Nene Valley Harriers enjoyed a successful morning of racing at a windswept Deeping St James on Sunday. The Deeping 10k ladies race was won by Philippa Taylor, and she also lead the ladies team to victory, whilst the men's team finished runners up.
Aaron Scott of Notts AC recorded his 5th race victory of the year, crossing the line in a time of 33:40. 2nd and 3rd places went to Iain Bailey, running for Seaford Striders, and Lincoln Wellington athlete Less Ball. 48 year old Ball was also the 1st veteran home. Yaxley Runners' James Mogridge finished 4th in 34:43, missing out on a podium place by just 2 seconds, and Drew Warnes, a new recruit for Nene Valley finished 5th.
Philippa Taylor was too hot for the other ladies to handle, and her winning time of 37:33 put her 2 minutes ahead of Werrington Joggers' Stephanie Cooper, who held off the challenge of 3rd placed Stamford Strider, Maggie Skinner.
A strong contingent of Lincoln Wellington athletes made the journey south, and deservedly took the men's team title, finishing ahead of the Nene Valley squad made up of Drew Warne, 14th placed David Neal, James McDonald and Simon Bell.
The ladies team race was a close affair, with Nene Valley's team, comprising Philippa Taylor, Emma Penniston and Melanie Tindale finishing just ahead of March AC. The achievement of March AC was even more creditable, given that their scorers, Debra Waite, Geraldine Larham and Karen Patterson are all over 40.