BUPA London 10k

Nene Valley golden oldie, Sean Beard, rolled back the years in Sunday's Bupa London 10,000 metres road race, running his fastest time over the distance for 7 years. Beard, who turns 50 later this year, completed the course in an impressive time of 34.53, which placed him 6th in his age group and 166th overall, in a race that saw around 12,000 finishers pounding the Streets of Central London.

Abi Schofield, a training partner of Beard's, had won an aquathlon race, which comprises swimming and running the previous day, but recovered well completing the course in a time of 40.54.

The other Nene Valley Harriers in action were Andy Dickens and teenager, Jamie Toms. Both athletes ran well, with Dickens coming home in 37.50, just over a minute ahead of Toms, who recorded a personal best time of 39.06.

Four Stamford Striders were racing, with Simon Fell clocking 34.53, having run the entire race alongside Sean Beard. Fell's wife Liz was also taking part, and recorded a highly creditable 44.46. 50 year old Jim Morris's time of 36.33 was good enough to earn him 7th place in his age category, and Mike Freeman finished 23rd MV65 with a time of 55.56.

Barry Warne