Waveney’s Cook takes the Suffolk half marathon champion’s crown

Waveney Valley runners in the Mad March Hare 10k at RAF Coltishall. Picture: Waveney AC.

Waveney Valley runners in the Mad March Hare 10k at RAF Coltishall. Picture: Waveney AC. - Credit: Archant

Road race fixtures for March provide a plentiful supply of events and Waveney Valley Athletic Club have had several to choose from to enter.

Lisa Wilson at the Vitality North London Half Marathon. Picture: Waveney AC.

Lisa Wilson at the Vitality North London Half Marathon. Picture: Waveney AC. - Credit: Archant

At the Stowmarket Half Marathon on Sunday, one of the club’s long distance specialists, Lee Cook, became Suffolk County half marathon champion.

Lee finished second in the race, from a field of more than 400 runners, in a personal best time of 1-15:10 but was the first Suffolk entrant to finish.

Also on Sunday, a dozen members of the club competed in the Mad March Hare 10k, which was held on the former RAF Coltishall air base in Norfolk.

A total of 444 runners raced around two laps of the base in very windy conditions with Chris Pimlott first to finish for Waveney in 14th position in a time of 39:30.

Despite the strong wind, five members managed to record personal best times and the first was Matt Baldry in 52nd place in 43:50.

Wayne Freeman was 72nd in 44:17 with Billy Underdown 73rd in 44:19 in his first 10k race. Chris Pitman was 104th in a personal best of 46:37 and Bill Kingaby 120th in 47:17.

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Becky Langford added another personal best to her recent performances, finishing 164th in 49:36 with Sarah Norman 210th in 52.57. Camilla Darling was 301st in 57:51, Amanda Scarff 309th in 58:43, another personal best, Demelza Hammond 325th in 59:34 for a new best and Graham Jackson 389th in 1-06:10.

At the Broadland Half Marathon the rpevious weekend, Bill Kingaby finished 121st from 360 competitors in 1-45:58 and was awarded first prize at his first race in the M65+ age category.

Mark Smith will be running in five marathons this year in aid of Prostate Cancer Research and he successfully completed the first at Cambridge, achieving a personal best of 4-02:25.

At the Vitality North London Half Marathon, Lisa Wilson, tackling the 26-mile distance for the first time, recorded a time of 2-12:06 while Alan Richardson ran a new personal best time of 1-49:45 at the Colchester Half Marathon, finishing 776th out of almost 3,000 entrants.

On Sunday, the final fixture in the Suffolk Winter Cross-Country League takes place at Haverill with Waveney Valley Athletic Club currently topping the league and hoping to secure its first ever team victory in the winter competition.