ATHLETICS: Moran motors to victory in Grafham Marathon Challenge

The Riverside Runners trio of Neil Shorten, James Shiner and Piers Serjeant were team winners.

The Riverside Runners trio of Neil Shorten, James Shiner and Piers Serjeant were team winners. - Credit: Archant

Riverside Runners enjoyed success in the Grafham Marathon Challenge last Sunday.

Ian Moran won the Grafham Marathon Challenge.

Ian Moran won the Grafham Marathon Challenge. - Credit: Archant

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

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