GALLERY: Ipswich Jaffa dominate at Hadleigh 10

Gavin Davies is clear of the field on his way to victory at the Hadleigh 10-mjile road race

Gavin Davies is clear of the field on his way to victory at the Hadleigh 10-mjile road race - Credit: Archant

Ipswich JAFFA recorded a one-two-three at the annual Hadleigh 10-mile road race, which attracted a field of more than 260 runners to the traditionally tough rural route.

Gavin Davies powered to victory in 55mins 50secs, one of only seven runners to duck under the one-hour barrier.

It was a personal best for Davies, eclipsing his previous landmark of 55.54, set at the Fenland 10 at Wisbech in 2009.

JAFFA team-mate Ryan Ostler was just over a minute adrift in second spot, with a big PB of 57.09, and Adam Wade completed the impressive Ipswich club domination by clocking 58.10 in third. This was also a PB.

Gareth Cavell, of Woodford Green with Essex Ladies, was fourth overall and the leading veteran in 58.26.

There was another fine run from Sara Bird, who continued her rich vein of form by winning the ladies’ title in emphatic fashion.

It was a comfortable PB for Bird, who has rarely raced over 10 miles. The 26-year-old, in addition to competing on the track and in cross country, had recorded an eye-catching 2.46.42 at last April’s London Marathon.

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Only five men finished ahead of Bird at Hadleigh. The former West Suffolk AC member, who now runs for Essex Ladies, stopped the clock at 58.51.

Liz Wynn, of Serpentine Running Club, was Bird’s closest challenger and also the leading veteran with 64.05.

Laura Dawes took third in 64.19, while Suffolk-based triathlete Nikki Brinkman, of Titan Tri Sport, registered 65.12 in fourth. Colchester Harriers’ Amanda Henry competed the top five.

In the supporting five-mile race, which had 71 finishers, there were victories for Adam Howlett (28.22) and Marie Shirley, of Colchester Harriers.

Shirley triumphed in 33.02, which represented a very satisfactory comeback from a year on the sidelines with a back injury. Colchester club-mate David Wright was third overall and the leading over-50 veteran.

This was the first time that host club Hadleigh Hares had staged a five-miler, to run alongside their long-standing 10-mile challenge.

Like the longer event, it proved both a hilly and at times muddy test.

In the junior fun run, there were victories for Alex Baxter, of Ipswich Harriers, and Chloe Doyle, of Saint Edmund Pacers.

n A large group of Great Bentley RC members were in action at Hadleigh, with Tom Fowler (68.58) and Kevin Stevens (PB of 69.12) first home for the club.

Malcolm Jarvis ran his first 10-miler in 71.38, followed by Patrick Reynolds in 72.00, Kevin James 76.38, Jamie Neill 76.54, Shawn Leek 76.55, Theresa Bishop 82.13 and Des Bishop 82.14.

Seven-year-old Harrison Leek ran the fun run and was third in his age group.

n Tiptree Road Runners had five competing in the Hadleigh 10. Craig Dawson was first home in 65.18, pursued by Graeme Moon 74.15, Tracy Harrington 74.37, Richard Garrett 77.51 and Ian Linton 84.07.

HADLEIGH 10-MILE

Top 30 men: 1 G Davies (Ipswich JAFFA) 55.50; 2 R Ostler (JAFFA) 57.09; 3 A Wade (JAFFA) 58.10; 4 G Savell (Woodford Green) 58.26; 5 A Brooks (Serpentine RC) 58.42; 6 J Manlow (Ely Runners) 59.30; 7 W Campbell (JAFFA) 60.05; 8 J Scaife (Hadleigh Hares) 60.39; 9 D Sheppard (Framlingham Flyers) 61.06; 10 D Solomon (Felixstowe Road Runners) 61.47. 11 G Pattle (Ipswich Harriers) 61.57; 12 C Pitts (Unattached) 63.02; 13 R Hoskins (Un) 63.13; 14 J Thompson (Serpentine) 63.48; 15 D Cook (Felixstowe RR) 64.04; 16 S Prestney (Halstead Road Runners) 64.20; 17 N Rogers (Un) 64.25; 18 L Whitwell (Felixstowe RR) 64.27; 19 K Marley (Colchester Harriers) 64.33; 20 T Roberts (Framlingham) 65.10. 21 J Beeton (Newmarket Joggers) 65.16; 22 N Clarke (Un) 65.40; 23 P Brown (Framlingham) 66.17; 24 C Dawson (Tiptree RR) 65.18; 25 M Catlin (JAFFA)66.26; 26 D Hobson (Woodbridge Shufflers) 66.34; 27 C Heron (Queensbury RC, Bradford) 66.35; 28 P Smith (Un) 67.07; 29 P Frost (Un) 67.53; 30 A Turner (Hadleigh) 68.04.

Top 20 ladies: 1 S Bird (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies) 58.51; 2 L Wynn (Serpentine) 64.05; 3 L Dawes (Un) 64.19; 4 N Brinkman (Titan Tri Sport) 65.12; 5 A Henry (Col/Harr) 66.37; 6 C Ricketts (Norwich RR) 69.55; 7 C Tisbury (Harwich Runners) 71.16; 8 T Harrington (Tiptree) 74.37; 9 E Hall (JAFFA) 75.52; 10 K Garrity (Un) 76.24. 11 M Narey (Stowmarket Striders) 76.33; 12 G Irvine (Belper Harriers) 77.22; 13 L Pettifer (Mid-Essex Casuals) 78.09; 14 S White (Sudbury) 79.39; 15 K Milkovics (Massey Ferguson RC) 80.06; 16 J Cooke (Un) 80.36; 17 J Devaney (Stowmarket) 81.58; 18 B Sauerzapf (Bungay Black Dog) 82.06; 19 T Bishop (Gt Bentley RC) 82.13; 20 F Hunt (JAFFA) 82.19.

Male veterans, over-40: 1 Sheppard, 2 Rogers, 3 M Russell (Hadleigh) 68.24. Over-45:1 Cavell, 2 Manlow, 3 Campbell. Over-50: 1 Heron, 2 R Breyer (JAFFA) 69.34; 3 C Corley (Bungay BD) 71.29. Over-55: 1 J Davy (Felixstowe) 68.49; 2 S Pretty (Stowmarket) 71.11; 3 G Moon (Tiptree) 74.15. Over-60: 1 J Squirrell (Stowmarket) 71.58; 2 G Marshal (Un) 75.22; 3 J Price (Sudbury) 77.07. Over-65: 1 G Thomas (Un) 76.01; 2 J Bone (Gt Yarmouth) 76.14; 3 D Mole (Havering) 76.30.

Female veterans, over-35: 1 Wynn, 2 Brinkman, 3 Ricketts. Over-40: 1 Dawes, 2 Henry, 3 White. Over-45: 1 Harrington, 2 Narey, 3 Bishop. Over-50: 1 Tisbury, 2 Pettifer, 3 Sauerzapf. Over-55: 1 Cooke, 2 H Garrity (Bungay) 89.11; 3 E McGoldrick (Un) 92.52.

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