Athletics: Rain no pain for the Mel Batty 10K

IN spite of the torrential rain during the preceeding 24 hours the 2nd edition of the Mel Batty 10K took place on Sunday morning around the puddle strewn streets of North Grays and Orsett.

Thanks to the tremendous support from Club members and Mel’s family. It again was a successful event with 132 finishers, 10 more than last year.

The race was won by Dartford’s Ben Louch in 32m 48s. The ladies race was again won by Kerry Holland of Southend in 38m33s. This constitutes a new course record as it was a minute faster than her time last year.

THURROCK’S athletes faired well with Grays-based Dennis Cross recording a pb of 34m45s in 4th place. Scott Rice did well to take the veteran’s 40+ prize by finishing in an excellent 7th place. His time was 36m05s.

The experienced Don Lawless showed good form to finish 13th in 38m17s.

These 3 made up Thurrock’s team which was 3rd in the team event. The formidable veteran Pat Dobbs finished in 93rd place which was good enough to take the trophy in the 70+ section.

An outstanding performance came from Jodi Farrell who was 49th overall, 10th lady with a time of 44m38s. 3 minutes faster than her previous best. There was a plethora of pbs from other Harriers. Mark Cable’s breakthrough run of 39m31s took 17th place; Martin Mack performed 40m40s (24th); Nick Trencher 40m52s (26th), Gary Cahill’s 42m51s
(40th); Ian Scott 46m31s (55th) were all encouraging personal bests.

The Tobins, Mark and Anthony, had good runs to secure top 20 places in the men’s race. The lady’s team consisted of Sam Tuck 47m46s (65th) and Victoria Peacock 49m25s (76th) who with Jodi Farrell finished in 3rd place.

Other Harriers to finish were Alec Finch 41m09s (29th), Mohammed Allali 54m53s (101st).

The first Nomad was David Springham 44m27s (46th place).

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