Riverside Runners clean up with four marathon titles

RIVERSIDE Runners ran away with all four team titles in the Colworth Marathon Challenge.

RIVERSIDE Runners ran away with all four team titles in the Colworth Marathon Challenge, with Paul Veitch the top club runner in fourth after the event’s three days.

The marathon challenge is held as three separate races – five miles, 8.1 miles and a 13.1-mile half marathon – with the times added up to give the overall rankings.

On Friday evening, Alan Turnbull took first place for the club in 27mins 43secs, with Veitch ninth, Andy Wray 12th and Malcolm Pritchard 19th to ensure Riverside took the team award.

The runners were back on Saturday for the 8.1-mile event, with Veitch leading Riverside home in fourth place. Pritchard was 15th, Wray 17th and Paul Ridley 20th, doing enough to take the team award for the middle distance. Phil Redden in 23rd was first male O50 and Norma Leckie in 108th picked up the award for first lady O55.

In Sunday’s final stage, the half marathon, Riverside men took the team award. Veitch was in seventh in 1hr 23mins 2secs, Dan Vajzovic finished eighth, Pritchard was 17th and Simon Boothby 18th.

With three team titles under their belt, it was no surprise when Riverside took the overall team prize as well. The final individual placings showed Veitch in fourth in 2hrs 41mins 34secs, followed by Pritchard in 12th, Boothby in 14th and Wray in 15th.

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