ATHLETICS: Terrific Taylor triumphs again

Riverside Runners members who took part in the Bedford Harriers Half Marathon. Picture: SUBMITTED

Riverside Runners members who took part in the Bedford Harriers Half Marathon. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Victories are proving to be like buses for one local athlete.

Riverside Runners man Rodrigo Santos (right) with his brother, Nuno, at the Valencia Marathon in Spa

Riverside Runners man Rodrigo Santos (right) with his brother, Nuno, at the Valencia Marathon in Spain. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Riverside Runners man Michael Taylor stormed to success in the Bedford Harriers Half Marathon last Sunday.

Taylor clocked a terrific time of 1:11.56 to triumph in a race which attracted more than 750 competitors.

He finished a minute-and-a-half clear of his closest rival - runner-up Jordan Clay of Leighton Buzzard AC - to follow up a success in the Bass Belle 10-mile event the previous weekend.

A number of other Riverside members took part in the Bedford race with Russ Hewitt setting a new personal best of 1:23.35. Wayne Bailey (1:46.18), David Gillbanks (1:59.20) and Lynne Regan (2:00.20) also produced performances of note.


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The St Neots club enjoyed more glory at the Nottingham Winter Marathon.

Jo O'Regan (2:45.24) led in clubmate Caroline Brooks (2:49.29) for a one-two finish in the ladies race. It was also a personal-best effort from Brooks.

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Others from the club opted to compete in sunnier climes as they tackled the Valencia Marathon in Spain.

Rodrigo Santos finished ninth overall with an excellent 2:39.19 display while Neil Shorten set a new best of 2:43.57.

Santos had the added satisfaction of beating his brother, Nuno, who is now based in Portugal. He clocked 2:47.26.

And Santos' wife, Joana Cerveira, recorded a personal best of 47.06 when running in the accompanying 10k race.

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