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Bishop’s Stortford Running Club members compete at Riverside Runners half marathon in St Neots

Vicky Simpson was first home for the Bishop’s Stortford Running Club contingent at a half marathon in St Neots on Sunday.

She clocked 1hr 36min 27sec in the race, organised by Riverside Runners, which featured around 1,000 athletes.

Kevin Gillespie was the first man home for the club in 1:51.27 while Andy Pooley, to his surprise, went under two hours in 1:58.51.

Some of the Stortford runners in St Neots
Some of the Stortford runners in St Neots

Frances Iwaschkin beat her personal best by almost four minutes to finish in 2:09.07 and Serena Beresford and Theresa Burke, who are regulars at the event and were racing for the second time in consecutive weekends, finished in 1:55.20 and 2:53.06 respectively.

Jonathan Derrick powered his way to a three-second PB at a rainy Battersea Half on Saturday, finishing in 1:27.45.

The Stebbing 10 took place, as is tradition, on Remembrance Sunday and featured 16 BSRC members as it is a popular race in the championship calendar.

Earning the full 50 points over the 10 miles were Sam Pedley and Tory Foot who finished first male and female respectively for the club. Pedley was third overall in 56min 23sec while Foot finished in 1:20.19.

Rob Thorpe, who was second home for the club, won his MV50 age category in a PB of 1:02.10.

Graham O’Malley was narrowly beaten into second by a mere three seconds in the MV70 section, finishing in 1:25.27 in his first race over the distance. Marie Hockley also earned a podium place in the FV50 with 1:30.13

There was a PB for Andrew Wilson (1:34.26) while Gavin Moulton tackled the 10-mile race distance for the first time having graduated from this year’s beginners’ group.

BSRC members at the Stebbing 10. Picture: Siobhan Smith
BSRC members at the Stebbing 10. Picture: Siobhan Smith

On the same day, Eleanor Rodgers, Serena Beresford and Theresa Burke headed into London for the fast and flat Victoria Park 10k.

Beresford was the first of the trio to cross the line in 50.25.

Rodgers continued her return to form by running her fastest 10k in over five years to finish in 1:03.33 while Burke won her FV70 age category in 1:10.14.

John Haynes
John Haynes

On Armistice Day, John Haynes wore his treasured England vest at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International at Tollcross Park in Glasgow.

He finished eighth in the MV65 and second for England in his age group as his team won the overall competition.

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