Aaron Scott showed he had a big heart by winning for the second time at the St Valentine’s 30K on Sunday (12 February). The Notts AC runner was first across the line in 1:39:56 in an outstanding display of running that saw him finish more than eight minutes ahead of his nearest competitor.
Scott won this race in 2014 and set a new course record of 1:37:52 that still stands. This year’s race was marked by cold and windy weather that may have put paid to any chance of breaking his course record. Steven Horton of Bedford & County AC was second in 1:48:05 with Brian Corleys of Bushfield Joggers coming third in 1:51:07.
Sophie Kelly of Cambridge & Coleridge AC was the first female finisher, coming home in 02:02:56. The 2011 and 2014 Ladies winner, Philippa Taylor of Nene Valley Harriers was second in 02:03:39. Sarah Cumber of Halifax Harriers AC came third in 02:04:12.
A field of 589 completed the race with the last runner finishing in 04:01:18.
This was the 24th year of this tough yet popular event, often used as a long run during spring marathon training. It started at 11am from Queen Eleanor School and was smoothly organised by Stamford Striders. Highly ranked in the Runners World list of top 100 UK races, it offered a challenging course in winter conditions with a generous set of prizes.
In keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, there were prizes for runners taking part as couples and everyone who finished received a pack of Love Hearts along with an event T-shirt.
Photo courtesy of Eye Community Runners.