ATHLETICS: Neil isn’t short on speed with new best in inaugural Bedford Half-Marathon

Neil Shorten (left) with former Olympic runner Andy Baddeley.

Neil Shorten (left) with former Olympic runner Andy Baddeley. - Credit: Archant

Neil Shorten was the leading Riverside Runners man in the inaugural Bedford Half-Marathon last Saturday.

He clocked a personal best of 1:18.58 to take 16th position in a race which attracted more than 2,000 entrants.

Clubmate Mike Kendall also produced a new best of 1:27.11 over a flat course with Russ Hewitt a second further behind.

Gary Barnes (1:37.45), Helen Munday (2:35.10), Jack Rivers (2:35.01), Charlotte Simpson (3:07.19) and Stephen Ferguson (3:13.22) also took part.

Several other Riverside members completed the Huntingdon Parkrun – a race which counted towards their club championship.


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Gary Evans won the 5k event in 17.46 and set a new personal best in the process. Piers Serjeant (19.29), Chris Forster (21.06), Ali Cooper (21.36), Clare Jenkins (21.42), Emma Evans (22.57), Vince Hainsby (25.01), Niki Serjeant (26.32), Pam Hemingway (32.15), Russ Jenkins (32.55) and Tara Berry (37.47) also went faster than they had done before over the distance.

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