A record 121 runners finished the Poppy Run, the annual five-mile road race organised by Boston and District Athletic Club in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, on Sunday morning.
Runners and officials observed a two-minutes’ silence at the B-Hive prior to the start of a very well-supported event.
A total of 12 men’s teams completed the road challenge and a record seven female teams contested their section. Sleaford Striders AC won the men’s team trophy and Boston and District AC’s ladies’ trio of Fallon Lafferty, Isabelle Whitehead and Emma Penson were victorious in the female contest, 10 points ahead of Skegness & District Running Club.
The overall race winner was senior Iain Bailey (Sleaford), who led from the gun to finish in 27 mins 15 secs, ahead of Spalding-based veteran 40 category trophy winner John Pike (Newham & Essex Beagles), who recorded 27 mins 23 secs.
In third place was another veteran 40 runner Mark Sands (Skegness), who was just over half a minute behind the runner-up.
First lady over the finish line was Fallon Lafferty.
She spearheaded Boston & District AC’s female challenge, clocking 34 mins 49 secs in 17th, to secure the senior female trophy.
Judith Broadbent (Lincoln Wellington) was second in 36 mins 00 secs in 25th with Katie Ward (Fenland Running) winner of the veteran female 35 category, clocking 36mins 13 secs.
Sharon Gallichan (Skegness) was the veteran female 45 winner in 37 mins 49 secs and teammate Hilary Depper was first veteran female 55 finisher.
First in the veteran men’s 50 section was Alexander Telfer (Sleaford), who finished in 34 mins 28 secs in 14th and Geoff Hall (Lincoln Wellington) was 24th, recording 35 mins 42 secs to secure the veteran men’s 60 trophy.
In the team stakes, Sleaford Striders’ Iain Bailey had support from John Siddens and Kevin Garrick for an impressive total of 13 points.
In the female team contest, first lady Fallon Lafferty had good backing from Isabelle Whitehead (42nd, 38 mins 51 secs) and female veteran 35 Emma Penson (42 mins 09 secs, 57th).
The BADAC men’s team finished in eighth and had James Roark (5 mins 26 secs, 22nd), Owen Msimango (39 mins 31 secs, 46th) and veteran 60 representative Geoff Johnson (42 mins 12 secs, 58th).
Other Gold Tops outside the team counters were Odette Arundell (female vet 35, 44 mins 05 secs, 66th), and Rebecca Grice (senior lady, 101st, 53 mins 18 secs).
The 5K Fun Run, the curtainraiser to the Poppy Run, attracted an entry of more than 30 starters with Boston & District AC’s Alex Riches finishing first.