East Yorkshire Cross-Country League Gets Underway

It was a very wet start to the 2010 / 2011 East Yorkshire Cross-Country League on Sunday as athletes from local running clubs made their annual trip to Bishop Wilton.  Finishing times for many of them were slower than last year due to the boggy conditions.

The race was won by Steve Rennie of City of Hull in 40.16 and the first lady was Katy Rawnsley of Scarborough AC in 43.58.

Like all races in this league, the course at Bishop Wilton is challenging with very steep hills to negotiate at the start and at the finish.  Even the downhill stretch at the end is not easy as runners have to dodge rabbit holes and molehills on the long and steep descent.

A number of runners are preparing for the Abingdon marathon in two week’s time and decided not to risk injury by competing at Bishop Wilton so it was newcomer who led the contingent home.  In his first race for the club he finished in fifth place in an excellent time of 41.44.  He is a welcome addition to the men’s team and will increase the competition between the club’s top male runners.

Club stalwart was the first lady to finish, just ahead of newcomer Francesca Giuntini from Italy.  The Italian’s performance scored valuable points for the ladies’ team pushing them into third position.

Competing in her first cross-country race, Claire Burcham distinguished herself by taking a tumble down the final hill.   Undeterred, she picked herself up and carried on to the finishing line.

It was encouraging to see so many new members turning out for the club to tackle the hills and the mud.  Although the courses are challenging, and the weather can make conditions even more difficult, the races are good for building stamina and team spirit.

After the first race Scarborough lead the men’s league and are also joint leaders of the ladies’ league with Striders.  ’s men lie in fourth place and the ladies team is third.

The next race is at Drewton Woods on 14 November.

finishing times:
41.44; 42.23; Steve Jackson 44.46; Andy Collinson 46.35; 47.42; 47.56; 48.01; 53.39; Alan Flint 54.19; 55.38; Rob Reid 55.45; Adrian Holland 56.01; 56.56; 58.48; Colin Sleight 62.05.

Claire Bracken 53.04; Francesca Giuntini 54.18; 55.51; 59.14; 67.09; 68.04; Maria Britton 69.06; Claire Burcham 72.05; 77.31; 77.50.

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