Nene Valley Harriers
Nene Valley Harriers, PAC and Stamford all went to Spalding for the Tulip 10k. Here's Ruth's report.

Tulip 10k, Spalding

Peterborough and Stamford athletes battled strong winds and rising temperatures when they travelled to Spalding to take on the Tulip 10k on Sunday (Apr 27), organised by the town’s triathlon club.

The out and back course proved to be a challenging one on the day, despite its flat profile, due to the headwind athletes had to tackle during the first half of the race. Nene Valley Harriers recorded the best results of the day, with first and second places in the women’s race claimed by Ruth Jones and Emma Penniston in times of 41.29 and 43.38 respectively. Third place went to March AC’s Geraldine Larham in 45.39, who also picked up the first veteran’s prize.

Cambridge and Coleridge’s Thomas Stevens just pipped PAC’s Steven Robinson to first place by 12 seconds, although Robinson’s time of 33.17 pushed his rival to a lifetime best for the distance.

Nene Valley’s Mike Chapman and Rob Prady then filled the fifth and sixth place slots with decent performances of 35.52 and 36.15 respectively, with Stamford Striders’ Jim Morris never far behind with 36.29, just ahead of PAC’s Danny Snipe in 37.05 and fellow Striders’ Nick Poncia in 37.13.

All proceeds from the event were donated to Macmillan Cancer Support Spalding and Holbeach Branch, and Springfields’ Horticultural Charity, the former cause being in tribute to the host club and Nene Valley Harriers’ late member Mike ‘Barney’ Barnsdale, who passed away from the illness in 2011.

Other local athletes' results: Bourne Town Harriers; Shaun Hill, 40:17, Tim Lister, 43:35, Karen Clark, 46:00. NVH; Nigel Dickens, 44:28. Stamford Striders; Amy Williamson, 49:43, Caroline Robertson, 52:25. Thorney Running Club; Mike Blackledge, 53:02. (This list is not exhaustive but the pick of the bunch!)