Ver­nau wins in rare 10k out­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - By BOB FRANK bob.frank@jpress.co.uk @Et­bobfrank

IT’S been a great month so far for Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers young­ster James Ver­nau.

Last week the 21 year-old smashed his 5000m per­sonal best (PB) at the Olympic Sta­dium and on Sun­day he fol­lowed up by tak­ing two min­utes off his pre­vi­ous best to win the Eye 10k.

Ver­nau’s vic­tory even took him by sur­prise as his train­ing had been geared to­wards the track with last week’s Bri­tish Univer­sity and Col­leges Sport (BUCS) Cham­pi­onships at the Olympic Sta­dium and the forth­com­ing Bri­tish League sea­son be­ing his main tar­gets.

Af­ter win­ning in 33.13, Ver­nau said: “I was re­ally pleased with my run. To be hon­est it sur­prised me as I haven’t done a 10k in about three years so I didn’t re­ally have any clue what to ex­pect.

“I knew I had been train­ing well and had been get­ting a few miles in, but I was more con­cen­trat­ing on 5000m for track due to the BUCS Cham­pi­onships and the Bri­tish League

“I’ve had my ex­ams over the last cou­ple of weeks at univer­sity (Brunel) so I’ve been con­cen­trat­ing on them and I for­got to en­ter the Cam­bridgeshire Cham­pi­onships (which were held on Satur­day)

“Since my in­jury late last year I’ve wanted to start rac­ing more so I en­tered the Eye 10k at the last minute for a run-out.

“I’ve been train­ing a lot lately with Josh Lunn so we both de­cided to race on Sun­day as a good way to en­hance our train­ing and mileage.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to win at all with not hav­ing done a 10k in ages and know­ing Paul Hal­ford and Michael Moore had both been run­ning well, so I just went out quite cau­tiously.

“I just wanted to see how I felt but I ended up just feel­ing stronger through­out the race and lead­ing from start to fin­ish, which took by sur­prise.

“I’m pleased with my good start to the sea­son and hope to keep it up through­out.”

Ver­nau led Nene Val­ley to a dom­i­nant vic­tory as reign­ing Cambs Road League cham­pion Michael Moore fin­ished third, in-form young­ster Lunn fol­lowed up last week’s third place in the Langtoft 10k with an­other solid show­ing in fourth and Adam Birch sneaked in­side his year-old PB to fin­ish sev­enth.

For­mer Welsh marathon cham­pion Hal­ford of Wer­ring­ton Jog­gers and PACTRAC’S John Mur­ray of­fered re­sis­tance to the Nene Val­ley dom­i­na­tion, the for­mer re­peat­ing his sec­ond place of two years ago.

Eng­land veteran in­ter­na­tional Philippa Tay­lor gave Nene Val­ley a men’s and women’s dou­ble, less than 24 hours af­ter record­ing a PB in the 1500m at the Lin­colnshire Cham­pi­onships.

Tay­lor was sec­ond se­nior woman and first veteran at Gran­tham on Satur­day a PB of 4.55.7 which placed her third on the UK rank­ings for her age group.

She then fol­lowed with vic­tory at Eye in 38.26, fin­ish­ing 21st over­all.

She said: “Satur­day was only the sec­ond time I’ve done a 1500 and I re­ally en­joyed it - its much eas­ier than the marathon!

“I’m still learn­ing how to pace it so hav­ing some­one ahead of me helped. I’d like to think that I could im­prove on that time by a few sec­onds but it will de­pend on whether I can get the pac­ing right.

“I just used the 10k on Sun­day as a good tempo train­ing run as I’m still only three weeks post-marathon and it was the day af­ter the 1500m.

“It’s an en­joy­able course but not a PB course so I was just happy to get the same time as last year and of course very happy to win it.

“I’ve man­aged to get my­self an elite place in the Manch­ester 10k this week­end so will have to work a bit harder on that race as I’ll be right at the back of the field for it, with nowhere to hide!”

EYE Com­mu­nity Run­ner Mike Wright fin­ished the Notts 10 in 78.06. Stam­ford Strid­ers had three mem­bers in ac­tion, Al­gie Au­das fin­ish­ing in 73:02; Dave Aust 79.08; Becca Brown 91.18 and Ian Hovell 1.40.28. Stam­ford also had two mem­bers in ac­tion at th RAF Cran­well 10k, Celina Sil­ver fly­ing high with a PB of 55.19 for 25th po­si­tion Ni­cholas Smith cross­ing the line in 13th in 46.59.

JON Bar­low and Roger Hol­l­i­day of BRJ crossed the line to­gether at the Cam­bridge Parkrun 5k to lead the lo­cal chal­lenge.

BRJ also had three mem­bers in ac­tion at the Bed­ford Parkrun 5k - with Andy Bar­ber 21st in 20.37, Es­ther Cot­ton 102nd in 30.29 and hus­band Tony 119th in 33:51

Lo­cal re­sults from Cam­bridge - 43 Jon Bar­low (BRJ, MV40) 21.46; 44 Roger Hol­l­i­day (BRJ, MV45) 21.46; 62 Jeff Chap­man (Hunts, MV55) 22.38; 63 Andy Mat­son (BRJ, MV45) 22.38; 78 Sarah Hall (BRJ, SL) 22.52; 137 Deb­o­rah Rostant (BRJ, LV45) 25.39; 162 Noah Brad­ford (BRJ, SL) 27.05; 189 Nicky Bar­low (BRJ, LV40) 28.21; 190 Julie Holmes (BRJ, SL) 28.24; 250 Michelle Fin­negan (Hunts, LV40) 31.07; 265 Linda Crook (BRJ, LV45) 31.48; 266 Sue Yend­ley (BRJ, LV45) 31.49.

SU­PERB RUN: James Ver­nau crosses the line at Eye. (0513ETP007)

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