Susie Slips and Slides to Victory

Wet and muddy conditions greeted the 21 senior and junior runners last Saturday for the Barhams Insurance 5km Handicap. Constant rain dampened the enthusiasm of the field, but you cannot stop a keen runner when he sees a starting line!!!

Front marker Gary Saunders was the first to brave the downpour, but was quickly reeled in by middle markers Meg Parnaby, Daniel Henry, Nat Watson and Susie Ellis.

Ellis brushed aside the tough wet conditions, and was too strong for the rest of the field, coming home first, with Nathaniel Warren a further 27 seconds behind to claim second place. Kieran Ryan, running in his first race for the season, showed good form to run from the back of the field to come in third.

Ryan also ran the fastest time of the day, covering the 5km course in 18 minutes 35 seconds. Susie Ellis was the quickest female in a time of 21 minutes 52 seconds.

Due to lack of numbers, no official junior events were held.

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