Sunshine, thunderous rain and strong winds presented challenging conditions for runners taking on the Eye 10k on Sunday.
The multi-terrain race represented the second of the Cambridgeshire Road Race League, and as a result attracted a huge field of 430 athletes. John Pike of Newham and Essex Beagles was first across the line, defying the elements to clock a time of 33:32. Pike, who also runs second claim for Nene Valley Harriers and lives in Spalding, convincingly beat off the challenge from second and third placed Michael Moore and Corby AC’s Chris Curtis, who were nearly 30 seconds behind.
Cambridge and Coleridge’s Claire Somerton was first lady in a personal best of 39:49, but it was not an easy victory for the diminutive victor. Nene Valley Harriers’ Yolanda Gratton, who now lives in Surrey with husband and former 2:09 marathon man, Mike, was hot on her heels for the majority of the undulating course, and finished close behind in 40:04, with club mate Ruth Jones taking third place in 40:36.
The Harriers claimed the first women’s and men’s teams on the day too. The men’s team was made up of Lance Hemmings, Sean Beard, James Macdonald and Olly Slater, and the women’s was completed by Emma Penniston and Billy Whyatt.