The penultimate race in the East Yorkshire Cross Country League took place at Welton last Sunday. Over a hundred athletes from local running clubs tackled a very muddy 5-mile course through Welton Dale.
Andy Johnson was indeed outstanding as the second Beverley runner home and finishing in 23rd position overall. In his first season in the cross country league he has competed in all races and has gradually crept up the finishing order from 55th in the first race. The muddy conditions at Welton did not seem to hamper him and his excellent performance was rewarded with valuable points for the men’s team.
It was Lucy Stamford’s first cross country race since joining Beverley Athletic Club last year and she finished just behind club stalwart Helen Storr adding valuable points to the ladies’ team score. Stamford was using the race as part of her marathon training and ran home afterwards to clock up a total of 19 miles.
With one race left in the series Beverley’s men’s and ladies’ teams are both lying in fourth position. If the club can field its strongest teams they have a chance of challenging for third position but with club members committed to training for various road marathons the cross country league may not be a priority.
Beverley Athletic Club finishing times Men:
James Pearson 34.16; Andy Johnson 37.30; Steve Jackson 37.52; Paul Clark 38.53; Ian Husband 38.59; Kristian Davis 39.03; Andy Collinson 39.08; Neil Bant 39.50; Pete Watkinson 40.19; Steve Hadley 45.40; Brian Richardson 47.01; Colin Sleight 48.17; John Boardley 59.41.
Beverley Athletic Club finishing times Ladies:
Helen Storr 46.15 ; Lucy Stamford 46.31; Tanwen Gray 48.46; Amanda Ritchie 50.56; Dianne Coleman 52.11; Pam Atkins 52.41; Jacqui Dickinson 57.54; Elaine Julian 59.23; Mary Carrick 69.50.
The race was won by Stuart Carmichael of City of Hull in 32.05 and the first lady to finish was Helen Cross of Pocklington in 37.17.
Reported by Kay Farrow, Beverley AC
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