ATHELTICS: It’s a happy anniversary as 25th staging of the St Ives 10k attracts a record entry

The runners set off in the St Ives 10k on Sunday.

The runners set off in the St Ives 10k on Sunday. - Credit: Archant

The 25th anniversary staging of the St Ives 10k attracted a record entry last Sunday.

Race founder Bruce Hobday sent the 700 runners on their way from the One Leisure Outdoor Centre - and Peterborough AC man Ben Heron was the quickest of them.

He took victory in 34.01 with runner-up Phil Martin (34.18) and third-placed John Pike (34.37) completing a clean sweep of the podium places for that club.

Georgina Schwiening, of Cambridge & Coleridge, was the leading lady in 35.50 with locally-based Great Britain duathlon international Jess Williams the third female finisher (40.23).

Riverside Runners man Neil Shorten was the leading local in 14th position, with David Hudson leading the Huntingdon BRJ challenge in 19th.

Freddie Minney (Riverside) and Andrew Brett (Ramsey Road Runners) also finished in the top 25 – Minney was completing a 10k event for the first time.

Three Riverside entrants – Maurice Hemmingway (M60), Claire Jenkins (F40) and Barbara Reading (F70) – won age-group accolades, while Ali Cooper was the second finisher in the F50 category.

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BRJ also collected a host of podium finishers with Steve McNicoll (3rd M55), David Newton (3rd M65), Jackie Wren (1st F55) and Alison Orrell (3rd F50) all impressing.

The BRJ club’s youngsters also impressed when securing nine podium finishes in the accompanying 3k fun run.

That haul included age-group successes for James Orrell, who pipped clubmate Keelan Duffy in the Under 15 boys’ section, and Ellie Loosely, who won the Under 13 girls’ bracket after finishing second overall.

The St Ives 10k is organised by Hunts AC, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

St Ives 10k results

Men: 1 Ben Heron (Peterborough AC) 34:01, 2 Phil Martin (Peterborough AC) 34:18, 3 John Pike (Peterborough AC) 34:37.

Women: 1 Georgia Schwiening (Cambridge & Coleridge) 35:50, 2 Clare Thurgood (Orion) 39:23, 3 Jess Williams (unattached) 40:23.

Men’s age-group winners: M40 - Kirk Brawn (Peterborough AC) 36:16, M45 - Charles Wartnaby (Cambridge & Coleridge) 35:56, M50 - Jon Anderson (Cambridge & Coleridge); M55 - Gavin Stokes (Ramsey) 42:35; M60 - Maurice Hemmingway (Riverside) 44:21; M65 - Eric Winstone (Bushfield) 46:01; M70+ - Glyn Smith (Cambridge & Coleridge) 48:02.

Women’s age-group winners: W35 - Lisa Marriot (Ramsey) 40:55; W40 - Clare Jenkins (Riverside) 46:13; W45 - Geraldine Larham (March) 42:46; W50 - Catherine Payne (Grantham) 45:47; W55 - Jackie Wren (unattached) 48:22; W60 - Carolyn Penny (unattached) 59:00; W65 - Barbara Johnson (Yaxley) 50:18; W70+ - Barbara Reading (Riverside) 58:27.

Fun Run (3k) results

Age groups: U9 boys - Archie Bullman (March) 13:07; U9 girls - Freya Harris (BRJ) 13:55; U11 boys - Elijah Goodwin (Thorney) 12:12; U11 girls - Lily Clark (BRJ) 13:48; U13 boys - Max James (Bourne) 11:11; U13 girls - Ellie Loosley (BRJ) 12:17; U15 boys - James Orrell (BRJ) 11:17; U15 girls - Kira Shipley (BRJ) 15:01.

Riverside Runners used the event for their 10k club championship, which was won by Shorten.

Riverside results: Neil Shorten 37.00, Freddie Minney 37.20, Rodrigo Santos 40.24, Michael Ball 41.45 (pb), Maurice Hemmingway 44.20, Chris Hull 45.15, Claire Jenkins 46.12 (pb), Chris Forster 47.29, Lee Radley 47.40, Ali Cooper (47.46), Emma Evans 49.11, Trevor Hufford 49.22, Mark Forster 51.17, Danielle Hainsby 53.48, Vince Hainsby 54.27, Sharon Evans 54.47, Kirsty Middleton 57.12, Barbara Reading 58.26, Diane Hufford 1:00.14.