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Bishop's Stortford Running Club member Jonathan Haynes helps England beat Celtic Nations in Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k


By Michael Vaughton


Jonathan Haynes played his part in an England victory in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k.

He swapped his green and gold Bishop's Stortford Running Club vest for an international one as he represented his country in the masters age group competition against the Celtic Nations.

Haynes was fourth home for England in 38min 20sec and was fifth M60 overall as the hosts saw off their rivals 48-20.

Jonathan Haynes (11643627)
Jonathan Haynes (11643627)

Further north, Clare Masterson and Peijie Zhu both completed the Liverpool Marathon.

The former finished in 4hr 20min 37sec and the latter crossed the line in 4:31.35.

Ben Pickford was 24th out of 214 finishers when he took on the Ilkley Trail Race, a medium-category fell race of 6.9 miles with 700ft elevation.

It was his first proper fell race and he was pleased with his result as he also had to battle strong winds, rain and hail in Yorkshire.

Pickford's son Thomas, a Stortford junior tri member, also enjoyed himself in the kids' one-mile race.

Liam Sheils took a break from his holiday in the Peak District to come 104th in a field of 199 in the Bamford Sheepdog Trials Fell Race.

The 4.5-mile course included over 1,000ft of ascent in total and he clocked 44.34. He went on to run the first 17 miles of the Pennine Way two days later.

Mike Toomey enjoyed his busiest week of racing to date when he completed four events in six days.

First up was the LV Super Series Aquathlon and he came 30th out of 48 in 36.10, before he clocked 47.36 in the Harpenden Midweek League 10k.

He took on the Brigg Bomber - a world series quadrathlon similar to an Olympic-distance tri but with a 7k kayak thrown in - and was 38th out of 69 as well as being second V60 in 3:28.12.

And the epic period was complete when he crossed the line at the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k in 47.13.

John Etherden completed the Glengarriff parkrun in 32.23 and the Bay Run 10k in 1:09.40 during a trip to Ireland, while Ellen Brooks did the London 10,000 in 52.12.

More Great Baddow 10-mile results: Danny Beazley (8th overall) 58.41, Stephen Wilkes (17th overall) 1:01.52, Dominic Mason (11th in 50-59 age category) 1:12.43, John Appleby 1:15.48, Mike Grant 1:24.13, Marie Hockley 1:27.00, Serena Beresford 1:29.26, Danielle Sims 1:29.27.



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