Despite the undulating course, Rachel Cave set a new best over five miles when she continued her good form on the roads at the latest East Midlands Grand Prix race at Banbury.
The 24-year-old Team Balancise runner repeated her third place of the previous round and came close to clinching the runner up spot when finishing only two seconds adrift of Wootton Road Runner Imogen Norton in the race won in 30.10 by Leamington’s 100km European bronze medallist Sue Harrison.
Cave finished in a time of 31.20 which took 22 seconds from her previous best and was a new club record.
Running well for Wellingborough & District AC and guiding them to fourth in the team standings were the consistent Kelly Barnett and Sarah Ellwood with the former running 33.57 for 13th and Ellwood finishing one place and four seconds behind to take third place in the V35 category.
David Green was top local finisher in the men’s race when he came fifth in 26.53 and helped Kettering Town Harriers to the second team spot behind Woodstock Harriers.
He received excellent support from Phil West (18th in 28.42), Steve Green (46th in 30.24) and Kemal Mehmet (49th in 30.35).
Greg Spellman fronted the Wellingborough squad when he came 14th in 28.21 to win the V45 section and Dan Doherty (40th in 30.02) was top finisher for Team Balancise.
Other local results
50 J Kemp (W&D) 30.37, 53 A Clawson (KTH) 31.03, 58 S Bartlett (TB) 31.28, 61 J Blackwell (W&D) 31.51, 64 N McDonald (W&D) 32.07, 70 M Salter (KTH) 32.27, 79 A Redden (W&D) 32.50, 90 G Travers (W&D) 33.16, 95 P Farley (W&D) 33.42, 117 P Williams (W&D) 34.24, 120 M Bonham (W&D) 34.31, 125 C Jones (W&D) 34.50, 145 M Hamilton (TB) 35.38, 168 G Pratt (KTH) 37.02, 187 J York (W&D) 38.37, 194 A Griffiths (W&D) 39.09, 201 N Breeze (W&D) 39.49, 243 A Manning (W&D) 54.51.
24 J Wargent (TB) 35.47, 25 L Kemp (W&D) 36.07, 26 K Munn (KTH) 36.26, 43 L Mehmet (KTH) 38.41, 45 Y Mehmet (KTH) 38.45, 49 N Wain (W&D) 39.20, 56 D Galletta (CAC) 40.34, 64 K Geeves (W&D) 41.34, 70 D Holloway (W&D) 41.56, 73 G Brightwell (W&D) 42.23, 86 J Vango (CAC) 44.43, 89 V Anslow (W&D) 45.51, 98 S Hewitt (W&D) 48.36, 111 N Manning (W&D) 53.00, 112 M Hollis (W&D) 53.01, 113 G Johnson (W&D) 53.06.
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