CoNAC ladies show quality on travels

City of Norwich Athletic Club's ladies are making their mark in endurance events at home and abroad.

The team of Hollie Rowland, Dani Nimmock, Ellie Matthews and Jane Clarke lined up alongside Paula Radcliffe at the start of the BUPA London 10,000m Road Race held on Sunday.

The race took place over part of the Olympic 2012 Marathon course and proved to be a happy hunting ground for Rowland. Running her fastest ever 10,000m when timed at an impressive 33min 58secs she finished in a splendid fifth place, not far behind world record holder Radcliffe.

Rowland is currently only working part-time and was as pleased as punch to receive a sizable cheque for her effort.

Nimmock was disappointed with her 35th finishing position and time of 37min 48secs but will do better in the future.


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Rookie Matthews continues to impress, once again producing a personal best time of 38min 02secs when crossing the line in 40th place.

Just two seconds adrift the City club's super veteran Clarke clocked 38min 04secs to take the first place in the Ladies Over 50 category. The quartet are now waiting to hear from the organisers in anticipation that they may have finished in the top five teams and if that is the case a cash bonus will soon be coming their way.

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Meanwhile, on the Scottish borders at Broughton, Norfolk's fell running specialist Olivia Walwyn was testing herself in the UK Inter Counties Fell Running Championships held over a testing 10.5km course that included climbs to 700m.

Always with the leaders Olivia, on this occasion representing her adopted county Cheshire, broke away over the final 2km to secure a comfortable victory by 46 seconds from runner-up Central Scotland's Tracey Brindley.

In Eugene, Oregon, Ruth Senior has certainly found her feet. Competing in the NCAA West Division Regional Track & Field Championships she stormed round the 10,000m in 33min 33.23secs, a huge personal best that places her third on the UK 2011 ranking list. Her time of 15min 48secs for 5,000m currently places her at the top of the 2011 UK ranking list.

In the same meeting James McLachlan hoping to improve on his personal best 7.63m Long Jump achieved in Indianapolis was disappointed to fall below his expectations when only moving out to 7.32m to miss out on a spot in the NCAA finals by just one place

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