It was beautiful weather for the penultimate 53-12 cross country fixture at Hadleigh, Suffolk yesterday. Despite recent heavy rain the course was surprisingly firm in some places compared to previous years. The organisers, Hadleigh Hares, had also added in an extra bit of steep ascent on the back hills making the course even tougher and slightly longer coming in at around 5.5 miles.

Wesley Atkins continued his excellent form finishing in 21st position. Stewart Ellis was pleased with a fantastic performance and his best position of the season in 36th. Following not far behind was Nathan Roulson in 45th. Ivan Filchev (73rd), Rob Frost (81st) and Steve May (83rd) completed the scorers. The men’s team was strong in numbers for today’s fixture compared to the previous weekend with Sam Wolton (93rd), Phil Jeffries (142nd) and Kris Bell making his debut for the club finishing in 146th.

For the ladies Rachel Roughan finished in an impressive 10th position having run 17 miles the previous day. Caroliena Cameron (33rd) and Anna Bambridge (40th) also scored for the ladies with Wendy Carter missing out by a single place behind her club mate in 41st. Lorraine Garnham put in her usual strong run to finish in 48th. Nicole Smith (62nd) and Treena Harrington (70th) completed the ladies’ team.

The men finished 3rd and the ladies 2nd meaning they were 3rd overall in Pool B and remain in 3rd in the table behind Tiptree and Harwich with one fixture, which Halstead are hosting, to go.

Elsewhere John Warne took on the Hare and Tortoise Rayne Challenge – the challenge being to run as many 5.3k laps as you can in 6 hours along the Flitch Way starting at Rayne Station. Warne managed 8 laps totalling 26.3 miles, his first marathon distance of the year, in 4 hours and 39 minutes. Whilst he had time for more his legs didn’t!

Axel Voigt did the Test Track 10 mile race at the Ford Technical Centre in Dunton finishing in 1 hour 37 minutes – his second fastest time over the distance.

On Saturday the Frost family did Notley parkrun with Rob securing a new PB of 20.40. Wife Sarah and baby Alice, doing her first parkrun, finished in 54.10 so also a PB. Apparently parkrun do have a 0-1 age category so if Alice had been registered she would’ve won her age group.

Cross country team photo attached.