Lunn holds off his son to win the Langtoft 10k ATH­LET­ICS

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily - By BOB FRANK @Et­bobfrank

PAUL Lunn of Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers warmed up for to­mor­row’s Ma­jorca 70.3 Half-iron­man triathlon with vic­tory in the Langtoft 10k.

It was the per­fect con­fi­dence booster for Lunn, whose son Josh also im­pressed when fin­ish­ing third.

Ev­ery­thing seems to be go­ing to plan for Lunn, who had won on two wheels just days ear­lier when the Fen­land Clar­ion mem­ber took the open­ing race of the Blue­bell 10-mile time trial se­ries.

Hav­ing also won his age group at both the Cam­bridge Duathlon and Lin­coln Sprint Triathlon re­cently as well as earn­ing se­lec­tion for the World Duathlon Cham­pi­onships in Nancy, Lunn is cur­rently in a rich vein of form as his per­sonal best of 34.49 at Langtoft proved.

He said: “My goal was just to run even splits and give my legs a good spin prior to Ma­jorca.

“I haven’t run a straight 10k for a year so I was very happy with my time and I’m de­lighted with my fit­ness lev­els at the mo­ment.”

Lunn will now bid to make the top three in his age group to­mor­row in a bid to earn se­lec­tion for the World 70.3 Half-iron­man Cham­pi­onships in Las Ve­gas.

A de­cent early pace saw the two Lunns, Olly Slater and for­mer Cambs Road League and Peter­bor­ough 5k Se­ries cham­pion Ash­ley Allen - mak­ing his come­back af­ter a three-year ab­sence - set­ting the pace.

Slater was the first to drop off the pace around 2.5k with Josh Lunn los­ing ground soon af­ter as his dad and for­mer Peter­bor­ough Ath­letic Club mem­ber Allen opened up a 20m gap.

A climb at half­way saw Allen, who has a best of 33.04, be­gin to strug­gle and it then be­came a Lunn one-two as Paul forged ahead and Josh moved up to sec­ond place on his way to a per­sonal best of 34.56.

Mean­while, Sleaford’s Greg South­ern was go­ing well af­ter a steady start and he moved into sec­ond at 8k and, hav­ing caught one Lunn, he set off in pur­suit of the other.

But there was no deny­ing Lunn se­nior vic­tory. De­spite South­ern and

WER­RING­TON Jog­ger Paul Hal­ford fin­ished third in the mass race at the Hawassa Half-marathon in Ethiopia in 78.07.

The Welsh in­ter­na­tional was in Ethiopia to re­port on the elite race for Ath­let­ics Weekly mag­a­zine, where he is deputy ed­i­tor.

PACTRAC’S Wendy Gooding won the women’s race at the Titch­marsh 10k, fin­ish­ing 17th over­all as Nene Val­ley Har­rier John Nash crossed the line in sixth place. Lo­cal re­sults - 6 John Nash (Nene V) 36.40; 17 Wendy Gooding (PACTRAC) 42.35; 31 Tony Huck- steeplechaser Lunn ju­nior chas­ing hard in the final kilome­tre, he held on to win as just seven sec­onds sep­a­rated the first three.

Although not catch­ing his dad, Josh was de­lighted to take two min­utes off his per­sonal best. He said: “At the start I’d have been happy with any­thing be­low 36 min­utes but we went through 5k in about 17.15, which I knew was per­fect for a sub-35.

“When Greg passed me at 8k I couldn’t hang on to him and I thought he would catch dad, but he didn’t seem to make much more progress. The last kilome­tre was a fast fin­ish with us both chas­ing dad down but we couldn’t catch him.”

Lunn, who turns 20 on Tues­day, will rep­re­sent Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers in Sun­day’s Eye 10k which is the sec­ond race of the Cambs Road League cham­pion.

Ruth Jones, show­ing good pow­ers of re­cov­ery af­ter her per­sonal best of 3.13.38 at last month’s London Marathon, gave Nene Val­ley a dou­ble when tak­ing the women’s race. Her time of 40.26 saw her fin­ish 18th over­all.

Bourne Town Har­rier Joe How­ells won the fun run with Wer­ring­ton Jog­ger Katie Green the first girl in 10th. lesby (BRJ) 45.31; 34 Terry Fone (Eye) 45.56; 35 Paul Jeph­cott (Bush­field) 45.59; 98 Ian Frisby (Thor­ney) 52.57; 117 Becca Brown (Stam­ford) 55.37; 120 Sam Brown (BRJ) 56.24; 122 Pe­tra Otto (Thor­ney) 56.35; 140 Michael Barker (Yax­ley) 64.31; 145 Laura Porter (Bush­field) 65.51.

MARTIN Stevens led a Wer­ring­ton Jog­gers con­tin­gent in the Geneva half-marathon in Switzer­land.

Stevens, who sneaked in­side three hours at last month’s London Marathon, clocked 1.28.35 while Phil Ham­lyn recorded a per­sonal best of 1.34.42. Wer­ring­ton Jog­gers re­sults Half Marathon - Martin Stevens 1.28.35; Phil Ham­lyn 1.34.42; Calvin Searle 1.35.32; Si­mon Gilby 1.36.59; Kelvin Chil­vers 2.00.25; Tim Cook 2.04.14; Rowena Ho­man 2.06.51. 5k - Carol Cook 30.52; Kather­ine Turner 30.52.

TOM Pope of Hunts Ath­letic Club fin­ished 13th in the Fen Dray­ton 10k in 42.16. Lo­cal re­sults - 13 Tom Pope (Hunts, MV35) 41.32; 16 Tim Neals-hope (BRJ, MV40) 42.17; 41 Jackie Wren (BRJ, LV50) 45.25; 46 Peter Ger­man (Hunts, MV60) 45.48; 67 Gra­ham Walker (Hunts, MV50) 47.51; 81 Lynn Sum­mer­field (March, LV35) 49.22; 96 Mia Mead (BRJ, SL) 50.59; 99 Amanda Roland (BRJ, LV35) 51.01; 110 Lisa Bray­brook (BRJ, LV45) 52.02; 125 Caro­line Smurthwaite (BRJ, LV35) 53.58; 203 Ti­mothy Hyde (Hunts) 60.47; 214 Ros­alind Cob­bold (Bush­field, SL) 61.42.

FUN RUN WIN: Joe How­ells.

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