A record field turned out for the 25th anniversary of the Langtoft 10k on Sunday (May 4th), with Nene Valley Harrier athletes working hard in the heat to claim eight of the twelve trophies up for grabs on the day. The 10k and 3k were both officially started by local coaching legend Russ Prosser, from Nene Valley Harriers, who ran a swift 33:11 when he competed in the first ever Langtoft 10k in 1989.
Bushfield Joggers’ Brian Corleys took the top honours when he crossed the finishing line first in 35:05, just 12 seconds ahead of Harriers’ 17 year-old Jake Richardson. Bourne Town Harriers’ Jonathan Palmer had the race of his life in third place with an impressive 36:17 personal best.
NVH filled two of the top three positions in the ladies’ race, with Ruth Jones and Emily Brand taking second and third place in 41:25 and 44.00 respectively behind winning lady Julie Greenwood from Wakefield District. It was a debut 10k for 16 year-old Brand, from Morton, who also picked up a prize for the first under 25 female athlete, as well as the first local lady, the latter prize also awarded to Richardson in the male category.
The first Langtoft male prize went to the Harriers’ Paul Gibbs, and club mate Lance Hemmings picked up the first veteran prize for his time of 36:26, a respectable time considering he completed the London marathon only three weeks earlier, and a time that placed him fourth overall.
Stamford Striders’ Jim Morris was just behind Hemmings in fifth place in 36:30, with fellow Striders Mark Popple continuing his impressive form in 37:32 in eighth and Mike Matthews taking 12th position in 39:31. Hilary Cox was fourth lady and first in for the Striders’ ladies in 46:42, just ahead of Spalding Triathlon Club’s Aimee Stocker in fifth overall.
BOURNE Town Harriers’ Cameron Everist stormed to victory in the Langtoft 3k race on Sunday, and Nene Valley Harriers’ Megan Ellison took the female top honours on a windy course.
199 youngsters and fun runners took on the flat but gusty road challenge, which also incorporated inter-school competitions. Tyler Mayoh was the first Langtoft school boy to finish in 28th place, while Abi Martin was the first Langtoft school girl in 39th position. A team filled with Peakirt and Glinton pupils claimed the first school team prize. No times were recorded for the event.