Becky and Bill in top form as Waveney athletes shine at Tarpley

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 01 March 2017

Waveney Valley AC's Becky Langford pictured by Hunter Photography.

Waveney Valley AC's Becky Langford pictured by Hunter Photography.


A dozen members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club took to the hills of West Suffolk on Sunday to compete in either the Tarpley 20 or 10-mile road races organised by Bury Pacers.

A Waveney Valley Athletic Club team. Picture: Jo FiskA Waveney Valley Athletic Club team. Picture: Jo Fisk

Most members tackled the longer distance, providing the opportunity to build race stamina and fitness for forthcoming spring marathons.

In very blustery, energy-sapping conditions, 316 runners completed the 20-mile race with Becky Langford first to finish for the club in another excellent personal best performance. She recorded a time of 2:43.01 for 103rd place overall and was second lady to finish in her age group.

Lisa Knights finished 127th in 2:46.33 with Bob Milner doing well to complete the course with an injury, in 195th in 3:02.43. Joe Mayne was 249th in 3:20.24, Patricia Tuttle 262nd in 3:24.44 and Lisa Wilson, in her longest race to date, 273rd in 3:26.49. David Goosey dropped out after eight miles.

Five members were amongst a field of 400 for the 10-mile event. First for Waveney was Matt Baldry in 67th in a personal best time of 1:15.33. Just four places behind was Bill Kingaby in a time of 1:16.22 and, after it seems a lifetime of competition, well down on his best ever 10-mile time but good enough to be awarded the trophy for first in the 60-64 age group, just two days before turning 65.

Bill Kingaby at the Trapley 10-miler. Picture by Jo Fisk.Bill Kingaby at the Trapley 10-miler. Picture by Jo Fisk.

Paul Peek finished 168th in a new best of 1:27.14 and Jo Fisk was 224th in 1:32.11, only a minute outside her best. Amanda Scarff, in her first 10-mile event, was 306th in 1:41.56.

At the Roding Valley Half Marathon on Sunday, Tim Earl finished 57th in a time of 1:30.35. Four club members took part in the Valentine 10k in Norwich. Wayne Freeman was 112th in 43:13, Mike Quantrill 119th in 43:28, Demelza Hammond 433rd in 59:47 and Graham Jackson 474th in 1:05.09. Chris Mills competed in the Marriotts Way Half Marathon and finished 88th in 2:14.43.

Club members 5k parkrun bests for February: Christopher Hulme 40.03, Tracy Mayne 39.58, Lee Roth 26.17, Sarah Wood 31.19, Daniel Critoph 24.45, Paul MacCormick 26.48, Emma Branch 30.38, Kirsty Howe 32.23, Chris Pitman 22.08, Jennifer Hoye 26.58, Mandy Roberts 32.52, Amie Williams 27.05, Tracey Peak 29.51 and William Browne 22.32.

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