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Ivanhoe found the going tough at Hermitage 10K

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

  • LEADING THE WAY ... Osian Flowers led the Ivanhoe Runners challenge at the Hermitage 10K.

  • HARD GOING ... Ivanhoe Runners' Mike Sharpe and Tim Sturla.

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A LARGE team of Ivanhoe Runners ran the Hermitage 10K, well known for being hilly with the first 2½ miles up a very tough climb.

The hot and humid weather made conditions even tougher for the competitors.

First home for Ivanhoe was new recruit Osian Flowers, running only his second race for the club, finishing 58th with a time of 42 minutes 15 seconds.

Flowers was chased all the way by club stalwart Dave Morse, who ran his best race for many years, to finish 60th in 42.26.

Men's captain Martin Yeomans had another strong race to finish 74th (43.23). The next two scorers for Ivanhoe were Kev Wright (90th, 44.24) and Nick Rowles (99th, 44.59), both recording solid runs.

Mike Sharpe and Tim Sturla battled each other all the way round the course to finish 106th and 107th, with Mike narrowly winning out (45.10 to Tim's 45.25).

Damon Bland completed Ivanhoe's men's team, finishing 122nd in 46.02.

Richard Bebbington ran his first race since the London Marathon in April to finish 149th in 47.14.

Ruth Enion was Ivanhoe's first female home, finishing 17th lady and 168th overall. She also recorded her fastest 10K time of the year, 48.11. Karen Bell ran cautiously as she was returning from injury, yet was still Ivanhoe's second lady, finishing 205th and 29th lady (50.13).

Victoria Smith showed how much she has improved this year by recording her second fastest 10K time of 50.48 to finish 219th, 36th female. Karen Hartland was not far behind to complete Ivanhoe's ladies' team (228th and 39th lady, 51.14).

Following on from some serious training, Chris Finney is improving rapidly. His reward was his fastest 10K time of the year, 51.30 to finish 233rd. Carolyn Osborne was next to finish for Ivanhoe 260th, and 49th lady (53.02).

Other finishers: Kev Sanders 282nd (54.24); Fiona McKean 307th and 75th lady (56.44); Will Wright 320th (58.37); Seran Bradley 331st and 87th lady (59.14); Angela Bebbington 334th and 89th lady (59.23); Kelly Finney 336th and 90th lady ( 59.35); Heather Swan 372nd and 111th lady (1.03.11); Andy Pole 392nd (1.05.49); Julie Henfrey 405th (1.18.28).

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  • mattlong  |  July 24 2014, 1:56PM

    Osian FLOWERS? Is this person related to the excellent former Burton AC runner Martin Flowers who used to win Burton 10 races at a canter before dashing off to win a track 5,000m later on the Sunday afternoon? I saw Martin running for Worcester a few years ago when I was at the tail end of my career running for Burton AC. We were both stuck at the back of a 3k field. I was late 30s and he must have been late 40s. I think I joked with him after that whilst he may have been a 'has been' I was a 'never was'!

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