Three Counties members defy heat to impress

Three Counties Running Club members face the camera

Three Counties Running Club members face the camera - Credit: TCRC

Three Counties Running Club members have been defying the heat to turn out at various local events.

The Whitemoor 5-miler and 1.5-mile Darren's Dash hosted by neighbours March AC was a brilliant event and attracted warm weather once again.

The shorter race heads out from race HQ to the sports field and into the nature reserve, before returning to the sports field for the finish.

The trees in the reserve gave cover from the sun but there was no escaping the heat for the 56 runners, yet 15-year-old Maisie Macdonald ran a personal best of 9.43 to finish as first female and eighth overall.

Maisie Macdonald

Maisie Macdonald - Credit: TCRC

The five-mile race also started and finished at the sports field and included a loop around the nature reserve before heading out onto bridle paths, the riverbank and back into the reserve.

The mixed terrain course did not enjoy a lot of shelter from the sun, but Mark Mattless led club members home in 40.22, ahead of Phil Newton (41.09) and Jonathan Quail (41.48).

Tamara Barnes ran a personal best of 49.32, ahead of Melvin Green (52.17), Alice Ingram (55.29) and Anne-Marie Mattless (56.24), while Ewa Szczygielska ran a course best of 58.53.

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Laura Vincent (59.24), Sarah Johnson and Sarah-Jane Macdonald (both 1:00.04) completed the line-up.

Three Counties Running Club members face the camera

Three Counties Running Club members face the camera - Credit: TCRC

The Peterborough Grand Prix 5k Series held its second event at Stamford, hosted by the Stamford Striders.

Five club members produced great runs on another warm evening, led home in 46th place by Gary Bligh (20.21).

Johnny Beesley (23.15), Mark Mattless (23.22), Tamara Barnes (27.07) and Melvin Green (30.38) also took part.

Jacqueline McGonigle tackled the Great Rossa 10k in Ardboe, Tyrone, Northern Ireland, where a 5k and half marathon was also on the menu.

Jacqueline McGonigle

Jacqueline McGonigle - Credit: TCRC

Returning after a two-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it attracted around 800 participants for its sixth year and McGonigle had a great run, finishing in 1:15.00.

Parkrun results: Hunstanton: Claire Smithee 27.11; Bedford: Steve Rhodes 25.36, Sandra Rhodes 41.08; Downham Market: Lou Mayer 53.35; Boston: Colin Apps 29.51, Joely Apps 34.18; March: Jonathan Quail 23.53, Samuel Quail 25.27, Melvin Green 29.26, Laura Vincent 33.49; King's Lynn: Matthew Knott 21.54, Lauren Day 25.31, Sarah Melton-Whitelam 26.31, Matt Hunter 27.14, Steve Whitelam 27.39, Keith White 30.53, Tony Lamb 35.38.