In­ter­na­tional win Matt breaks 30 min­utes for 10k for the first time for March ath­lete

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports - By BOB FRANK @Et­bobfrank

BAR­NACK triath­lete Matt Gunby broke the 30-minute bar­rier for 10k for the first time when fin­ish­ing 14th in the high qual­ity Great Manch­ester Run.

The Bri­tish in­ter­na­tional, whose pre­vi­ous best of 30.10 was set at the Leeds Abbey Dash in 2010, ran su­perbly to clock 29.42 but is not yet ready to re­turn to triathlons due to the frac­tured thumb he suf­fered in a bike crash two months ago.

He said: “I should cer­tainly be triathlon rac­ing by July, maybe the end of June, we will see. It de­pends on my thumb re­cov­ery as it’s not been as fast as I would like.”

For­mer Deep­ing ath­lete Matt Blun­den was 58th in 33.25 while Nene Val­ley Har­rier Philippa Tay­lor was 25th in the women’s race in 36.58.

THERE was cer­tainly no keep­ing up with the Jones at the week­end as Nene Val­ley Har­rier Ruth Jones blasted to two road vic­to­ries.

Jones, the most suc­cess­ful ath­lete in the his­tory of the Cam­bridge Parkrun 5k, recorded her 14th win in that event and fol­lowed up 24 hours later with vic­tory in the Deep­ing 10k. She fin­ished 29th over­all in 39.51 as John Pike won the men’s race for the third time.

Last year, Pike won the race in 33.53 but then saw his day spoiled hours later when his beloved West Ham were rel­e­gated to the Cham­pi­onship but this year he en­joyed a much bet­ter week­end as the Ham­mers were pro­moted back to the Premier League and then 24 hours later Pike ran more than a minute quicker than his 2011 time.

The Spald­ing ath­lete had al­most a minute to spare over Nene Val­ley Har­rier Matthew Green.

PACTRAC’S John Mur­ray, fourth in this race last year, is cur­rently en­joy­ing a fine se­quence in lo­cal 10k races. He fin­ished fifth atthor­ney, fourth at Eye and now third at Deep­ing, so the aim now is surely to fin­ish sec­ond in his next 10k and then win the fol­low­ing one!

Stam­ford Strider Si­mon Fell and last year’s third-placer Si­mon Mead of Ram­sey Road Run­ners also made the top five while Stam­ford’s Jim Mor­ris was the first veteran in sixth.

The fun run pro­duced the same one-two-three as last year as Joe How­ells won from Bournetown Har­ri­ers club­mate Martin Clarke with­thor­ney Run­ning Club’s Liam Ward in third.

Cather­ine Hem­ing­way was the fe­male vic­tor. Lo­cal re­sults from the Cam­bridge Park Run 5k - 6 Sean Barker (Hunts, MV45) 18.21; 13 Ruth Jones (Nene V, SL) 18.55; 33 Andy Bar­ber (BRJ, MV40) 20.25; 34 Gilles Corby (BRJ, MV45) 20.30; 40 Char­lie Bar­low (BRJ, U15) 20.49; 42 Karl Tay­lor (BRJ, MV35) 20.50; 49 Shane Hunt (Hunts, MV50) 21.30; 51 Gra­ham Walker (Hunts, MV50) 21.36; 54 Jon Bar­low (BRJ, MV40) 21.44; 57 Roger Hol­l­i­day (BRJ, MV45) 21.50; 63 Jeff Chap­man (Hunts, MV55) 22.11; 72 Ti­mothy Hyde (Hunts) 22.32; 80 Sarah Hall (BRJ, SL) 22.45; 92 Paul Jen­ner (BRJ) 23.18; 98 Ian Wil­son (BRJ, MV40) 23.29; 125 Ray­mond Woodruff (Ram­sey, MV55) 24.22; 145 Sue Yend­ley (BRJ, LV45) 25.20; 149 Noah Brad­ford (BRJ, U15G) 25.30; 161 Tony Gold­smith (BRJ, LV45) 26.06; 200 Ch­eryl Jen­ner (BRJ, SL) 27.14; 201 Nicky Bar­low (BRJ, LV40) 27.14; 205 Julie Holmes (BRJ, SL) 27.23; 274 Keith Sim­mons (BRJ, MV60) 30.29; 320 Frank Holmes (BRJ, MV40) 37.22; 330 Cameron Smith (BRJ, U15) 38.48; 332 Suzie hall (BRJ, SL) 40.37; 334 An­nie Smith (BRJ, U15G) 41.32.

ES­THER Cot­ton of BRJ fin­ished 88th in the Bed­ford Parkrun 5k in 30.15 with hus­bandtony 103rd in 35.41.

Club­mate Claire Ash­ton placed 115th in the Ke­nil­worth 10k in 62.52.

HUNTS Ath­letic Club veteran Giles New­combe led the lo­cal chal­lenge in the Wim­pole 10k, fin­ish­ing 29th in 46.12. Lo­cal re­sults - 29 Giles New­combe (Hunts, MV40) 46.12; 195 Wil­liam Bradley (Hunts, MV40) 56.35; 290 Richard Davies 61.58; 343 Donna Kirkby 64.24; 419 Linda Crook 71.31; 424 Meena Singh 71.40; 425 Natalie Prodger 71.40. MARCH hep­tath­lete Louise Hazel won the 100m hur­dles at the Lough­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional in 13.57 but was not at her best in the long jump where she recorded 5.82m for 10th place.

Bourne thrower Robert Mo­han, still try­ing to over­come mi­nor in­jury nig­gles, was fourth in the shot with 16.29m while Spald­ing sprinter Chris Craig filled the same po­si­tion in the 200m in­vi­ta­tion C race in 21.76.

Peter­bor­ough Ath­letic Club’s English Schools 100m hur­dles cham­pion Max Ever­est was fifth in the Un­der 10 in­vi­ta­tion 110m hur­dles in 14.62 while Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers 400m club record­holder Dar­rel­lon Hold­ing again broke 50 sec­onds when fin­ish­ing sixth in that event in 49.92.

Deep­ing hur­dler Julz Adeni­ran missed the meet­ing af­ter in­jury his knee in a heavy fall at the first bar­rier in Bel­gium last week.

He said: “Lady Luck doesn’t ap­pear to have my name in her good books at the mo­ment.

The fall left me with a right knee look­ing like a pur­ple bowl­ing ball.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever fallen in a race but is the fourth con­sec­u­tive race of my out­door sea­son so far to be marred by in­ci­dent, mis­for­tune or mis­take.

“Ad­mit­tedly such a ter­ri­ble start to a sea­son is a new and un­usual ex­pe­ri­ence for me, but it’s in stark con­trast to pre­vi­ous sea­sons and my in­door sea­son only a few months ago where my first four races of the sea­son brought four per­sonal bests.

“I think I have ac­tu­ally brought my form in train­ing to the var­i­ous start lines with me, but an over-ea­ger­ness to trans­late train­ing times into race per­for­mances is partly to blame for these un­char­ac­ter­is­tic re­sults.

“I’ve been try­ing too hard in­stead of be­ing pa­tient and just let­ting ev­ery­thing flow as I did dur­ing the in­door sea­son. I’m just pray­ing my run of bad luck comes to an end.”

FOURTH: Robert Mo­han pic­tured in ac­tion on Sun­day.

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