Half century in Wolverton

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Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club club hosted the 50th running of the Wolverton Five mile road race.

From the 37 runners who competed back in 1965, three came back to run 50 years later.

They were MMKAC Club President, Milford Callow, Bob Burton from Watford and Allan Davies(then a resident of Wolverton), but now living in St. Ives, Cambs.

On the day nearly 300 runners took part and enjoyed the sunny conditions around a relatively calm Willen lakeside.

Up front, Ian Kimpton(Luton AC) retained the title he won last year in a fast time of 24mins18 but only after a sprint finish with Toby Spencer(Coventry).

Great Britain international Katrina Wootton(Coventry) was comfortably first lady with the best female time for some years of 27.38.

These winning times are respectively the 9th and 8th fastest in the UK this year.

For MMKAC there was an outstanding run from Steve Tuttle placing 5th with a personal best of 25.08 and with Liam Smith 8th(26.01 and another personal best) and Chris Hearn 14th(26.39) they won the team race just ahead of Coventry.

For the ladies Elle Roche placed 3rd overall and became only the 9th MK female to break 30mins for 5miles with her time of 29.52.

Backed up by Gemma Childs(14th lady/33.21) and Julie Jones(16th/34.52) they also their team race.

Back with the men there were more personal bests from Sam Winters(18th/26.59), Josh Lyman(27th/27.41) and Graham Jones(30th/27.44) Sub 30mins runs came from Mark Palser(28.13), Tom Comerford(28.34), Gary Blaber(28.49/5th M40) and Andrew Wasdell(29.45).

Category wins came from John Skelton(1st M60/31.05) and Julie Jones(1st F45/34.52). Gary Blaber, Andrew Wasdell and John Skelton combined to win the men’s veterans team title. The Buckinghamshire championships were held within the race and Steve Tuttle and Elle Roche were the respective male and female champions.

Other sub 40mins runs came from: Stuart Ellison(30.08), Chris Dunn(30.25), Chris Nicholson(31.16),Carl Reynolds(31.19, Dan Brumby(31.56), Jack Comerford(32.23), Neil Jones(32.32), Sam Bradley(32.44), Kelvin Smith(35.03),John Hamilton(35.04), David Newens(35.39), Fern Yull(36.12), Kevin Connolly(36.58), Dave Findel-Hawkins(36.59), Geoff New(37.18), Jim Miller(37.40), Mel Wright(38.17), Paul Toombs(38.18) and Lilli Stickley(39.26).

On the cross-o=country scene Steve Herring took M45 gold at the Eastern Veterans Cross-country Championships held on a 10km course at Kettering.