Hundreds turn out for Friday Five

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Almost 300 runners joined Stowmarket Striders at Haughley Park for the latest in the Friday Five Series last week.

In one of the most scenic of the races, Ipswich Jaffa Tom Fairbrother dominated, crossing the line in just 28.09, while St Edmunds Pacers’ Odette Robson crossed the line as first lady a minute in front of her competitors with a time of 30.59.

The team awards followed the same pattern, with Ipswich Jaffa scooping the men’s award and the Pacers taking the women’s.

Age group winners: Male senior Glenn Douglas (Saint Edmund Pacers), MV40 Adam Howlett, MV45 Tony Roberts (Framlingham Flyers), MV50 Mark Rutter (Harwich Runners), MV55 Terry Back (Ipswich Jaffa) and MV60 Neville Clarke (Newmarket Joggers), female senior Lizzie Irvine (Wimbledon Windmillers), FV35 Clare Barstow (Framlingham Flyers), FV40 Julie Carney (Stowmarket Striders), FV45 Jane de Botlz (Ipswich Jaffa), FV50 Val Jennings (Ipswich Jaffa) and FV55 Diane Wooller (Colchester and Tendring AC).

The most inspirational moment was provided by Southend’s Louise Simpson, who is blind, completing the off-road course in 1.04.59.