ATHLETICS: Double delight for David Hudson as Huntingdon BRJ star bags another St Neots Half Marathon success

PUBLISHED: 14:04 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:04 24 November 2017

The runners set off in the St Neots Half Marathon. Picture: SALLY JEX

The runners set off in the St Neots Half Marathon. Picture: SALLY JEX

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Huntingdon BRJ Run & Tri celebrated a double-double at the St Neots Half Marathon last Sunday.

Winner David Hudson crosses the finish line in the St Neots Half Marathon. Picture: SALLY JEX Winner David Hudson crosses the finish line in the St Neots Half Marathon. Picture: SALLY JEX

David Hudson raced to a second successive victory in the popular event – which attracted almost 1,200 runners - in a personal best of 1:12.14.

He was one of 50 representatives from the local club in the main race – several of them racing at this distance for the first time.

Hunts AC provided two high finishers as Dave Connell took fourth in 1:15.11 and was followed home by Ty Farrer in fifth (1:16.09). They were the leading runners in the M40 age group.

Freddie Minney was the leading light for host club Riverside Runners, who organise the event in conjunction with NiceTri events. He finished 22nd in a personal best of 1:20.19.

Jo O’Regan was their fastest female as she finished in 75th place overall in 1:26.58. Piers Serjeant and Joe Francombe were also in the top 100.

And there was further success for BRJ in the 3k junior fun run thanks to a fine performance from James Orrell.

The 15 year-old took victory in a time of 10.12 with clubmate Keelan Duffy also climbing onto the podium in third (10.46) despite an unfortunate fall during the closing stages.

The club also provided an age group winner with Jemima Davey the leading Under 11 Girls finisher in 12.15.

Issy Wilkins of Hunts AC was the first female to cross the line in eighth place overall with a fine time of 11.13.

Siblings Ciaran Burke (Under 13 Boys) and Caitlan Burke (Under 13 Girls) also took age-group honours for Hunts AC.

Five BRJ youngsters ran in the Eastern Counties Cross-Country Championships at Bury St Edmunds last Saturday – and four of them managed top-10 finishes.

Chloe Loosely was fourth in the Under 17 Girls race over 6km in 29.11, while James Orrell took ninth in the Under 17 Boys race, covering the same distance in 23.29.

Keelan Duffy was fourth over 4km at Under 15 Boys level in 15.43, while Lucia Mosca finished seventh in the Under 13 Girls event, clocking 13.04 for 3km. Dominic Pauley was 24th in the Under 13 Boys bracket in 13.21.

Issy Wilkins of Hunts AC was seventh in the Under 13 Girls race.

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