Stylish win for Tracy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Nene Val­ley Har­rier Tracy McCart­ney stopped off on the way to a fam­ily hol­i­day in Corn­wall to win a trail race in the Quan­tock Hill son Satur­day( writes Barry Warne).

McCart­ney, who is known for her love of un­con­ven­tional races, ran up hill, down dale and over stiles in the ap­pro­pri­ately named Mav­er­ick Orig­i­nal Som­er­set Race.

The 39year-old triath­lete cov­ered the 17k dis­tance in a time of 1:27.34, which gave her a win­ning mar­gin of nearly 20 min­utes.

McCart­ney even had time on the high­est parts of the course to look across the Bris­tol Chan­nel to Wales, a coun­try which she will re­turn to next month to de­fend her Snow do ni a Marathon ti­tle. De­spite a lack of train­ing due to a chronic achilles in­jury, Philip pa Tay­lor raced to sec­ond place in the Guernsey Wa­ter­front Marathon on Sun­day.

Although well be­low her best, the 49 year-old Nene Val­ley Har­rier crossed the line in a highly cred­itable 13th po­si­tion over­all and won the prize for be­ing first vet­eran lady.

Nene Val­ley’s young­sters were out in force at Bed­ford on Sun­day for the South of Eng­land Un­der 15 and Un­der 17 Track and Field Cham­pi­onships.

The event is only open to the south of Eng­land’s elite young ath­letes and Wil­liam Hughes was among the star per­form­ers for the city club, qual­i­fy­ing for the Un­der 17 200m fi­nal in which he fin­ished sev­enth. Lee Ad­di­son jumped 6.14m to fin­ish sev­enth in the Un­der 15 long jump fi­nal. Peter­bor­ough AC were also rep­re­sented and Un­der 17 hur­dlers Me­gan Sims and Lewis Davey were the pick of the bunch, both plac­ing fifth in their fi­nals.

The Greater Peter­bor­ough Ath­let­ics Net­work (GPAN) were awarded the “Best Project” award for Eng­land Ath­let­ics East­ern Re­gion at the Bed­ford meet­ing. The award re­flected the net­work’ s col­lec­tive achievements to­wards ath­let­ics and run­ning in par­tic­u­lar.

Tracy McCart­ney.

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