Miller and Jordan in charge

IT looks as though David Miller and Tamara Jordan will take some stopping in this year's Friday Five Series, after both runners completed back-to-back victories at the Glasswells Bury Friday Five.

IT looks as though David Miller and Tamara Jordan will take some stopping in this year's Friday Five Series, after both runners completed back-to-back victories at the Glasswells Bury Friday Five.

Miller and Jordan are the reigning series champions, and they remain on course to retain their titles following commanding displays at the second event of the season, hosted by Saint Edmund Pacers at a soggy Nowton Park.

Both had triumphed at the first race - the Ipswich Jaffa Five - and this time their margins of victory were even more emphatic.

Miller, of Woodbridge Shufflers, clocked his fastest time for this testing course, which features a lap of the park before heading out along country lanes and climbing to the hamlet of High Green during a testing third mile.


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It was Miller's fifth Bury win, following previous successes in 2000, 2001, 2003 and last year. His previous quickest time had been the 26.16 recorded in 2003, so he shaved two seconds off that landmark last Friday.

Miller explained: “I was pleased with the time because conditions weren't fast. It was quite slippery around the park, and my first mile was only 5.25. But my last mile was 4.43.

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“It's been a good couple of days in the Miller household, because my wife Sarah picked up a club age group record at the Harwich 5K the previous night.”

Robert Chenery, of Ipswich Jaffa, stuck to his guns to take second spot in 27.16. He had finished fourth on his home course the previous week. There was an outstanding run from leading junior, Andrew Ridley. The West Suffolk AC teenager was third overall in 27.19, helping the Bury club to the men's team prize with fellow junior Michael Cripps (sixth) and top over-45 veteran Colin Ridley (seventh) also featuring highly.

Roger Aldis led home by a strong contingent of Stowmarket Striders with 27.43 in fourth, just 10 seconds ahead of Jaffa's Gavin Davies.

Jordan was more than three-and-a-half minutes clear of the field in the ladies' race, thanks to a scorching time of 29.31, which was a new course record. The Stowmarket Strider had been just outside the half-hour mark at Ipswich. She had won in 30.17 last year, and had also tasted victory in 2004. \The consistent Amanda Henry, of Sudbury Joggers, took second position in 33.03, just eight seconds ahead of junior athlete Jemma Clarry, from the host club Pacers. Jaffa's Jayne Williams was the leading veteran and fourth overall.

In the other age groups, there were victories for Halstead's Mark Armitage (over-40), Pacers' Peter Golding (over-50), Jaffa's Ray Hill (over-55) and Harwich Runners' Glyn Peck (over-60)min the men's section.

Stowmarket's Mary Narey (over-40), Pacers' Maureen McCarthy (over-45), Colchester & Tendring AC's Diane Wooller (over-50) and Pam Ridgeon (over-55) also took trophy places.

Persistent rain during the day had left the grass slippery for the first mile around Nowton Park, and there was also a good deal of surface water on the roads. But this did not deter a field of just under 400 finishers (393), from an entry of 432.

The third meeting in the series is the Kirton Friday Five this Friday (7.30pm start).

There is a supporting junior run at 7pm. Entries on the night are £7 for affiliated runners, £9 for unaffiliated runners and £2 for the junior fun run.

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