Hundreds of runners compete in Langtoft races

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A record field turned out for the 25th anniversary of the Langtoft 10k on Sunday, with Nene Valley Harrier athletes working hard in the heat to claim eight of the 12 trophies up for grabs on the day.

The 10k and 3k were both officially started by local coaching legend Russ Prosser, from Nene Valley Harriers, who ran a swift 33:11 when he competed in the first ever Langtoft 10k in 1988.

Bushfield Joggers’ Brian Corleys took the top honours this time when he crossed the finishing line first in 35:05, just 12 seconds ahead of Harriers’ 17 year-old Jake Richardson.

Bourne Town Harriers’ Jonathan Palmer had the race of his life in third place with an impressive 36:17 personal best.

Nene Valley filled two of the top three positions in the ladies’ race, with Ruth Jones and Emily Brand taking second and third place in 41:25 and 44.00 respectively behind winning lady Julie Greenwood from Wakefield District.

It was a debut 10k for 16-year-old Brand, from Morton, who also picked up a prize for the first under-25 female athlete, as well as the first local lady, the latter prize also awarded to Richardson in the male category.

Also posting a personal best time of 38:08 was Tony Gilbert who was the second Bourne Town Harrier in 9th position. The consistent Mick Howells was in 22nd and a time of 40:26.

Phil Parker was the next Bourne Town Harrier in 38th and a time of 42:38, Tim Lister finished in 40th place, Joe Howells, winner of the 3k fun run in 2012, finished in a time of 43:48 and an encouraging 54th place.

Richard Pearson completed the race in 48:39 followed by the next member of the Howells family, Beth, who was competing in her first 10k race. Beth was the first female Bourne Town Harrier to finish in a time of 50:30 and 107th position overall.

Kelly Pottle was the second female Bourne Town runner in 111th, David Grace finished in 154th, Barry Cull was 176th, Paul Trainor finished in 185th and Julia Lamb completed the race in 203rd place.

The first Langtoft male prize went to the Nene Valley Harriers’ Paul Gibbs, and clubmate Lance Hemmings picked up the first veteran prize for his time of 36:26, a respectable time considering he completed the London Marathon only three weeks earlier, and a time that placed him fourth overall.

Stamford Striders’ Jim Morris was just behind Hemmings in fifth place in 36:30, with fellow Striders Mark Popple continuing his impressive form in 37:32 in eighth and Mike Matthews taking 12th position in 39:31.

Hilary Cox was fourth lady and first in for the Striders’ ladies in 46:42, just ahead of Spalding Triathlon Club’s Aimee Stocker in fifth overall.

Bourne Town Harriers’ Cameron Everist stormed to victory in the Langtoft 3k race on Sunday, and Nene Valley Harriers’ Megan Ellison took the female top honours on a windy course.

A total of 199 youngsters and fun runners took on the flat but gusty road challenge, which also incorporated inter-school competitions.

Tyler Mayoh was the first Langtoft schoolboy to finish, in 28th place, while Abi Martin was the first Langtoft schoolgirl, in 39th position.

Elin James was the second Bourne Town Harrier home and the second female, 11th position overall.

Alex Galpin was an impressive 16th place with Molly Bennett in 30th closely followed by nine-year-old Roman Everist who completed the race in an excellent 35th position. Daniel Lawrance finished in 38th, Maisie Brownlow in 53rd and Dan Galpin in74th. Alice Brownlow, making her debut for the Harriers, finished in 90th place.

A team filled with Peakirt and Glinton pupils claimed the first school team prize. No times were recorded for 3k.