Taylor claims double victory

STAMFORD’S Philippa Taylor claimed two victories on Sunday.

The Stamford Strider won the women’s race at the annual Whissendine Six on Sunday, finishing sixth overall - and that was after winning the Ramsey 10k earlier in the day. She said: “Two firsts in one day is a first for me - and probably a last too.”

l More than 20 Striders braved the drizzle at Whissendine on Sunday.

First home was Mark Popple who smashed last year’s time to finish fourth in 35m41s, followed by Martin Candish who was first in the 40-49 category in a personal best of 38.44. Steven Parker (39.37) was second in that category which also saw David Babbs (40.45) in fourth. Squeezed in between the experienced pair was the young James Skinner (40.08).

Maggie Skinner was next home (41.27, and fifth lady) before club mate Vicky Old in another PB finishing sixth in 41.40. Christine Armstrong finished first in her category in 52.30.

The other Striders were: Paul Hannah (41.53); Brian Kearsey (43.14); Amanda Hannah (44.36); Nicholas Smith (45.21); Ed Fancourt (46.20); David Old (47.37); Steve Moore (49.00); Suzanne Moon (50.07); Vanessa Mackinnon (50.50); Celina Silver (52.36); Vinter Ali (57.11); Maria Sowerby (57.17) and Jacky Hampshire 1.10.00.

l A TEAM of 16 from Rutland Running and Triathlon Club raced at Whissendine with Zoe Smith the fourth woman to finish.

Results: Zoe Smith 38m35s; Robert King 41.09; Sean McAuliffe 42.05; Dave Summers 42.25; Saya Sheridan 42.52; Rachel Leckey 42.58; Ken Knight 43.00; Nick Pearce-Smith 43.17; Damian Wilkins 44.24; Andy Cleverdon 45.03; Peter Golden 46.23; Mark Coleman 47.24; Paul Rogerson 47.29; Sue Fulbrook 49.42; Nikki Loomes 50.52.