Decker lifts ladies' trophy

TWO ladies infiltrated the top-10 finishers at Sudbury Joggers MT five-mile race.

TWO ladies infiltrated the top-10 finishers at Sudbury Joggers MT five-mile race.

Helen Decker, of Ipswich Jaffa, was fifth overall on her way to the ladies' trophy in 29min 2sec, while her closest rival - Tamara Jordan, of Stowmarket Striders - clocked 29.33 in eighth overall.

Both athletes have been in fine form this year. Decker has been re-writing the Jaffa record books over a wide range of distances, while Jordan is on course to retain her Friday Five Series title.

In fact, many of Suffolk's leading female runners were in the starting line-up at Sudbury. Jaffa's Natasha Belsom, who won the Suffolk County 5K senior title at the Bury track the previous week, was third in 31.53 (17th overall), with club-mate Jayne Williams a further 52 seconds back in fourth spot.

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Just 15 seconds separated the first three home in the men's race. Jaffa's Gavin Davies tasted victory in 27.50, followed by Colchester Harriers' ultra-distance specialist Allen Smalls (27.57) and City of Portsmouth's Paul Cardy (28.05). Davies overtook Smalls during the closing stages.

Over-45 veteran Colin Ridley, of West Suffolk AC, was an impressive fourth in 28.47, just ahead of over-40 athlete Mark Armitage, who led home a strong contingent from Halstead Road Runners.

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