More than fifty Bourne Town Harrier athletes took part in the annual Thurlby 10k and 3k fun run which took place on Sunday.
In the 3k event 198 athletes of all abilities pounded the streets of Thurlby. Pride of place within a very young Harrier cohort went to 12 year-old Matthew Colman who won the race in an impressive time of 9:39 and Elin James who was the first female home, finishing in ninth place overall in a time of 10:15.
Max James, Connor Ely and Alex Galpin split the two in finishing in fourth, fifth and eighth places respectively.
Charles Harrison finished just outside the top ten in 11th place and a time of 10:43. Harry Cole was 18th, Daniel Wells 20th and Joseph Moisey was 22nd.
In a four way Harrier mini-race Charlie Merricks finished just ahead of Lewis Hammond, Grace Tidman and Tallulah Spurdens in 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th places with just two seconds between all four. Molly Bennet was two places behind finishing in a time of 11:45.
Maisie Brownlow was 35th, breaking the 12 minute barrier in 11:56. Daniel Yates was 49th, followed by Joe Fahidy in 54th. Sophia Bull and Abi Cooper finished within a second of each other in 58th and 59th. Louis Bage was 60th, Zoe Olverson 62nd, Alex Stubley 64th, Lucy Colman 66th and Dan Galpin 75th.
Ellie Cooper finished in 86th just ahead of Oliver Wells in 87th. Ben Moss, Sam Olverson and Harry Cocking made up the Harrier contingent finishing in 110th, 120th and 132nd respectively.
The main 10k race saw 158 athletes leave Thurlby on a circular undulating route to Manthorpe, Wilsthorpe and Obthorpe before arriving back in Thurlby. The race was a stern test irrespective of ability.
Jonathon Palmer was the first Harrier home in second place and an excellent time of 36:56. Sleaford Town Runners’ Greg Southern took the victory more than a minute ahead in 35:48 and Stamford Strider Jim Morris was third
He was followed by Claire Steels, recently selected to represent Great Britain in next year’s world duathlon championships, who was the first female finisher in fourth place overall.
Phil Galpin and Shaun Hill both finished in the top ten in fifth and ninth places respectively. Both athletes broke the 40 minute barrier. Just outside the top ten was Tony Gilbert whose time of 39:40 earned him 11th place.
Ian Rule finished in 19th, just ahead of Suzie Brownlow the second lady Harrier in 20th.
Tim Lister was 22nd a place ahead of Tim Ulyatt. Gemma Hempstead continued her good form in finishing in 37th in a time of 44:44.
Karen Clark was 46th and Mark Wade 48th both finished in the top fifty. Victoria Cocking was 57th, Jane Ramsey 81st and Barrie Cull 99th. Penny Lamb and Georgina Mason both finished within the hour. Other athletes representing the Harriers were Julie Craig, Michelle Dallas, Paul Trainor and Marie Conaty.