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Bishop’s Stortford Running Club members take part in Bass Belle 10 and Hereward Relay





Keir Mann was first home for Bishop’s Stortford Running Club and ninth overall at the Bass Belle 10.

He clocked 59min 36sec in Bassingbourn, near Royston, in what was one of the club’s final championship races of the year.

Chasing him down over the 10-mile course was Rob Thorpe in 1hr 7sec which was over two minutes faster than his previous PB set a fortnight ago at the Stebbing 10. He also collected a trophy for finishing second in his M50 age category.

Top points for the female championship went to Jo Jurd who crossed the line in 1:13.46.

Frances Iwaschkin continued her trend of PBs with another, this time knocking a massive 7.20 from her previous 10-mile best to finish in 1:35.52. Neal Groves also secured a big PB, taking around five-and-a-half minutes from his to finish in 1:24.22.

There were plenty of solid performances from the rest of team green and gold at the event - which raised funds for cancer charity brainstrust - with head coach Matthieu Militon powering home in 1:21.17 ahead of Kevin Gillespie (1:22.30), Richard Foweraker (1:25.19) and Paul Walker (1:25.28).

Bishop's Stortford Running Club members at the Bass Belle 10
Bishop's Stortford Running Club members at the Bass Belle 10

Shane Tomlinson crossed the line in 1:27.46, Marie Hockley took 1:28.47 and club chair Mike Grant turned in a time of 1:43.26 while Jane Malone and Rachel Turvey put in solid performances towards their Manchester Marathon training by finishing in 1:48.52 and 1:58.57 respectively.

BSRC entered two teams of four in the 39-mile Hereward Relay which took place over trails and some rural roads from Peterborough to Ely.

The Stortford Spitfires team had ladies’ captain and chief organiser Clare Gallagher leading them off, followed by Ian Penson, John Kennedy and Lee Boswell, with the latter bringing the baton home in 5:54.49.

The Zippy Zimmers, with a combined age of 283, were led off by Stephen Ball before stints from Peter Wenzel and George Thomas ahead of Graham O’Malley on the victory leg. They beat around half-a-dozen other teams to finish in 6:13.31.

Zippy Zimmers team members, from left, Graham O’Malley, Peter Wenzel, Stephen Ball and George Thomas
Zippy Zimmers team members, from left, Graham O’Malley, Peter Wenzel, Stephen Ball and George Thomas

Meanwhile, Chris Chew maintained his run of good form by completing the Hatfield 5 in 34.22 to improve his five-mile PB by 54 seconds.



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