The cross country season came to a close this weekend with the final fixture in the 53-12 league at Notley Park. This is a very familiar local venue for the Road Runners so attracted 25 members of the club as well as several supporters.
Racing in unseasonably mild conditions, runners scaled Big Bird Hill twice from different angles before navigating around field edges and several wet and smelly ditches.
The women have shown real strength this season with Hazel Buist (12th) and Caroliena Cameron (18th) leading the way to score. There wasn’t much between Kathryn Bronson (23rd), Mel Candler (26th) and Charlotte King (29th) also at the front end of the field. Wendy Carter (40th), Lorraine Garnham (58th) and Nicole Smith (59th) have provided consistent depth to the team this season, with Debbie Cook (83rd) and Jenn Langley (86th) both putting in great sprint finishes to beat runners from nearest rivals Tiptree. The women came first in Pool B.
The men were out in number with Wesley Atkins (38th) showing he has become the one to beat off road. Jim Clark (46th) has also had an excellent season and was followed by Nathan Roulson (55th) and Richard Candler (77th) as the scoring men. Andy Owen (86th), Bradley Doe (93rd), Sam Wolton (107th), Dan Hollinshead (108th) and Steve May (112th) provided some good packing in the field, with Chairman Paul Hinsley (121st), Andy Carter (131st) , John Warne (154tH), Adam Buckle (162nd) and Chris Hill (171st) all finishing strongly. Roger Frampton (180th) made his return to racing following a recent injury. The men finished second in Pool B.
Halstead finished second overall on the day in Pool B and second overall in Pool B for the season.
In other news this weekend super vet Maurice Young competed in a sprint duathlon at the scenic Grafham Water near Huntingdon. The only competitor in his age group Young took the V70 trophy.
Heidi Worf did the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon finishing in a time of 2 hours and 9 minutes.