There’s no keeping up with Jones as she records another 5k race win
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.
DEFENDING HIS TITLE: Matt Gunby.
FINE FORM: Ruth Jones, pictured winning at Werrington last year just four days before collapsing.