Harriers’ women produce a one-two in the Tulip 10k

Competitors setting off in the Tulip 10K run at Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding.  ANL-140427-113211001
Competitors setting off in the Tulip 10K run at Springfields Events and Conference Centre, Spalding. ANL-140427-113211001
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Nene Valley Harriers’ women produced a one-two at Sunday’s Tulip 10k.

The event, organised by Spalding Triathlon Club, saw 180 runners take part on an out-and-back course from the Springfields Events Conference Centre.

Spalding Triathlon Club runner Caroline Hill. ANL-140427-113104001

Spalding Triathlon Club runner Caroline Hill. ANL-140427-113104001

Ruth Jones finished 23rd overall in 41.29 to win the women’s race.

Her time was just 10 seconds down on her season’s best set at the Thorney 10k, despite having to battle strong winds and rising temperatures.

Clubmate Emma Penniston followed her home in 43.38 with Geraldine Larham of March the third woman and first veteran home in 45.39.

Thomas Stevens pipped Steve Robinson of Peterborough Athletic Club to overall victory, the Cambridge athlete setting a lifetime best of 33.05 to win by 12 seconds.

Three members of the host club took part, Steven Roberts finishing 68th in 48.34, Declan Murphy 87th in 51.03 and Caroline Hill 114th in 63.56.

Bourne Town Harrier Shaun Hill was 17th in 40.17.

All proceeds from the event were donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, Spalding and Holbeach branch, and Springfields’ Horticultural Society the former cause being in tribute to the host club and Nene Valley Harriers’ late member Mike Barnsdale, who passed away from the illness in 2011.