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Results from the second round of Stamford Striders' Winter League five-mile competition

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Legs Miserables have taken over as new leaders of the Stamford Striders Winter League five-mile competition.

They now hold a 15-point advantage over previous pacesetters Mud Sweat and Tiers after the second round of the newly-created event.

The event sees 11 teams made up of Striders who each individually run five miles between the first and seventh of each month.

Ed Fancourt.
Ed Fancourt.

They are then put into a league table based on how long it took with each runner having submitted an estimate for their five miles which helped to select the teams.

Although Mark Popple of Mud, Sweat and Tiers posted the fastest time for the second successive round, the runners of Legs Miserables produced an excellent team effort.

Event organiser Ed Fancourt led them home in 10th spot with a time of 32.27 while James McCloskey was 12th in 33.24.

Steve Knight secured 17th place in 34.13 while team captain Neil Martin was 29th in 36.01 as all the Legs Miserables runners improved on their times from the first round.

Sarah Sharp smashed her opening round time by more than 18 minutes after returning 42.28 following her first effort of 60.42.

Abbie Alderson also took more than three minutes off her time by finishing in 40.09 after her opening posting of 43.27.

Sarah Sharp, pictured at a pre-pandemic event, improved her opening round time by more than 18 minutes.
Sarah Sharp, pictured at a pre-pandemic event, improved her opening round time by more than 18 minutes.

Second-placed Mud, Sweat and Tiers only had one other runner in the top 20 finishers with Stuart Bean bagging 11th place in 32.58.

Nick McDowall and Simon Wheatley were 25th and 26th respectively with times of 35.05 and 35.23.

The individual placings behind second-time winner Popple followed a familiar path with Jim Morris, Luke Harrison and Sam Barrett again taking the top four spots.

Morris was second this time after posting one of his fastest times for the five miles in 28.21 while Harrison was third in 28.23 and Barrett again fourth in 29.32.

Flo Leftley-Gynn was the first female finisher with an impressive time of 33.48 while Katie Arnold was just a handful of places further back in 34.42.

Standings: Legs Miserables 1244, Mud Sweat & Tiers 1229, Scrambled Legs 1155, Sweet Six Team 1141, Chafing the Dream 1073, 4 Midable 1066, Every Second Counts 1064, Legs Eleven 1059, Pin in Ten Did 1039, Jimmy & the Pacemakers 1015, Better Eight Than Never 1014.

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