ATHLETICS: Moran motors to victory in Grafham Marathon Challenge
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Riverside Runners enjoyed success in the Grafham Marathon Challenge last Sunday.
Ian Moran reeled in long-time leader Geoff Weller in the closing stages to take victory over a hilly course in a time of 3:31.19.
Clubmate Chris Hull was the first senior male finisher when crossing the line in fourth position overall. He completed just his second marathon in a time of 3:44.33.
Michelle Byatt was the second female home and 12th overall in her 11th marathon in as many months. She has one more to complete in August to finish a year-long challenge.
Michael Taylor provided another Riverside triumph when winning the one-lap event over 8.9 miles in a new course record of 50.26. Alison Cooper was the first finisher in the W45 age bracket in 1:11.38.
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And Riverside also dominated the team event where each member completes one 8.9-mile lap to make up the full marathon distance.
The trio of Neil Shorten, James Shiner and Piers Serjeant took the honours in a total time of 2:51.20, while the local club also provided three of the other leading five teams.
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Matt Wright, Paul Newell and Simon Boothby were third in 3:16.48, while Kevin Steel, Scott Smith and Lee Radley took fourth in 3:23.50. Karl Hiner, Paul Ridley and Ian Mulcahy finished fifth in 3:24.18.
Two members of Riverside Runners have been in action further afield.
Maurice Hemingway completed a staggering 10 marathons in consecutive days in the Great Barrow Marathon Challenge.
The M60 runner’s total time was 41 hours, 31 minutes and 56 seconds and broke the four-hour barrier on three ocassions.
Gary Barnes took part in the Scafell Pike Trial Marathon. He finished in 98th place with a time of six hours, 47 minutes.
Riverside Runners stage their 30th anniversary race in St Neots later this month.
The July 30 event features a main 10k race as well as a 2k fun run with the club hoping to raise money for MIND and the Lewin Stroke and Rehabilitation Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
They raised more than £3,000 at last year’s race was split between MacMillan and the UpSideDown Club.
The races can be entered by visiting http://10k.riversiderunnersraces.co.uk/