Franklin storms to victory at Leigh 10km

Ben Franklin leads the field

Ben Franklin leads the field

First published in Sport

TEENAGER Ben Franklin was a convincing winner of the Leigh-on-Sea 10km.

The Southend AC under-17 athlete finished the tough course in pretty miserable weather conditions in 36m 30s, shaving an impressive 41 seconds off his previous best 10km time, set at the Southend 10km just a few weeks earlier.

Following Franklin home was Simon Le Mare, running for host club Leigh on Sea Striders, who finished in 37m 9s.

East Essex Triathlon’s Ian George was third in 37m 39s.

The winner of the first Leigh resident to finish prize was Stuart Cable (38m 5s) who was fourth overall.

Southend AC’s Sarah Jeffrey was the winner of the women’s event, clocking 41m 55s and finishing just ahead of team-mate Anne Jenkinson (42m 15s).

Gemma Russhard was third (42m 40s) and Claire Dumontie-Marriage the first female Leigh resident to finish in fourth (43m 15s).

A strong contingent of 17 Castle Point Joggers took part in the race with Paul Jackman leading them home in 40m 18s.

Race winner Ben Franklin’s dad Paul was also a member of their squad, finishing in 48m 8s.

Lisa Reiffel was their first woman to cross the finishing line (47m 37s).

Pitsea Running Club had a handful of runners competing too, with Bosco DeSouza their first member home (47m 29s).

Results (selected): Ian Bartram (47.07), Mike Hayward (48.11), Rick Goldsmith (50.13), Paul Eve (51.02), Chris Cammidge (52.26), Tracey Dixon (52.48), Patrick Waters (52.56), Mark Armitage (53.13), Georgina Bullock (53.54), Jo-Ann Hamilton (54.06), Kate Cammidge (55.15), Roy Jones (57.12), Malcolm Jackaman (58.06), Tony Bullock (77.12) (all CP Joggers).

Diane Eastland (51.29), Nigel Pointer (52.52), Gary Forward (54.23), Merv Beckwith (58.27) and Caz Wallis (58.27) (all Pitsea RC).

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