First IW man, Paul Cameron. Picture by Robin Crossley.
A HUGE field of almost 450 runners took to the streets of Ryde and the surrounding area for the annual Ryde 10 race, part of the Hampshire Road Race League, last weekend.
Many runners left it until the day to enter, meaning long queues at registration, but for many it was worth it as the ideal conditions made for impressive times throughout.
Unfortunately there was no home victory for the Island’s top runners, mainland stars taking the top positions. IW Road Runner Paul Cameron, 42, of Newport, came closest, finishing fourth in a 55.31.
"I’ve only been training for this for a few weeks so I can’t really complain," said Paul. "Plus the other guys have a good few years on me now."
The top IW woman was IW Athletic Club’s Laura Brackley who, after a frustrating time with niggling calf injuries, came 56th overall and third woman, in a cracking time of 1.04.53.
Her coach, Geoff Watkin, said: "I was really pleased to see Laura running well again. We have been around the block to help get her niggles sorted and she has been so good with all of the rehab."
Island runners made up a quarter of the field, and there were prizes for some.
Cameron won the vet40 prize, Simon McMorran, representing Stubbington Green, won the vet50 prize, while West Wight Road Runner Cherry Owens took home the women’s vet65 trophy.
In the team event, Ryde Harriers won the women’s team, runners Mary Norman, Sarah Kavanagh and Julie King winning by a clear seven points from Winchester and District.
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