Thousands of runners took to the picturesque streets of Cambridge on Sunday (Mar 9th) to tackle the city’s half marathon event in unseasonably hot conditions, with Nene Valley Harriers’ Aaron Scott storming to victory.
The Stamford-based athlete won by more than three minutes in 66:28, just six seconds shy of his personal best (PB) and an agonising 14 seconds short of the course record in temperatures climbing to 20 degrees. This was in stark contrast to last year’s event which took place in freezing, snow blizzard conditions. Scott’s nearest competitors were Cheltenham’s Graham Rush and Cambridge & Coleridge’s V35 star, Sullivan Smith, who were well clear of the fourth placed athlete.
Scott, who was running for the running shoe company Saucony on Sunday, was pleased with his efforts on the twisty, often uneven terrain, and will now aim to maintain his fitness leading up to the Manchester marathon on April 6, where he is gunning for the Commonwealth Games qualifying time of 2:15 or below.
Fellow Harrier and Stamford resident, Philippa Taylor, did well to claim the third lady prize in a season’s best time of 80:46. Taylor will also tackle the Manchester marathon in just over three weeks’ time, and will aim to get close to her PB of 2:49:11, set in London last year.
Another NVH athlete from Stamford, Ruth Jones, also competed in the half marathon, but had to settle for an easy run around the course after suffering with illness in the weeks leading up to the event. Jones finished in 1:35:50, and was followed in by club mate Andy Cardell in 1:37:44.