Heat waves burned away any chances of fast times at the Deepings Rotary 10k on Sunday (May 18), but the fast and flat course still produced some steely performances at Market Deeping.
Newham & Essex Beagles’ John Pike, from Spalding, scored another local victory when he finished more than a minute ahead of his nearest competitor, his time of 34:39 easily beating Stamford Striders’ Simon Fell’s 35:40. The Striders had the last laugh though, when they stormed to a well deserved team victory, their foursome being comprised of Fell, Nick Poncia, Jim Morris and Mark Popple. Nene Valley Harriers’ Rob Prady was third man across the line in 35:47, leading in his club to the second placed team prize, together with Lance Hemmings, Mike Chapman and James MacDonald.
The Harriers only had one female finisher, but Louise Blake made sure she didn’t leave empty-handed when her time of 46:48 earned her the second veteran’s prize, behind March AC’s Geraldine Larham, who is enjoying a purple patch of good performances so far this season. Larham was also one third of the winning March team on the day, along with second placed Karen Patterson and winning lady Debra Wait. Wait, a stalwart of the local racing scene, took the top honours with 43:30, with club mate Patterson just over a minute behind in 44:49. The third lady’s spot went to Werrington Joggers’ Lucy Rigg in 46:21.
The top three veteran male prizes went to Lincoln’s Sean Barkes, Stamford Striders’ Morris and Peterborough AC’s Steve Hall, while unattached Lesley Allen picked up the third veteran lady’s trophy.