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Helpston Harriers secure success at the Cambridgeshire Cross Country Championship




Runners from Helpston Harriers enjoyed plenty of success at the Cambridgeshire Cross Country Championship at St Neots with new recruit Nathan Tweedie winning silver in the senior men’s event.

The Loughborough-based Tweedie was a surprise package as he rarely races, however, he is a highly ranked triathlete and finished 15th in the National Sprint Triathlon Championship last year.

Steve Robinson finished 10th for Helpston with first over 50 John Herbert 12th overall while Paul Lunn and Tom Musson came in 22nd and 26th respectively.

Helpston's Steve Robinson, Nathan Tweedie, Paul Lunn, John Herbert and Thomas Musson at start of Cambs race. (26239982)
Helpston's Steve Robinson, Nathan Tweedie, Paul Lunn, John Herbert and Thomas Musson at start of Cambs race. (26239982)

With six to score in the men’s team race, Helpston were frustratingly one runner short of probable team silver behind Cambridge and Coleridge AC.

Helpston’s Louise Hathaway took 35th place in the senior ladies race on her comeback from a lengthy calf injury.

Stamford-based Bourne Town Harrier Cat Foley-Wray finished 19th in the senior ladies race at St Neots.

Nene Valley’s Stamford-based speedster Ruth Jones contested the Lincolnshire Championships held near Louth, finishing in an excellent fourth place on a testing course which included a river crossing.

Helpston’s Anthony Johnson won the New Year’s Eve Ely 10k in a new personal best time of 31:52.

Former Werrington Jogger Johnson is based in London and runs for Helpston Harriers second claim.

He led home a five strong contingent of Helpston men with Herbert easily winning the Over 50 prize with a fine 33:15 clocking which earned him fourth spot.

Lunn chose the last day of the decade to run his fastest time of the decade, finishing seventh and first over 45 with a 33:45 clocking.

Michael Moore came home in 19th position with a time of 35:57 while Dave Thorold clocked 40:31 for 63rd position.

Ruth Jones defied a testing course to finish fourth at the Lincolnshire Championships.
Ruth Jones defied a testing course to finish fourth at the Lincolnshire Championships.

RAF Wittering-based Helpston Harrier Steve Robinson finished fifth in the Sublime Peterborough 10k run on the same day as the Ely race. Robinson clocked a time of 34:03.6.

Second claim Helpston Harrier Josh Lunn clocked 14:53 in the Cardiff Parkrun on Saturday, crossing the line just 10 seconds outside his 5km best.

Lunn’s run was all the more impressive because he did it as part of a longer training session and had run the course in 14:59 immediately before the park run.

He had recorded an easy win in the Gloucester 10 mile road race a week earlier, finishing two minutes clear of his pursuers with a 49:11 clocking.

The second claim Helpston Harrier capped a superb 2019 which has seen him move out of the shadow of Stamford’s Aaron Scott to make his own claim to the title of top local distance runner.

Lunn’s only letdown this year was when he stepped off the course in the Frankfurt Marathon.

This was more than compensated for by a string of personal bests, England selection and, along with father Paul Lunn, a half-marathon father-and-son combined times world record.

Although he failed to last the course on his marathon debut in October, Lunn attributes his high mileage in preparation for the event to his impressive list of successes in 2019.


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