Jordan Clay led home a large field in the Sandy Ten Road Race.
Clay, from Leighton Buzzard Athletic Club, managed to knock more than a minute off his excellent 2015 finishing time.
He crossed the line in an impressive 57 minutes 2 seconds, followed closely by Glen Turner, also from Leighton Buzzard, only 18 seconds behind him.
Hot on his heels was Simon Fraser of St Albans Striders, who finished in 57.27mins, beating his 2015 race time by nearly three minutes and improving his overall position from seventh to third.
In the Ladies’ race, unattached athlete Georgia Wood crossed the line in 66.28min, followed just 10 seconds later by Laura Brine who joined her Leighton Buzzard AC team-mates in the winners’ spotlight.
In third place was Geraldine Larham of March Athletic Club, who crossed the line in exactly 68 minutes.
The Roger Wadeley Trophy for the Best Age Graded Performance was won by Steven Clarke of Amazing Feet Running Club. He also won first place in the MV40 category with his time of 57m54s.
Other winners in the male veteran category were Martin Beare of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers who won the MV50 category, Riverside Runners’ Patrick Ellerbeck who took the MV60 trophy and Norman Whitwood of Harpenden Arrows who won the MV70 category.
In the Ladies Veterans category, Bedford Harriers’ Melissa Burrell won the LV35 category, Paula Dowling of Mablethorpe Running Club took the LV45 trophy; Bobbie Sauerzapf of Bungay Black Dog RC won the LV55 and Margaret Waddingham of Ware Joggers took the LV65 prize.
In the team competitions it was a clean sweep for Leighton Buzzard AC, who took both the men’s and ladies’ team prizes. Werrington Joggers won the Erlensee Cup for the most runners with 56 members of their club entering the race.
The two local winners – the fastest male and fastest female living within the SG18 and SG19 post code areas – were unattached runner Thomas Hull and Ann Wood of Werrington Joggers.
The club was honoured to have the Mayor of Sandy, Will Jackson, to present the awards.
Biggleswade AC would also like to extend a huge thank you to its sponsors including Marshalls of Sandy who provide the race t-shirts, The Barns Fitness Studios of Potton for the donation of prizes, to Tesco for providing the bananas and water, and to the volunteers from Sue Ryder St John’s who did a fantastic job in distributing race t-shirts to all 477 race finishers.
They would also like to thank Bedfordshire Police and Hearts Services who provided first aid services to the race for the first time and who they hope will join the team, once again, for next year’s Sandy 10.
The club were absolutely delighted with the day having received many positive comments on social media from runners who had enjoyed the event: All proceeds from this year’s Sandy 10 will go to Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger.