen him win by more than a minute at New­port, when fol­low­ing home fel­low in­ter­na­tional Nathaniel Lane who won by five sec­onds.

Hal­ford ad­mit­ted: “It was a slow time so I won’t be try­ing to get a late en­try for the Newyear’s Eve 10k at Ely.”

BRJ’S Linda Crook fin­ished 60th in the Col­wick Parkrun at Not­ting­ham in 32.11 while club­matetony Cotton was 15th in the Il­ford five-mile race walk in 57.03.


FINE FORM: Ruth Jones, pic­tured win­ning at Wer­ring­ton last year just four days be­fore col­laps­ing.

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