Mynott wins popular Saffron Striders 10k at Newport

PUBLISHED: 13:03 01 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:03 01 October 2013

Andy Mynott rounds the final bend on his way to victory in the Saffron 10k.

Andy Mynott rounds the final bend on his way to victory in the Saffron 10k.

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Saffron Walden's Andy Mynott celebrated an emphatic victory in Sunday's Saffron Striders 10K.

The popular annual race, held in Newport, is organised by Saffron Walden’s running club and attracted entries from 220 club and fun runners, who tackled the challenging course in bright and breezy conditions.

Mynott, from the Saffron Striders, ran a blisteringly fast 34mins 23secs to finish a full two minutes ahead of second placed club mate Seth Kennard, whose time of 36mins 25secs was still impressively fast.

Third place was taken by Thomas White from the St Edmunds Pacers, who ran 38mins 59secs.

The prize for first female was secured by White’s St Edmunds’ team mate Odette Robson, who was fifth overall in a superb 39mins 14secs and four minutes ahead of the second-placed lady Tracy Brown from East London Tri Club, who crossed the finishing line in 43mins 32secs for 22nd place.

The third female finisher was Caroline Thompson who was 26th in the race with a time of 43mins 56secs.

Prizes were also awarded to the first placed men and women in various age categories. The over 40s prizes went to Peter Dyer and Naomi Moss, both from East London Tri, who finished fourth and 37th respectively in 39mins 14secs and 45mins 28secs.

The over 50s champions were Shane Cahill in 40mins 48secs for ninth and the Saffron Striders’ Karen Badderley (45th place in 46mins 35secs). The first male finisher over 60 was Geoff Howard of the Ilkley Harriers who ran a 42mins 14secs 10K for 16th place and Petra Otto from Thorney Running Club, who was 172nd in 1hr 1min 33scs.

The final age prize went to Michael Miller, who was the first male over 70 to complete the mostly off-road course around Newport in 54mins 6secs for 129th position.

The combined times from Andrew Mynott, Karen Badderly and Seth Kennard, plus fellow club member Henry Rowe (48mins 58secs for 72nd) meant that the Saffron Striders Running Club claimed the team prize at its own race. The final award given out was for the runner with the best WAVA score – a calculation which takes a runner’s finishing time and compares it to those of other runners of the same age. This prize went to over 60s champion Geoff Howard from Ilkley Harriers, who ran the race faster than 85 per cent of other runners of his age group.

A spokesman for the Saffron Striders said: “It was once again a very successful race and we are grateful to our sponsors Kevin Henry Estate Agents, Holroyd Components, UK Tapes, Chesterford Research Park and Iceni Water.

“And of course a huge thanks to everyone who turned out for the race on Sunday. We hope everyone enjoyed it.”

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