Doyle wins Boston and District AC’s ultra marathon

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Veteran Kevin Doyle finished first in the Boston and District Athletic Club six-hour race held at Witham Way Country Park last weekend.

The Rotherham runner recorded 43 miles 638 yards in the alloted time.

In second, and winner of the veteran men’s category, was Nuneaton Harrier Matthew Tonks (41 miles 1653 yards) ahead of Steve Barber, from Doncaster, who finished one mile 300 yards behind the runner-up.

The winner of the veteran ladies’ trophy was Derbyshire’s Gail Pickering, who achieved a distance of 30 miles and 969 yards.

The 12-hour race produced an exciting finish, with just 468 yards separating the first two competitors at the deadline.

London’s Sunny Calitz-Patel and local girl Helen James, now living in Leicestershire, dug deep to harness all of their resources at the end of half a day of continuous running.

The result was in doubt right up to the final few minutes but, in a thrilling conclusion, Sunny just edged out Helen, finishing on 75 miles 1687 yards, with Helen achieving 75 miles 1219 yards.

Third in the 12-hour race was veteran Rita Willliams, from Hertfordshire (63 miles 825 yards).