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