Virgin Mini Marathon success for Wingham sisters Bobby and Alex Clay
The reputations of teenage sisters Bobby
and Alex Clay continue to grow after the Wingham pair led the way
in the Virgin London Mini Marathon on Sunday.
The 5km race – on a course
stretching from Old Billingsgate to the finish on The Mall – was
the UK road running championship for youngsters aged
The Invicta East Kent AC duo
joined Rebecca Howard and Harriet Preedy in the South East England
team which was chosen through good finishes in the county and
district cross-country and road races.
Bobby Clay (pictured top) was
at the front of the leading pack from the off and, with 600m to go,
pushed forward to win in 16.23. She was two seconds clear of UK
cross-country champion and defending champion
Annabel Mason with Bronwen Owen another two seconds back in third.
Alex Clay, 17, (pictured below) was fourth in 16.29.
Bobby, who is not 16 until
May, received her trophy from Prince Harry while both girls
received bronze medals as South East England finished third in the
Bobby Clay said: "I have done
the mini marathon for five years now and this was my first
"I was pleased this year, as
last year I led much of the race until I was over taken by Annabel
"I don’t do much road racing
as I focus on the track in the summer and
cross-country in the winter but I enjoy the experience.
"Receiving my trophy from
Prince Harry was fantastic. I came away from the presentation
buzzing and couldn’t wait to tell everyone that I had just met
The sisters’ coach Peter
Mullervy said: "They keep going from strength to strength. The
better they get, the more confident they get."
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