New women’s course record set at Sandy 10 race

PUBLISHED: 08:48 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:33 10 April 2018

The new Sandy 10 women's record holder, Georgia Schwiening, crosses the line. Picture: Doug Parker

The new Sandy 10 women's record holder, Georgia Schwiening, crosses the line. Picture: Doug Parker

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Runners shimmered in the rain and a long-standing record fell on Sandy’s streets in the latest iteration of Biggleswade Athletic Club’s showpiece race.

Runners in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin Runners in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin

The Sandy 10 attracted hundreds of new and experienced runners from across the region and further afield. The 10-mile route took them out of Sandy and around Northcroft, then through the Sand Lane sandhills and Everton Road to the ‘Potton Triangle’ – from where they retraced their steps home.

Sunday’s wet conditions helped to keep the runners cool but made the spectating a damp experience, with marshals donning a range of weird and wonderful hats.

Race winner John Eves. Picture: Stuart Goodwin Race winner John Eves. Picture: Stuart Goodwin

First over the line was John Eves of Bedford & County AC, in 53 minutes and 24 seconds.

And well in the mix was 13th-placed Georgia Schwiening from Cambridge & Coleridge AC, who crossed the line in 1:00:11 to take 16 seconds off the ladies’ course record – set by international marathon runner Danielle Sanderson back in 2004.

Georgia Schwiening in the final mile. Picture: Stuart Goodwin Georgia Schwiening in the final mile. Picture: Stuart Goodwin

Rounding off the top three in the men’s standings were Adam Mills of Bedford Harriers in 56:24, and East London Runners’ Thomas Grimes in 56:26.

Johanna O’Regan of Riverside Runners finished 46 seconds after Georgia in 1:00:57 – 16th overall – while unattached runner Eleanor Hunt was 26th overall and the third fastest woman in 1:03:17.

Exiting the sandhills on to Everton Road. Picture: Doug Parker Exiting the sandhills on to Everton Road. Picture: Doug Parker

Men’s age group prizes went to Ty Farrer of Huntingdon AC, Jim Morris of Stamford Striders, John Skelton of Milton Keynes AC and Bob Wells of Bedford Harriers. Riverside Runners won the men’s team prize.

On the women’s side, there were prizes for Christine Lathwell of Stopsley Striders, Paula Downing of Mablethorpe Running Club, Veronica Shadbolt of Garden City Runners and Yuko Gordon of Fairlands Valley Spartans – who won the Roger Wadeley Trophy for the best age-graded performance across the race.

A runner in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin A runner in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin

The ladies’ team prize went to Bedford Harriers. The prizes for top local runners from the SG18 and SG19 postcode areas went to unattached runner Trevor Grace (1:04:38) and Ann Wood of Werrington Joggers (1:17:01).

The race was run in support of Sue Ryder, which runs St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger and will benefit from the surplus race proceeds.

Runners in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin Runners in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin

The club said feedback from competitors was “extremely warm and generous”.

First-time runner Rachel Williams said: “I have to say I was very impressed – even the rain didn’t dampen spirits. It was a great route with great marshals and support.”

Runners in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin Runners in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin

A runner in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin A runner in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin

Runners in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin Runners in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin

Runners in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin Runners in the Sandy 10. Picture: Stuart Goodwin

Finishers' shirts. Picture: Vicky Berry Finishers' shirts. Picture: Vicky Berry

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